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On February 14, 2017, Crites’ Coloring Book by Tom Crites became the first coloring book in the history of coloring books to be banned.

On February 14, 2017, Crites’ Coloring Book by Tom Crites became the first coloring book in the history of coloring books to be banned.

Specifically, the ban is a Calfornia-based ban, Crites’ book having been placed on the Centralized List of Disapproved Publications by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This prevents it from being delivered to inmates statewide.

The given reason is that it shows obscene material depicting frontal nudity, which is a violation of departmental policy.

Tom’s art is beautifully rendered, and don’t be put off: there isn’t much nudity outside of a bunch of weird human-animal hybrids.


Want to know more? Check out Crites’ Coloring Book by Tom Crites.

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