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Humble Audiobook Bundle from DC Comics to Benefit CBLDF!

June 27, 2018
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Humble Audiobook Bundle from DC Comics to Benefit CBLDF!

Listen Up! DC Comics has joined with Humble Bundle to create a a giant Audiobook Bundle that benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Hero’s Initiative. Pay what you want to get the best in Audiobooks produced by GraphicAudio, delivered to your ears instantly. Get these full cast stories featuring favorite characters like Batman or…

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Graphic Novels Break Through at ALA

June 26, 2018
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Graphic Novels Break Through at ALA

Another successful American Library Association (ALA) Conference is completed and one thing is clear – librarians love graphic novels! The conference this year in New Orleans ran from Thursday, June 21 to Monday, June 26. Early during the festivities, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) met for their annual meeting and elected CBLDF Executive Director,…

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Retro CBLDF Designs Now on Threadless!

June 25, 2018
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Retro CBLDF Designs Now on Threadless!

Now free speech advocates can show off their support in even more styles, with tons of new retro CBLDF designs available in our Threadless shop. Seeing our supporters at conventions is the best part. Longtime friends and members stop by and show off their favorite CBLDF shirt from previous campaigns, or ask where they can…

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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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