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CBLDF’s First Case, 30 Years Later

November 18, 2016
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CBLDF’s First Case, 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago today, the purchase of just 15 comic books would spark a chain of events that would ignite an ongoing fight for free expression across the entire industry. As CBLDF celebrates 30 years with a soon-to-end auction of original art from our very first benefit portfolio, we take a look back.  One young man,…

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Political Cartoons for Peace

June 6, 2014
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Political Cartoons for Peace

A globalization class at Lebanese American University hosted political cartoonist Hassan Bleibel as he paid a visit to illustrate the power of using art to tackle sensitive issues. The cartoonist is best known for his work at the Daily Star Al-Mostaqbal newspaper, where his work encountered challenges for its criticism on Israeli policies. Bleibel was…

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Trigger Warnings Proliferate on College Campuses

May 20, 2014
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Trigger Warnings Proliferate on College Campuses

Back in February, a Rutgers student posted a column on The Daily Targum discussing the potentially disturbing content found among novels required in course work for the literature and humanities departments. Instead of taking the approach some middle and high schools have taken by banning challenging narratives all together, a compromise was proposed — including…

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Punitive Budget Cuts Don’t Fly with South Carolina Senate Finance Committee

May 1, 2014
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Punitive Budget Cuts Don’t Fly with South Carolina Senate Finance Committee

Yesterday, the Associate Press reported an update to the proposed punitive budget cuts against two South Carolina Universities. In early March, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a budget that cut the funding of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books — one of which was Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home — into elective reading…

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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

April 17, 2014
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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is no stranger to controversy. The beautifully composed Eisner-winning graphic novel, detailing Bechdel’s personal journey with sexual orientation, family, and self-image, has been the subject of two bans from South Carolina and Utah colleges. Citing the material as “pornographic” and “shocking,” the administrations vied to keep the work out of curriculum.…

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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

April 9, 2014
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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

On April 3, 2014, Revolution News published an article containing three Carlos Latuff political cartoons. One cartoon in particular caused the article to be removed from Facebook, where the news site shared a link to the posting. The cartoon featured a caricature of Death resurrecting nazi fascism from the grave, referencing a recent scandal over…

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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

March 21, 2014
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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

Apple’s notoriously inconsistent digital publishing policy has been applied to yet another title, this time targeting Bénédicte Martin’s novel La Femme due to its “inappropriate” cover. Apple has established a troubling history of restricting books from their iOS marketplace, with last year’s Sex Criminals being a prime example of their inability to take images in…

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Ultraman Loses Battle Against Malaysian Government

March 7, 2014
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Ultraman Loses Battle Against Malaysian Government

Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry has banned the Malay language edition of popular Japanese comic Ultraman, The Ultrapower stating that the book contains “elements that can undermine public security and societal morals,” according to the Associated Press. The specific element in question was use of the word “Allah” to describe Ultraman King, a lead character in…

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True Tales of Censorship: Craig Fisher and His Stay in The House of Spirits

February 27, 2014
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True Tales of Censorship: Craig Fisher and His Stay in The House of Spirits

Craig Fisher is an Associate Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he teaches film studies as well as comics classes. Although Fisher teaches some infamously challenged books in his courses, he had never experienced censorship first hand until last October, when his friend and occasional colleague, Mary Kent Whitaker,…

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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

February 20, 2014
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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

Alarmist watchdog group the Parents Television Council has turned its focus toward Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim after an announcement that as of March 31, the programming block would begin an hour earlier. The PTC is a “non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment,” which means that instead of simply turning off their televisions when they don’t…

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