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Neil Gaiman to Be Honored as NCAC 2014 Free Speech Defender

November 3, 2014
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Neil Gaiman to Be Honored as NCAC 2014 Free Speech Defender

Today in New York City, the National Collation Against Censorship, along with thirty-nine other notable individuals, organizations, and initiatives, will honor award-winning author and comics creator Neil Gaiman the title of 2014 Free Speech Defender. For their 40th anniversary, at a gala event appropriately called 40 Years of Free Speech, NCAC will celebrate “the artists,…

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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

November 3, 2014
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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

With the appointment of comics creator Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame as the U.K.’s first Comics Laureate, it seems the rest of the world has finally started to figure out what we already knew: that comics can have a positive role in education. Similar to the positions of Poet or Children’s Laureate, Dave Gibbons as…

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Copyright as Censorship? A Look at the Early History of Copyright

October 31, 2014
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Copyright as Censorship? The Early History of the Publishing Backbone

Fun fact: The concept of “copyright” was not originally created to protect creators’ rights to their content. Nor were early copyright laws implemented to propagate a free and healthy publishing industry meant to encourage new content to be produced. Rather, as the newest episode in Copy-me‘s webseries (Ep. 3: Early Copyright History) points outs, “copyright…

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THE HORROR: True Stories of Comics Code Censorship Recounted at NYCC

October 23, 2014
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THE HORROR: True Stories of Comics Code Censorship Recounted at NYCC

The Comics Code — the “guidelines” that resulted from United States Senate hearings that took place during the height of the Golden Age of comics and that are credited with the first major downfall of the comic book industry — to speak of these institutionally established rules is to recount literal horror stories of blatant…

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