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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

June 15, 2018
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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

Last year, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, was invited by the Institute for Contents Cultures and Uguisu Ribbon Campaign in Tokyo to speak about the manga and comics communities and the continued importance of fighting on the front lines of free expression. Brownstein’s presentation discussed the history of comics censorship, and…

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Battle Angel Alita Supports CBLDF!

June 15, 2018
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Battle Angel Alita Supports CBLDF!

Get ready for the 2018 feature film from Robert Rodriguez, and read Battle Angel Alita today! Download Battle Angel Alita, Ghost in the Shell, The Seven Deadly Sins, and more instantly with this limited Kodansha Comics Humble Bundle that Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Pay what you want for entire manga series that inspired…

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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

June 14, 2018
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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

Back in February Japanese manga magazine, Coro Coro wildly offended Mongolians with a portrait of Genghis Kahn with male genitalia scrawled on his forehead, and some wordplay above it, which translates to penis. As funny as it may sound some, the censorship that followed is was anything but. If the art sounds random, that’s because it…

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Celebrate Pride Month With GNs Signed by Alison Bechdel, Tillie Walden, Sina Grace, & Many More!

June 14, 2018
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Celebrate Pride Month With GNs Signed by Alison Bechdel, Tillie Walden, Sina Grace, & Many More!

Celebrate Pride with CBLDF! Donate to CBLDF today and grab one of these wonderful signed graphic novels that support our crucial work fighting the myriad bans and challenges on LGBTQ+ comics, including our ongoing defense of Fun Home in a New Jersey high school. Your support helps us ensure that these important stories and perspectives are available to readers in schools and libraries…

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Paul Pope Talks Ghost in the Shell Supporting CBLDF!

June 13, 2018
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Paul Pope Talks Ghost in the Shell Supporting CBLDF!

Paul Pope (THB, Batman: Year 100) started at Kodansha comics in 1995. During his five years working for Japan’s largest publishing company a lot of the things he created didn’t make it to the shelves, but because of the caliber of people he worked with, he recalls the period fruitful in a different way –…

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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

June 8, 2018
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Love Is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQIA Comics

Editor’s note: This interview first appeared summer of 2017 in CBLDF Defender Vol. 2, Issue 2. As we approach the second year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub, this is a look back at the queer comics community responding to the tragedy and utilzing comics as a platform for activism and change.   On June…

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Brian K. Vaughan Supports CBLDF! Get Signed Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, Saga, & Many More Great GNs!

June 7, 2018
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Brian K. Vaughan Supports CBLDF! Get Signed Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, Saga, & Many More Great GNs!

This week CBLDF is featuring a slew of fantastic graphic novels, all signed by acclaimed author Brian K. Vaughan! CBLDF donors can get ready for tonight’s premiere of Cloak and Dagger with a signed copy of Cloak & Dagger: Runaways & Reversals; or kill some time with this massive Runaways by Vaughan & Alphona Omnibus, also signed by Brian K. Vaughan,…

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Kodansha Comics offers Huge Manga Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

June 6, 2018
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Kodansha Comics offers Huge Manga Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

Humble Manga Bundle x Kodansha Comics: Manga to Anime Kodansha Comics has joined with Humble Bundle to bring readers a huge cache of legendary science-fiction and fantasy manga that benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! 80 digital volumes of the biggest hits in manga! Buyers pay what they want for manga hits that went on…

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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

June 5, 2018
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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

After the recent attack on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in New Jersey, CBLDF and the Kids Right to Read Project drafted a letter of support to encourage the Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School to stand behind their own curriculum. Fun Home Was assigned to several senior English…

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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

June 1, 2018
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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

Fredric Wertham’s attack on comics in the early 1950s is probably most remembered today for his concern about over-the-top horror and violence from the likes of EC. But there was another aspect that preoccupied Wertham just as much: the potential for comics to “stimulate children to homosexual fantasies, of the nature of which they may…

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