Objection to comic book is declined

2013-05-14T08:00:00Z Objection to comic book is declinedBy Tyler Ellyson / tellyson@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Public Library Board received its second materials challenge in five months and again rejected the protest.

This time a patron objected to the book “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.

The patron referred to the DC Comics book as “very adult” and said in the challenge it “advocates rape and violence.” The patron requested the book be removed from the shelves or moved to a different section of the library.

It is currently located in the young adult area of the library, but cataloged in the graphic novels section.

“I don’t find it worthy of being removed from the shelf,” board member Carol Keller said during last week’s meeting.

Others agreed, saying many comic books and other publications include violence and the patron’s interpretation of rape was misconstrued.

The board voted 3-0 to deny the materials challenge with members Mimi Ernst and Kim Zach absent.

In December, the board unanimously denied a patron request to remove the movie “Bruno” from circulation.

There have been only three other materials challenges since Jill Owens became library director in August 2008 and all of them were denied.

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