Gilbert School Board Keeps Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the Reading List

January 30, 2015
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Gilbert, Arizona, public school system is once again in the news for a book challenge. This time it is Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize winning seminal novel Beloved. The Gilbert school board recently received more than 100 letters from members of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children urging the district to pull the title from…

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A Closer Look at the 2015 Member Premiums!

January 30, 2015
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A Closer Look at the 2015 Member Premiums!

This month, we launched our new Member Campaign for 2015, featuring art by the great Michael Cho. You can check out all the various levels here, but we wanted to give our donors and prospective members a closer look at some of the cool items we have, exclusively for people joining or renewing their memberships…

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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

January 29, 2015
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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

Malaysian police carried out another raid of cartoonist Zunar’s office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, seizing about 150 books despite having obtained no warrant for the search. Zunar himself is currently abroad in London, but has once again been summoned to a police station for questioning on sedition charges upon his return to Malaysia. The raid…

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The Humble Archie Comics Bundle Adds More Titles for Charity!

January 28, 2015
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The Humble Archie Comics Bundle Adds More Titles for Charity!

Last week, Archie Comics made its Humble Bundle debut with some of today’s most talked about titles featured in the latest comic book bundle.As we enter week two of the bundle, we’re exciting to announce the addition of seven titles! In addition to being the home to some of the world’s most recognizable characters, Archie…

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Security Concern Leads to Self-Censorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum

January 28, 2015
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In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, it is understandable that cartoonists, journalists, and even the general public would fear possible violent repercussion for expressing themselves, especially when it comes to talking about aspects of the Muslim religion in countries where the Muslim religion is a fundamental part of the community. Caution is understandable for people…

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Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

January 27, 2015
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Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

At first glance, it appeared that a downtown Toronto coffee shop, Jet Fuel Coffee, was propagating anti-Semitic sentiment by hanging a series of art pieces entitled “The Jew Funnies” on their walls. Taking offense to the art, a man entered the store and began removing two of the pieces, forcibly attempting to drive off with…

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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

January 27, 2015
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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

Citing a “misunderstanding,” the Long Beach, California public library yesterday invited local artist Lethia Cobbs to return a doll that a library employee had told her to remove from her artwork earlier this month. The piece includes a white police officer standing over an armless–literally “unarmed”–black man lying on the ground. The police tableau is…

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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

January 26, 2015
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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

Over the past several months, CBLDF has been the lucky beneficiary of several comics-themed Humble Bundles. Thanks to all the publishers, distributors, and readers who have chosen to share the proceeds with us! Don’t miss the latest package, the Humble Archie Comics Bundle, over here. Of course none of it would be possible without the…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

January 23, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the…

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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal repercussions…

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