Intellectual Freedom across the Globe: Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga, and Libraries

Censorship has affected comic books since their inception.  This webinar will discuss the history of comic book censorship, and highlight some of the current issues facing libraries and content creators around the globe, including a spotlight on Tokyo's recent law affecting manga.  There will also be an overview of policies and best practices related to comic books, graphic novels, and manga in libraries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will understand the history and significance of censorship efforts targeting graphic novels and comics
  • Participants will gain information on collecting, categorizing, and shelving graphic novels in libraries
  • Participants will prepare for effectively handling complaints about comics in library collections


Date(s) & Time(s)

Originally recorded on Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011.


  • ALA members and other members of IFLA institutions: $15.00
  • General: $20.00
  • Group: $35.00*

*For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathering in one room at one location to watch the webcast. We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, use a LCD/LED projector and speakers capable of amplifying the audio when viewing the webcast.

Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute this webcast. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

Computer, stable internet connection, and speakers.  To test your connection, visit  For a quick overview of the platform, visit


To register, click here to begin the online registration process. You will need to enter your ALA ID and password. If you do not have an ALA ID and password, you will be asked to create one. Click here for a PDF with instructions on how to create an ALA ID.


Jonathan Kelley,