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Support Free Expression with MONOGATARI Supernatural Light Novels by NISIOSIN

November 20, 2019
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Support Free Expression with MONOGATARI Supernatural Light Novels by NISIOSIN

Head back to high school with 22 volumes of ghosts, vampires, and more with the hit illustrated MONOGATARI—Supernatural Light Novels by NISIOISIN by Kodansha! Pay what you want for digital, DRM-Free light novels and support the critical First Amendment work of CBLDF and ACLU! This series has been running since 2006, and you can follow…

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Author Invited to IL High School in Attempt to Amend Recent LGBTQ+ Censorship of Programming

November 19, 2019
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Author Invited to IL High School in Attempt to Amend Recent LGBTQ+ Censorship of Programming

Last month, award-winning children’s author Robin Stevenson had a planned event cancelled the night before due to LGBTQ+ historical figures in her book Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change. This week, Illinois State Representative Terra Costa Howard has invited the author back to speak at the High School in the county…

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Remembering Mitchell Berger

November 18, 2019
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Remembering Mitchell Berger

Last week, the cartoon and legal worlds lost a brilliant mind and tireless activist when Mitchell Berger, a founding board member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, passed away. Berger had been fighting a rare form of cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, sometimes known as carcinoid tumors and often shortened to NETs, for twenty years. Back in…

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Illinois Department of Corrections New Book Review Policy Leaves Door Open for Future Censorship 

November 8, 2019
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Illinois Department of Corrections New Book Review Policy Leaves Door Open for Future Censorship 

Following the removal of 200 “controversial” books from the Danville Prison library and the loud public outcry that followed, the Illinois Department of Corrections has issued a new policy for book review. This policy, which attempts to target the viewpoint discrimination which led to the last purge,  is an improvement from previous guidelines, but still…

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Comics Top Publishers Weekly‘s Best of 2019 Lists

November 5, 2019
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Comics Top Publishers Weekly‘s Best of 2019 Lists

Comics break another barrier, as Mira Jacob’s Good Talk, a graphic memoir, earns a spot in Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Books of 2019 List. “It’s a wonderfully enchanting memoir that couldn’t be more of-the-moment, with its take on race in America that’s equally smart, pointed, funny, and touching. (There is also some wisdom in there…

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November Webinars with CBLDF!

November 4, 2019
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November Webinars with CBLDF!

Managing Media—Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 1:00-2:00 pm PST Comic book stores are the industry’s front line, which often makes their employees the first people local media turns to when a comic book story comes up – the good ones as well as the bad and the ugly. This CBLDF webinar provides practical best practices…

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CBLDF Offers Retailer Resources

November 1, 2019
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CBLDF Offers Retailer Resources

Whether you’re a local comics shop owner, a future comics retailer, or an independent bookseller, you should check out the host of retailer resources CBLDF continually creates, like our free webinar series which offers free workshops devoted to important topics like November 2nd’s Retailing to Schools & Libraries. Or our many publications, including this year’s successful addition to…

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62 Years Later, Howl Still Causes Uproar and Avid Defense

October 29, 2019
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62 Years Later, Howl Still Causes Uproar and Avid Defense

Allen Ginsburg’s generation-defining poem Howl recently caused a challenge in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. According to the local news, the original complaint was never released, but a second parent took up the challenge, speaking out against the poem at a September school board meeting, quoting “who let themselves be f*** in the a** by saintly motorcyclists…

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CBLDF Calls Out Viewpoint Discrimination in Georgia Book Removal

October 28, 2019
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CBLDF Calls Out Viewpoint Discrimination in Georgia Book Removal

Last week CBLDF joined with other partners in Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP), writing to Columbia County Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway in Georgia to express concern over three books pulled from their supplemental curriculum: Dear Martin by Nic Stone, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and Pat Barker’s…

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Librarian Resources from CBLDF

October 23, 2019
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Librarian Resources from CBLDF

It is National Friends of the Library Week, a week set aside to draw attention to those amazing volunteers and fundraisers who support libraries in their community. But it’s also a great excuse to remind everyone there are lots of ways to be a good friend to your library. For example, you could share the…

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