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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a cultural office within the federal…

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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

March 25, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

We’re slowly getting more details on last week’s news that Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen had been banned from yet another Japanese school district. According to major sources including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Izumisano City officials planned to return the book to school library shelves last Thursday, following a review of the content. Izumisano…

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher on the other challenges the award-winning graphic novel has faced over the…

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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

March 20, 2014
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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

After creating and sharing cartoons critical of a controversial “godman” or guru, Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra has recently found herself on the receiving end of harassment and threats of violence via social media, according to Cartoon Movement. Kanika was inspired to create her cartoon character Karnika Kahen last year after guru Asaram Bapu was accused…

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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

March 19, 2014
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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

Following the South Carolina House of Representatives vote last week to exact punitive budget cuts from two public colleges that chose LGBT-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home–for campus reading programs, we noticed a revealing story that illustrates at least one Representative’s disregard for academic freedom and the voices of students. After the state…

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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

March 17, 2014
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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

Good news from Kennesaw State University in Georgia! Two weeks after President Daniel Papp ordered the censorship of an exhibit in the university’s brand-new art museum because it was “not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere of the museum’s opening,” KSU announced Friday that the installation by Ruth Stanford will be fully restored before March 25.…

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

March 11, 2014
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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

A few months ago, we told you about the ongoing battle over freedom of the press in Ecuador. The government of President Rafael Correa was using new media regulations to intimidate political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who was told that he could be brought to trial for a cartoon critical of Correa. Recently Bonilla has been…

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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

March 11, 2014
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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

The South Carolina House of Representatives doubled down on censorship yesterday, refusing to erase budget cuts that seek to punish two public colleges for assigning books that deal with LGBT issues. Democratic Reps. James Smith and Gilda Cobb-Hunter attempted to restore the funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, but…

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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

March 10, 2014
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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

Free expression rights for public school students were resoundingly reaffirmed today, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Pennsylvania school district’s argument that it could prohibit students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that read “I ♥ boobies!” The court denied the appeal of B.H. v. Easton Area School District with no comment,…

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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

March 5, 2014
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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

Amongst all the stories of parents blaming books, video games, movies, and TV for corrupting their children, it can sometimes be easy to forget that these are only the loudest and most sensational voices; there are still plenty of parents who take responsibility for their kids’ media consumption by discussing topics that may be unfamiliar…

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