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 ...

Back to School with Comics: Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection

August 14, 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 CBLDF series Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection, which is designed to highlight a...

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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

August 13, 2015
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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, currently imprisoned for a cartoon she drew depicting members of the country’s Parliament as apes and bovines, has been named as the 2015 winner of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s Courage in Cartooning...

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Back to School with Comics: CBLDF Discussion Guides and Using Graphic Novels in Education

August 12, 2015
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Back to School with Comics: CBLDF Discussion Guides and Using Graphic Novels in Education

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 CBLDF Discussion Guides and Meryl Jaffe’s regular column Using Graphic Novels in Education,...

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Comics Experience Course Teaches Creators the Ins and Outs of Comics Law

August 12, 2015
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From the banning of books to physical attacks against cartoonists, it is more important than ever for comics creators to understand their legal rights to best protect themselves and their intellectual property. The creators workshop Comics Experience has designed an online program called “Comic Book Law for Creators” to help aspiring and long-time artists...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Curious Ban in Florida

August 11, 2015
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to protest the actions taken at Lincoln High School in Leon County, Florida, where Principal Allen Burch violated school policy by bypassing  committee review and pulled The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from the school’s summer reading program. CBLDF...

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Adding Barefoot Gen to Your Library or Classroom Collection

August 11, 2015
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Told from the perspective of seven-year-old Gen Nakaoka, Barefoot Gen is creator Keiji Nakazawa’s critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical manga about the events leading up to and after the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. Spanning 10 volumes, Barefoot Gen, depicts the monstrosities of warfare in an attempt to encourage future...

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Principal Violates School Policy, Bans Book Without Consulting Review Committee

August 11, 2015
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Bypassing committee review entirely, a principal in Leon County, Florida made the decision to pull The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from Lincoln High School’s summer reading list after receiving complaints from parents over “inappropriate” content in the book. Principal Allen Burch’s reason: He wanted to “give the opportunity for the...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Book Ban in South Carolina

August 10, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Book Ban in South Carolina

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to protest a principal’s actions at Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Based on a complaint from one parent and in violation of district policy, Principal Lee Runyon...

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Retailers: Stock Up on CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Handbook, FOCs Today!

August 10, 2015
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Retailers: Stock Up on CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Handbook, FOCs Today!

Retailers: Today is the last day to order the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Raina Telgemeier, whose book Drama was one of America’s most frequently challenged books in 2014, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2015 is a free...

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Slinging Satire: Exhibit Explores the Love/Hate Relationship with Political Cartoons

August 10, 2015
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An exhibit at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s ToonSeum, entitled Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment, poses the question: What does it mean to be a political cartoonist in today’s turbulent global scene and what represents “fair” satire? Broken into two parts, the first part of the exhibit showcases several political cartoons from award-winning cartoonists that...

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Dynamite Entertainment Offers Third Groupees Digital Comics Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

August 7, 2015
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Dynamite Entertainment Offers Third Groupees Digital Comics Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

Dynamite Entertainment and Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, are teaming up for their third book bundle promotion that will once again allow comic fans, and potential new fans, the chance to purchase 70 digital Dynamite comics with “Pay What You...

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Emerging Arab Comic Artists Face Censorship

August 7, 2015
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London’s Shubbak Festival is a biennial celebration of contemporary Arab culture that spotlights film, music, visual, and more with programming and events. One of the programs included in the 2015 edition of the festival, which took place in July, focused on Arab comic art. Panelists Asia Alfasi (Lybia), Lena Mehraj (Lebanon), Tarek Shahin (Egypt), and...

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Help Last Gasp Get Barefoot Gen Into Schools and Libraries!

August 7, 2015
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Help Last Gasp Get Barefoot Gen Into Schools and Libraries!

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, and with this momentous date, Last Gasp associate publisher Colin Turner is using Kickstarter to help deliver 4,000+ copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s classic anti-war manga Barefoot Gen...

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ACLU’s Banned Books Beach Reads

August 7, 2015
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Summer’s in full-swing and what could be better beach reading than a bag full of banned books! Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, recently put together a list of her controversial favorites that prove not only to be great reads, but also bring awareness of freedom of expression and the larger...

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The Tweeks Aren’t Afraid of The Graveyard Book

August 6, 2015
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A little blood isn’t going to scare off the twin tween geeks, the Tweeks! In this week’s episode of their ComicMix Challenged Challenge, Maddy and Anya Ernst take on the controversy around the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Newbery award-winning The Graveyard Book. Adapted by comics superstar P. Craig Russell and illustrated by a…

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