Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Radio Free Comix: The CBLDF Podcast

In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the audio-sphere! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF Podcast will be a monthly event, from our keyboards to your ...

CBLDF Protects The First Amendment!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Our work takes us into courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States where we provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to protect th ...

Neil Gaiman’s Rarest Works Benefit Charity This Holiday Season!

December 7, 2016
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Neil Gaiman’s Rarest Works Benefit Charity This Holiday Season!

Humble Bundle invites you to celebrate the holiday season with international bestselling author Neil Gaiman in the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman. This bundle is a collection of priceless rarities, many of which are unavailable anywhere else, including two brand new ebooks: A Calendar of Tales...

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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

December 7, 2016
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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

The classic novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are back in school libraries and classrooms in Accomack County, Virginia today after the school board last night voted not to ban them in response to a...

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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

December 6, 2016
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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

Jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was included on a parliamentary committee’s list of recommended pardons sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, the same day that the next hearing in Naji’s appeal of a conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book ...

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LAST DAY for Urotsukidoji Personalization!

December 6, 2016
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LAST DAY for Urotsukidoji Personalization!

Toshio Maeda, the creator of the genre defining hentai manga Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend will be signing and personalizing copies of the definitive English edition -- but today is your last chance to order personalization!

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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

December 5, 2016
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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

A Chicago-area high school has discontinued use of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things in its English curriculum, saying that the novel had not gone through the initial approval process outlined in district policy...

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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

December 5, 2016
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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

At the request of the book’s author, Abrams is canceling future printings of Bad Little Children’s Books following a Twitter-storm that took sections from the satirical book out of context, mischaracterizing the book as bigoted. Late last week, CBLDF signed a National Coalition Against Censorship-authored letter of support...

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LAST DAY: The Spirit of Giving Personalized Gift Drive Ends TODAY!

December 5, 2016
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Support CBLDF and give the best gifts this holiday season with signed and personalized books in CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser. ACT NOW: today is the last day for personalization! Toshio Maeda, Raina Telgemeier,  Joe Hill, Brian K. Vaughan, G. Willow Wilson, Geoff Johns, Wendy & Richard Pini,Vivek Tiwary, Sarah Glidden, Sergio Aragones, Andrew Aydin and Nate…

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LAST CHANCE: Spirit of Giving Personalized Gift Drive Ends Monday!

December 2, 2016
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Support CBLDF and give the best gifts this holiday season with signed and personalized books in CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser. This week, we’re thrilled to add manga master Toshio Maeda to the roster of incredible creators supporting CBLDF! He joins Raina Telgemeier,  Joe Hill, Brian K. Vaughan, G. Willow Wilson, Geoff Johns, Wendy & Richard Pini,Vivek Tiwary, Sarah…

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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

December 2, 2016
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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein has been busy as ever these past few months, making the rounds of TV, radio, and print media to discuss our work defending comics from censorship attempts and our plans for the future! This week in advance of Giving Tuesday, Brownstein spoke...

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San Francisco: Join Trina Robbins, Lee Marrs, Mariko Tamaki, & CBLDF for SHE CHANGED COMICS Event!

December 2, 2016
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San Francisco: Join Trina Robbins, Lee Marrs, Mariko Tamaki, & CBLDF for SHE CHANGED COMICS Event!

This Wednesday, December 7, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez will lead a round-table discussion and signing with some of the women who changed comics — Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix, Pretty in Ink), Lee Mars (Pudge, Girl Blimp), and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) — at The...

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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

December 2, 2016
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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

Update 12/2/16: After a public meeting attended by over 100 people last night, Dubuque Community Schools’ review committee unanimously voted to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the curriculum. More than 40 members of the public...

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Toshio Maeda Signs & Personalizes Urotsukidoji to Benefit CBLDF!

December 1, 2016
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Toshio Maeda Signs & Personalizes Urotsukidoji to Benefit CBLDF!

Toshio Maeda, the creator of the genre defining hentai manga Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend will be signing and personalizing copies of the definitive English edition published by CBLDF’s newest corporate member FAKKU! This is an unprecedented opportunity to get a personalized autograph from one...

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FAKKU Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member!

December 1, 2016
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FAKKU Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund welcomes FAKKU!, the leading English language publisher and licensor of Japanese adult comics and animation as the organization’s newest corporate member. This month, FAKKU! is celebrating their second anniversary as a book publisher with the definitive English language release of Toshio...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Raising Concerns Over WA Daycare Program’s Ban on “Frightening Images”

December 1, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter to the Washington State Department of Early Learning expressing concern about a regulation that prevents childcare providers from selecting potentially “frightening books.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique...

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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

November 30, 2016
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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

A Cairo court on Saturday rejected author Ahmed Naji’s third appeal for release from prison, where he has now served 10 months of a two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in a...

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