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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

November 8, 2017
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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

Persecuted cartoonists from around the world will be in the spotlight this month when London’s Westminster Reference Library hosts the exhibition “Gagged,” featuring “cartoons about censorship and repression of cartoonists from around the world.” The free exhibit will be on display from Nov. 21 – Dec. 1. “Gagged” is coordinated by the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’…

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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

November 7, 2017
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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

After a months-long standoff over initial curricular approval for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this summer, teachers in California’s Conejo Valley Unified School District say that one school board member is trying to push through a new policy requiring them to warn parents of any assigned book considered to have…

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Libya Comic Con Shut Down by Militia; Organizers Detained

November 6, 2017
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Libya Comic Con Shut Down by Militia; Organizers Detained

Libya’s second annual comic con was cut short on Friday when it was stormed by armed militia forces who shut down the event and detained about 20 people. Most have since been released — not exactly unscathed — but the militia says six organizers of the show will be turned over to prosecutors for “attack…

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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

November 3, 2017
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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj is under investigation for “insulting religion” and “inciting sectarian strife” after a private citizen filed a complaint over a cartoon that shows the crucified Jesus denouncing the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem. The cartoon is in response to recent news that the Church has sold land to Israeli…

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Utah School Says Students Saw ‘Inappropriate Material’ in Oklahoma!

November 2, 2017
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Utah School Says Students Saw ‘Inappropriate Material’ in Oklahoma!

In response to complaints from one set of parents, a Utah school district has acknowledged that about 100 junior high students may have caught a fleeting glimpse of partial nudity while watching a 1999 version of the musical Oklahoma! in late September. In an email to all parents almost two weeks later, the Nebo School…

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Chinese Censor Board Frowns on Battle Royale Game Genre

November 1, 2017
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Chinese Censor Board Frowns on Battle Royale Game Genre

China’s media censor board announced this week that it is unlikely to approve the wildly popular multiplayer online video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) because it “severely deviates from the socialist core value and the Chinese traditional culture and moral rule.” The game is not completely blocked in the country since players can access it on…

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Library of Congress Exhibit to Highlight Women Cartoonists and Illustrators

October 31, 2017
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Library of Congress Exhibit to Highlight Women Cartoonists and Illustrators

Following this summer’s comics pop-up exhibit Library of Awesome, the Library of Congress will once again put the spotlight on sequential art next month with “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” a long-term exhibit featuring nearly 70 original works by artists including Grace Drayton, Sue Coe, Roz Chast, and Raina Telgemeier. The free…

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Minnesota Lawmakers Threaten Funding for Anti-Pipeline Video Game

October 30, 2017
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Minnesota Lawmakers Threaten Funding for Anti-Pipeline Video Game

Some Minnesota state legislators are looking to limit free expression funded by public arts grants after a Native American video game developer and professor created a game where players fight an oil pipeline embodied as a mechanical snake. One lawmaker referred to Beth LaPensée’s game Thunderbird Strike as “an eco-terrorist version of Angry Birds” and…

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Amazing Spider-Man Anti-Drug Story Hastened Demise of Comics Code

October 27, 2017
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Amazing Spider-Man Anti-Drug Story Hastened Demise of Comics Code

In 1971, American society was changing at such a rapid clip that the Comics Code Authority actually took notice and tried to keep up. Following a tumultuous decade of assassinations, riots, advances in civil rights, and increasing mistrust of government largely due to the Vietnam War, the first revision of the Code since its 1954…

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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

October 26, 2017
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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

After a national outcry over the removal of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi, the book will return to classrooms on Monday — with caveats. Whereas the reading assignment previously was “opt-out” such that any student or parent could request an alternate book, it has now become…

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