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Influential Banned Comics: Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez

October 2, 2018
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Influential Banned Comics: Palomar  by Gilbert Hernandez

“As a kid, the first issue of Love and Rockets I saw astonished me not just with its visual and storytelling mastery, but with the worlds it focused on – characters of every shape and background, from women selling babosas barefooted to sexy, smart mechanic girlfriends. I’d never experienced anything like it, and that’s because…

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One of the Most Influential Banned Comics of All Time : Barefoot Gen

October 1, 2018
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One of the Most Influential Banned Comics of All Time : Barefoot Gen

“[Barefoot] Gen burned its way into my heated brain with the intensity of a fever dream” Art Spiegelman notes in his introduction to Barefoot Gen Vol. 1.  Even without the fever, Spiegelman was experiencing through his first read, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga is sure to stay with you long after you’ve consumed its final pages. Though it may seem…

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Why Comics Are Banned

September 24, 2018
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Why Comics Are Banned

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports of book challenges from around the country–that is, a request from an individual or group for a book to be restricted or removed from a library or classroom. Over the years OIF has tracked the books and comics that are challenged and…

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2018 Banned Books Week Handbook Has Arrived!

September 19, 2018
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2018 Banned Books Week Handbook Has Arrived!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK IS HERE — CELEBRATE WITH NEW HANDBOOK! Coalition Offers Free Publication to Support Annual Celebration of the Right to Read New York City, New York, September 19, 2018 — Banned Books Week kicks off on Sunday, and the Banned Books Week Coalition is celebrating with the CELEBRATE BANNED BOOKS WEEK HANDBOOK, a…

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Forbidden Books Humble Bundle Benefits Banned Books Week & CBLDF!

September 19, 2018
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Forbidden Books Humble Bundle Benefits Banned Books Week & CBLDF!

Celebrate Banned Books Week in Humble Bundle style with the new Forbidden Books Bundle, a collection of banned and challenged books by some of the world’s most influential authors San Francisco, CA – September 19, 2018 – From The Color Purple to Saga, Lauren Myracle to Neil Gaiman, even kids classics from And Tango Makes…

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Celebrate Banned Books Week At Your Library with Image Comics’ Library Livestreams

September 13, 2018
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Celebrate Banned Books Week At Your Library with Image Comics’ Library Livestreams

PORTLAND, OR, 09/13/2018 — Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (East of West), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck, Lumberjanes), Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel), Charles Soule (Curse Words), and…

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“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War

September 7, 2018
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“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War

“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression of Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War by Brian M. Puaca In the summer of 1965, the United States was escalating its involvement in Vietnam in order to prevent the Communist North from conquering the non-Communist South. Casting doubt on America’s involvement and support of South Vietnam in the…

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018
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August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Service, one of the nation’s largest comic book retail…

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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

August 20, 2018
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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

CBLDF has joined a coalition of Free Speech advocacy groups in protesting President Trump’s legal intimidation of Simon & Schuster for the publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman’s book Unhinged. The President threatened legal action against the publisher, asserting that it could be punished for publication of this title. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and…

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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

August 10, 2018
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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

Germany announced that they will lift the across-the-board ban on swastikas in video games in favor of a more nuanced approach, similar to that of how they handle Nazi imagery in movies. The shift in policy signals an appreciation for video games as culturally important works. Felix Falk, managing director of The German Games Industry…

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