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Celebrate Banned Books Week with Image Comics and the ALA


Celebrate Banned Books Week with Image Comics and the ALA
Celebrate Banned Books Week At Your Library With Image Comics & the American Library Association

PORTLAND, Ore. 09/23/2019 — Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Celebrate Banned Books Week with Image Comics and the ALATable and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table by producing a week of Library Livestream webinars featuring creators and librarians in conversation on a number of pressing topics.

Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

The webinars are scheduled daily during Banned Books Week - September 23–27 at 12 pm CT (1 pm ET / 10 am PT) and will be hosted on the Zoom platform and live-streamed to the American Library Association YouTube channel.

REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL LIVESTREAM BELOW:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – HISTORICAL VOICES
Andre R. Frattino (SIMON SAYS) and Sanford Green (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Dr. Katie Monnin (Author of 8 books on teaching graphic novels, Why so serious? Productions Founder) about banned voices throughout history.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – BANNED PEOPLE & POST-COLONIAL NARRATIVES
Sloane Leong (PRISM STALKER) and Henry Barajas (VOZ DE M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO) in conversation with Alea Perez (GNCRT President-Elect) about banned people, the legacy of colonialism in literature and popular culture, and the rise of post-colonial voices.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – BANNED BOOKS & CIVIL RIGHTS
Ronald Wimberly (BLACK HISTORY IN ITS OWN WORDS) and Nate Powell (MARCH) in conversation with Scott Bonner (IFRT, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director) about the role of censorship in civil rights movements, and how their comics address legacies of erasure.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – LGBTQ CHALLENGES
Michelle Perez (THE PERVERT) and Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK) in conversation with Monica Barette (Principal Librarian at Chula Vista Library) about the disproportionately high incidence of bans and challenges levied against LGBTQ+ books and programs in libraries.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – PRIVATIZATION & GATEKEEPING
David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Ray James (IFRT Coalition Building Committee) about how privatization impacts access, particularly as it relates to prison libraries. This discussion will also touch on gatekeeping and biases.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams


Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams
Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams

PORTLAND, OR, 09/13/2018 — Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK, Lumberjanes), Pornsak Pichetshote (INFIDEL), Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), and Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND, BULLY WARS, MIDDLEWEST). Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 23rd-29th. Each Image Comics Library Livestream will be a freewheeling discussion on creativity, freedom of expression, and the power of storytelling that library patrons around the world will be able to enjoy.

"Freedom of expression is a core value at Image Comics," said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. "Banned Books Week is an important opportunity to reflect on why free speech matters, and why this year's Banned Books Week theme, 'Banning Books Silences Stories' is such a resonant one. Not too long ago, comics of all kinds were silenced, and today we see comics by marginalized voices as the most frequently challenged. We're proud of our creators who are participating in these Library Livestreams and thrilled to be a partner with CBLDF and the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table to advance the discussion about the power of free expression. In our challenging times, this conversation is one of the most important ones of all."

IMAGE COMICS LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:
Presented by Image Comics with The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Image Comics Library Livestreams feature:
  • Pornsak Pichetshote - Tuesday, Sept. 25th
  • Nick Dragotta - Wednesday, Sept. 26th
  • Grace Ellis - Thursday, Sept. 27th
  • Charles Soule - Friday, Sept. 28th
  • Skottie Young - Saturday, Sept. 29th 
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Simply visit the Image Comics Twitch page at https://www.twitch.tv/imagecomics. All webinars will run from 7-8pm EST and will include a discussion between moderator and creator for 40-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A participation with the live audience. No registration is required to view these livestreams.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.
ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS ROUND TABLE OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engaging with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming, and advocacy. For more information connect with GNCRT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and GNCRT ALA Connect page.
ABOUT THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available to respond to First Amendment emergencies at a moment’s notice. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org.

Banned Books Week - September 24 - October 1, 2011

Banned Books Week - September 24 - October 1, 2011

Banned Books Week runs from today September 24 thru October 1, 2011.
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

From the About Banned Books website: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about

Many books are challenged. Here is a link to the American Library Association's Books Challenged or Banned in 2010 -2011:  Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2010-2011 (PDF)  Challenged books include The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. There are many more.

You can check and see if there is a Banned Books Week event near you:
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/events

Here is a very useful map that shows challenges around the US. You can go to the larger map and then zoom in anywhere in the US, click the little balloon, and see which book was challenged and where:
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/mappingcensorship


My thoughts

My thoughts are very crystallized on this subject:

As a parent and a reader I do not want anyone telling me or my children what we can or can not read.  With regard to my children, what they read is MY decision.  I would never try to stop anyone else from reading something that I did not want either of my children to read. What do you think?

Banned Books Week 2010 - September 25 - October 2, 2010 - Giveaway

Banned Books Week 2010 - September 25 - October 2, 2010 - Giveaway


Banned Books. The phrase makes my hair curl, well curl more. Read something that you find objectionable? You could stop reading. You could make sure that your children don't read it. But trying to ban it so that others can't read it. No. As the ALA poster above says, "Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same." Really!

The American Library Association has a lot of information about banned and challenged books here. You can read or download a PDF of books challenged or banned in 2009-2010 here.

The ALA describes Banned Books Week much better than I:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Read more here.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.




What: The Qwillery is giving away a copy of Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy 1) by Richelle Mead and a copy of  Marked (House of Night 1) by P.C. Cast to one commenter.

Why: Both the Vampire Academy series and the House of Night series were banned in their entirety including unpublished books by the same school district last year.

How:  Just leave a comment.

You can receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

When: The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, October 4, 2010 so have your comment in by then.
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