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Part 6: U.S. v. Comics

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This week the science has spoken, as the publication of the notorious Seduction of the Innocent sets up a landmark senatorial showdown.

Part 5: U.S. v. Comics

Recent attempts to censor graphic novels and manga have resurrected the claim that comics are bad for kids’ mental health. Today’s episode of U.S. v. Comics examines the origins of this assertion in what was once considered to be cutting-edge…

Part 4: U.S. v. Comics

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Politics enters the picture in the fourth episode of the webseries U.S. v. Comics by Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro, as Senator – and soon-to-be the Democratic candidate for vice-president – C. Estes Kefauver targets the fifth horseman of an…

Part 3: U.S. v. Comics

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In the newest episode of the webseries U.S. v. Comics by Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro, E.C. Comics and Publisher William Gaines bring a fresh perspective to the comics industry – and embark on a collision course with history.

Part 2: U.S. vs. Comics

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Comic books heat up in the 1950s in part 2 of U.S. vs. Comics, the new webseries by Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro!

New series: U.S. vs. Comics

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Check out the first episode of a new weekly webcomic on the 70th anniversary of the Senate comic book hearings – and what they teach us about censorship today!

CBLDF Theater Talkback in Chicago this Friday

A new play at the City Lit Theater in Chicago, The Innocence of Seduction, runs through this weekend, October 6-8. Illustrated by a drawing of a child reading comics at a 1950s newsstand.

In the Chicago area and interested in the past, present, and future of comics censorship? A new play on the 1950s comics scare, The Innocence of Seduction, is about to have its final weekend of performances at the City Lit…

ADA Q&A: Accessibility Lawsuits & Comics Websites

Lawsuits aimed at websites over accessibility design have hit the comics industry. How can comics retailers, publishers, and creators bring their websites into compliance with current accessibility standards? To what extent does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to websites? And…

Book Ratings: A Tale of Four States

A frequent question we ask ourselves at CBLDF is, “What are the coming trends in graphic novel challenges?” A trend we’ve followed for over a year, and we have discussed on our panels, is the creation of a system to…

Adding Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me was published in 2019 by First Second Books. The graphic novel was written by Mariko Tamaki (the writer of This One Summer, a frequently challenged and banned book) and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. The book, which…