Education

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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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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CBLDF Podcast Episode 9: History of the Comics Code Authority Live!

December 8, 2014
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In this episode, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein presents the History of the Comics Code Authority before a live audience at Wondercon 2014 in Anaheim, California. He discusses: Tarzan, Fellini, Johnny Craig, Speedy’s drug use, Wolfmans, Phil Sueling, Elfquests, and more! In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is…

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IRONY ALERT: Censor Claims “NCAC is Attempting to Censor People of Faith”

December 5, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

Indian River school board member, pastor, and would-be censor Shaun Fink and responded to the National Collation Against Censorship’s recently issued a letter about his demand for a censored health curriculum that would exclude discussions of homosexuality, HIV, STIs, and contraception in the most ironic way possible: He claims NCAC is trying to censor him. The…

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Biology Textbook Too Factual, Violates Arizona Law?

December 5, 2014
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Campell Biology Textbook

In late October, the Gilbert Arizona Public School’s governing board voted to have two pages from a widely used honors biology textbook removed on the grounds that its discussion of contraception and common birth control methods violated Arizona law. The state law being cited is 15-115: Preference for childbirth and adoption; allowable presentation. Signed by…

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Support CBLDF on #GivingTuesday — Get All-Star Comics Anthology as Thanks!

December 2, 2014
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All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Our efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers. We can only do this work because of the generosity of of our supporters. Today, we’re asking you…

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Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

December 2, 2014
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CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. CBLDF works hard to stop censorship in its…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Health Curriculum

December 1, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

A community in Delaware is reconsidering a recently adopted health curriculum over the complaints of school board member and local pastor Shaun Fink. Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the ACLU of Delaware, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ABFFE, ALA-OIF, PEN America, and SCBWI to demand that the school not…

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Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

November 27, 2014
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Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

It’s Thanksgiving, and while CBLDF would prefer to give thanks to the end of censorship entirely, we’re not so lucky. Regardless, we’ve seen several victories for the right to read this year, and we’re happy to include them on our list of things to be thankful for! Let’s take a look at a few of…

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