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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

June 8, 2018
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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

Editor’s note: This interview first appeared summer of 2017 in CBLDF Defender Vol. 2, Issue 2. As we approach the second year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub, this is a look back at the queer comics community responding to the tragedy and utilzing comics as a platform for activism and change.   On June…

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“Farewell to a Friend”: Paul Levitz on MAD Magazine’s Nick Meglin

June 4, 2018
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“Farewell to a Friend”: Paul Levitz on MAD Magazine’s Nick Meglin

Word is spreading of the sudden passing of Nick Meglin, an insufficiently celebrated but extraordinarily important influence on American culture and cartooning. Nick is close to the last survivor of the offices of E.C. Comics (hang in there, Marie and Angelo!) and one of the legendary Fleagle Gang of young creative turks that moved through…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 27: Ron Turner

May 31, 2018
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 27: Ron Turner

In this episode, we speak with legendary publisher Ron Turner, starting with his early days as an activist, through the creation of foundational publishing house LAST GASP, the heyday of the Underground Comix movement, and a myriad of other topics from an amazing life. TOPICS INCLUDE: Amputation, Activism, Air Pirates, Ecology, and R. Crumb The…

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Queer Comics Struggles, History, and Emergence: an Interview with Justin Hall

May 21, 2018
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Queer Comics Struggles, History, and Emergence: an Interview with Justin Hall

Justin Hall, who brought together the elegant and poignant queer comics anthology, No Straight Lines has been working on a new documentary by the same name with Peabody Award-winning director, Vivian Kleinman. The documentary is set to follow several groundbreaking LBGTQ comic book creators who broke barriers and paved the way for queer comics today. Justin was…

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May 18, 2018
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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

May 18, 2018
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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

by Brian M. Puaca The recent success of the Black Panther movie has prompted many viewers to delve into the history of the character and explore his origins in the Marvel Universe of the 1960s. As rightly noted in many media outlets, the Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in mainstream comics.…

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Curriculum Confusion Over Night Continues in Conejo

January 17, 2018
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Curriculum Confusion Over Night Continues in Conejo

Editor’s Note: 2/2/2108 According to an article released online yesterday for a local Thousand Oaks publication, Night by Elie Wiesel is still being taught in 8th grade honors english classes, as planned, at Los Cerritos Middle School. The article highlights several points of misunderstanding that perpetuated information to the contrary – from a teacher possibly…

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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

September 22, 2017
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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

Last week, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in asking a California school to uphold their policies for classroom reading. Earlier this week, the school board for Rocklin Academy Gateway voted to keep their literature policy unchanged. In June, some parents in the community challenged the reading of a LGBTQIA children’s book in a kindergarten…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 22: MATTHEW ROSENBERG

August 8, 2017
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 22: MATTHEW ROSENBERG

In this episode, we speak with writer Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Rocket Raccoon, Kingpin, 12 Reasons To Die) about his work, and the influence on his career of personal politics and activism. We discuss the early days of Black Mask Studios, interacting with an angry audience,…

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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOCs 8/7!

August 4, 2017
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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOCs 8/7!

Retailers: Engage your community during Banned Books week with the 2017 edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! Stock up now — it FOCs on Monday, August 7 (Diamond order code JUN171439)! Comics are the most banned books in the U.S., and CBLDF’s handy visual guide helps you protect them! Discover the books facing censorship.…

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