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Durham County Library Hosts Breaking the Code: The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code Authority

Program: Breaking the Code: The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code Authority
Date: Thursday, August 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Will Hansen of Duke University and a panel of local experts for a discussion of the Comics Code Authority and the writers, artists and publishers who broke the code and created their own stories. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Propelled by public concern about violent, gory and sensual material, the Comics Code Authority (CCA) was formed in 1954 as a way of regulating “questionable” content in comic books. These restrictions led to a flourishing underground comic books market, widespread backlash from publishers and the development of modern comics and graphic novels.

Hansen is the Assistant Curator of Collections at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. He created and maintains a finding aid listing the many collections of comics, graphic novels, and manga available at Duke University Libraries. The panel will also include comics critic Rob Clough and John Stadler, a PhD student in literature.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact John Davis at 919-560-0125 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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