Article wrote:Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators over their inclusion. The graphic novels in question, Persepolis, Fun Home, Y: The Last Man Vol. 1, and The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House, are four of the ten graphic novels included in the course’s curriculum, and Shultz has complained about the nudity, sex, violence and torture contained in them. According to the Redland Daily Facts newspaper, Shultz claimed that “It was shocking, I didn’t expect to open the book and see that graphic material within. I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography.” The student brought forward the complaint after the point at which she could drop the course without receiving a failing grade.
Article Author wrote:It is annoying to see such a dismissal of graphic novels and comics in general: the assumption that comic books are juvenile and aimed primarily at children. It’s a tired, predictable argument, and there’s innumerable examples of where graphic novels have examined difficult issues, demonstrating over and over again that the medium can contribute to the literary canon as well as any novel. Even the long-running and established franchise characters can tell incredible and important stories, while entertaining at the same time.
Comics have had a long storied history, but from the mid 1950s to the mid 1980s, yes, it was mostly a juvenile medium, as comics on spinner racks were kid accessible. From the rise of the dedicated comics store, that's changed, and since the contraction of the mid 90s, comics have become more insular and more adult. The recent popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be reinforcing that comics are, if not just for kids, at least mostly kid friendly. Here we have a person unfamiliar probably with graphic novels of the last few decades, and whose expectations where rocked. I'm sympathetic, but its also a bit like someone grew up with watching Disney TV and suddenly was watching Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.