Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

March 27, 2015
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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

In response to one New Mexico parent’s complaint that a highly-regarded graphic novel was “child porn,” a district review committee has voted to keep the book in a high school library. One month ago local TV news station KOAT reported that a Rio Rancho parent was deeply troubled that her son checked out Gilbert Hernandez’s…

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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

March 27, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. This week we spotlight creators who made the transition from underground to alternative comics in the 1980s and ’90s. Follow our Tumblr every weekday for biographical snippets on female creators who have changed the face of free expression…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

March 27, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

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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Iranian Cartoonist Overcomes Censorship with Savvy Style

March 27, 2015
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Bozorghehr Hosseinpour

From government  imposed to self censorship, CBLDF has reported on the significant number of artists and cartoonists who face a variety of challenges when it comes to having their works published and shown. One Iranian cartoonist, though, seems to have found a way to bypass the notorious censorship policies in his home country of Iran…

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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

March 26, 2015
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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host — for the first time ever — a ten day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 75 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power.…

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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

March 26, 2015
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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

The superintendent of schools in Wallingford, Connecticut, is doubling down on his decision to overrule a review committee’s recommendation and remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the district’s curriculum. After receiving local and national criticism for the ban, including a letter from CBLDF and other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to…

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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

March 26, 2015
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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

The nation of Myanmar has only had an independent press for three years, since the longtime military junta began transitioning to a civilian government. In that short time, though, a new generation of cartoonists has arisen to document and respond to the bumps and triumphs on the road to democracy. While they’re still on the…

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CBLDF Heads to Seattle This Weekend for Emerald City Comicon!

March 25, 2015
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CBLDF Heads to Seattle This Weekend for Emerald City Comicon!

This weekend, CBLDF kicks off convention season with Emerald City Comicon! We’ll head to the Pacific Northwest for three days of comics fun. You’ll find us at booth #1239, where we’ll have our CBLDF Banned Comics Photo Booth, the CBLDF Convention Survival Kit (free for existing members and anyone who signs up at the show!),…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 11: Brian Heater

March 25, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 11: Brian Heater

In this episode, we speak to Brian Heater — journalist, podcaster, comic critic, and all-around big thinker when it comes to comics, comic art, and the comic industry. Check out Brian’s regular podcast, RIYL, at http://riylcast.tumblr.com/ We discuss: Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, Roz Chast, Charlie Hebdo, tablets, Raina Telgemeier, comics journalism, and much more. In…

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Documentary Captures Cartoonists’ Struggle Against Censorship

March 24, 2015
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Caricaturistes-actes-sud

A small independent film team in France is making a big statement for freedom of expression with their 2014 documentary Cartoonists — Foot Soldiers of Democracy, which was recently released on DVD as a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, played at Cannes, and is showing at the Reel Artists Film Festival…

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