Pyongyang Movie Production Cancelled As Hacker Fallout Continues

December 23, 2014
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Following the cancellation of The Interview last week, there is already a second casualty of Hollywood’s new deference to Kim Jong-un’s sensibilities: a movie based on Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Pyongyang that was to begin filming in March. The production was cancelled last week after 20th Century Fox pulled out of a distribution deal and…

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Hanover, VA, High School Student Speaks Out About Academic Freedom

December 22, 2014
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In light of recent concerns regarding the “un-American” message and overall inclusion of the film Searching for the Roots of 9/11 in Hanover County, VA, academic curriculum, school officials have begun discussing the introduction of a policy that would remove the film and other “controversial” materials from the standard curriculum. Along with the film, five books,…

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Neil Gaiman on Censorship and the Perception of Comics as a “Gutter Medium”

December 19, 2014
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In the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, political cartoonist Martin Rowson interviewed long-time free speech advocate and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair Neil Gaiman on issues of censorship, comics as a gutter medium, and how graphic novels and literature are still thriving by shocking the mainstream today. With entertaining stories of their…

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Clooney Warns: Cancelling The Interview Sets a Bad Precedent

December 19, 2014
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As everyone surely knows by now, the film industry this week suffered a blow to free expression when Sony decided to cancel the Christmas Day opening of the comedy The Interview, after hackers with suspected links to North Korea threatened attacks on movie theaters due to the film’s depiction of a plot to kill dictator…

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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

December 19, 2014
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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

We’re an inquisitive crew here at CBLDF, so we sent some questions to a few of the creators included in the Dynamite Humble MEGA Holidays Bundle. Gail Simone (Red Sonja), Tim Seeley (Hack / Slash), Matt Wagner (Django / Zorro), and David Walker (Shaft) hit us back with some pretty amazing answers… Gail Simone is…

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DEFEND COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition!

December 19, 2014
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DEFEND COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition!

For the second year, CBLDF is proud to be participating in Free Comic Book Day with a special, all-ages edition of Defend Comics, our anthology of tales about free speech, censorship, and the right to read! This year’s comic features new stories from Gene Yang and Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese, Wonderland),…

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Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
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A moment of triumph this week for advocates of free speech and access to information has come in the form of the Gilbert Arizona school board opting to halt all actions to edit an honors biology textbook! In light of complaints from community members regarding two pages of the popular textbook, Campbell Biology: Concepts and…

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Censorship is Great Publicity for Fun Home and Many More

December 18, 2014
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Six months after South Carolina lawmakers finally reached a sort-of-compromise following a protracted debate over the use of LGBT-themed books in summer reading programs at state colleges, one Charleston-area writer looked back last week to reflect on a bright spot in the debacle. As so often happens with any challenge or ban, Charleston City Paper…

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Humble Bundle & Dynamite Add MORE TITLES to Holiday’s Biggest Comics Bundle!

December 17, 2014
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Humble Bundle is excited to once again be teaming with Dynamite Entertainment after enjoying an incredibly successful partnership this past summer. Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some of comics’ hottest licenses and original properties, and this go-round they will be pulling out all the stops with top tier titles such as Bob’s Burgers, The Twilight…

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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

December 17, 2014
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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

The holiday shipping deadline for CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is here! This hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums supports the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be placed by TODAY! When you support CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving drive,…

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