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Zunar Sues Police Over Books Lost in Raid

August 17, 2017
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Zunar Sues Police Over Books Lost in Raid

Once again, Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar has filed a lawsuit against police seeking the return of books and t-shirts that were seized in a raid of one of his public fan events. He also wants to recoup lost sales of about $5200 for the merchandise taken from his “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser last December. Although…

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VICTORY in California: Conejo Valley Board Finally Approves Part-Time Indian

August 16, 2017
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VICTORY in California: Conejo Valley Board Finally Approves Part-Time Indian

After a two-month delay, the Conejo Valley School Board in Thousand Oaks, California finally voted 4-1 last night to approve Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as part of the 9th grade curriculum. The holdup was due to stalling from board president Mike Dunn, who previously expressed concerns about profanity in…

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West Fargo Library Defends LGBTQIA Book Display Over Lawmaker Objections

August 15, 2017
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West Fargo Library Defends LGBTQIA Book Display Over Lawmaker Objections

Despite complaints from two local legislators, the public library in West Fargo, North Dakota has no plans to modify a book display that includes LGBTQIA-themed titles. Reps. Ben Koppelman and Chris Olson say that constituents have contacted them particularly in regards to the book Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? by Heath Fogg Davis, which Olson…

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Nude Option Removed from U.S. Xbox Release of Conan Exiles

August 14, 2017
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Nude Option Removed from U.S. Xbox Release of Conan Exiles

When the Norwegian-made multiplayer open-world survival game Conan Exiles makes its Xbox debut this week, players in North America will notice one major difference from the much-talked-about version already available worldwide on Steam: all prehistoric barbarians will be properly clothed, please. While European Xbox players can still opt to begin the game naked, developer Funcom…

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New Book Recalls the Other Satire Magazines of the Classic Era

August 11, 2017
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New Book Recalls the Other Satire Magazines of the Classic Era

For today’s jaded consumer of satire in all forms, it is perhaps easy to underestimate the monumental influence of satirical magazines in the 1950s and ‘60s. Of course, chief among these was MAD, the brainchild of Bill Gaines who founded it as a comic but reinvented it as a magazine in order to circumvent the…

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Brownstein to Speak at Library of Congress Next Month

August 11, 2017
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Brownstein to Speak at Library of Congress Next Month

Next month as every September, CBLDF will be in Bethesda, Maryland for the Small Press Expo, North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival which has generously supported our work for the past five years. But this year on SPX Eve–Friday, September 15–CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will also be the featured speaker for…

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Russian Man Fined for Posting Jesus Cartoons on Social Media

August 10, 2017
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Russian Man Fined for Posting Jesus Cartoons on Social Media

A man in Sochi, Russia was convicted last week of “offending religious believers’ feelings” by sharing several satirical cartoons of Jesus Christ on social media in 2014. Although he has since deleted the cartoons, Viktor Nochevnov was prosecuted under a 2013 law on “insulting religious sensitivities” and fined 50,000 rubles or about $830. According to…

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California Congressman Defends Student’s Painting Against Calls for Removal

August 9, 2017
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California Congressman Defends Student’s Painting Against Calls for Removal

Following on the heels of a Congressional dispute over a St. Louis teen’s painting that included a police officer with a boar-like head, another painting that hangs in a district office of California Rep. Lou Correa has become a new target of social media outrage. The artwork, by a high school student who remains unidentified…

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Utah Law Requires Alcohol Restriction in Book of Mormon Theater

August 8, 2017
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Utah Law Requires Alcohol Restriction in Book of Mormon Theater

Utah’s speech-chilling liquor law strikes again, this time preventing Salt Lake City theatergoers from enjoying a cold beer during performances of the Broadway hit Book of Mormon. The Eccles Theater, currently hosting the show for a three-week run, normally allows spectators to take their low-alcohol beer from the concession stand into the performance hall but…

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Saudi Government Approves Girls Revolution Comics

August 7, 2017
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Saudi Government Approves Girls Revolution Comics

Earlier this year, comics fans in Saudi Arabia made an unexpectedly strong showing at the kingdom’s first officially sanctioned Comic Con, where both men and women eagerly browsed their favorite books and showed off their cosplay–albeit not without restrictions. Also launched at that event was a series that imagines a far different future: Saudi Girls…

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