Category: Legal

WATCH NOW! Gender Queer in Virginia Beach: A Case Study

Libby holding a CBLDF flag. Comic text next to her reads Gender QUeer in Virginia Beach: A Case Study with Jeff Trexler and STeven Emmert.

Watch CBLDF’s behind-the-scenes video on their recent victory in Virginia Beach defending Maia Kobabe’s graphic novel Gender Queer: A Memoir from an obscenity charge. CBLDF digital editor Jordan Smith sat down with Kobabe’s co-counsel Steven Emmert and CBLDF’s Jeff Trexler…

Missouri: Part 2 — SB 775

(This article is the second part of our look at Senate Bill 775 in Missouri. You can find the first part here.) Missouri Senate Bill 775 went into effect on August 28, 2022. It is a lengthy bill coming in…

Missouri: Part 1 — Banning Comics in St. Louis

This week, at a local school board meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, a group of fifteen parents and students spoke in opposition to the recent removal of multiple titles in their school district. The speakers were alarmed that the school…

Gender Queer Victory in Virginia Explained in 38 Tweets

Tuesday marked a victory for Maia Kobabe and er graphic novel Gender Queer as a Virginia judge dismissed a lawsuit against it. The case that targeted both Gender Queer and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas…

Spinning in Llano: Citizens Go to Court

Spinning, the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel by Tillie Walden, is one of several books that prompted a federal lawsuit Monday. Citizens from Llano County, Texas, a county Northwest of Austin, have filed the suit against the county and several public…

Bill Watch — Idaho HB 666

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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…

Bill Watch — Oklahoma Senate Bill 1142

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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…

Law Firm Fights Back with the Power of Comics

Mock Comic Book cover for court case Third Planet versus Crowne Plaza Hotel. T. J. Johnson looks on determined as cutlery and fire extiguishers hurtle down from above!

Clobbered by falling extinguishers! Fires erupting in the parking lot! What is a comic shop to do? Fight back with comics! A recent court filing on behalf of Third Planet Sci-Fi and Fantasy Superstore included a thirteen-page comic explaining their…

Victory! Supreme Court Issues Mahanoy Decision

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court issued their opinion on Mahanoy v. B.L. In an 8–1 ruling, the Justices decided that the Mahanoy Area School District violated the First Amendment rights of B.L. The case revolved around B.L., a cheerleader, who was removed from…