Comics are no strangers to the sometimes weird world of Book bans in the US — but in 2014, more comics than ever made the American Library Association's list of challenged books. One in particular: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, called out for, among other things, being anti-family. Buh-wha?
The ALA's list, released to celebrate National Library Week, documents the 10 books that received the most complaints from the public, asking to have them either removed from public libraries or stricken from reading lists for public school curriculum. For the first time, three comic books were in the top 10: returning "offender" Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir of her time as a child in Iran, Raina Telgemeier's Drama, a comic about teenage relationships set in the backdrop of a school play, and Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' space opera series about alien parents from opposite sides of warring factions attempting to raise their newborn child together while on the run from authorities.
Which is why it's so incredibly baffling that one of the reasons Saga was complained about was for its "anti-family" stance. In a shocking twist, people calling for a book to be banned may not have actually read the book! I know, take a minute. You're as shocked as I am.
Saga received complaints for a variety of other reasons too though, not just that one silly one. They were mainly complaints about nudity and sexually explicit scenes (a complaint the series is more than familiar with: a cover featuring the female protagonist breastfeeding caused an uproar as did small images of gay sex appearing in the background of one issue), a frequent complaint for entries on ALA's list. But the good news is that these books were merely challenged, rather than outright banned. So continue to read the wonderful brilliance of Saga to your heart's content!
Want to read the full challenged books list? You can do so on the ALA's website.
[Via Comic Book Resources]