Manga History Book Removed From San Bernadino, Ca Libraries

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  1. Emrys Registered

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    It’s a familiar song that, if you’ve been around comics long enough, sadly know the structure and words by heart.

    Following a parent’s complaint after her 16 year old son checked out Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics from the Victorville, CA library, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of San Bernadino County, CA has ordered all libraries within the country to remove the book, which is a scholarly work by Paul Gravett. The book was published in 2004 by Harper Design.

    According to The Desert Dispatch, the tempest began when Michael Jones checked the book out, which was located in the adult section of the library. The book, which, as its title suggests, covers Japanese comics through inception until present day, and includes a broad look at all forms of manga, including those that are graphically violent and graphically sexual. As usual in these instances, it was the sex that got the ball rolling. The 16 year-old’s mother complained to the library.

    The library noted that she was the only person to have complained about the book’s content since it joined the collection in May of last year, and had been checked out over 100 times since.

    Nannett Bricker-Barret, the County Library Collection Development Coordinator told the Desert Dispatch that ultimately, parents should be responsible for that their children view.

    “It is the parents' responsibility since the library does not act as a parent. It is the library's responsibility to offer a broad spectrum of materials, not to exclude materials,” Bricker-Barret told the paper. “Library policy affirms the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements"

    The Dispatch heading towards the well-trod “comics are for kids!” ground, pointed out that Charlie Brown, Calvin and Hobbes, and Incredible Hulk collections are also found in the adult section of the library, and also asked other parents if they would like their children looking at the images, with the expected outcome.

    The story (with the library’s plans not to remove the book) ran in the Dispatch on April 12th, and by the 13th, Miguel Gonzalez, who wrote the initial report, followed up in the Daily Press, with a story of rapid governmental action, writing that Bill Postmus (R), Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of suburban San Bernadino County, California, has ordered all the county's libraries to remove the book.

    In a press release on the county’s website, Postmus stated: “That book is absolutely inappropriate for a public library and as soon as I was made aware of it, I ordered it to be removed."

    Postmus also commented: “I have directed our County Library System to research and report back to me regarding what methods the county may employ to better control which materials are available to be checked out by children. We have a responsibility to protect our children and this type of material should not be so easily accessible. We also need to take a closer look at what kind of material is appropriate to be purchased with taxpayer dollars."

    According to the Daily Press, Postmus’ influence is in its final days, as the individual cities will take over the libraries from the county on July 1st. Although, as the paper reported, a similar gauntlet is apparently already being constructed.

    Victorville Councilman Bob Hunter is quoted as saying that, “I want the city library to be a family-friendly place."

    Continuing on the slippery slope of censorship/not censorship/save the children that usually follows in situations such as this, from the Daily Press: The councilman was quick to say he does not believe in censorship of books, but was also clear to point out the need to protect underage library members from explicit content.

    "When the city takes over we are not just going to look at books, but movies and Internet filters that could also pose the same threat," Hunter said.

    Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle said sexually graphic material does not belong in a public library in the first place.

    "They don't have any educational value. The county should enforce the obscenity laws that we have in California," he said"


     
  2. Flame on! Registered

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    See, this pisses me off. How does the 1 complaint outweigh the 100's of non-complaints? How does that work? Seriously, I'm dying to know.
     
  3. Sandman138 Registered

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    God forbid people learn something about another culture.
     
  4. Mentok Registered

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    People suck :down

    ******ed parents need to monitor what their children watch/Read or listen to... Instead you get the morons who are too half asses to do any real parenting, complaining and getting things banned or removed.

    :o
     
  5. Sandman138 Registered

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    Seriously, soccer moms are the reason our country is as ignorant and backwards as it is.
     
  6. Emrys Registered

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    well, **** like that happens when the "moral christian majority" influences the politics of the country. Another nail in America's coffin I'd say. America doesn't have to hunt the Terrorists overseas, they got their own fricking Taliban right in the yard.
     
  7. Mentok Registered

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    Tell me about it. I have a friend who has operated a Live music venue / Pub for almost a decade. Over the last year some houses have been built near the venue and the owners complained about the noise late on weekends.

    The people complained (not to him, not even once) and had him shut down.

    All it took were three complaints (all coming from the same person) and his business was shutdown forever in less than two weeks.

    Now he has to find a new venue or quit all together...

    Its crap.
     
  8. WallCrawl Registered

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    Bending over for soccer moms is the reason our country is as back asswards ass it is.

    We should have never given them shoes. :o
     
  9. SuperDude Registered

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    Interestlingly enough, soccer moms bending over is what will keep this country alive.
     
  10. Emrys Registered

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    The question is, if this country is still worth living in if the soccer moms continue like that.
     
  11. pHat_aL Registered

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    i agree 100% with this. manga comics are not book, and it will not help people further their oratory, speaking, reading skills.
     
  12. Cho Chang Registered

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    You're wrong entirely. Not only will it do that, it will give them a glimpse at another culture, keep their imagination vivid and help to promote open-mindedness.
     
  13. Sandman138 Registered

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    Yeah, because this philosophy has worked wonders for your grammar.:o
     
  14. Who cares? Manga sucks.
     
  15. Sandman138 Registered

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    ^ No, you do.
     
  16. The Squirrel Le Rongeur

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    I don't like manga, but I also think it is stupid for parents to blame other people for their bad parenting.

    The library should not have to remove the book.
     
  17. Calvin Muchas smooches

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    What does a master of the english language like yourself use for that? Clearly it's working magnificently.
     
  18. Equint77 MY NAME IS HOV

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    if we keep this up we'll turn into canada. :(

    but at least we'll have healthcare.
     
  19. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    Yayyyyy censorship! :up:

    Or not.

    jag
     
  20. Dorian Gray Registered

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    The kid just wanted to see tentacle rape.:(
     
  21. Equint77 MY NAME IS HOV

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    those anime movies are whacky.. I remember watching one where these goblins raped this princess and they used their tales to well... "harrass her".

    :(
     
  22. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    Yayyyyyy tentacle rape! :up:

    Or not.

    jag
     
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  24. Equint77 MY NAME IS HOV

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    [​IMG]

    anyone who says they wouldn't bang Sailor Mars is a liar.
     
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    I wouldn't bang sailor mars.
     

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