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Sonny Liew Nominated for Singaporean of the Year

December 27, 2017
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Sonny Liew Nominated for Singaporean of the Year

Sonny Liew, the triple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, is wrapping up a banner year with yet another honor back home in Singapore. Along with nine other impressive residents of the city-state, Liew is nominated for the Straits-Times newspaper’s Singaporean of the Year Award. The Art of Charlie Chan…

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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

December 22, 2017
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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

In two separate rulings this week, lawyers for Turkish president Recep Tayyip  have obtained court orders demanding that Twitter remove a total of 12 cartoons mocking him. Twitter has not yet taken action on the orders, which target 11 panels by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff and one by Dutch cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer. Both Latuff and…

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Eaten Fish Receives Refuge in Europe

December 20, 2017
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Eaten Fish Receives Refuge in Europe

The Iranian refugee cartoonist known as Eaten Fish, who has spent an excruciating four years suffering from mental health issues in Australia’s offshore immigration detention facility on Manus Island, has finally been granted refuge in an unidentified northern European city. The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) arranged a two-year artist’s residency for him there,…

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Egypt’s Garage Dedicated to Creative Freedom in Comics

December 19, 2017
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Egypt’s Garage Dedicated to Creative Freedom in Comics

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the international hot spot for vibrant, surreal indie comics, for the past several years at least, is the Middle East and North Africa. Much of the innovation comes from Egypt, where occasionally published comic serials like Toktok and the feminist Shakmagia have flourished since the hope-filled days…

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The Burial and Resurrection of LGBTQIA Comics

December 13, 2017
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The Burial and Resurrection of LGBTQIA Comics

The history of LGBTQIA comics is in the spotlight this week at The Paris Review, where an excerpt from Hillary Chute’s new book Why Comics? traces how sequential art by and featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was first driven underground by the Comics Code–where it flourished and eventually returned to the mainstream with…

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ONE DAY LEFT for the Humble Comics Bundle: Riverdale & Archie, Benefitting CBLDF!

December 12, 2017
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ONE DAY LEFT for the Humble Comics Bundle: Riverdale & Archie, Benefitting CBLDF!

The gang’s all here in the Humble Comics Bundle: Riverdale & Archie from Humble Bundle and Archie Comics to benefit CBLDF! But this bundle won’t last forever — there’s just one more day to name your price on $375 worth of Archie Comics and support CBLDF in the process! Get Road to Riverdale, the stories that inspired the CW show Riverdale; the…

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Webcomic Illustrates Detention of Ramón Esono Ebalé

December 11, 2017
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Almost three months ago, graphic novelist and political cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested in his native country of Equatorial Guinea. Although the arrest was almost certainly in retaliation for his work critical of dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, he still has yet to be charged with any crime. In observance of International Human Rights Day…

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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

December 8, 2017
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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

Even as he faces up to 43 years in prison on sedition charges, political cartoonist Zunar is not holding back from calling out the Malaysian government’s hypocrisy and retaliatory blacklisting of performers who dare to speak up for regular citizens. Given that his exhibition of cartoons skewering Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling party…

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ALA Members Establish Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

December 7, 2017
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ALA Members Establish Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

Comics and the librarians who love them will soon have a more stable home within the American Library Association, thanks to the establishment of a Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table which will have a budget for programming, resource development, and other initiatives. The Round Table represents the next step in the evolution…

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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

December 6, 2017
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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

The National Coalition Against Censorship today urged the school district in Katy, Texas to obey its own challenge policy and restore Angie Thomas’ award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel The Hate U Give to school library shelves. The book is currently under review after it was challenged last month by a parent who complained of “inappropriate language,”…

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