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    20 Life Lessons Learned From Reading Banned & Challenged Comics

    Comics are more popular than ever and are often a target for censorship. Help libraries and educators spread the word about intellectual freedom and the right to read. Why let the opinions of a few dictate access to all? Pick up a comic… you might just learn something.

    1. Mornings are always better with cake.

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    In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak

    2. A comic book can bear witness in powerful ways.

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    Maus, by Art Spiegelman

    3. An ordinary person can become an extraordinary leader.

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    Bone series, by Jeff Smith

    4. “Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.”

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    Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

    5. Freedom comes at great cost.

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    Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughn--Author and Niko Henrichon--Artist

    6. Fezzes make the best gifts.

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    Akbar & Jeff’s Guide to Life, by Matt Groening

    7. “Nature laughs at our suffering.”

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    Ice Haven, by Daniel Clowes

    8. Frankenberry would win in a fight against Cap’n Crunch and Tony the Tiger.

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    SideScrollers, by Matthew Loux

    9. A terrible lie can save humanity.

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    Watchmen, by Alan Moore--Author and David Gibbons--Artist

    10. "Shame is always easier to handle if you have someone to share it with."

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    Blankets, by Craig Thompson

    11. "You can know anything. It's all there. You just have to find it."

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    The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman

    12. "Grief takes many forms, including the absence of grief."

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    Fun Home, by Allison Bechdel

    13. Cthulhu is real!

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    Neonomicon, by Alan Moore--Author and Jacen Burrows--Artist

    14. "If you start to like a flower, it's because you have a secret."

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    The Color of Earth, by Kim Dong Hwa

    15. A comic can depict a 4-dimensional world in 3 dimensions.

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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, by Alan Moore--Author and Kevin O'Neill--Artist

    16. A shared name can connect the fates of very different people.

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    Message to Adolf, by Osamu Tezuka

    17. Even as you move forward in life, you cannot fully leave your past behind.

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    Stuck Rubber Baby, by Howard Cruse

    18. Middle-school traumas are painfully funny.

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    Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age, by Ariel Schrag and other contributors

    19. From one bad day, a person can become either Batman or the Joker.

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    Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore--Author and Brian Bolland--Artist

    20. Fight for all that is pre-shrunk and cottony.

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    The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey

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