When I was in high school, one of my English teachers taught one day about Lady Chatterly’s Lover. We didn’t read it in class, and not because of any curricular intent to avoid it (at least, I assume), but we learned that it was a controversial book and was often banned. Of course my adolescent mind turned to thoughts of intrigue, and I added it to my “to read” list. When I finally got around to reading it, I was not at all scandalized and wondered where the intrigue was supposed to be.
Right here: poster child for why banning books is pointless.
This week is the ALA’s annual Banned Books Week, so each day I am going to highlight some of my favorite banned books in comics. I hope you enjoy and are inspired!
[Image failure: when my sister was in 9th grade (1988-89), she did a project on book banning. On her project’s cover, she included a comic she had found. I wanted desperately to include that image in this post. However, it really is the case that not everything is available digitally. I wasn’t able to find it. So instead, a verbal description: a woman is on a balcony, and a man standing below. The woman says “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” The man responds “Certainly not in the school library.”]