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Chicago public schools ban Persepolis

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

 

Chicago public school administrators have decided to ban Persepolis in all 7th-10th grade curriculum. Written by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel that explores the authors childhood in Iran during the turbulent years surrounding the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which saw the government overthrown, theocracy introduced, and war with neighboring Iraq. Persepolis has earned critical acclaim for its art and story and has been used by educators to introduce students to a culture and country often misunderstood and stereotyped.  The National Coalition Against Censorship, The Kids’ Right to Read Project and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are launching petitions and protests against the Chicago Schools decision.
You can read more here.

Persepolis Banned In Chicago CBLDF
Persepolis battle in Chicago schools provokes outcry - The Guardian

Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Thank you Carol Tilley, University of Illinois professor of Library Science who shows us what we all knew in our hearts, comics are not bad. Unfortunately,  Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent met with great success when it was published in 1954 and led to the institution of the Comics Code Authority. This code marginalized the potential of so many writers for decades and it is only recently comics are getting the respect they deserve.

 Here’s the full story at CBLDF

 

 

 

YALSA’s 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Young Adult Library Association recently revealed the latest edition of its Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, which contains 55 fiction and non-fiction graphic novel titles recommended for readers ages 12-18.

Find the full list here, or the top ten listed below.

(Clicking the title will take you to the item’s listing in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s catalog for that title, if available. Links will open in a new window.)