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Comics A.M. | Comics Targeted in Texas School Bans and Challenges

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Comics A.M. | Comics Targeted in Texas School Bans and Challenges

Libraries | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund reports on a number of books that were challenged or removed from school libraries in Texas, according to the state ACLU. The only graphic novel that was banned was Raina Telgemeier’s “Drama,” which was removed from the Kirbyville Junior High library because it was deemed “Politically, racially, or socially offensive.” Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s “This One Summer” was moved from an elementary school to a high school library, and two volumes of Yana Toboso’s “Black Butler” that were in the Harmony School of Advancement library were “destroyed by a third party.” The reason given: “Offensive to religious sensitivities; witchcraft, satanic, and occult themes.” It’s not clear whether the destroyed books were replaced or not. [CBLDF]

Graphic novels | Rep. John Lewis’ three-volume graphic memoir “March” took three of the top four slots on BookScan’s September graphic novel sales chart, which tracks sales in bookstores. The first volume was the bestseller of the month, with the 26th volume of “The Walking Dead” coming in second, with two more volumes of “March” in the third and fourth spots, respectively. Several evergreen titles made the list, including “American Born Chinese,” “Fun Home” and “Watchmen,” probably reflecting the use of these books in high school and college courses. [ICv2]

Comics | Rebellion, publishers of “2000AD,” recently acquired the rights to some classic British comics of the 1970s and 1980s, and will launch a reprint line with “Misty,” a girls’ comic that focused on supernatural and horror stories. [The Guardian]

Creators | On the 10th anniversary of the publication of “American Born Chinese,” Gene Luen Yang discusses the persistence of racist stereotypes of Asian-Americans, the power of graphic novels, and how it feels to be the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant. [PBS Newshour]

Creators | Publisher and creator C. Spike Trotman talks about the new nonprofit Creators for Creators, which will support emerging creators by paying them for their work — specifically, offering a $30,000 grant to a writer-artist team to produce a comic, and mentoring them through the publishing and marketing aspects. [Creator at Large]

Manga | Viz Media has announced a new manga in its Shoujo Beat line: Ryoko Fukuyama’s tale of music and lost love, “Fukumenkei Noise,” which it will retitle “Anonymous Noise.” Fukuyama is the creator of “Nosatsu Junkie,” which was published by Tokyopop. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | Those stars who charge for autographs and photos at conventions make big bucks. Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” is rumored to earn $500,000 in a single weekend. Lesley Goldberg explains how they system works and looks at some of the numbers. [Hollywood Reporter]

Publishing | Dark Horse has promoted Melissa Lomax to director of marketing. She started with the publisher as a summer intern in 2007 and 2008, and then went to work as a public relations coordinator after graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2009; she was later promoted to manager before taking on her new post. [Dark Horse]

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