Support the Right to Read with CBLDF at WonderCon!

April 18, 2014
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Support the Right to Read with CBLDF at WonderCon!

This weekend, CBLDF head’s to the West Coast for WonderCon! WonderCon takes place in the Anaheim Convention Center (800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802) April 18 – 20, 2014. CBLDF will be at booth #509 with a scarce few copies of our variant of STARLIGHT #1, which debuted in the UK, and makes its first…

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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

April 17, 2014
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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is no stranger to controversy. The beautifully composed Eisner-winning graphic novel, detailing Bechdel’s personal journey with sexual orientation, family, and self-image, has been the subject of two bans from South Carolina and Utah colleges. Citing the material as “pornographic” and “shocking,” the administrations vied to keep the work out of curriculum.…

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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

April 16, 2014
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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

With Laurie Halse Anderson’s frequently-challenged YA novel Speak reaching its 15th anniversary this year, the author is marking the occasion with a campaign called #Speak4RAINN15 which aims to raise $30,000 for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Recently she also sat down for an interview with Book Riot’s Kelly Jensen to talk about censorship,…

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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

April 16, 2014
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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

In a week that has brought us ALA’s latest list of the ten most banned books (which inexplicably included Jeff Smith’s Bone!), we’re heartened to find that reason has ruled the day in Brainerd, Minnesota: The Brainerd school board voted to keep John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men — a school stalwart and frequently challenged book…

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it has been caught up in controversy over the Common Core standards, and investigated…

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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

April 15, 2014
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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

Indie artist/writer PAUL POPE is getting ready to celebrate his next project, the new edition of ESCAPO (Z2 Comics , Summer 2014).  His book preview event will be a full on mash-up of comics and music fans rockin’ out. Exclusive memorabilia by Paul Pope is being created for this event and will be for sale…

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Bone author and CBLDF Board…

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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

April 11, 2014
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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

Last weekend the CBLDF had a spectacular time at the MoCCA Festival here in NYC, presented by the Society of Illustrators.  It was CBLDF’s privilege to host signings with Guests of Honor Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Fiona Staples, and Robert Williams, all of whom signed extra copies of their books to thank CBLDF’s supporters like…

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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 11, 2014
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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 3 marked the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s arrest in New York on obscenity charges. His crime? Using phrases such as “jack me off,” “nice tits,” and “go come in a chicken” in his stand up routine. Within the year, he was convicted of obscenity, a conviction that would stand until 2003, when New York…

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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

April 10, 2014
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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

Despite overwhelming evidence otherwise, violent video games have long been a scapegoat for politicians, pundits, and more when discussing the causes of real world violence. Two recent studies have added to the evidence that strongly contradicts the idea that the violence in video games correlates to real world violence. In the first study, scientists at…

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