Beware of Comics! A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud & Larry Marder
DANGER! Comics are still risky business, with contents so shocking that they're being banned all over the United States! On Thursday, September , celebrate Banned Books Week at Beware of Comics! Scott McCloud, acclaimed author of Understanding Comics and the long-awaited graphic novel The Sculptor and Larry Marder, the creator of the graphic novel series Beanworld and president of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund a lively conversation about comics, censorship, what makes the medium so dangerous in the 21st Century. This event is presented by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic-Con International
In 2014, Banned Books Week celebrates comics and graphic novels. In recent years, acclaimed comics including Bone, Fun Home, Persepolis, and Captain Underpants have all been objects of major censorship battles. Despite the increased esteem for the medium, comics are still fighting a stigma in the public eye that goes back to the televised Senate hearings against comics that happened 60 years ago. Marder and McCloud, leading participants in the battle for creator rights that led to the modern graphic novel bring their expertise on the history and language of comics to the question of why comics are still dangerous in 2014.
Larry Marder's Beanworld
, has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning him a spot on the New York Times' Graphic Books . On the business side, Marder has been of Image Comics, of McFarlane Toys, and of Moondog's, a chain of Chicagoland comic book stores. Marder currently serves as of the Board of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.