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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

April 8, 2014
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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

Heads up! CBLDF fave Carol Tilley, the University of Illinois professor and researcher who last year proved that anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham fabricated evidence for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, has a couple of upcoming appearances that may interest our readers in the Great Lakes region. First, Tilley will be speaking this Friday,…

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a College of Charleston student’s account of her attempt to defend the book…

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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

April 3, 2014
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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

When we heard on Tuesday that Reddit’s r/Books group was banning discussions of certain popular books, we knew better than to raise the alarm right away. The ban went into effect on April 1, after all, even though it was announced a few days prior. On the other hand, a few months back the moderators…

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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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