Comics A.M. | Alan Moore's <i>Neonomicon</i> challenged in South Carolina

Comics | The Greenville County (South Carolina) Library has removed two copies of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows' Neonomicon from its shelves after a mother filed an official challenge to the collection's sexual content. Carrie Gaske said that although her 14-year-old daughter found the horror book in the adult section, she thought "it looked like a children's comic," and would be fine for her to check out. Daughter Jennifer soon discovered Neonomicon wasn't the "murder mystery comic book" her mother believed it to be. "It was good at first," she said. "Then it got nasty." How "nasty"? "The more into I got the more shocked I was, I really had no idea this type of material was allowed at a public library," Carrie Gaske said. "I feel that has the same content of Hustler or Playboy or things like that. Maybe even worse."

The library allows children age 13 and older to check out books from the adult section with their parents' permission. The library system's two copies of Neonomicon have been removed from circulation while a committee reviews the content. [WSPA.com]

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