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History of Comics Censorship, Part 2

August 30, 2019
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History of Comics Censorship, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This resource is the second of a six-part series based on one of CBLDF’s most popular presentations about the history of comics censorship. We’ll be posting a segment each week leading up to and including Banned Books Week, September 22 – 28. The series goes chronologically and you can read along on as we…

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Comics Censorship Crises Past, Present, and Future – an Inside Look at CBLDF

March 25, 2019
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Comics Censorship Crises Past, Present, and Future – an Inside Look at CBLDF

Last week Adam Adler from Escapist Magazine sat down with Comic book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein to talk about censorship in comics, both the history and the current crises. Escapist is a journalistic take on an amalgam of interests for the grown-up geek, including comics books. The questions Adler prepared prompted a…

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Bill Gaines Was Right, Right?

December 18, 2018
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Bill Gaines Was Right, Right?

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in 2013 on Bleeding Cool after the CBLDF shirt was unveiled at SDCC. This year the author, Brian Puaca, has joined the CBLDF editorial team, and we decided to revisit this question, it being as relevant now as it was then. Bill Gaines Was Right, Right? by Brian M.…

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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

May 18, 2018
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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

by Brian M. Puaca The recent success of the Black Panther movie has prompted many viewers to delve into the history of the character and explore his origins in the Marvel Universe of the 1960s. As rightly noted in many media outlets, the Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in mainstream comics.…

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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

April 16, 2018
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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

Last September, Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of CBLDF, was honored with an invitation to speak at the Library of Congress about the history of comics and the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in protecting the intellectual freedom of American readers. The talk was part of an ongoing relationship the Library of Congress…

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Show Your Support for Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Gear!

July 28, 2017
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Show Your Support for Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Gear!

CBLDF is back from San Diego Comic Con and rewarding your donations with some great new gear! Don’t miss out on our Bill Gaines pin, “I Read Banned Comics” patches, the CBLDF-exclusive Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Erica Henderson, and many more! Our quantities are limited on many of these items, so donate today to grab yours before they’re gone!…

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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

October 28, 2016
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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

Looking back on the anti-comics crusade of the 1950s, it is perhaps too easy to fall back on stereotypes: dull, repressed suburbanites trying to force their children to conform and read only what they considered to be “quality literature.” But a classic essay featured from the archives of Commentary magazine paints a more complex picture of…

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as a Tumblr blog with a series of guest curators–and this week it’s Brownstein’s turn! In his posts this…

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Celebrate the Godfathers of Comics and Support Free Speech!

March 3, 2016
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Celebrate the Godfathers of Comics and Support Free Speech!

This week is bookended by two monumental birthdays in the history of comics: Bill Gaines on March 1 and Will Eisner on March 6. Why not celebrate these two giants’ legacy of free speech by visiting the Rewards Zone for exclusive gear and comics?! Will Eisner Week 2016 Poster In time for Will Eisner Week,…

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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Unamused by Mad Antics

July 13, 2015
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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Unamused by Mad Antics

Our readers undoubtedly know about EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines’ valiant defense of comics at a 1954 Senate hearing investigating whether the funny books were leading children into a life of crime. Now a recent feature at Mental Floss is highlighting how Gaines and co. continued to antagonize federal authorities–namely the FBI–during the glory days…

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