C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) starts tomorrow, and CBLDF will be there! Located in the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, C2E2 runs from December 10 through December 12.

Saturday afternoon, from 3:45–4:45, Jeff Trexler (CBLDF interim director) will be joined by a group of panelists with decades of experience defending books including — Becky Anderson, Betsy Bird, and Kristin Pekoll. They will be presenting the panel, Prepare to Defend Your Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga and Anime.

With the rising tide of book challenges in schools, this panel is more important than ever. The panelists will cover the new techniques book challengers are using and how to defend your work and the work of others in your community! Learn about the preventative strategies you can take to defend your collections.

We hope you’ll drop by the panel and say hi! We look forward to seeing you there!

More info.

Prepare to Defend Your Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga and Anime

Sat, Dec 11, 2021

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM


Censorship and attempts at censorship can take on many forms in our education systems, libraries, bookstores and government agencies across the country. It also becomes more intensified with each new change in the political environment. So what can you do when faced with a challenge? How do you react? Maybe the better question is: How do I prepare for this When it comes to books of any kind, whether it is graphic novels and manga, or prose of any kind, the best measures are preventative. This group of panelists represents decades of experience with a wide range of legal challenges in the publishing industry.