Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

August 26, 2014
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Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

A minister in the small Texas town of Cleveland is spearheading a petition drive to have 75 books that he labels “demonic” removed from the Young Adult section of the local public library. Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle says that the books, including the manga Vampire Knight and the Twilight series, “perpetuate a…

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Dark Horse Offers CBLDF Variant For Fred Van Lente’s Resurrectionists!

August 26, 2014
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Dark Horse Offers CBLDF Variant For Fred Van Lente’s Resurrectionists!

On the eve of solicitation of the highly anticipated new ongoing series from Fred Van Lente (Conan the Avenger, Archer & Armstrong) and artists Maurizio Rosenzweig (Clown Fatale) and Moreno Dinisio (Dead Body Road) comes news of a second cover of the first issue, created for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! In addition to…

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Pensacola Teacher Will Not Lose Job Over Little Brother

August 25, 2014
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Pensacola Teacher Will Not Lose Job Over Little Brother

The past few months have seen a veritable flurry of challenges to books that were assigned to students as summer reading, but it all kicked off in the first week of June with a Pensacola principal’s unilateral cancellation of a One Book/One School program involving Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. Although he had previously approved the…

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Pop Culture Hound Podcast Features CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein

August 22, 2014
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Pop Culture Hound Podcast Features CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein

While in London for the Comica Festival, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein also found time to give a podcast interview to Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound. Thompson says of the 54-minute episode: Charles & I discuss his background in comics, how he ended up working for the Fund, what the organisation stands for, and…

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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

August 22, 2014
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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

“Hey did you read that email I sent you?” “Nope, but I bet Google did.” For those who think Google can do anything, it turns out you may be on to something. A tip from Google led to the arrest of a man from Texas named John Henry Skillern. He was arrested by local police for possession…

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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

August 21, 2014
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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

Last month when a school review committee in Waukesha, Wisconsin unanimously rejected a challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska, the positive outcome was somewhat tempered by the news that two further books had been challenged in the same school district by another parent. But at its meeting this past Wednesday, the Waukesha district’s Consideration…

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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

August 21, 2014
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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

Everyone knows that art is not always pretty or positive. Its purpose often is to comment on the surrounding world, causing viewers to reflect on society and their own preconceived notions. But particularly in the United States it seems, disruptive art that makes its way out of museums and galleries and into the streets frequently…

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HarperCollins Launches the Humble Bookperk Bundle, CBLDF Among Beneficiaries

August 20, 2014
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HarperCollins Launches the Humble Bookperk Bundle, CBLDF Among Beneficiaries

HarperCollins Publishers has partnered with Humble Bundle to launch the Humble Bookperk Bundle, featuring a collection of award-winning sci-fi novels as well as other works by bestselling HarperCollins authors. For a period of two weeks, beginning today, customers can name their price for the titles included in this bundle and choose to contribute all or…

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Dynamite Entertainment Launches New DRM-Free Digital Comics Program; New Digital Initiative Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

August 20, 2014
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Dynamite Entertainment Launches New DRM-Free Digital Comics Program; New Digital Initiative Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the debut of its brand new digital comic program featuring DRM-free comics. Launching initially with comics available in PDF file format, the initiative makes a selection of its most popular and celebrated titles ready for download today directly by consumers. The sale of DRM-free digital comics coincides with the…

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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

August 19, 2014
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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

With the recent release of the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel The Giver, free speech groups are bracing for a resurgence of challenges to one of the most frequently targeted books of the 1990s. Last week Slate’s Ben Blatt talked to Barbara Jones, the director of the American Library Association’s Office…

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