Archie Comics: The Married Life #3 Comic Banned in Singapore by MDA

I’m sure you’ve heard about the uproar over NLB (National Library Board) banning a couple of books such as “And Tango Makes Three” and “The White Sawn Express: A Story About Adoption” as  a member of the public wrote in to NLB complaining that they promoted homosexuality and contravened pro-family values.

I was pretty surprised, but this news that I just read made my eyes pop.

Archie comic removed from bookstore following public complaint

The Media Development Authority (MDA) confirms that a comic “Archie: The Married Life” Book Three was pulled from bookstore shelves because its content breached guidelines by depicting same-sex marriage of two characters.

Comic artist Sonny Liew had flagged the withdrawal in a blog post dated July 11, saying he could not find it in a Kinokuniya catalog. The bookstore had told him it was removed from sale by notice of MDA.

In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday (July 16), a spokesperson said MDA had assessed the comic in March, upon receiving a complaint. Thereafter, the authority informed the local distributor of the comic, not to import or distribute it in retail outlets.

The revelation comes amid controversy over the National Library Board’s (NLB) decision to withdraw three children’s titles because of depictions that did not conform to the traditional notions of family. Three judges of this year’s Singapore Literature Prize have resigned in protest over the move. The Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has said NLB’s decision was based on community norms.

NLB carries four copies of the banned Archie comic and says it will be reviewing the book in light of MDA’s decision.

“It should be noted that Archie: The Married Life was acquired for our adult collection. NLB takes a broader approach for the adult’s collection than it does for its children’s collection,” an NLB spokesperson said.

Credits: CNA

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