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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

May 29, 2018
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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

Fun Home is under attack again, this time in a New Jersey High School. Steve DiSturco and Mark Bisci, two parents of students at Watchung Hills Regional High School, want the award-winning graphic novel removed from the 12th grade curriculum due to “the sexually explicit nature.” Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is a graphic novel memoir…

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Raising Free Range Readers

May 25, 2018
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Raising Free Range Readers

Author and educator Melissa Scholes Young wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post explaining why she doesn’t censor the books her children read. While this position likely splits mosts parents down the middle between those that wholeheartedly agree and those that feel their pulse quicken at the thought of finding Fifty Shades of Gray in…

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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

May 24, 2018
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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

Rage comics in China are now under fire, with one of the countries most popular sites, Baozou, being targeted for a post from 2014. The post in question was a video of someone wearing a rage face mask making a joke about Dong Cunrui, a soldier who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist party…

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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

May 23, 2018
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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

A South Carolina mom just wanted a nice cake to commemorate her son graduating Summa Cum* Laude, a Latin phrase that translates to “with highest distinction” and is ubiquitously used to mean an exceptionally high grade point average. Unfortunately for her, Publix, a regional grocery chain, doesn’t speak Latin or follow special instructions. Cara Koscinski…

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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2018
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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime free speech advocate and previous Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Joan E. Bertin, is going to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for her exemplary history of protecting the First Amendment. Bertin started her career working in the nonprofit legal sector — initially representing…

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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

May 16, 2018
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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

After nearly two years of being unable to leave Malaysia, political cartoonist Zunar has finally had his travel ban lifted — and all it took was electing a new government. On Monday, May 13th, Zunar posted pictures to his Twitter account showing not only his reinstated ability to travel, but also the Immigration Department’s new…

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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

May 15, 2018
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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

In an unbelievably predictable turn of events, Keith Flaugh with the Florida Citizens’ Alliance is causing problems for Collier County School Board by claiming approved science textbooks don’t meet the criteria HB 989, which states that all educational materials must be balanced and noninflammatory. “I’m here to tell you that it’s not up to the…

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Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read Foundation

May 14, 2018
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Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read Foundation

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees. Among the new trustees is Calvin Reid, a crucial advocate in developing comics in the book trade. Reid, a senior editor at Publishers Weekly has covered First Amendment and freedom to read issues since he joined the PW…

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Teacher Appreciation Week – CBLDF Tools for Teachers

May 11, 2018
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Teacher Appreciation Week – CBLDF Tools for Teachers

2018′s Teacher Appreciation Week is coming to a close, but here at Comic Book Legal Defense Fund we want to remind educators that there are free resources available to teachers year round from CBLDF to help teach comics in the classroom. Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection This provides specific resources for…

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Why Musa Kart is an Optimist and Americans Can’t Afford to be

May 11, 2018
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“I believe in Turkey. I believe for Turks there is no night that lasts forever. Also in Turkey the daylight will return.” – Musa Kart Political Cartoonist, Musa Kart was honored for his bravery in the face of government oppression with the 2018 International Press Cartoon Prize by the Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace. This…

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