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Jeff Smith Responds to Bone Ban Attempt

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A few days ago we brought you news of a parent’s attempt to get Jeff Smith’s comic book series Bone banned from her local library.  Robot 6 got Smith’s response to the controversy at last weekend’s C2E2.

At his panel spotlight he had this to say:

She objected to the gambling, smoking and drinking and the sexiness. I feel sorry for her son.  He’s going to be really embarrassed, but you know, not everybody has to like my stuff. That’s fine.  But I really can’t go along with this un-American concept of banning books.  Let the Nazis do that.

Ramona DeLay of Apple Valley, Minnesota complained about the depictions of “drinking, smoking, gambling and “sexual situations between characters,” and is asking for the comics to be removed from the district’s 18 elementary schools; 12 of those schools have at least one volume of Bone available to students.

On April 27 the Reconsideration Review Committee will meet to discuss the request.  Out of 20 requests in the past, they’ve only removed items in three instances.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker


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