The CBLDF Will Give SPX Lecture At The Library Of Congress This Friday

by Hannah Means Shannon

The details of the Sixth Annual SPX Lecture at the Library of Congress have been announced as presented by The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and focusing on Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

If you’d like to attend this lecture, here’s how to take part:

Where: Library of Congress Madison Building
West Dining Room, 6th floor
Metro Stop: Capitol South
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:00 PM

Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share the history of comic book censorship from the medium’s origins to the present day in this lecture.

Participants will learn about:

…the history of comic book censorship, and how that history still informs challenges to graphic novels happening right now. Learn what CBLDF does to protect this valuable medium, discover some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, and what you can do to make a difference.

A selection of comic books from the Serial and Government Publications Division will be on display.

This is the sixth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division. [http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/calendar.html]

SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the work of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is being held this week from September 16th to 17th in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year.

Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.