Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous co ...

CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

CBLDF Protects The First Amendment!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Our work takes us into courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States where we provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to protect th ...

Florida Student Chastises Schools and Parents for Curious Censorship

August 27, 2015
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Although the Leon County, Florida, School Board is standing by a principal’s decision to pull The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from Lincoln High School’s summer reading list, one student is speaking out not only about how this decision violates students’ right to read, but also how this censorship should be seen...

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Experts Pick Apart APA Report on Video Game Violence

August 27, 2015
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Experts Pick Apart APA Report on Video Game Violence

A task force appointed by the American Psychological Association made a big splash last week with a report that claimed to identify a link between “violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

August 26, 2015
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To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice President of Publicity and Marketing, Alex Segura. Topics: Kevin...

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In Stores Now: Go Back to School with CBLDF Defender #3!

August 26, 2015
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CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the third issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews,...

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Tweeks: Persepolis Should Not Be Banned

August 25, 2015
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This week in the ComicMix’s Challenged Challenge, twin teen geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst, break down why Marjane Satrapi’s award-winning graphic memoir Persepolis should not be banned and why it should instead be embraced by schools and parents to promote further education of their students. The autobiographical memoir tells Satrapi’s own story of growing up...

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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

August 25, 2015
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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

Japanese manga promotes juvenile delinquency, violence, and sex — these were some of the reasons that the Chinese Ministry of Culture used to outright ban 38 Japanese manga and anime. But some are beginning to explore whether similar Chinese-produced materials would be held to the same standard and whether they can succeed in a...

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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

August 24, 2015
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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

As incoming freshmen at Duke University wrapped up orientation week on Friday, campus newspaper The Chronicle checked up on the reaction to the choice of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as an all-class summer reading book. Although some freshman have opted not to read the book...

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CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015 Takes A Bow in Honor of National Lampoon

August 21, 2015
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CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015 Takes A Bow in Honor of National Lampoon

The CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015, published by Image Comics, is coming to local comic shops near you this October, and to celebrate great satire and what it means to truly embrace free speech, Bleeding Cool gives us a first look at editor D.A. Cox’s inspiration behind this year’s collection: National Lampoon. In a guest post...

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IRONY ALERT: Downers Grove Council Approves Would-be Censor for Library Board

August 21, 2015
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IRONY ALERT: Downers Grove Council Approves Would-be Censor for Library Board

The village council of Downers Grove, Illinois, an affluent suburb of Chicago, on Tuesday approved the appointment of a would-be book banner to the town library’s board of trustees. Local attorney Arthur Jaros Jr. led a failed 1999 attempt...

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Harvard Library Building Archival Collection on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

August 21, 2015
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Harvard Library Building Archival Collection on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

The Harvard Library is inviting submissions to a new physical and digital archival collection of materials related to the January attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the ensuing worldwide debate on freedom of expression...

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Tweeks Remind SideScrollers Challengers That They Don’t Have to Read It

August 21, 2015
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This week in the ComicMix’s Challenged Reading Challenge, the Tweeks took on Matthew Loux’s SideScrollers, the book that led the Enfield, Connecticut, Board of Education to change their entire policy for approving and including controversial books in school reading lists. In 2012, Mathew Loux’s video game themed graphic novel was removed from a ninth grade…

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The Tweeks Challenge Parents to Read The Color of Earth

August 20, 2015
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Twin ween geeks Maddy and Anya — the Tweeks — have tackled another banned book! In week five of ComicMix’s Challenged Challenge, they discuss the critically acclaimed coming-of-age manhwa The Color of the Earth and the controversy surrounding it’s coming-of age story. Creator Kim Dong Hwa’s graphic novel is about a young girl, Ehwa, growing up…

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Japan Censors Artist for Vagina Kayak

August 20, 2015
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In a country that celebrates the male phallus, Japanese artist Rokudenashiko has been charged with the distribution and dissemination of obscene materials and faces up two years in prison and a $20,000 fine for using her own vagina as the subject of her artwork. Last year, self-proclaimed feminist artist Megumi Igarashi — known as Rokudenashiko…

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Back to School with Comics: Comic Book Club Handbook

August 19, 2015
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As educators and librarians gear up for a new school year, we’re taking to opportunity to highlight our free resources designed to help students — and everyone else — love and appreciate comics! Today we feature the Comic Book Club Handbook, which is a resource anyone can use to start a graphic novel book club...

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What a Deal! CBLDF Liberty Cards Are Back In Hand!

August 19, 2015
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In 2011, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund teamed up with Cryptozoic Entertainment as well as more than 100 comics creators to bring you the CBLDF Liberty Cards! The Fund is excited to reintroduce the entire set to our supporters for 2015. The 72-card set archives the history of the First Amendment — and the...

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