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Tell Us About Your Banned Books Week Plans!

August 28, 2014
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Tell Us About Your Banned Books Week Plans!

Banned Books Week 2014 is coming up in less than a month, and this year the focus is on comics and graphic novels! As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF wants to hear from librarians, retailers, educators, publishers, and others about any events they may be planning. This year,…

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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

August 15, 2014
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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

A Pennsylvania school board, which last month voted to ban Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school summer reading book, has reversed that decision at its subsequent meeting, the National Coalition Against Censorship has learned. As in so many other school districts this summer, the Ringgold school board initially failed to follow its…

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Don’t Miss CBLDF At Comica!

August 15, 2014
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Don’t Miss CBLDF At Comica!

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein is in London this week to participate in the Comica Festival at the British Library. CBLDF will be set up with a table at the Comica Comiket, a one day marketplace featuring the most forward looking publishers and creators of comics in the British scene.  We’ve brought a terrific assortment of items,…

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Striking A Balance Between Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech

August 14, 2014
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Striking A Balance Between Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech

With new social media and file sharing websites popping up almost every day, there is an ever-increasing concern with copyright and trademark infringement. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was introduced in order to help make it easier for these new websites and intellectual property holders to tackle infringement issues. Unfortunately, it seems that more and…

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RIP Dominic Postiglione

August 11, 2014
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RIP Dominic Postiglione

It’s with sadness that we note the passing of Dominic Postiglione, a partner at The Source Comics & Games serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN area, and a driving force behind the Midwest Comic Book Association, who annually host FallCon and SpringCon.  Postiglione died last Friday, August 8, at the age of 52.  A memorial service will…

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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

August 11, 2014
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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

Last week, we reported on the controversy that erupted over Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which depicts a smoking scarecrow. Donaldson and Scheffler are also the creative force behind The Gruffalo, one of the most beloved children’s series in the United Kingdom and a series that has found a significant following here…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 5: BOOM! Studios’ ROSS RICHIE

August 7, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 5: BOOM! Studios’ ROSS RICHIE

In this episode, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox sat down with Ross Richie, Founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios. Over the past few years, Ross has overseen BOOM! as it has grown into one of the most vibrant and diverse publishers in the market, and has turned what began as a handful of anthology books…

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BOOM! Studios Partners with Humble Bundle to Benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

August 6, 2014
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Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the launch today of the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). https://www.humblebundle.com/books Customers can name their…

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Free Speech Groups Launch Cameron Post Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship

August 1, 2014
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Free Speech Groups Launch Cameron Post Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship

Eight organizations concerned about free speech and education are inviting high school students in Delaware to write a 250-500 word essay saying what they think school board members should know about Emily M. Danforth’s YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, before deciding whether it should be removed from a school reading list. Students entering the contest…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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