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Ahmed Naji to Face Trial Again for Book Excerpt

January 10, 2018
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Ahmed Naji to Face Trial Again for Book Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji will be tried a third time for “harming public morality” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in Akhbar al-Adab newspaper in 2014. Naji was previously convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last year; he served 10 months of the sentence before his conviction…

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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

January 5, 2018
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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was back in court this week, filing a legal challenge to the government’s ban on his latest book Sapuman: The Man of Steal. The ban was imposed last year after the cartoons critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak were “deemed prejudicial to public order,” but Zunar was not immediately informed of it.…

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Utah Teacher Fired After Classical Art Lesson

January 4, 2018
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Utah Teacher Fired After Classical Art Lesson

An elementary school art teacher in Cache County, Utah is fighting to clear his name after he was fired last month for inadvertently sharing two nude paintings by well-known artists with a 6th grade class. Despite a police investigation that absolved him of showing students pornography, the Cache County School District said he was dismissed…

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List of Lists: Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2017

December 28, 2017
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List of Lists: Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2017

In what has become an annual tradition at CBLDF, we present below our roundup of lists of the best (or favorite) comics and graphic novels of 2017. Every year, more and more media outlets are taking notice of the format’s incredible diversity of content, style, and age group, with the result that comics and graphic…

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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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