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  •  It's (5+ / 0-)

    Definitively not a book for an 11 years old, but to apply self censorship is absurd. Anyhow the child will probably be bored to dead with Allan Moore's prose and constant references to Victorian culture, including quite a bit of revisited Victorian porn.

    I find very perplexing the cataloging of comics and graphic novels in many libraries. There is a melange of locations from the kids section to the teens to the adult, to specific graphic novels sections to be spread all out through the fiction but not that much in the non fiction although there are a lot of graphic novel now that aren't fiction.

    •  I don't agree with "definitely not a book for (2+ / 0-)
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      an 11 years old" - per my prior comment to this diary, it's a clever piece of fiction which subversively uses more explicit displays of sexuality and even brutality in dialogue and complementary drawings to undermine neatly defined, well-known (and some obscure) historical+fictionals characters.  It's a piss-take on history and historical entertainment, essentially.

      This is great, thought-provoking work if you can get beyond pictures of some female breasts and a small section which hilariously uses side-views of sex acts to take down the hypocrisy of conservative, censorship-driven societal mores, IMHO.  As a kid, I was certainly looking for anything in the library that had a sexual or adult flavor in it at various times of hormonal interests, but this wouldn't reveal more from a visual standpoint beyond standard fiction and even non-fiction from what I read years ago.  This has the added benefit of being far more engaging in narrative than usual fare, I feel.

      Kids will giggle at the pictures, but the words could provide context that can provoke later thought on what it means for years.  Having layers of entertainment value seems the mark of a decent piece of work.

      I don't hear people going out of their way to censor more violent and even brutal books or reviews of artwork, so why would this be inappropriate in that context?

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 08:33:05 AM PDT

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      •  The kid probably wouldn't have understood it (1+ / 0-)
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        The same way I didn't understand the pornographic cartoons I found under my bachelor uncle's bed when I was visiting the family farm back in 1972 or thereabouts.

        •  I think that they would have, to some extent (0+ / 0-)

          But, certainly not all of it - I agree.

          Which is why I feel that layers of entertainment that can be had from the same work is what makes books such as this more interesting.  Some of the references have been above my head/experience, and I've need to search for perspectives from those who knew more of what was being brought into the storylines.

          I've seen truly pornographic cartoons and/or pictures since well before 11 years old, and they made increasing sense over the years from a literal (and, in some cases, literary) aspect of things - but, the symbolism of such things hasn't really changed to me.

          This work is best for Mature readers, but I don't see an 11 year-old being corrupted by this - the titillation that is shown isn't graphic and takes much reading to understand and you really can't miss the voluminous and well-placed text, I feel.  A curious mind would hopefully read the story almost as much as viewing the artful + some "dirty" pictures.

          If this was an explicitly pornographic work without much other intent, I wouldn't expect that to be available in the library.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 09:20:26 AM PDT

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