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Animated Parody Removed from Canadian Newspaper Website

July 5, 2012
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A Canadian political cartoonist who works for the Vancouver Province newspaper says that his animated parody of oil pipeline company Enbridge’s ads was removed from the newspaper’s website, apparently due to pressure from the corporation. According to a blog post from The Guardian, Dan Murphy’s video was removed by the paper’s owner, Postmedia News, which…

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LGBT Characters and the Comics Code Authority

June 28, 2012
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LGBT Characters and the Comics Code Authority

The last decade has seen a spate of LGBT characters introduced, ‘outed,’ or united in marriage with same-sex partners in mainstream comics. Unfortunately, these LGBT storylines have drawn criticism and calls for censorship from some quarters, particularly the group One Million Moms, a subsidiary of the American Family Association. The moms have pressured retailer Toys…

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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries Announced

June 19, 2012
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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries Announced

A new graphic novel award for libraries, named after format progenitor Will Eisner, will debut at this week’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. As reported in a post on The Beat, the three winning libraries “will each receive a selection of books nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, a $2,000…

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Bodily Function Books Popular With Kids, Controversial With Parents

June 13, 2012
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Bodily Function Books Popular With Kids, Controversial With Parents

A Canadian research survey to gauge librarians’ reactions to youth literature dealing with bodily functions has found widespread acceptance of books such as Walter the Farting Dog, Everyone Poops, and Captain Underpants. Librarians report that the titles are enthusiastically embraced by many children, particularly boys and reluctant readers, but that discomfort on the part of…

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ACLU Ensures Access to LGBT Web Content in Schools

June 6, 2012
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As a recent article from CBLDF blogger Justin Brown reveals, draconian library filtering practices can restrict access to legitimate educational information. CBLDF has reported about and signed on against laws that would restrict Internet speech, often partnering with the ACLU in such cases. Reference librarian and CBLDF blogger Maren Williams describes how the ACLU has…

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Two Cartoonists to Receive CRNI Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning

May 24, 2012
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by Maren Williams Two political cartoonists who have courageously defied government censorship and brutality will be honored with the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International. Syrian Ali Ferzat and Indian Aseem Trivedi will receive the award on September 15, 2012 at George Washington University in Washington, DC, according to a…

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