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Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

April 19, 2019
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Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

Earlier this year, two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District in New Jersey restricted access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home against their own policies. The restriction was overturned at the end of February after CBLDF, co-sponsors of National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP) wrote a letter to Superintendent…

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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

April 19, 2019
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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

Though CBLDF has Case Studies of challenges and bans of comics that go back over twenty years, when it comes to the graphic novels being challenged in quantity, it’s a far more recent affair. This year’s ALA list of most frequently challenged and banned titles featured two comics, but comics have only started showing up…

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Imprisoned Journalists and Comic Strip Alum Among Pulitzer Winners

April 17, 2019
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Imprisoned Journalists and Comic Strip Alum Among Pulitzer Winners

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes winners have been announced, and among the many talented journalists, photographers, authors, and musicians, were Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – the two Reuter’s journalists imprisoned for supposedly violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act while investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims. Darrin Bell, a talented cartoonist with two nationally syndicated comic…

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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

April 16, 2019
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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

The ACLU is working to reverse a new policy in a Georgia prison that severely limits inmates access to books and publications, by only allowing them to choose from what is available on the book cart. They’ve written a letter to Chatham County Sheriff John T. Wilcher and Chatham County Attorney, R. Jonathan Hart, detailing how this…

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In Their Own Words – Banned Books Edition

April 15, 2019
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In Their Own Words – Banned Books Edition

Last week American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced their annual list detail the most frequently challenged and banned books based on those reported throughout the previous year. Here’s some of the responses from the creators whose work was named the most frequently challenged or banned. Click here to see the full list.  …

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WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

April 15, 2019
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WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) reversed its decision to ban book donations from nonprofits after outcry from the public and local lawmakers, including WA Governor Jay Inslee, voiced questions about the ban. DOC had previous enacted the policy banning direct book and comics donations from nonprofits without warning to those organizations impacted. DOC…

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Join CBLDF for One Day Intensive – Teaching Comic Books

April 12, 2019
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Join CBLDF for One Day Intensive – Teaching Comic Books

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to present Teaching Comic Books, a one day conference created in collaboration with Portland State University Comics Studies and Portland Comic Book Month. TCB:PDX gathers leading expert educators, librarians, advocates, and creators for an intensive one-day conference about the values, challenges, and benefits of teaching with comics. Space…

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Cartoonists Rights Group Honored by 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards

April 11, 2019
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Cartoonists Rights Group Honored by 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards

Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) was among those chosen for the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards. Index on Censorship is a nonprofit that annually offers the awards to groups and individuals who fight censorship around the world. Honorees are granted entrance to Index on Censorship’s Fellowship program, which offers priceless training and support for their…

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Banned Books Week Coalition Asks Advocates to “Keep the Light On”

April 10, 2019
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Banned Books Week Coalition Asks Advocates to “Keep the Light On”

Banned Books Week Coalition (BBWC), of which Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a proud member, has announced the theme for 2019, “Censorship Leaves Us In The Dark.” Banned Books Week will take place from September 22 through September 28, and seeks to urge publishers, booksellers, readers, teachers, and more to “Keep the Light On.”…

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Free Webinars for Educators and Librarians Center Around Comics

April 9, 2019
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Free Webinars for Educators and Librarians Center Around Comics

American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is hosting free webinars focused on information about comics and manga for education. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th is a webinar titled, Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers. Aimed at helping educators and libraries interested in adding…

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