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Thursday, April 20 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Comic Books and Intellectual Freedom

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Are graphic novels the most popular items in your library? Are they also the materials most criticized by your library patrons? A trend that began in the 1930s continues today—challenges to comic books! Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share how that organization has defended the comics community through legal cases and educating the public. Participants will learn about the history of comic book censorship, some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, why they are banned and how to manage challenges. This session will also give librarians ideas for curating their graphic novel collections as well as using graphic novels as a tool to inspire a love of reading in young people. Emerge from this session with a new or renewed passion for comics, graphic novels, and manga and as a strong advocate for protecting this form of free speech!

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Charles Brownstein

Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Santiam Room 4 Salem Convention Center