CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the latest 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 e ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

June 23, 2017
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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

The daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location on the Chinese mainland since October 2015 on suspicion of trafficking in banned books, pleaded once again this week for the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to apply diplomatic pressure for his release. Gui was originally abducted...

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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

June 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California, to expedite the approval process for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be used in...

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CBLDF Celebrates Comics at ID10T Fest This Weekend!

June 23, 2017
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CBLDF Celebrates Comics at ID10T Fest This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF will celebrate comics, music, comedy, and all things nerdy in the great outdoors during ID10T Fest! Along with a cool assortment of signed goodies, we’ll unveil new CBLDF stickers at booth F7! Do you need to decorate your free speech device? We’ve got you covered...

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Comics & Intellectual Freedom Events at ALA Annual

June 22, 2017
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Comics & Intellectual Freedom Events at ALA Annual

Librarians, break out those tote bags! Starting today, thousands of library and publishing professionals are converging on Chicago for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. For anyone attending the conference who has a particular interest in comics and/or intellectual freedom, we’ve pulled together some highlights they...

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Celebrate Young Adult GNs and Support CBLDF with Signed Lumberjanes, Drama, & Many More!

June 22, 2017
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Celebrate Young Adult GNs and Support CBLDF with Signed  Lumberjanes, Drama, & Many More!

This week CBLDF has some great young adult graphic novels to get your summer reading started right! Donate today to grab a copy of  Lumberjanes, signed by Noelle Stevenson; Drama, signed by Raina Telgemeier; Kevin Keller, signed by Dan Parent, and many more! Keep reading or follow the links...

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Comic Explains Lebanon’s Censorship Problem

June 22, 2017
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Comic Explains Lebanon’s Censorship Problem

A new comic on The Nib provides an illustrated look into the censorship problem in Lebanon. The comic by Ghadi Ghosn and Virginie Le Borgne examines how censorship impacts the country’s vibrant arts community. The comic points out that certain topics — religion, sexuality, civil war, and Israel — are more likely to attract state...

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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

June 21, 2017
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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

Two years ago this month, Hood County, Texas library director Courtney Kincaid embarked on what would ultimately be a successful defense of two LGBTQIA-themed children’s books that were challenged by more than 50 local residents: My Princess Boy by...

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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

June 20, 2017
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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

The school district in Anderson County, Kentucky has pulled Jay Asher’s novel Thirteen Reasons Why from middle school classrooms, despite the fact that it had been approved for instructional use last school year....

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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

June 19, 2017
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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

Today, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down portions of the Lanham Act, and supported an Asian-American band’s right to an “offensive” trademark. When the activist Asian-American rock band decided on a name that both affirms their racial identity and reclaims a racist term as a way to challenge stereotypes — The Slants —...

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A Parthenon of Banned Books

June 16, 2017
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A Parthenon of Banned Books

The centerpiece of a new art exhibit in Germany is a life-size replica of the Greek Parthenon made up entirely of banned books. Part of the documenta 14 contemporary art exhibition, the piece was created by Argentine artist Marta Minujin to protest censorship and stands in Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, Germany – a location...

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for...

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Neil Gaiman Signed Graphic Novels & BPAL Fragrances Benefit CBLDF!

June 15, 2017
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Neil Gaiman Signed Graphic Novels & BPAL Fragrances Benefit CBLDF!

This week we’re rewarding your donations with Sandman: Overture HC, signed by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III; How to Talk to Girls at Parties HC, signed by Neil Gaiman, Fábio Moon, and Gabriel Bá; Death Deluxe Edition HC, signed by Neil Gaiman, and

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2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read!

June 15, 2017
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2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read!

Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which...

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Library of Congress Celebrates Comics During D.C.’s Awesome Con

June 14, 2017
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Library of Congress Celebrates Comics During D.C.’s Awesome Con

Comics old and new are in the spotlight this week at the Library of Congress! Today through Saturday, June 17, the nation’s library is showcasing comics from its collection in the pop-up exhibit Library of Awesome. On Friday, Librarian...

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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

June 14, 2017
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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

In a 3-2 vote, the school board for the New London-Spicer school district has affirmed an administrator’s defense of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book is part of the 8th grade curriculum in the district and students were offered an alternative assignment...

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