19 Sep '14

News Bone author Jeff Smith speaks out ahead of US Banned Books Week

You cant take away someones ability to choose what they want to read, says Smith, as forces of free speech mobilise for 2014 event focusing on graphic novels and comics The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 in picturesThe point, says cartoonist Jeff Smith, whose multiple award-winning comic Bone was one of the books that parents tried hardest to ban in America last year, is that they are trying to take away someone elses ability to choose what they want to read, and you cant do that.Smith was speaking as the forces of free speech mobilised in the US for Banned Books Week, the annual festival that opens on 21 September and which, in the wake of attacks on acclaimed books from Bone to Alison Bechdels Fun Home and Marjane Satrapis Persepolis, is taking a special focus on comics and graphic novels this year. The most challenged book of 2013 the book that received the largest number complaints in schools and libraries across America was Dav Pilkeys childrens graphic novel Captain Underpants. Smiths Bone came in 10th, with the series described as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time by Time drawing fire over its political viewpoint, racism, violence, according to the American Library Association. Continue reading...

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