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She Changed Comics: It’s Not the National “Men’s” Cartoonists Society

March 24, 2017
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She Changed Comics: It’s Not the National “Men’s” Cartoonists Society

Edwina Dumm, Barbara Shermund, and Hilda Terry helped pave the way for women in the cartooning business today. These women produced persuasive illustrations for the suffrage movement and emphasized the strength of women in daily life, often with notable humor, and their work increased acceptance of female cartoonists in the industry. Arguably one of the most…

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Teaching and Library Resources for Comics by Women

March 23, 2017
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Teaching and Library Resources for Comics by Women

There’s still about a week left in Women’s History Month, but librarians and educators can use our resources all year round! Below, you’ll find 19 comics by women for which we’ve made CBLDF Discussion Guides, Using Graphic Novels in Education columns, or Adding Graphic Novels to Your Collection resources — in some cases all three!…

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She Changed Comics: Lou Rogers, Advocate for Women’s Rights

March 17, 2017
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She Changed Comics: Lou Rogers, Advocate for Women’s Rights

When Lou Rogers first tried to break into political cartooning around 1908, “Editors said there were no women cartoonists,” a reporter and childhood friend recalled about 15 years later. “They said women couldn’t even draw jokes. They hadn’t any humor” (Lewiston Daily Sun 1924). The naysayers were almost right on one score: Rogers was indeed…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Glass Castle

February 24, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Glass Castle

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, from a challenge in Marshfield, Wisconsin. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique visual nature of comics makes them more prone…

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CBLDF Joins Statement in Support of Simon & Schuster’s Right to Publish

January 6, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement in Support of Simon & Schuster’s Right to Publish

CBLDF and other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship this week issued a statement regarding calls to boycott all books from publisher Simon & Schuster after one of its imprints announced the upcoming release of a memoir by Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The statement supports the right to boycott a book or…

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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2016

December 29, 2016
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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2016

Among the many tools in our kit is legal action. For individuals, much of our work is behind the scenes and intended to prevent cases from even reaching courts. To defend the First Amendment rights of the wider comics community, we frequently join legal opposition to legislation that would curb free expression, and in previous…

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BBC’s 100 Women Includes Barrier-Breaking Middle Eastern Cartoonists

December 9, 2016
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Willis from Tunis: We Can Do It!

Every year, the BBC puts the spotlight on influential women around the world for its 100 Women series. For 2016, the list includes three Middle Eastern cartoonists fighting for women’s rights and freedom of expression: Doaa Eladl in Egypt, Riham Elhour in Morocco, and Nadia Khiari in Tunisia. A few years ago, we reported on Doaa…

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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

November 11, 2016
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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

Our film, The Trial of Mike Diana, is both a documentary on one of the most outrageous convictions in America’s legal history -- a 1996 conviction of obscenity over a self-published zine -- as well as a sober and multi-faceted discussion on one of recent history’s most unique comic artists.

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Join CBLDF at New York Comic-Con for Parties, Signings, Panels & More!

October 3, 2016
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Join CBLDF at New York Comic-Con for Parties, Signings, Panels & More!

This Thursday, CBLDF joins comics fans and creators from around the world in New York City for New York Comic-Con! October 6-9, you’ll find us at booth #2258 in the Javits Center with exclusive CBLDF merchandise and apparel, signed graphic novels, prints, and more! SIGNINGS & EXCLUSIVES Cliff Chiang Signing Saturday, October 8, 2:00 pm, Booth #2258…

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CBLDF Resources: Using Graphic Novels in Education

September 21, 2016
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CBLDF Resources: Using Graphic Novels in Education

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1, which means you still have time to plan your Banned Books Week event! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF resources, including our regular column, Using Graphic Novels in Education! Using Graphic Novels in Education is an ongoing feature…

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