National Comic Book Day Recommendations

Hello fellow Pannapictagraphists! That’s people who collect comic books. It’s finally that time of year again, it’s NATIONAL COMIC BOOK DAY! In addition, if you read my last article HERE, its Banned Books Week! So what we will do today, is to learn a bit about comic books, and then I will recommend my very bias list of favorite “banned” comic books, because… I DO WHAT I WANT!

What’s weird, is every Wednesday is considered “New Comic Book Day”, that’s when comic shops usually get new comics to release in their shops. National Comic Book Day is every year on September 25th and this year it just happens to co-exist with New Comic Book Day AND Banned Books Week, as I mentioned before. So today is the TRIFECTA OF BOOK READING!

Comics are known all around the world, check out my previous article on Manga HERE. In America, comics as a print medium has been said to have existed since the printing of “The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck” in 1842 as the first known American comic book! Don’t ask me the difference, but in another fact, a book called “Famous Funnies” in 1933 was considered to be the first real American comic book and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comics strips. I guess this was the first known bundled book known as a comic book? 


BONE by Jeff Smith

Location of key challenge: Independent School District 196 in Rosemount, Minnesota

Reason challenged: Promotion of smoking and drinking

Read more about the case study HERE.


THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell

Location of key challenge: Undisclosed

Reason challenged: Violent imagery

Read more about the case study HERE.


THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

Location of key challenge: Various

Reason challenged: Sexual content, unsuited to age group

Read more about the case study HERE.


BLANKETS by Craig Thompson

Location of key challenge: The public library in Marshall, Missouri

Reason challenged: Obscene images

Read more about the case study HERE.


Wondering how to celebrate? JUST READ ONE, SILLY! I’m currently reading through all the volumes of “The Boys” by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and let me tell you, its extremely different than the show… extremely. So pick up a comic, any comic, tag Nerd News Social and use #NationalComicBookDay on social media. That’s it! Let us know what you are reading, or your favorite comics, in the comments below. Lastly, if you are considering picking up a new comic, think about supporting your local small comic shop or your local library.

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