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‘Liberty’ Trading Cards by Comics Creators Raise Funds For The CBLDF

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There are a number of outlets to support the comic book community's first line of defense against censorship, but at $3.50 a pack, Cryptozoic Entertainment's Liberty trading cards might be one of the easiest ways to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Arriving in stores this Tuesday, September 13, each pack of five cards (and one nine-card chase set) dra

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Why Comics Get Confiscated at the Canadian Border (And How to Protect Yours)

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As reported last week, comics owned by cartoonist Tom Neely and Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams were confiscated by authorities at the Canadian border as potentially obscene material while they traveled together to the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF). We spoke with Neely and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and combed through Canadian customs documentation to get the details on how this happe

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Indie Comics Seized by Customs Agents at U.S.-Canada Border

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Agents of the Canadian Border Services confiscated last weekend a number of independently produced comic books en route to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Copies of the graphic novella Young Lions by Blaise Larmee and an anthology called Black Eye 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension were seized from artist Tom Neely and small press publisher Dylan Williams at the border in Buffalo, New York, and if Canada's Prohibited Importations Unit deems the material obscene, the comics will be destroyed.Published by Rotland Press as part of a crowd-sourced Kickstarer fundraising project, Black Eye is an

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Spanish Humor Magazine ‘Kidnapped’ by Printer for Anti-Pope Content

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Another day, another religiously persecuted comic. Following last week's outcry over the Islam-inspired superhero cartoon "The 99" and numerous incidents of violence against cartoonists critical of Muslim extremists, a Spanish magazine has been (perhaps unlawfully) shelved by its printer for its unfavorable commen

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School District, Authorities Actually Act Sensibly Regarding ‘Death Note’

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It's not uncommon for ComicsAlliance to report on comic book bans or overreactions - especially when they're worth poking at least a little bit of fun at. In the case of New Mexico's Albuquerque Public Schools and Tsugumi Ohba's "Death Note" manga, though, remarkably cool heads see

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Ruben Bolling Distills Mohammed Cartooning Controversy in ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’ Comic Strip

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Depicting Mohammed has become a serious matter for cartoonists, but not serious enough that Ruben Bolling's "Tom the Dancing Bug" comic strip can't roughly summarize the situation. Last week's episode of "South Park," put show creators Trey

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Link Ink — Kentucky Imagines Robert Crumb, Da Vinci Mechas

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Our quote of the week comes from the Jessamine County Public Library board meeting, where members of the Kentucky community gathered to discuss the firing of several library employees who withheld award-winning Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" from patrons, and whether or not the award-winning graphic novel was "porn":

"Darryl Diddle, a Wilmore minister, presented a petition signed by 950 asking that three more of the library's works be removed. And DeWayne Brewer, Broo

Link Ink — Superman & the KKK, LOEG in Kentucky, Eminem Comes Back to Comics

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History: How Superman defeated the KKK. (io9)

Controversy
: Turns out that one of the library workers -- not librarians -- in Kentucky who refused to lend "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier" to a child had actually kept the book out of circulation for all patrons for over a year by checking it over and over herself, and even

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Some Christians Afraid to Look at Robert Crumb’s Illustrated ‘Book of Genesis’

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Robert Crumb's illustrated version of the "Book of Genesis" is out, and it's incredible, and guess who's upset about it. Christians! The amazing part about this particular controversy is that instead of getting up in arms about comics with gay people in them or Japanese

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Celebrate Freedom: Read a Banned Comic

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This week is Banned Books Week, when we celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are free to say, write and read what we choose -- and the importance of being vigilant against those who would try to erode those rights and make those choices for us.

Of course, traditional books aren't the only reading material that get

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