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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2020
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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the gruesome Charlie Hebdo attack, where two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the newspaper’s office and killed 12 people, injuring 11 more. At the time of the tragedy, the world was horrified by the violence against the paper – a rally for national unity took…

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Just Announced! Latest Humble Book Bundle from Kodansha Benefits Free Speech with Supernatural Series

November 13, 2019
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Just Announced! Latest Humble Book Bundle from Kodansha Benefits Free Speech with Supernatural Series

Stack your digital library with the hit illustrated Supernatural series MONOGATARI and protect the First Amendment when you get the newest Humble Bundle from Kodansha! Pay what you want for digital, DRM-Free light novels with this book bundle, MONOGATARI—Supernatural Light Novels by NISIOISIN. This series has been running since 2006, and you can get 22…

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CBLDF Invades England and the Lakes International Comics Art Festival

October 11, 2019
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CBLDF Invades England and the Lakes International Comics Art Festival

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein is going to be making a splash at the Lakes International Comics Art Festival this weekend. If you’re in the UK (or can get there easily) make sure you drop by to check out some of the amazing panels that Brownstein will be in on, as well as a getting the…

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Police Raid in Brazil to Confiscate Avengers with Same-Sex Kiss

September 11, 2019
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Police Raid in Brazil to Confiscate Avengers with Same-Sex Kiss

Last week law enforcement officials raided a book festival in Brazil at the mayor’s order, to seize copies of an Avengers comic featuring Hulkling and Wiccan, two male superheroes, kissing. The raid turned up no copies of the book, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, as the booth carrying it had sold out days prior to the mayor’s…

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Just Announced! CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, Open to All!

July 12, 2019
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CBLDF Comic-Con Auction Sponsored by IDW Publishing   Live Art by Gabriel Rodriguez Keynote by Paul Levitz   Saturday, July 20, Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire AB Register to Bid: cbldfauction2019.eventbrite.com Join IDW Publishing to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Auction, happening Saturday, July 20, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB. The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Gabriel Rodriguez, acclaimed…

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Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

July 1, 2019
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Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

Editorial cartoonist, Michael de Adder, was let go from Canada’s Brunswick News Inc. (BNI), a group which controls all the major papers in his hometown, the day after a cartoon he drew that was critical of the American President went viral. The cartoon depicted the American President attempting to play golf, but impeded by the…

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Adding My Brother’s Husband to Your Library or Classroom

June 27, 2019
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Adding My Brother’s Husband to Your Library or Classroom

Gengoroh Tagame’s award-winning manga series My Brother’s Husband (Japanese: Otōto no Otto) has been hailed by critics and creators all over the world as a fascinating look at family, homophobia, cultural differences, and grief. Serialized in Japan from 2014 to 2017, the series was published in the U.S., translated by the acclaimed and talented Anne Ishii, in two omnibuses…

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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

June 18, 2019
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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

It started, as too many things do, with a children’s book that some people found offensive and ended with a piece of legislation called Clause 28 that made it illegal to “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretend family relationship.” Amidst the protests to this proposed legislation,…

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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

June 14, 2019
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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

In April, the New York Times International Edition upset readers all over the world with a political cartoon that outraged many viewing it as anti-semitic. The paper apologized and blamed both the syndicated service they used and the Hong Kong editor who chose it. At the time they said that they would cancel the syndication…

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Pick up LGBTQ+ Manga to Kick off Pride!

June 7, 2019
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Pick up LGBTQ+ Manga to Kick off Pride!

Due to continued stigma against the LGBTQ+ community in Japan, there are few out mangaka, despite a plethora of queer content. For pride month, here are four out and proud Japanese voices for you to check out. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi Nagata Kabi’s work is no stranger to the CBLDF blog, if…

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