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Censorship By the Numbers: Beyond Books

April 11, 2018
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Censorship By the Numbers: Beyond Books

This week American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its 2017 Most Challenged Books list, comprised of challenges reported to them as well as those discovered by local and national news coverage. However, of the 354 challenges in 2017, only 67% were actually about specific books. The rest of the challenges were to games,…

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ALA’s Banned Book Video | A Call To Activism

April 10, 2018
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American Library Association released a video detailing their annual top ten list of most frequently challenged books. The video starts off with instances of censorship like an illustration of “To Kill a Mockingbird” scrawled on a chalkboard, paired with the narrator saying “imagine having a challenging discussion about a book in your English class then…

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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

April 10, 2018
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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

For the third time, Raina Telgemeier’s YA classic Drama has been named to the American Library Association’s Most Banned Books list. This week, ALA released their top ten list of most frequently challenged books in 2017. Once again, the list is disproportionately filled with illustrated works. As a partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, CBLDF…

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CBLDF Hosts Mike Mignola, Roz Chast, Max de Radiguès Signings at MoCCA!

April 6, 2018
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CBLDF Hosts Mike Mignola, Roz Chast, Max de Radiguès Signings at MoCCA!

MoCCA Arts Festival is Manhattan’s largest indie comics, cartoon, and animation festival in the heart of midtown. Each year over 7,000 people attend to see what the best and brightest of established creators and newcomers are working on. There are lectures, film screenings, workshops, and over 400 artists exhibiting their work. The 2018 festival is April 7th &…

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Rebellion Becomes CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member

April 6, 2018
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Rebellion Becomes CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome Rebellion, one of Europe’s leading independent publishing and game developers, as the organization’s newest corporate member! Rebellion publishes the iconic 2000 AD family of comics and graphic novels, alongside publishing imprints Abaddon Books, Solaris, and Ravenstone. “We are proud to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund…

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CBLDF Unveils Exclusive Shirt at C2E2 for Donors!

April 5, 2018
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CBLDF Unveils Exclusive Shirt at C2E2 for Donors!

It’s that time of year again! CBLDF is going to be at C2E2 and we are bringing another limited edition CBLDF shirt just for Chicago! Whether you scored one or missed out on last year’s shirt, you already know these will go fast! So make Booth #636 your first stop this year at C2E2! This…

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Speak Out at MARCH: The Power of Student Voices on April 11!

April 4, 2018
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Speak Out at MARCH: The Power of Student Voices on April 11!

On April 11, CBLDF welcomes educators, students, and activists to MARCH: The Power of Student Voices, a panel discussion at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan! Please join us for this engaging panel and discussion in concert with the MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition. The First Amendment rights of students and the history of youth…

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Nominated for 2018 Hugo Award

April 4, 2018
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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Nominated for 2018 Hugo Award

The 2018 Hugo Award Nominations are out, and critical darling My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the only stand-alone graphic novel in the running for Best Graphic Story. Comic Riffs writer, Michael Cavna, thinks this nomination signals that “Emil Ferris’s year of coronation has arrived.” As we enter the first stages of the book awards season, Ferris’s…

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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

April 2, 2018
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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

Spain’s recent campaign against freedom of speech continues, as they shut down a website protesting the first book banned by the government in over thirty years. The Madrid Booksellers Guild set up the site so the text of Don Quixote visually recreated the text of Farina, to show the arbitrary futility of book banning in…

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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

March 30, 2018
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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

In a case involving the right of publicity, New York’s highest court dismissed Lindsey Lohan’s and Karen Gravano’s lawsuit appeals against Grand Theft Auto V game makers Take Two Interactive. CBLDF filed an amicus brief with other organizations last year urging the court to reject Lohan and Gravano’s arguments on First Amendment grounds, expressing concern…

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