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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

September 30, 2014
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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

Yesterday, just hours before a school board meeting to decide the fate of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter to defend the book. Last night, the Ball-Chatham School Board in Illinois voted unanimously to keep the book in classrooms. Persepolis is an…

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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

September 29, 2014
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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

Television regulators in Indonesia have demanded that broadcasters to censor certain aspects of the globally known children’s show Crayon Shin-chan. The show has been popular in Japan for more than two decades, and focuses on a a precocious child who is fond of mooning and who often uses racy spoonerisms. Despite the show’s popularity in…

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Banned Books Week News Roundup

September 26, 2014
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Banned Books Week News Roundup

Wow, what a week! CBLDF trekked across the country to celebrate the freedom to read and our board members and BBW co-sponsors — the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship;…

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CBLDF Board Members Jenni Holm and Jeff Smith Celebrate the Freedom to Read

September 26, 2014
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CBLDF Board Members Jenni Holm and Jeff Smith Celebrate the Freedom to Read

CBLDF is honored to have some pretty spectacular board members, creators, and comics professionals who are willing to go the extra mile for the freedom to read. Board members Jenni Holm, the winner of multiple Newbery Honors and co-creator of the hit series Babymouse and Squish, and Jeff Smith, the creator of the bestselling all-ages…

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9 Banned Books Week Quotes

September 26, 2014
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9 Banned Books Week Quotes

As Banned Books Week nears its end, it’s important to remember that the fight against censorship doesn’t end with it. These quotes serve as a reminder of how insidious censorship is and how people should celebrate — and defend — the freedom to read throughout the year! We need your help to keep fighting for…

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TODAY: CBLDF Twitter Party with Jenni Holm and Larry Marder!

September 26, 2014
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TODAY: CBLDF Twitter Party with Jenni Holm and Larry Marder!

Today, CBLDF President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder joins Babymouse writer Jenni Holm for a Twitter Party! Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them out below. Today, there are events in New York and Oregon, as well as a fundraiser in Texas! The list that…

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Watch CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Talk Banned Comics with Reason TV

September 25, 2014
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In preparation for Banned Books Week 2014, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein joined Reason TV‘s Tracy Oppenheimer at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the history of comic book censorship and the ongoing challenges comics face today: We need your help to keep fighting for the right to read! Help support CBLDF’s important First Amendment work…

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Bone Creator Jeff Smith Featured on NPR, Reading Rainbow

September 25, 2014
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Bone Creator Jeff Smith Featured on NPR, Reading Rainbow

People have been trying to ban books for as long as books have existed, and attacks on comics are nothing new, of course. With their unique way of combining words and images, comics have long been misunderstood, and an easy target for the people who glimpse a panel or a page out of context and…

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TODAY: Larry Marder and Scott McCloud Talk the Risky Business of Comics in San Diego!

September 25, 2014
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TODAY: Larry Marder and Scott McCloud Talk the Risky Business of Comics in San Diego!

Today, CBLDF President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder joins Understanding Comics auteur Scott McCloud in San Diego for a conversation about banned comics! The event is co-sponsoerd by CBLDF and Comic-Con International. Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them out below. Today, there are events…

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Humble Valiant Bundle Starts Week Two with More Comics for Charity!

September 24, 2014
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Humble Valiant Bundle Starts Week Two with More Comics for Charity!

Humble Bundle and award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment are proud to present the Humble Valiant Bundle — the ultimate digital comics collection of some of the most critically acclaimed titles anywhere in comics today! The Humble Valiant Bundle was the single biggest comics offering ever presented by Humble when it launched last week, and…

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