Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores TODAY!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Last Week’s MoCCA Fest Leaves CBLDF with New Premiums for Supporters

April 18, 2015
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MoCCA Fest 2015 gathered together creators and fans of comics, both internationally and as far away as Brooklyn. Three levels (not including the rooftop lounge) brimmed with artists and micro-publishers promoting new and original works.  CBLDF was in the mix, receiving tremendous support from attendees and exhibitors alike. One Comic Defender even made us customized…

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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

April 17, 2015
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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

American political satirist and cartoonist Garry Trudeau is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work, and in his recent article published in The Atlantic, he invited further controversy with inflammatory comments equating the editorial decisions at the Charlie Hebdo office to hate speech and what...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 12: Emerald City LIVE! With Josh Fialkov, Ed Luce, and Dirk Wood!

April 17, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 12: Emerald City LIVE! With Josh Fialkov, Ed Luce, and Dirk Wood!

In this episode, we come to you from Seattle, Washington, with a live recording from Emerald City Comic Con! Our panel includes Josh Fialkov (Elk’s Run, Punks, The Bunker, Ultimate FF), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), and IDW Publishing’s VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood. We discuss: Libraries,...

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga...

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week Throughout May with Kids Comics Blog Tour!

April 16, 2015
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week Throughout May with Kids Comics Blog Tour!

On May 2, Free Comic Book Day will kick of the 96th annual Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. To celebrate, our friends at First Second have organized “Five Questions with Kids Comics Authors,” a...

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Is the Games Press to Blame in Video Game Persecution?

April 16, 2015
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Is the Games Press to Blame in Video Game Persecution?

For over a decade now, video games have become one of the central figures in the continuing debate over what should be considered speech protected by the First Amendment, especially when it comes to speech consumed by children. In a recent episode of The Point on...

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The Best Books to Make the Worst of National That Sucks Day

April 15, 2015
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The Best Books to Make the Worst of National That Sucks Day

If you’re the kind of optimist that can’t help but eke out a grin, even on historically terrible April 15th, it may be time for you to procrastinate on your income taxes just a few hours longer and crack...

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Humble and Last Gasp Partner for the HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

April 15, 2015
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Humble and Last Gasp Partner for the HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

Two long-time CBLDF supporters, Last Gasp Publishing and Humble Bundle, have partnered for the ultimate digital collection of underground comix artists and anthologies — the Humble Underground Book Bundle! You can pay what you want for up to 14 volumes of...

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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

April 15, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Browstein recently took the fight for the freedom to read to Norway, and we now have the video evidence to prove it! The amazing folks at Creative Mornings, which hosted one of Brownstein’s lectures, “The Power of Comics,” just released a...

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Award-Winning Indian Cartoons Celebrate Freedom of Expression

April 14, 2015
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Award-Winning Indian Cartoons Celebrate Freedom of Expression

Political cartoonists from India and around the world received some well-deserved recognition last week with the announcement of the winners in this year’s Maya Kamath Memorial Awards from the Indian Institute of Cartooning. While all of the designees reflect a certain provocativeness that is the very nature of the medium, two in particular focussed...

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CBLDF Executive Director Responds to Most Frequently Challenged List

April 14, 2015
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Over the weekend, ALA released their list of the most frequently challenged books in 2014. Disappointingly, that list included three highly acclaimed graphic novels, so CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein took a moment to discuss this troubling development with The Washington Post‘s Michael Cavna. The American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries Report...

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Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

April 13, 2015
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Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

It’s Comics Month on Kickstarter, and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is celebrating at Kickstarter HQ by moderating “Talking Shop: Comics in the Past, Present, and Future,” a panel featuring special guests Karen Green (producer of She Makes Comics and graphic novel librarian at...

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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

April 13, 2015
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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

Graphic novels made a big splash in 2014, including first ever Caldecott and Newbery honors. But they also made their way into one of the places we hate to see them most: ALA’s 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. This week is National Library Week, and...

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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

April 10, 2015
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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

School district administrators and teachers in Waterloo, Iowa are currently locked in a debate as to whether Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is appropriate for middle school classrooms. The district’s curriculum director sent an email ordering the book’s removal on...

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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

April 10, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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