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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the right to free speech across all forms of the comics medium, including manga. The organization’s activities include everything ranging from producing discussion guides to library support to actual legal support in court.
Timed with the American Library Association’s convention in Las Vegas last week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released their 2014 “Banned Books Handbook” as a free download to help promote September’s “Banned Books Week” advocacy campaign. Included among the materials is also the first installment of the organization’s latest discussion guides, which include one specifically for Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga series:
The discussion guide starts with the first (Viz Big) volume of the series, setting things up with Goku’s original adventures. In their guide, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund lists the series’ main themes as “friendship”, “rivalry”, “victory”, and “loss”. “Violence” and “nudity” are listed as some of the reasons it faces challenges in public. The discussion questions are broken down into a series of exercises for readers to understand, analyze, and evaluate the series. The discussion guide wraps up by suggesting that readers research additional variations of the monkey king legend in other media and to create a presentation with examples.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund provides a page documenting a 2009 case of Dragon Ball being banned from all Wicomico County schools and libraries in Maryland. Joe Holloway, a member of the Wicomico County Council, stated that the, “drawings and story lines are disgusting.” Wicomico schools Superintendent John Fredericksen stated that the series would be, “…coming off the shelves as soon as I can get a phone call back to the office.” Holloway went on to provide a presentation to his colleagues, defining the series as “smut”. Mark Thompson, county school board president, defined the series as “child pornography” after viewing the presentation.
In late 1999 / early 2000, a father of his four-year-old son was outraged over the inclusion of Dragon Ball manga in a pack of comics purchased at Toys “R” Us, which he described as “borderline soft porn” images of “naked boys and girls”. Dragon Ball was subsequently pulled from Toys “R” Us store shelves.