Author: Jordan Smith

5 Important First Amendment Reminders for Students and Schools from the Utah AG

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In compliance with a new state bill (HB 374) the Utah Attorney General released a memorandum to “provide guidance and training to public schools on identifying sensitive materials.” Though written for Utah local education agencies (LEA), the memo outlines First…

JUST ANNOUNCED! Support CBLDF with Supermassive Heavy Metal Humble Comics Bundle

Support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and get a Supermassive Heavy Metal Humble Comics Bundle. Heavy Metal has joined Humble Bundle to bring comics fans 45 years of cutting edge sci-fi, fantasy, and horror from the Heavy Metal catalog. The pay what you want bundle…

CBLDF Joins Initiative Unite Against Book Bans

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund joined the American Library Association’s initiative Unite Against Book Bans. The national campaign that “empowers readers everywhere to push back against censorship” consists of over twenty-five separate groups. These national organizations include “advocacy groups, education…

Adding V for Vendetta to Your Library or Classroom Collection

SMiling Guy Fawkes mask with the title V For Vendetta.

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd features a near-future fascist dystopia to rival anything seen in We, 1984, or Fahrenheit 451. Nightmarish governmental departments control the populace suppressing their freedom and identities. The imagery of the Guy Fawkes mask worn by…

Spinning in Llano: Citizens Go to Court

Spinning, the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel by Tillie Walden, is one of several books that prompted a federal lawsuit Monday. Citizens from Llano County, Texas, a county Northwest of Austin, have filed the suit against the county and several public…

PEN Report Reveals All Graphic Novels Banned in the Last Nine Months

April ushered in two important reports on censorship in the past year. The American Library Association released its report on the “Top 10 Challenged Books,” and PEN America released its report “Banned in the USA: Rising School Book Bans Threaten…

Adding My Friend Dahmer to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer is part memoir and part deeply researched journalism. The award-winning graphic novel recounts Backderf’s high school years and his experience unknowingly seeing the makings of the serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. Published by Abrams Comicsarts in 2012, the…

House Committee on Oversight to Hold Hearing on Book Bans

Book challenges and bans have been sweeping the nation at an alarming rate over the past two years. With the release of the American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries Report yesterday, we now have an equally alarming set of data about…

Gender Queer Tops Most Challenged Book List of 2021

This morning, as part of National Library Week, American Library Association released their Top Ten Challenged Books of 2021. Each year, ALA compiles the report and list from information gathered from library staff across the country year-round. Schools, universities, and…