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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

June 14, 2019
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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

Monday, June 10, State Superior Court Judge Margaret Goodzeit granted dismissed the lawsuit against Watching Hills New Jersey School District for offering the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home as a reading choice. Further, the suit dismissal itself reads: “Order denying injunction and dismissing complaint with prejudice for failure to state a claim.” Meaning that the…

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Adding Lumberjanes to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 14, 2019
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Adding Lumberjanes to Your Library or Classroom Collection

This article offers resources for adding the first volume of Lumberjanes to a classroom, curriculum, or library. It also outlines information important in case the work is challenged. The series is an award-winning series that features great LGBTQ+ characters and a vast selection of positive fem… Hardcore Lady Type characters. Surprisingly, Lumberjanes is not loudly challenged or banned, perhaps through of…

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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

June 14, 2019
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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

In April, the New York Times International Edition upset readers all over the world with a political cartoon that outraged many viewing it as anti-semitic. The paper apologized and blamed both the syndicated service they used and the Hong Kong editor who chose it. At the time they said that they would cancel the syndication…

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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

June 12, 2019
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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

Nonprofit Books to Prisoners (B2P) released a list on Twitter highlighting the vast illogical nightmare that is the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) log of censored books. The list demonstrates that for decades KDOC has been infringing on the First Amendment rights of its inmates by arbitrarily limiting their access to the “marketplace of ideas.”…

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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

June 6, 2019
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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

Presented in conjunction with Cartoonists Rights Network International The dissident Chinese cartoonist, who this week revealed his face to the public for the first time, requests that cartoonists everywhere post their selfies and artwork to Twitter using #Tiananmen31 We recently reported that Badiucao has ended a decade of wholly anonymous artistic practice while living in…

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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

June 4, 2019
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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

Today, June 4th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square civil rights protest and the subsequent massacre. It also marks the beginning of one of the longest, largest, and most convoluted censorship campaigns in human history, as China has sought to not merely ignore, but erase through denial, the historical events that happened. 1989 was before…

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Retailer Spotlight: Captain Nemo, California

May 31, 2019
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Retailer Spotlight: Captain Nemo, California

Take a walk through a huge local comics shop in central California! Captain Nemo’s has a great selection of everything from graphic novels and manga, to movies, anime DVD, and every type of game you can imagine. This wild store has has something for everyone, and is situated with Cheap Thrills record store, so it’s…

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NH Book Ban Targets Texts Critical of Prisons

May 29, 2019
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NH Book Ban Targets Texts Critical of Prisons

The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), recently discovered that New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is rejecting books that are critical of the prison industrial complex. According to a report published by Book Riot, the DOC’s guidelines are aimed at removing access to books that pose a danger to the security of the prison, or books…

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Just Announced! Take PRIDE in Comics: The Challenges Facing LGBTQ+ Content

May 28, 2019
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Just Announced! Take PRIDE in Comics: The Challenges Facing LGBTQ+ Content

Why are comics and other literature centered on LGBTQ+ characters targeted so frequently by censors? What can we do to ensure these important books stay on shelves? Join CBLDF and a panel of creators, educators, librarians, and retailers to discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ comics on June 12, 2019 at 4 P.M. Pacific. Cartoonist Paige…

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Start Summer Reading with Banned and Challenged Comics!

May 27, 2019
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Start Summer Reading with Banned and Challenged Comics!

Summer reading is not just for kids. Whether you are lining up beach reads months in advance of vacation or drawn to the allure of an airport bookstore for a last minute treat (and the hope of scoring a secretly signed book), reading is ingrained in the unplugged joys of summer. This summer, make it…

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