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Common Sense and Censorship Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand

April 26, 2017
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Common Sense and Censorship Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand

In a recent post from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Pat Peters examined the relationship between common sense and censorship — or, rather, the lack of a relationship between the two. Peters provided a few examples of challenges that didn’t, well, make much sense: a parent who blamed Carl Deuker’s On the Devil’s Court for her…

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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

April 20, 2017
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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

Chinese dissident cartoonist Rebel Pepper has been awarded Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. The win was revealed last night in London, during Index’s Awards Gala. Rebel Pepper, the pseudonym of Wang Liming, has long targeted the Chinese regime in his work. In 2014, he fled China for Japan, where he lives in…

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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

April 18, 2017
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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

Seven years ago, dissident cartoonist Badiucao fled his home country of China for Australia. He’s long relied on the internet to share his work. “I felt this deepening of free expression, as everyone began to use the internet in a new way, I wanted to join in and be part of it,” he told CNN’s James Griffiths…

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C2E2: Signings with CBLDF!

April 17, 2017
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C2E2: Signings with CBLDF!

Thanks to our friends at IDW, CBLDF will host two special signings during C2E2 for the very special benefit anthology, Love is Love, which raised $165,000 to benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. On Friday, April 21, head to booth #409 to get a copy of Love Is Love, and get it signed…

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CBLDF Warms Up for C2E2!

April 14, 2017
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CBLDF Warms Up for C2E2!

We’re only a week away from Chicago’s celebration of all things geeky, C2E2! We’ve lined up an exclusive new t-shirt for the show, signed merch, panels, and much more for comic defenders! We’ll also have exclusive signings at CBLDF booth #409! Tune in next week, when we announce who’s going to be joining us! C2E2…

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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

April 14, 2017
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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

Turkish actor and columnist Orhan Aydin has received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 20 days prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by sharing a cartoon on social media.  Aydin shared a cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff that mocked Erdoğan’s visit to Cuba. The Istanbul court that passed the sentence also cited Aydin’s social media…

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This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List

April 10, 2017
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This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List

Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s award-winning graphic novel This One Summer sits at the top of the American Library Association’s list of the most challenged books in 2016. Other comics in the top ten are Drama by Raina Telgemeier and Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Here’s ALA’s complete list of the ten most…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Jacob’s New Dress

April 7, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Jacob’s New Dress

CBLDF has joined a Kids’ Right to Read Project-led coalition to protest the removal of Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s Jacob’s New Dress from a first grade anti-bullying program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in…

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Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

April 2, 2017
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Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

This month, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang officially ushers in the permanent annual version of his Reading Without Walls challenge. Recently Yang sat down with CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez to talk about the challenge and the importance of diverse voices in literature. BG: All right, this is Betsy Gomez, the Editorial Director…

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She Changed Comics: Teaching Resources Now Available!

March 31, 2017
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She Changed Comics: Teaching Resources Now Available!

Thanks to your overwhelming support, we didn’t just fund She Changed Comics, our resource about the women who changed free expression in comics — we also funded teaching guides for higher education, high school, and middle school. Those guides are now available! Covering female comics creators from the turn of the 20th century to present…

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