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Holy Banned Books, Batman!

From  examinations of the fallibility of our heroes to subversive social commentaries to moving memoirs and coming-of-age stories, the comic book genre has long surpassed it’s humble good versus evil origins. Maybe that’s what makes comic books so much more susceptible to challenges and bannings than other book genres: instead of easily-digested, two-dimensional stories, the genre increasingly challenges its readers to think beyond their comfort zone.

Dr. Dustin Stegner, who offers Graphic Narratives class here at Cal Poly exploring comics and graphic novels, addresses this issue and more in our latest video celebrating Banned Books Week, September 21 – 27, 2014.

 

You can find the books Dr. Stegner mentions here at the Robert E. Kennedy Library:

Alan Moore, Batman: The killing joke

Craig Thompson, Blankets

And you can read more about the Moore Collections of Underground Comix on the Kennedy Library Out Loud blog.

 

 

 

 

This is the end (episode 12)

This is episode 12 of 12.

The 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week is over.  Together Kristen and I have read over 120 books from ALA’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009 (those darn series again!) and created 12 podcasts about them.  Read more

It’s the end of the world as we know it (episode 1)

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This is episode 1 of 12.

In Episode 1 “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” Kristen and I discuss books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that have dystopic themes.  Read more

Losing my religion, Part 1 (episode 2)

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This is episode 2 of 12.  Part 1.  …and yes, we are on an REM kick.

As you can see from the fact that this is a two-parter, there are a lot of the books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade that have been challenged for religious reasons, either “religious viewpoint” or “occult.” Read more

Losing my religion, Part 2 (episode 2)

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This is episode 2 of 12.  Part 2.

In Episode 2, Part 2 of “Losing My Religion,” Kristen and I continue our conversation about books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade that have been banned or challenged for religious reasons.  Here’s a plug for one book that I didn’t talk about that I absolutely loved- The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.

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Rainbow connection (episode 3)

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In episode 3 “Rainbow Connection,” Kristen and I discuss books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that address homosexuality. Read more

War…what is it good for? (episode 10)

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In Episode 10 “War…What is It Good For?” Kristen and I talk about books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that have to do with war. Read more