Monday, June 18, 2012Library Board of TrusteesGreenville County Public Library25 Heritage Green PlaceGreenville, SC 29601Dear Board Members,On behalf of the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Booksellers Foundationfor Free Expression and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund we strongly urge you to keep AlanMoore’s
in the Greenville Public Library. This book has reportedly been challengedby a member of the community who claims its “sexually graphic” images make it inappropriatefor the library.Removing this book because of objections to its content is impermissible under the FirstAmendment. As the Supreme Court said in
Board of Education v. Pico
, the constitution does notpermit “officially prescribed orthodoxy” which limits what people may read, think, speak, or say.The fact that we are confronted with images and not words does not make a difference—thecourts have ruled that images, like words, constitute symbolic expression and are protected by theFirst Amendment.
is a horror graphic novel which explores themes present in the works of fantasywriter H.P. Lovecraft, delving into complex issues of race, crime and sexuality. Moore and artistJacen Burrows use the visual nature of the graphic novel medium to more fully examine thesubject matter found in Lovecraft's original work, achieving a commentary both on Lovecraft andon the horror genre itself. The authors deliberately disturbing depictions of sexual violence areincluded as a critical comment on how such subject matter is handled elsewhere within the genre.The book recently won the Bram Stoker award for “Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.”Its critical acclaim testifies to its artistic value which is aided, not eclipsed, by its sexual content.Alan Moore is one of the most influential and acclaimed authors in both the graphic novelcategory and the larger literary culture. His body of work includes
named one of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. His worksalso include the graphic novels
V For Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell
, all of which have enjoyed tremendous critical acclaim.
continuesMoore's explorations in appropriating classic literary characters and themes in the service of post-modern storytelling. It is an essential work by an author who is indisputably a master within hisfield.