This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, a yearly event to raise awareness of censorship. Though you might think that censorship is largely a problem for books like Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, the truth is that comics have been under attack since 1954 with the publication of Seduction of the Innocent by Frederic Wertham. Wertham claimed that comics were responsible for juvenile delinquency and the subsequent testimony presented to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency led to the establishment of the Comics Code Authority and further censorship.
Though the notion that comics cause juvenile delinquency may seem far fetched by today’s standards, comics continue to be censored and under attack. In 2010 an American tourist was stopped by Canadian officials at a border crossing. The officials confiscated his laptop and arrested him on charges of child pornography for the Manga on his computer. This is where the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund comes in.
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.
Join us for a celebration of banned books on Friday October 5th. Starting at 7:00pm we will have free food, wine, and a live art show featuring local artists. There will also be door prizes and auctions of signed comics to raise money for the CBLDF. Show your support and join our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/365630853511972/