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Support the Right to Read by Donating to CBLDF for #GivingTuesday

November 26, 2018
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Support the Right to Read by Donating to CBLDF for #GivingTuesday

No matter what you read, which books you love, or what creators you follow, the one thing every fan can agree on is that COMIC BOOKS ARE GREAT. From the superheroes who have changed popular culture on the big screen, to handmade, visually inventive art objects, and personal stories in beautiful books, comics are the…

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On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

November 26, 2018
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2018 Annual Report Cover

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CBLDF was on the front lines of the…

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Bringing Comics into Your Classroom and Curriculum

November 19, 2018
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Bringing Comics into Your Classroom and Curriculum

Looking for ways to engage reluctant readers? Need gripping tales for those students with shorter attention spans? Interested in teaching visual literacy in addition to improving vocabulary and reading comprehension? Look no further than (trumpet sounds) comic books! If you are a regular CBLDF News Blog reader, you probably aren’t surprised by the idea of…

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John Rogers Passes Away at 57

November 16, 2018
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John Rogers Passes Away at 57

CBLDF is saddened to mark the passing of John Rogers, long-serving president of San Diego Comic-Con, who died last weekend after a short battle with brain cancer. Rogers was a foundational influence on Comic-Con’s evolution. He was first elected as the organization’s president in 1986, continuously serving for 32 years. Rogers was most comfortable behind…

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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

October 24, 2018
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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

By Brian Saucier Regular readers of the CBLDF news blog will recall that the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida recently ordered its 10th grade students to stop reading City of Thieves by David Benioff after a parent complained that the book was “sexually degrading.” Inexplicably, the School District removed the book without…

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Exclusive Umbrella Academy and LumberJanes for CBLDF Retail Members!

October 22, 2018
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CBLDF Retail Shield 2018

For over twenty-five years, the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND has tirelessly advocated for the comics industry and art form, providing legal assistance and advice, educational programming, and resources for libraries and schools. Since the earliest days of the CBLDF, comic shop retailers have been the foundation in our fight for free speech. Comic retailers…

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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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