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CBLDF Debuts Comics – Start Here! At ALA in New Orleans

June 22, 2018
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CBLDF Debuts Comics – Start Here! At ALA in New Orleans

CBLDF is proud to release Comics — Start Here! This resource for librarians provides an introduction to developing a graphic novel collection, including brand new research on cataloging graphic novels undertaken by Staci Crouch, Hallie Clawson, and Allison Bailund at University of Washington iSchool, Comics — Start Here! will be available from CBLDF at ALA…

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Gene Luen Yang, Iconic Cartoonist and Teacher, Joins CBLDF Board of Directors!

June 21, 2018
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Gene Luen Yang, Iconic Cartoonist and Teacher, Joins CBLDF Board of Directors!

Portland, OR (June 21, 2018) – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights, is proud to welcome Gene Luen Yang to its Board of Directors. A celebrated cartoonist and teacher, Yang served as the fifth National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature, where he launched the Reading Without…

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Original Art and More for New CBLDF Manga Members

June 20, 2018
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Original Art and More for New CBLDF Manga Members

While supplies last, CBLDF is proud to reward new members with signed books by legendary manga creators Yoshitaka Amano, Toshio Maeda, Yusei Matsui, Yuto Tsukuda, and Akira Himekawa, plus original art from Girls und Panzer by Takeshi Nogami! Because of misconceptions and prejudices, manga not only faces challenges and bans around the world, but also legislation targeting the medium and its…

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Arts in the City Visits The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

June 19, 2018
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Ernabel DeMillo of CUNY TV’s Arts in the City got a chance to chat with Nate Powell, the illustrator behind the MARCH trilogy, and CBLDF Executive Director, Charles Brownstein about The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece. The exhibit, which Brownstein co-curated with John Lind, Creative Director of Kitchen Sink Press (an imprint of…

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Last Day to Support CBLDF and Get $800 of Manga – Starting at $1!

June 19, 2018
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Last Day to Support CBLDF and Get $800 of Manga – Starting at $1!

Humble Manga Bundle x Kodansha Comics: Manga to Anime This is the LAST DAY to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and take advantage of the epic Kodansha Comics manga Humble Bundle. 80 digital volumes of legendary science-fiction and fantasy manga that inspired some of the biggest hits in anime! Buyers pay what they want…

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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

June 15, 2018
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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

Last year, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, was invited by the Institute for Contents Cultures and Uguisu Ribbon Campaign in Tokyo to speak about the manga and comics communities and the continued importance of fighting on the front lines of free expression. Brownstein’s presentation discussed the history of comics censorship, and…

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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

June 14, 2018
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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

Back in February Japanese manga magazine, Coro Coro wildly offended Mongolians with a portrait of Genghis Kahn with male genitalia scrawled on his forehead, and some wordplay above it, which translates to penis. As funny as it may sound some, the censorship that followed is was anything but. If the art sounds random, that’s because it…

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Get $800+ of Kodansha Manga and Support CBLDF! LAST WEEK!

June 13, 2018
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Get $800+ of Kodansha Manga and Support CBLDF! LAST WEEK!

Kodansha Comics x Humble Books Bundle: Manga to Anime Discover the origins of your favorite anime and live action features with this massive manga Humble Bundle that benefits CBLDF! Instantly download over $800 worth of the groundbreaking Kodansha manga that inspired hit movies and TV shows, for a fraction of the price. It’s the last…

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Editorial Cartoonist, Rob Rogers, Pulled From Pittsburgh Paper

June 11, 2018
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Editorial Cartoonist, Rob Rogers, Pulled From Pittsburgh Paper

Award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rob Rogers, had a full week’s worth of cartoons killed by his superiors, an unprecedented editorial move that prompted public backlash in support of the cartoonist. Rogers has subsequently decided to take a vacation while differences between himself and his supervising editor are settled. According to The Washington Post,…

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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

June 8, 2018
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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

Editor’s note: This interview first appeared summer of 2017 in CBLDF Defender Vol. 2, Issue 2. As we approach the second year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub, this is a look back at the queer comics community responding to the tragedy and utilzing comics as a platform for activism and change.   On June…

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