From October 27 to September 3, the American Library Association, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and a dozen other organizations made up of creators, publishers, teachers and journalists will be celebrating Banned Books Week. Well, maybe "celebrating" is the wrong word for a 33 year-old campaign designed to raise awareness of censorship by championing books that were challenged or banned from libraries across the country, but there's at least one good reason to have a good time with it.

To mark the occasion, the folks over at Humble Bundle have launched a pay-what-you-want collection of banned and challenged comics, including Jeff Smith's Bone, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen and more --- complete with reasons why they were challenged.


Humble Bundle Banned Books Week offerings


The listing for each book links to the CBLDF page detailing the challenged, and it can be very enlightening. It's not difficult to figure out why people might find some objectionable content in Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson and John McCrea's The Boys, but a book like SideScrollers, which has actually been described as "wholesome" in reviews, is a much more surprising entry onto the list.

Here's the full rundown of titles:

Customers can name their price for:

  • Maggie the Mechanic (Love & Rockets) 
  • The Frank Book
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3
  • CBLDF Presents: Liberty
  • Madame Paul Affair
  • Bone Vol. 1.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive:

  • The Little Man
  • The Boys: Herogasm
  • Heartbreak Soup (Love & Rockets)
  • Barefoot Gen Vol 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
  • Essex County
  • Elfquest: The Final Quest Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus:

  • Not Funny Haha
  • Wytches Vol. 1
  • Information Doesn't Want To Be Free (Audiobook).


The bundle runs through October 7, benefiting the CBLDF.

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