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12 Banned & Challenged Comics for the New Year

January 1, 2020
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12 Banned & Challenged Comics for the New Year

Trying to decide which prompt to start with in CBLDF’s Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge? Here’s 12 Banned and Challenged comics to choose from. Or pick one a month to better familiarize yourself with the titles and creators on the front lines of free expression!  Stop and ask your local library if they have them already…

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Read More in 2020 with CBLDF!

December 31, 2019
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Read More in 2020 with CBLDF!

It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. Parents who read to children, even after the children can read on their own, are more likely to inspire their children to read for fun. Part of free expression is getting to…

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5 Winter Comics to Ring in the New Year

December 27, 2019
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5 Winter Comics to Ring in the New Year

Sometimes when it’s cold outside, and the nights are long, the best thing to do is just double down, and curl up with a snowy tale in front of a warm fire (or a screensaver that looks like a fire). Many are starting off 2020 with resolutions to read more, or crush their TBR pile, or…

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5 CBLDF Victories in 2019!

December 20, 2019
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5 CBLDF Victories in 2019!

The 5 stories that follow are just some of 2019′s favorite public victories. CBLDF is lucky to be able to work with people privately to protect their job security if they fear retribution for speaking up, as well as to get involved in legal cases before they go to trial and offer resources and expertise…

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Remembering Godfather of Queer Comics, Howard Cruse

December 18, 2019
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Remembering Godfather of Queer Comics, Howard Cruse

This year saw the loss of one of the greats in the comics community when Howard Cruse passed away from lymphoma in late November. Cruse, often referred to as the “godfather of Queer Comics,” never had the mainstream fame he deserved, but he was a cartoonist’s cartoonist and an icon in the comics and LGBTQ+…

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The Best of The Best Comics in 2019

December 16, 2019
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The Best of The Best Comics in 2019

In what has become a favorite annual tradition, CBLDF rounds up the top “Best of Comics and Graphic Novels” lists for the year, as a helpful reminder that there’s still good in the world – and a lot of it is found in the juxtaposition of art and text. This year’s lists might be the…

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Free Speech Supporters Fill The Beat’s 100 Best Comics of the Past Decade

December 13, 2019
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Free Speech Supporters Fill The Beat’s 100 Best Comics of the Past Decade

Comics Beat put together a list of their Top 100 Comics since 2010 to demonstrate not only their staff’s favorites but also the diversity on and off the page that has made this past decade so transformative in graphic novels. While they acknowledge some titles inclusion on the list or exclusion from the list will…

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More Than Rubies: The Merits of Teaching Preludes & Nocturnes

December 12, 2019
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More Than Rubies: The Merits of Teaching Preludes & Nocturnes

Last November, CBLDF marked the 30th Anniversary of Sandman Issue #1 by a look back at both the praise and censorship that the series has received. The series as a whole stands as one of the most lauded works in comics, but regularly fans overlook the merits of Preludes & Nocturnes, the first volume of…

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LAST DAY to get Maus, Fun Home, Watchmen & More Personalized!

December 9, 2019
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LAST DAY to get Maus, Fun Home, Watchmen & More Personalized!

This is the last day to get signed & personalized graphic novels from your favorite comics creators when you make a  donation to CBLDF! 2019′s Spirit of Giving features comics from top creators  Mike & Laura Allred, Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon, Alison Bechdel, Jeffrey Brown, Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Jeff Lemire, Jim Mahfood, Rob Rogers,…

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Saga: A Comic for Every Type of Family

December 6, 2019
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Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples sci-fi epic adventure, Saga,  quickly emerged as a genre-redefining, bestselling addition to the comic book canon. It rapidly picked up a shelf-full of awards from the Eisner’s, Harvey’s, Hugo’s, and even a British Fantasy Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel. Since its debut in March 2012, this critically acclaimed comic…

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