CBLDF Podcast Episode 24: JEFFREY BROWN

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Jeffrey Brown about his work, and the changes (and lack of changes) in his art and his interests over the years. We discuss as many aspects of his career as we could fit into 45 minutes, with is really just the tip of the iceberg. Brown is an enormously pr ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

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 ...

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 ...

Spanish Cartoonists Release Free Expression Manifesto

November 20, 2017
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Spanish Cartoonists Release Free Expression Manifesto

Dozens of Spanish political cartoonists have signed their names to a manifesto in defense of free speech, citing recent attempts to prosecute comedy under the country’s two-year-old ‘gag law’ as well as a recent string of cartoonists abruptly fired from their jobs. The manifesto was posted on numerous websites and widely shared on Twitter with...

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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

November 17, 2017
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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

In a judicial hearing yesterday, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar requested that the country’s highest court consider his challenge to a punitive order that prevents him from traveling abroad. The personal travel ban was imposed last year by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar until...

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

November 17, 2017
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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is under fire again, this time at a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We learned of the challenge via a biased news report. Shateraka Hampton is upset that her 7th grade son is reading the book for...

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Coalition Comes to Defense of Imprisoned Cartoonist

November 16, 2017
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Coalition Comes to Defense of Imprisoned Cartoonist

A coalition of human rights organizations, free expression advocates, and cartoonist groups have sent a letter to the leader of Equatorial Guinea, calling for the release of cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé. Ebalé , an Equatoguinean political cartoonist and graphic...

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Conejo Valley School Board Approves ‘Red-Flagging’ of Books

November 16, 2017
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Conejo Valley School Board Approves ‘Red-Flagging’ of Books

During a contentious meeting Tuesday night that dragged on for six hours, California’s Conejo Valley school board passed a new ‘red-flagging’ policy that will require high school English teachers to warn parents of any assigned book considered to have...

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Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Aaron, Emil Ferris, Simon Hanselmann Join CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving!

November 16, 2017
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Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Aaron, Emil Ferris, Simon Hanselmann Join CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving!

Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Aaron, Emil Ferris, and Simon Hanselmann are joining the creators supporting CBLDF’s 2017 Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser! From now until December 4, you can receive graphic novels signed and personalized by creators, such as Brian K. Vaughan, Kevin Eastman, Cliff Chiang, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, Jennifer L. Holm, Marv Wolfman, Paul Levitz, Jeffrey Brown, Shannon Wheeler, and the...

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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

November 15, 2017
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

A Japanese politician and elected member of the national legislature has apologized after implying that anime and video games may have influenced an alleged serial killer who is suspected of murdering and dismembering at least nine people....

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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

November 14, 2017
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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

Indian cartoonist Bala G. is vowing to continue his work, despite the fact that he was arrested earlier this month for defamation and obscenity after drawing three local officials in the buff....

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New Prada Collection Celebrates Women Comics Creators

November 13, 2017
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New Prada Collection Celebrates Women Comics Creators

The work of women comics creators has found an unusual home: the high fashion Spring 2018 clothing collection from Prada. The collection from designer Miuccia Prada features artwork from nine women cartoonists: Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), Tarpe Mills (Miss Fury), Fiona Staples (Saga), Joelle Jones (Lady Killer), Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly), mangaka Natsume...

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Spirit of Giving: Comics’ Greatest Creators Personalize Books For CBLDF Supporters!

November 10, 2017
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Spirit of Giving: Comics’ Greatest Creators Personalize Books For CBLDF Supporters!

CBLDF’s work matters! That’s why the greatest creators in comics are supporting our 2017 Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser! From now until December 4, you can receive graphic novels signed and personalized by creators such as Brian K. Vaughan, Kevin Eastman, Cliff Chiang, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, Jennifer L. Holm, Marv Wolfman, Paul Levitz, Jeffrey Brown, Shannon...

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Conejo Valley Board to Vote on Contested ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

November 10, 2017
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Conejo Valley Board to Vote on Contested ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

In front of an overflow crowd at the Tuesday evening meeting of California’s Conejo Valley school board, president Mike Dunn insisted that the board will vote next week on a proposed ‘red-flagging’ policy for reading assignments, which would require teachers to warn parents...

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Prize Winners on the Work that Inspired Them

November 10, 2017
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Prize Winners on the Work that Inspired Them

The Guardian recently interviewed several recipients of the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize, asking them to share their thoughts on how the comics format has changed over time and the work that inspired them, some of which has been censored. The Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize is a...

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Italian Street Artist Charged With Blasphemy for Jesus Poster

November 9, 2017
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Italian Street Artist Charged With Blasphemy for Jesus Poster

An Italian street artist who goes by the pseudonym Hogre is facing a blasphemy charge over a poster of a pedophilic Jesus that briefly hung in a Rome bus shelter this summer. The poster titled...

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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

November 8, 2017
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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

Persecuted cartoonists from around the world will be in the spotlight this month when London’s Westminster Reference Library hosts the exhibition “Gagged,” featuring “cartoons about censorship and repression of cartoonists from around the world.” The free exhibit will be on display from Nov. 21 – Dec....

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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

November 7, 2017
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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

After a months-long standoff over initial curricular approval for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this summer, teachers in California’s Conejo Valley Unified School District say that one school board...

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