Plea for graphic novels to remain free charges up Comic Con

burning book
burning book

Like the fictional superheroes who inhabited the recent New York Comic Con, Deborah Caldwell-Stone was there to fight injustice: Attempts to ban graphic novels from libraries are threatening to choke off free access to the books. "There are kids who don't have the resources to go to Amazon.com," Caldwell-Stone, the deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, told WalletPop after a speech urging librarians to take action.

Challenges to graphic novels -- the majority made by parents on supposed moral grounds -- involve hundreds of titles annually in some of the nation's 15,000 library systems. Many do not succeed, but bad publicity can "have a chilling effect," Caldwell-Stone said. Some parents might deny their children a graphic novel simply based on what they heard. Some authors might begin to tailor their vision for fear of being censored. Bad for business all-around.