No one likes to be told what they can and cannot read. With help from download deal specialist Humble Bundle, you can be the one to decide which controversial comics you'd like to peruse.
Plus you choose how much you'd like to pay for the comics in honor of Banned Books Week, an annual US anti-censorship protest that started in 1982. This year it runs from Sunday to October 3.
The Forbidden Comics Humble Bundle features an assortment of comics from prominent authors that have been challenged and, in some cases, banned from US schools and libraries.
Curated by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the Forbidden Comics Humble Bundle includes works by Alan Moore, Scott Snyder, Jeff Smith, Wendy Pini, Garth Ennis, Cory Doctorow, the Hernandez Brothers and Julie Doucet.
"Every year, Banned Books Week reminds us that the freedom to read isn't something we can take for granted," said Charles Brownstein, executive director of the CBLDF. "Some of the most creative and thought-provoking voices are challenged and sometimes banned. These challenges cast a stigma on valuable work, and deprive communities and individuals."
Each listing has information about the comic, and some have links to CBLDF pages explaining why the comic was challenged or banned from certain schools and libraries.
You can name your price for comics such as "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3," which courted controversy with sex scenes, and "Bone Vol. 1," which was challenged by parents for promoting drinking and smoking.
Those who pay more than the average price will also receive "The Boys: Herogasm," which was banned by Qatar's Ministry of Culture, the video game-themed "Sidescrollers," which was banned from reading lists for profanity, and "Barefoot Gen Vol 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima," which has been deemed anti-Japanese by some and has been ranked as the "most traumatizing manga." Wendy Pini's "Elfquest: The Final Quest Vol. 1" led to a social worker's arrest for "distributing obscene materials to a minor."
If you pay $15 or more you'll receive all of the previously mentioned comics plus "Not Funny Haha," "Wytches Vol. 1" and the audiobook of "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free," read by actor Wil Wheaton.
Humble Bundle plans to add more controversial titles on September 30.
As with all Humble Bundles, you decide how your money is allocated, between the publisher and charities. Needless to say, this bundle supports the CBLDF.
The Humble Bundle offer has already kicked off and lasts through October 7.