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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

November 30, 2017
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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

A mother in North Tyneside, UK set off a bit of a British media frenzy last week with her request to remove a version of Sleeping Beauty from her six-year-old son’s school curriculum because the story might suggest to “children that it is OK to kiss a woman while she’s asleep.” Sarah Hall posted pictures…

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Spanish Cartoonists Release Free Expression Manifesto

November 20, 2017
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Spanish Cartoonists Release Free Expression Manifesto

Dozens of Spanish political cartoonists have signed their names to a manifesto in defense of free speech, citing recent attempts to prosecute comedy under the country’s two-year-old ‘gag law’ as well as a recent string of cartoonists abruptly fired from their jobs. The manifesto was posted on numerous websites and widely shared on Twitter with…

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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

May 31, 2017
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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

The city of Warsaw, Poland has withdrawn a three-year grant supporting an annual comics festival after nationalist groups complained about the content of a comic that was distributed during the event earlier this month. The book Polska mistrzem Polski (Polish Champion of Poland) compiles strips that have previously run in Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper and often…

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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

June 30, 2016
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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

French government prosecutors opened an investigation last week into new credible death threats against surviving members of the staff at Charlie Hebdo, an anonymous source told Le Parisien newspaper yesterday. The threats came by mail and on the magazine’s Facebook page over the space of a few days earlier this month. The public Facebook comments have…

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Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

June 13, 2016
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Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

Over 1,300 Swedish fans of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe have signed a petition objecting to dialogue changes in the Swedish-language version of a recent episode that effaced a same-sex flirtation between the characters Ruby and Sapphire. The network acknowledges the changes, but says they were necessary to comply with unspecified Swedish content ratings. In…

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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

April 29, 2016
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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

While hiding in a Dutch attic for more than two years during World War II, Emmanuel Joels passed the time creating a comic week by week and sending it to his girlfriend Hetty van Son, also hiding just a few miles away. Over 70 years later, the now 97-year-old Joels finally saw his three-volume series…

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Bulgarian TV Network Drops Cartoonist Who Mocked Prime Minister

April 19, 2016
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Bulgarian TV Network Drops Cartoonist Who Mocked Prime Minister

Bulgarians are accusing the privately-owned TV network NOVA of bowing to government pressure last week when it removed all of cartoonist Chavdar Nikolov’s work from its website. Nikolov’s latest animated political cartoon had mocked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s apparent support for vigilante “migrant hunters” who carry out citizens’ arrests of refugees at the Bulgarian border.…

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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

April 1, 2016
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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

Riad Sattouf, Franco-Syrian creator of the universally lauded graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, is an uneasy symbol of the intercultural tensions currently roiling Europe and the Middle East. A longtime contributor to Charlie Hebdo and until 2014 the magazine’s only regular cartoonist of Arab descent, he has frequently been asked to explain issues…

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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

March 17, 2016
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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

The year was 1954. The location: Glasgow, Scotland’s Southern Necropolis, a massive graveyard harboring over 250,000 sets of mortal remains. Over a span of three nights that September hundreds of children under the age of 14 reportedly assembled there with makeshift weapons, ready to take on a vampire they had conjured from their own collective…

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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

March 16, 2016
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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

In the abstract, most people in free societies would probably agree that no one should be fined or thrown in jail simply for possessing drawings of any sort. But when the drawings in question are certain varieties of manga, often the fear of being tarred with the child porn brush overcomes the will to defend…

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