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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

May 4, 2018
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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

This Saturday, May 5th, people will gather at comic book shops around the world to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Don’t forget to pick up CBLDF’s Defend Comics, featuring a special Reading Without Walls cover by Gene Luen Yang! This year’s comic has stories the whole family can enjoy together, with tales by Jorge Aguirre and…

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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

May 2, 2018
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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

Two Oregon School districts have determined that they will not allow 3rd – 5th graders to participate in Oregon’s Battle of the Books this year, due to the inclusion of Alex Gino’s frequently contested book about a trans child, George. Oregon’s Battle of the Books is an entirely elective program designed to encourage children’s literacy,…

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

May 1, 2018
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

This week, April 30 – May 6th, is the annual celebration of children’s literacy, Children’s Book Week. A massive celebration each year that has events at libraries, bookstores, schools, and comic shops around the country! If you want to participate at home check out their website and download the beautiful reading poster designed by award-winning…

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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

April 30, 2018
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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

Last week, Reporters Without Borders released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, and increasingly it seems that Freedom of the Press is under attack globally. The report demonstrates “growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a…

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a terror group without…

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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

April 27, 2018
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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

Join CBLDF Deputy Director, Alex Cox, this Saturday, April 28th at 2 pm, as he leads a discussion at Powell’s Bookshop in Portland with four children’s graphic novelists and illustrators. The creators include Graham Annable with Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths (First Second), Robin Robinson with The City on the Other Side (First…

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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

April 26, 2018
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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

“In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time.” – Charles Brownstein of CBLDF At the 2018 Oregon Library Association annual conference in Eugene, OR, on April 20, 2018, the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award  was presented to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The award is granted…

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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

April 25, 2018
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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was fined LE 20,000 following his third trial for “harming public morality” by republishing an excerpt from his experimental book Using Life (also known as Use of Life) in 2014. Naji was initially acquitted of these charges, but the prosecution was able to appeal the decision. Subsequently, Naji was convicted and…

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Comic & Graphic Novel ALA Group Needs Your Help!

April 24, 2018
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Comic & Graphic Novel ALA Group Needs Your Help!

Back in December, it was announced that comic books and the librarians who love them will soon have more support from the creation of a Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table. The current incarnation of the group, Graphic Novels & Comics Member Interest Group, GNC MIG, has assisted with educator and librarian events…

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Full Bleed Sneak Peek: Catching Up with the Hernandez Brothers

April 23, 2018
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Full Bleed Sneak Peek: Catching Up with the Hernandez Brothers

Our neighbors and friends at IDW: PDX are putting together their second issue of Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly. The Kickstarter funded, hardcover magazine is curated and edited by IDW’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams — who joined CBLDF’s Board of Directors in February of this year. They were kind enough to share a first look…

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