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Alison Bechdel Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”

September 18, 2014
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Alison Bechdel Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”

Fun Home creator Alison Bechdel received some well-deserved recognition and support for her work yesterday, when it was announced that she is one of the 21 recipients of a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” In a profile on its website, the Foundation said that “Bechdel is changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding…

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Free Posters and Resources for Banned Books Week!

September 17, 2014
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Free Posters and Resources for Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is coming right up next week, September 21-27, and we have some great free resources for librarians, teachers, retailers, and anyone else who wants to celebrate! First, the posters. That beauty at right featuring characters from banned and challenged comics comes to us courtesy of Jonathan Hill and First Second Books. In…

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Bill Teoh: From Comics Censor to Comics Retailer

September 16, 2014
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Bill Teoh: From Comics Censor to Comics Retailer

Bill Teoh, the 80-year-old owner of one of the few comic book stores in Singapore, took an unlikely path to that business. Before opening Comics World in 1987, Teoh was a police inspector on the censorship board that reviewed and often banned comics imported into the city-state. In a recent video from Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia,…

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Gilbert Hernandez Signing Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas!

September 16, 2014
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Gilbert Hernandez Signing Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas!

This Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas, Gilbert Hernandez and other area creators will be signing and sketching to benefit CBLDF! For a $10 donation, this is your chance to get a signed Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant. Hernandez will also be signing his newest book Bumperhead. He’ll be joined by LFDF Comics artists…

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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

September 15, 2014
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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute thinks that librarians who celebrate Banned Books Week are hypocrites. In an article on the organization’s website last week, she argued that the real banned books are not the oft-targeted ones like And Tango Makes Three which depict same-sex parents or other LGBT characters. Rather, she says that…

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Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

September 12, 2014
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Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

One North Carolina woman’s months-long crusade against Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian culminated this week with a disappointing compromise: the book will remain in Brunswick County middle school libraries, but will be kept behind the counter where only students with parental permission may check it out. Frances Wood of Ash,…

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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

September 12, 2014
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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

About four months after Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were challenged as reading assignments for Advanced Placement English at a high school in Wendell, North Carolina, we learned this week that Morrison’s novel was ultimately banned from the school’s curriculum. Teachers may still assign The Color Purple, but must…

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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

September 11, 2014
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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted 48 pages of thrilling adventure, powerful drama, and gut-busting hilarity that…

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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

September 11, 2014
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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

After a Florida teen last week attempted to murder her mother and younger brother by setting the family home on fire, authorities and local media are scrutinizing her preferred reading–namely online Slender Man fic and Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series Soul Eater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, news outlets have seized upon the perceived connection to a highly sensationalized…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 6: Comics in Education, Live from NYCC!

September 10, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 6: Comics in Education, Live from NYCC!

In this episode, we present a live panel from New York Comic Con 2013, featuring a “Who’s Who” in All-Ages Graphic Novels. The panel is a roundtable on using Comics in the Classroom, and we hear from (among others) author and educator Meryl Jaffe, author Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish), cartoonist Matt Holm (Babymouse, Squish), cartoonist…

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