TODAY: Larry Marder and Scott McCloud Talk the Risky Business of Comics in San Diego!

jhill-BBW-2014Today, CBLDF President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder joins Understanding Comics auteur Scott McCloud in San Diego for a conversation about banned comics! The event is co-sponsoerd by CBLDF and Comic-Con International.

Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them out below. Today, there are events in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Michigan, as well as a week-long fundraiser in Texas! The list that follows is far from complete — no matter where you live, you’re sure to find a Banned Books Week event nearby. For a longer list of events organized by state, check out!


Beware of Comics! A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud & Larry Marder

Thursday, September 25 • 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Central Library Auditorium (330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA)

DANGER! Comics are still risky business, with contents so shocking that they’re being banned all over the United States! On Thursday, September 25, celebrate Banned Books Week at Beware of Comics! featuring Scott McCloud, acclaimed author of Understanding Comics and the long-awaited graphic novel The Sculptor, and Larry Marder, the creator of the graphic novel series Beanworld and president of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in a lively conversation about comics, censorship, and what makes the medium so dangerous in the 21st Century. This event is presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic-Con International at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. Admission is free with a suggested donation to the CBLDF. Seating is limited. More details



Comics Ruined My Child! Banned Books Week and Graphic Novels

Thursday September 25, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. CDT
Stembler Theater, Main Campus Student Center (Brunswick, GA)

CCGA’s Professor Jason Tondro will give a public lecture about bans and challenges in the genre of Comics and Graphic Novels. More info


Banned Books Week: Comics! Banned in Boston

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Brookline Public Library (361 Washington Street Brookline, MA)

Thursday night, join us for a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter). We’ll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone’s freedom to read. Bring your questions and we’ll answer everything we can! More info


Banned Books Week Read In

Thursday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Hatcher Graduate Library steps (913 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI)

Join us for our annual Banned Books Week event on the Diag! This year we’re celebrating comics and graphic novels at the Read In. Bring a comic or graphic novel to read, learn more about the censorship of comics, and meetup with other readers. We’re focusing on visual materials this year, so note that the event will not include a Read Out or reading aloud from banned books.

The Read In will include a pop up library of comics and controversial books from the library’s collection. More info


Banned Books Week at Generation X Comics

September 21 – 27, 2014
Generation X Comics (3504 Harwood Rd Suite 304, Bedford, TX)

Generation X will donate an amount equal to the purchase price anytime someone buys a banned comic during Banned Books Week. Titles included in the offer are Adventures of Captain Underpants Vol. 1, Batman: The Killing Joke, Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville, Fun Home, Maus Vol. 1, Persepolis, Pride of Baghdad, Sandman Vol. 1, Stuck Rubber Baby, Tank Girl Vol. 1, and Watchmen. More info