Gilbert Hernandez Signing Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas!

September 16, 2014
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Gilbert Hernandez Signing Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas!

This Friday at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas, Gilbert Hernandez and other area creators will be signing and sketching to benefit CBLDF! For a $10 donation, this is your chance to get a signed Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant. Hernandez will also be signing his newest book Bumperhead. He’ll be joined by LFDF Comics artists…

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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

September 15, 2014
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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute thinks that librarians who celebrate Banned Books Week are hypocrites. In an article on the organization’s website last week, she argued that the real banned books are not the oft-targeted ones like And Tango Makes Three which depict same-sex parents or other LGBT characters. Rather, she says that…

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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due TODAY!

September 15, 2014
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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due TODAY!

Retailers: Today is the last day to place orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014! To get you — and fans of the right to read everywhere — ready for this all-ages event, we’re delighted to share a video with CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 contributors Marc Guggenheim, Janet Lee, Jeremy Lambert, Amy Chu, Shannon Wheeler, Declan…

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Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

September 12, 2014
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Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

One North Carolina woman’s months-long crusade against Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian culminated this week with a disappointing compromise: the book will remain in Brunswick County middle school libraries, but will be kept behind the counter where only students with parental permission may check it out. Frances Wood of Ash,…

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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

September 12, 2014
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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

About four months after Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were challenged as reading assignments for Advanced Placement English at a high school in Wendell, North Carolina, we learned this week that Morrison’s novel was ultimately banned from the school’s curriculum. Teachers may still assign The Color Purple, but must…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amulet

September 12, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amulet

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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Jules Feiffer, Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll & More Sign For CBLDF at SPX!

September 11, 2014
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Jules Feiffer, Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll & More Sign For CBLDF at SPX!

This weekend, CBLDF is heading to SPX 2014, America’s premiere literary and arts comics festival. The festival, which is held in part to benefit the CBLDF, kicks off on Saturday morning and runs a stellar exhibit hall and programming schedule through Sunday, spotlighting the best and brightest talents in the comics medium. CBLDF will be…

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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

September 11, 2014
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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted 48 pages of thrilling adventure, powerful drama, and gut-busting hilarity that…

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Brandon Graham Makes SPX Sketch Book & NYC Event For CBLDF!

September 11, 2014
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Brandon Graham Makes SPX Sketch Book & NYC Event For CBLDF!

Brandon Graham, the acclaimed cartoonist of the highly influential graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, and the driving force behind the genre-bending science fiction series Prophet is benefiting CBLDF in September with signings and an all-new sketchbook premiering at SPX, and a lecture in New York City at the Society of Illustrators. First up…

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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

September 11, 2014
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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

After a Florida teen last week attempted to murder her mother and younger brother by setting the family home on fire, authorities and local media are scrutinizing her preferred reading–namely online Slender Man fic and Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series Soul Eater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, news outlets have seized upon the perceived connection to a highly sensationalized…

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