Dark Horse, CBLDF Print Manga Guide for Parents & Educators
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
North American publisher Dark Horse Comics partnered with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to publish a guide on manga for librarians, educators, and parents.
Titled CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, the book includes input from writers from the North American and Japanese sides of the industry. Manga Bookshelf columnist Sean Gaffney, Ed Chavez of Vertical, Erica Friedman of Yuricon and ALC Publishing, Shaenon Garrity of Viz Media and Otaku USA, and Robin Brenner and Katherine Dacey of School Library Journal collaborate on the work covering the history of manga, its major demographic divisions, its most significant creators, and the challenges it has sometimes faced in North America. Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf edited the book.
The book was funded with a grant from the Gaiman Foundation. It is available now at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (June 27-July 2) and at Anime Expo in Los Angeles (July 4-7).
The CBLDF is a non-profit organization that provides legal referrals, representation, and advice for individuals and businesses in legal cases relating to First Amendment rights and comic art forms. The group gave US$10,000 to the Ryan Matheson case last year. It also commissioned a short documentary about the case, in which a man was charged for carrying manga into Canada in 2010. The child pornography charges were eventually dropped in 2012.
[Via Comics Crux]