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CBLDF Releases Short Documentary About American Charged With Posessing ‘Obscene’ Manga Images [Video]

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In 2010, Canadian customs officers discovered manga images on vacationing U.S. citizen Ryan Matheson's laptop and found them offensive enough to throw him in jail. Matheson contended those images were mainstream drawings from art books, but he was accused of possessing child pornography and spent days in jail before making bail

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Neil Gaiman Shares Story from ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Actress

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An actress in the anti-Muslim YouTube movie that has provoked condemnation from US officials abroad and widespread protests all around the world has reached out to an unexpected friend to tell her side of the story: Sandman creator and celebrated author Neil Gaiman.On his blog, Gaiman explained that he had

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Link Ink: ‘The Avengers’ Display Design, Talking to ‘Spider-Man’ Stars’ and a Belching Balrog

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Design: Jayse Hansen shares beefy images of some of he and Cantina Creative's designs of the glass screens for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarier in The Avengers, along with Iron Man's Mark VII armor Hud.

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Convicted Terrorist Claims Batman and Comics Inspired Him To Act

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American citizen, Massachusetts resident, and now convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O'Toole. In Mehanna's statement to

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Criminal Charges Dropped for American Facing Year in Prison for ‘Obscene’ Manga Images

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Criminal charges have been dropped against for Ryan Matheson, a 27-year-old comic book fan previously known as "Brandon X" who had been accused of possessing child pornography for carrying manga images into Canada that authorities found objectionable. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced today that the criminal charges were withdrawn as part of a plea deal that allowed Ma

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Wacky Taiwanese Animators Lend Support to Assaulted Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat [Video]

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Best known for reenacting celebrity gossip in comically bizarre videos that look ripped straight out of The Sims, the Taiwanese animators at Next Media Animation recently responded to the horrendous assault on Ali Ferzat, a renowned Syrian cartoonist who was beaten and had both of his hands broken in retribution for drawing cartoons critical of Bashar

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Police Officers Demoted Over Satirical Animated Videos [Video]

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A police sergeant and a deputy chief in Renton, Washington have been demoted for the creation of a satirical Xtranormal animated video (you know, like the ones in those Geico commercials) that mocked people they worked with. According to an 87-page report from t

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U.S. Citizen Charged in Canada for Manga on Laptop, Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison

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After the recent seizure of comics at the Canadian border from creators on their way to the Toronto Comics Art Festival -- and an official advisory from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on the aggressive searches of comics fans at Canadian customs -- ComicsAlliance posted a series of t

Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Buying Lolicon Manga

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Manga collector Christopher Handley was sentenced to 6 months in prison last Thursday, after importing lolicon and yaoi manga from Japan that the federal government deemed obscene and prosecuted under the PROTECT Act of 2003, which states that any obscene illustrations

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CBLDF Auction Coming at Comic-Con

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is planning a big auction at Comic-Con next month in collaboration with the comic shop Things from Another World, selling art from generous comics creators to raise funds for the first amendment rights charity.

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