Author: Betsy Gomez

CBLDF DEFENDER Vol. 3 #1 Now Available!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)!  CBLDF Defender Vol. 3 #1 features cover by Declan Shalvey…

The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

Last year, Florida signed into law HB 989, legislation that allows any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” The fallout from that…

Wyoming School Board Bans A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl

The Cody School Board voted 5-1 to ban Tanya Stone’s A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl from district libraries. In banning the book, the board trustees ignored a review committee recommendation to keep the book. The board also voted to…

Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

Malaysian graphic designer, artist, and activist Fahmi Reza has been sentenced to a month in jail and a RM30,000 (around $7,700) fine for uploading a sketch depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a clown. Reza was found guilty of spreading…

Beaverton Deputy Superintendent Bans Book from District Middle Schools

Andrew Smith’s young adult novel has been banned from middle schools in the Beaverton, Oregon, school district. A parent and student filed a complaint over the book, saying it was inappropriate because of vulgar language. A review committee made up…

Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

Cartoonist Zunar has been granted leave for a judicial review of his challenge to the ban to his book Sapuman: Man of Steal. Zunar filed the legal action in early January. The next court date for the challenge is February…

Retailers: CBLDF Defender Vol. 1 #3, Featuring JORDIE BELLAIRE, FOCs TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN181466), so now’s the…

Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

The Duluth school district is removing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from required reading over the use of a racial slur. A specific challenge to the books did not trigger the removal, which was…

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein has teamed up with John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) to co-curate The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, an exhibit on display at the Museum of Illustration at…