Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ban This Book.

I drew this comic to celebrate Banned Books Week! This great op-ed by James Klise shows one author's experience with a challenge to intellectual freedom. The American Library Association has compiled a list of frequently banned and challenged books. Here are few of my favorite books from the list: 

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Scary Stories series, by Alvin Schwartz

I have most of the books listed above on my bookshelf, but my copy of Sendak's In the Night Kitchen is the most unique. I had the book as a child, but recently bought it at a used bookstore. When I got home and opened the book, I found that the previous owner had circled the main character's genitalia and every other possible sexual reference found in the illustrations.

You can order a poster of this comic here.