Speak Up: Magnolia Middle to get new manga club in wake of ‘book ban’ claims


Magnolia Middle School will be starting a club for students who enjoy reading Japanese comic books, roughly two weeks after its Anime Club shut down during a series of events that included book-banning accusations. The Manga Mania club will meet every other Wednesday, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. Members will be reading books provided by the Dover Public Library, as well as others yet to be approved by the Caesar Rodney School District board of education.

  • It’s not a ban if you can still get it. — Max Yealey
  • In Japan, manga constituted an annual 40.6 billion yen (approximately $395 million in the U.S.) publication industry by 2007. In 2006, sales of manga books made up for about 27% of total book sales and the sale of manga magazines for 20% of total magazine sales. The manga industry has expanded worldwide, where distribution companies license and reprint manga into their native languages. Marketeers primarily classify manga by the age and gender of the target readership. In particular, books and magazines sold to boys (shonen) and girls (shojo) have distinctive cover art, and most bookstores place them on different shelves. — Jeri Boone
  • Why are liberals so bent on providing adult material to children? What is wrong with age-appropriate material? — Bob Hice
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