Author: Jordan Smith

Bill Watch — Idaho HB 666

A dutch angle of the columns in front of a court house

Another problematic bill has reared its ugly head in the state of Idaho this winter. First introduced in February, Idaho House Bill 666, a bill that criminalizes librarians (among others), passed the House on Monday. It is now moving on…

Texas Legislators Target Vendors

Last week, Texas state representative Jared Patterson penned a letter to school superintendents across the state. The letter, signed by twenty-six fellow Republican representatives, called on the schools to sign an enclosed pledge. The pledge calls on school officials to “neither knowingly partner…

Jeff Trexler and the Freedom To Read on the More To Come Podcast

CBLDF interim director Jeff Trexler appears in the latest episode of Publishers Weekly comic podcast, More To Come. In episode 506: “The CBLDF and the Right to Read,” host Calvin Reid sat down with Trexler to discuss the rise in book bannings and…

Celebrate Will Eisner Week With CBLDF

This week, CBLDF is celebrating Will Eisner Week. Running from March 1 through March 7, Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Will Eisner, champion of the graphic novel. Comic-Con International is sponsoring a day of panels…

CBLDF Book Challenge Roundup

As projected, these first two months of 2022 have proven to be busy as book challenges continue. We have been working to stop censorship both publicly and privately. Last month, Maus made national news when a Tennessee school district removed it from…

CBLDF at the Alamo Drafthouse — Free Screening and Panel

Movie poster for The Never List. A Young women sits smiling lost in thought. A thought bubble behind her features a notebook titled The Never List as well as pictures of her with a friend as well as comic depictions of them.

Houston-area residents prepare for a double-feature! This Wednesday, February 9, at 7:30 PM, the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy, Texas, will be hosting a free screening of Michelle Mower’s The Never List, followed by a panel discussion about the recent wave of book…

CBLDF Interviews Ian Rosenberg: Free Speech Handbook

Interim Director Jeff Trexler recently sat down for an interview with Ian Rosenberg, author of the book The Fight for Free Speech, and recently with co-creator Mike Cavallaro the graphic novel Free Speech Handbook. Below you’ll find the video interview plus a transcript from…

Bill Watch — Oklahoma Senate Bill 1142

A dutch angle of the columns in front of a court house

New legislation was introduced today in Oklahoma that targets books in schools and will strengthen censors in the state. Senate Bill 1142, written by State Senator Rob Standridge, gives a single parent the authority to remove books from schools and allow…

CBLDF Interviews Karen Green: Protecting Your Legacy

Interim Director Jeff Trexler recently sat down for an interview with Karen Green, the Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University. The interview was recorded for presentation at the Comic-Con: Special Edition panel Protecting Your Legacy: Wills, Gifts, and the Creative Afterlife. We are…