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Grateful Author Praises Librarian’s Defense of Weenies Series

January 17, 2017
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Grateful Author Praises Librarian’s Defense of Weenies Series

A Kansas middle school teacher’s overactive imagination nearly led to a local ban on a whole series of children’s short story books featuring anthropomorphic hot dogs on the covers, as reported by a Pennsylvania newspaper columnist yesterday. According to David Lubar, author of the Weenies series for middle-grade readers, the teacher wanted the books removed…

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Speaker Paul Ryan Wants Student’s Painting Removed from Capitol

January 13, 2017
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Speaker Paul Ryan Wants Student’s Painting Removed from Capitol

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has jumped into the fray over a high school student’s painting that currently hangs in an office corridor of the U.S. Capitol complex and depicts police officers with animal heads. Ryan this week sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, the office that oversees the buildings and…

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Join Scholastic Creators for Teach Graphix Week!

January 12, 2017
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Join Scholastic Creators for Teach Graphix Week!

During the last week in January, Scholastic’s Graphix imprint will celebrate comics in the classroom with Teach Graphix Week! Educators and their students will have the opportunity to connect live with Graphix creators in group Skype sessions, plus Amulet creator Kazu Kibuishi will participate in a live Twitter chat on Wednesday, January 25. In anticipation…

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State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

January 11, 2017
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State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

In 2014, South Carolina legislators displayed their utter disregard for academic freedom when they attempted to enact punitive budget cuts against two public institutions of higher education that utilized LGBTQ-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home–in voluntary reading programs for students. Sadly this sort of ideological meddling continues to spread in other states, as University of…

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Congressional Tug-of-War Over Art Contest Painting Continues

January 10, 2017
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Congressional Tug-of-War Over Art Contest Painting Continues

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California personally removed a student art contest painting from the wall of a U.S. Capitol office building late last week, claiming he was exercising his First Amendment right to express disapproval of the work because he was offended by its depiction of police with animal heads. Fellow Rep. Lacy Clay of…

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Charlie Hebdo Two Years Later

January 9, 2017
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Charlie Hebdo Two Years Later

This past Saturday, January 7, marked the second anniversary of the attack that killed 12 people, including five well-known cartoonists, at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Below, we’ve brought together a few of the memorials, reflections, and critiques from around the Web. France remembers victims of Charlie Hebdo attacks 2 years later…

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Congressman Defends Student Art Contest Winner from Calls for Censorship

January 5, 2017
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Congressman Defends Student Art Contest Winner from Calls for Censorship

A Missouri Congressman is staunchly defending a police-brutality-themed painting by a high school student from his district, despite a Fox News commentator’s call for it to be removed from a corridor of the Congressional office building where it has hung since winning an art competition last spring. Rep. William Lacy Clay of St. Louis says…

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Print Magazine Includes She Changed Comics in Best of 2016!

January 2, 2017
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Print Magazine Includes She Changed Comics in Best of 2016!

CBLDF is thrilled and honored that She Changed Comics, our book collecting profiles of more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expression and expanded the comics artform, has been included on Print magazine’s list of the Best Graphic Novels and Books About Comics from 2016! The sumptuously illustrated list was compiled by…

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John Lewis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression

December 30, 2016
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John Lewis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression

Hard on the heels of receiving the first-ever National Book Award for a comic, Congressman John Lewis will get yet another landmark honor in 2017: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The annual Free Expression Awards recognize individuals who “have taken personal or professional risks in sharing critical…

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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

December 29, 2016
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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

A few days after being freed from prison last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji posted a long message to Facebook thanking the supporters who stood by him during his trial and 10-month incarceration for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Using Life that was published in a state-owned newspaper. Naji’s reprieve may…

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