Ink & Rebellion


“Ink & Rebellion: The Evolution of Censorship in Comics” features VCU Libraries’ world class Comic Arts Collection through the lens of suppression and control of creative content.     

With significant collections of comics and graphic novels and a focus on histories of and stories by marginalized identities across all of its collections, VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives is uniquely situated to establish a timeline of comics censorship. “Ink & Rebellion”  traces a history of censorship in comics, from the establishment of the Comics Code Authority to the rise of underground comix, criminal censorship cases, challenged depictions of real-world events and contemporary graphic novel bans.

The exhibit, in the fourth floor gallery at James Branch Cabell Library, is on view during library hours throughout the fall semester. It opens Oct. 2 as part of Banned Book Week activities. Items on display are part of the larger Comic Arts Collection housed in Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries and are available for viewing and research.