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Thirteen Reasons Why Author Cites Reader Experiences to Fight Censorship

June 12, 2017
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Thirteen Reasons Why Author Cites Reader Experiences to Fight Censorship

Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, first published 10 years ago, has recently returned to the national spotlight due to this year’s Netflix series based on it–which is both a hit with teens and a source of anxiety for parents and school administrators, who worry that it may glamorize or otherwise encourage suicide.…

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New Jersey Student’s Trump Art Removed from High School Show

June 9, 2017
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New Jersey Student’s Trump Art Removed from High School Show

A high school junior in Morristown, New Jersey, is finding himself in the limelight after his satirical portrait of President Donald Trump was removed from his school’s annual art show. Morristown High School student Liam Shea said that Principal Mark Manning first complimented his work and then said it would be taken down because “other people…

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Awards & Nominations Pile Up for Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

June 8, 2017
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Awards & Nominations Pile Up for Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Singapore’s government may not have appreciated Sonny Liew’s graphic history The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but everyone else certainly does! Despite losing a promised National Arts Council publishing grant due to “sensitive content” just before the book’s initial launch, Liew has been riding a wave of international success ever since. His unique pseudo-biography…

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Moscow Librarian Receives Four-Year Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist’ Literature

June 6, 2017
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Moscow Librarian Receives Four-Year Suspended Sentence for ‘Extremist’ Literature

Natalya Sharina, the former director of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature who has been under house arrest since her home and library were raided by police in October 2015, has been convicted of “inciting hatred against Russians” and given a suspended sentence of four years. Russian law prohibits the “‘mass dissemination’ of materials that the…

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10 Banned and Challenged Comics for Summer Reading!

June 5, 2017
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10 Banned and Challenged Comics for Summer Reading!

Happy June! With summer unofficially underway, here are some challenged and banned comics to read at the beach or on those lazy backyard hammock days. Signed copies of several of these titles are available in our Rewards Zone, so we’ve included links to those too. Finally, scroll to the bottom of this page for a…

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Lowlights from Comics Censorship History

June 2, 2017
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Lowlights from Comics Censorship History

Since the advent of the comics format, censors around the world have found varied and often illuminating reasons to suppress certain books or content. Whether government-sponsored or industry-directed, as with the Comics Code Authority in the United States, censorship naturally strikes hardest at each society’s most deep-seated anxieties. Recently Mark Juddery of Mental Floss brought…

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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

June 1, 2017
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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, plagued by repeated police raids and seizures of his work, has struck upon an innovative solution to censorship: at the launch of his newest book Twit-Twit, Cin Cin this week, buyers will receive only a photocopy of the cover. The full book will follow later by mail, but in the meantime…

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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

May 31, 2017
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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

The city of Warsaw, Poland has withdrawn a three-year grant supporting an annual comics festival after nationalist groups complained about the content of a comic that was distributed during the event earlier this month. The book Polska mistrzem Polski (Polish Champion of Poland) compiles strips that have previously run in Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper and often…

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Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

May 26, 2017
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Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

The book mavens at National Public Radio are compiling a summer reading list of 100 favorite comics, and they want to hear from you! Readers and listeners can submit up to five series, single issues, graphic novels, newspaper comics, and/or webcomics in the poll now open on the NPR Books website. NPR Books’ Glen Weldon…

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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 26, 2017
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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper have now spent over six months in prison, joining about 130 other journalists similarly detained in the media crackdown following Turkey’s attempted coup last July. In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels this week, Cartoonists Rights Network International sent an open letter…

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