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Index on Censorship Joins Banned Books Week Coalition

May 30, 2017
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Index on Censorship Joins Banned Books Week Coalition

As a longtime member of the Banned Books Week Coalition, CBLDF is pleased to welcome our newest partner in the annual event: the UK’s Index on Censorship! As the first international member of the coalition, Index will host several events across the pond during Banned Books Week 2017, September 24-30. The Banned Books Week Coalition…

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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

May 19, 2017
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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

Due to the success of the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, the novel has faced increased scrutiny nationwide. American Library Association director James LaRue recently addressed the attempts to censor the popular novel. In the past few weeks, Thirteen Reasons Why has been banned from an elementary school in Florida and an entire school district in Colorado, despite…

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Join Us for She Changed Comics at UIUC!

April 19, 2017
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Join Us for She Changed Comics at UIUC!

Calling all central Illinoisans! Next Monday, April 24, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez will join a panel discussion centered on our book She Changed Comics at the University of Illinois Undergrad Library. Gomez will be joined by comics scholar and UIUC iSchool professor Carol Tilley, cartoonist and animator Nina Paley, and UIUC South Asian Studies…

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BPAL Supports Free Speech with New American Gods Scents!

April 10, 2017
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BPAL American Gods

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has been a long-time supporter of CBLDF. This Friday, BPAL will again show its support for the freedom to read with a new line of scents, nail polish, and atmosphere sprays inspired by Neil Gaiman’s American Gods! Each unique scent is packaged in a 5 mL apothecary bottle featuring label artwork…

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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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