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The Geek Beat: Rated M For Mature

10 November 2009 6:45 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Due to it being a quiet news week thus far, I decided it might be fun to discuss a little ruckus that's been brewing in Lexington, Kentucky. Two library workers became obsessed with Alan Moore, and not in the way familiar to those who found him via Swamp Thing or Watchmen. It seems the Jessamine County library got a copy of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume IV: Black Dossier as many self-respecting libraries have. Employees Sharon Cook and Beth Boisvert saw it (it's not clear how) and decided it was unfit for public consumption.

After challenging its shelf place and failing, they debated "spilling tea on it" before taking the less destructive measure of checking the book out. Ms. Cook kept it out of circulation for an entire year until one library patron said "Holy crap, my library has Volume IV! I shall check it out immediately!" and put it on hold. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Librarians fired over Alan Moore comic

28 October 2009 6:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Two Kentucky librarians have claimed that they were fired after refusing to lend an 11-year-old an Alan Moore graphic novel. Sharon Cook and Beth Bovaire of Nicholasville, Jessamine county removed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from the girl's hold list after deeming it unsuitable, according to local TV stations. Cook described the book as "pornography" in her interviews. "Residents in Jessamine county do not realise (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Alan Moore comic dubbed 'pornographic'

23 October 2009 10:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's classic graphic novel The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen has been dubbed pornographic by two Us library attendants. Beth Bovaire and Sharon Cook, from Nicholasville, Ky, refused to allow an 11-year-old girl to borrow the book on the grounds that it contained inappropriate material. Both employees were dismissed over the incident, but have stood by their actions. "If you give children pornography, a child, a 12-year-old, cannot understand and process the same way a 30-year-old can," Cook told a local television news station. Bovaire (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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