As members of the Banned Books Week Coalition, CBLDF had the opportunity to co-moderate the event “The Censorship of LGBTQ+ Comic Books with Maia Kobabe and Mike Curato.” CBLDF’s Jordan Smith and PFLAG’s Greg Rokisky sat down with frequently challenged creators Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer) and Mike Curato (Flamer) to talk about the targeting of LGBTQ+ works and why representation matters. You can watch the full video below.
Topics covered include:
- Why comics are targeted.
- The impact of representation on younger readers.
- How to support challenged authors.
- Advice for aspiring creators in the current climate.
- Self-care tactics for creators (and really everyone!).
Recorded Thursday, September 22, 2022
CBLDF and its partners have been battling ongoing and organized attempts to censor comics and other books in schools and libraries. You can join the struggle by making a donation or reporting censorship today!