Back in August, Abrams Publishing announced that its imprint Abrams ComicsArts would be publishing A Suicide Bomber Sits In The Library, written by Jack Gantos with illustrations by Dave McKean. The book centers around a suicide bomber who changes his mind once he discovers the joys of reading.
When a young boy enters a library wearing an explosive vest hidden underneath his lovely new red jacket, he has only one plan on his mind.
But as he observes those around him becoming captivated by the books they are reading, the boy can't help but question his reason for being there.
Due to backlash from members of the Muslim community, the publisher decided to pull the title from its list of releases.
So I've seen the solicitation for the Lil' Terrorist Goes To The Library picture book and whew I have some thoughts. At first I was baffled as to how such a book comes into existence in the first place. Then I did some research and now eeeeeverything makes sense.— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) November 20, 2018
Oh, did you know Dave McKean and Jack Gantos (2 white dudes) have a comic out next year about an illiterate brown Muslim boy who goes into a library with a suicide bomb only to start having second thoughts because people seem so into the world of books and if only he could read— Zainab Akhtar (@comicsandcola) November 19, 2018
Still waiting for your official statement on why you hired two white men to write about a muslim, middle-eastern, child suicide bomber in a library: https://t.co/IBe8UvjWw8— OliviaAbtahi (@oliviaabtahi) November 20, 2018
But this cancellation puts the rest of the planned books in the "Sitting" series in jeopardy. The titles, which were supposed to be announced in an Outhouse EXXXCLUSIVE, are listed below.