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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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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

June 6, 2019
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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

Presented in conjunction with Cartoonists Rights Network International The dissident Chinese cartoonist, who this week revealed his face to the public for the first time, requests that cartoonists everywhere post their selfies and artwork to Twitter using #Tiananmen31 We recently reported that Badiucao has ended a decade of wholly anonymous artistic practice while living in…

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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

June 4, 2019
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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

Today, June 4th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square civil rights protest and the subsequent massacre. It also marks the beginning of one of the longest, largest, and most convoluted censorship campaigns in human history, as China has sought to not merely ignore, but erase through denial, the historical events that happened. 1989 was before…

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Badiucao Unmasks, Defying China’s Threats

June 4, 2019
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Badiucao Unmasks, Defying China’s Threats

CBLDF reported earlier this week about brave and thoughtful documentary China’s Artful Dissident being broadcast in Australia, set to follow the masked and  exiled cartoonist, Badiucao as he traveled the world speaking to other exiles and survivors of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the human rights tragedy. Our friends at Cartoonists Rights…

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