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Charlie Hedbo Cartoonist Among Honored at Free Expression Awards

April 20, 2018
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Charlie Hedbo Cartoonist Among Honored at Free Expression Awards

This year was the third annual Free Expression Awards, an honor designed by the Newseum and Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. to recognize those who exhibit and inspire excellence and courage with their free speech. The winners this year included French cartoonist Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who survived the attack on his offices at Charlie Hedbo and has courageously continued…

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CBLDF Welcomes Lion Forge as Newest Corporate Member!

April 19, 2018
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CBLDF Welcomes Lion Forge as Newest Corporate Member!

Publisher of “Comics for Everyone” Joins the Efforts of the Industry’s Premier Free Speech Organization Lion Forge is proud to join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge…

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Influential Comic Book Artist Mystery Solved

April 18, 2018
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Influential Comic Book Artist Mystery Solved

Last weekend, artist and comics journalist James Romberger discovered Sy Barry was the identity of the artist behind Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story, a civil rights comic that not only changed the medium, but the history of the United States. The books wide distribution through churches and schools created a means to disseminate information…

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Digital Comic Duo Wins Pulitzer

April 17, 2018
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Digital Comic Duo Wins Pulitzer

Breaking with their own long-established conventions, the Pulitzer committee awarded the Prize for Editorial Cartooning to the creative team behind Welcome to the New World, a digital comic book delivered in installments by The New York Times. The creators are Jake Halpern, a reporter who followed two Syrian families and used pieces of those interviews…

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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

April 16, 2018
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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

Last September, Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of CBLDF, was honored with an invitation to speak at the Library of Congress about the history of comics and the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in protecting the intellectual freedom of American readers. The talk was part of an ongoing relationship the Library of Congress…

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CBLDF on the Road: MoCCA Fest 2018

April 13, 2018
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CBLDF on the Road: MoCCA Fest 2018

Last weekend, CBLDF was thrilled to be in New York City, hanging out with awesome comic book creators, retailers, publishers, and especially readers at the MoCCA Fest. Some of the top names in comics stopped by to support free speech and sign their work for fans at the convention. Max de Radiguès, a cartoonist and an…

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Banned Books Week 2018 Declares “Banning Books Silences Stories”

April 12, 2018
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Banned Books Week 2018 Declares “Banning Books Silences Stories”

Banned Books Week just announced their theme for this year’s highly anticipated week of censorship awareness.  The annual tradition is held is in September and features everything from library displays to special author events held all around the country, designed to shine a light on the frequent challenges and bans books still face. To honor its…

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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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