Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous co ...

CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Newspaper Comics Stuck “Between a Crock and a Hard Place”

September 4, 2015
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Newspaper Comics Stuck “Between a Crock and a Hard Place”

Nearly everyone can agree that most newspaper comics have a certain stodgy aura, particularly compared to the dynamism and diversity of their cousins in book form. In a three-part extravaganza this week, the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna has been...

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Banned Books Week 2015: Tell CBLDF About Your Plans to Celebrate the Right to Read!

September 4, 2015
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Banned Books Week 2015: Tell CBLDF About Your Plans to Celebrate the Right to Read!

Banned Books Week 2015 is coming up September 27 – October 3. As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF wants to hear from librarians, retailers, educators, publishers, and others about any events or displays they may be planning! This year,...

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Cartoonist Bonil Keeps Up Fight Against Government Censorship

September 4, 2015
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From exorbitant fines to charges of “socioeconomic discrimination” to threats from ISIS, cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, best known by his pen-name Bonil, and his work have been frequent targets of the Ecuadorian government. As we learn in a recent interview with Sampsonia Way, he continues to fight for his and all cartoonists’ right...

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Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Gear Bundle Helps You Celebrate This September!

September 3, 2015
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Libraries, schools, and bookshops around the nation will be celebrating the freedom to read September 27 - October 8. The seven day celebration of the freedom to read will focus on Young Adult books, including the many young adult comics challenged in schools! That’s why the CBLDF is proud to present the BANNED BOOKS WEEK...

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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

September 3, 2015
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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

In a recent poll done by Japanese website Goo, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga anti-war Barefoot Gen ranked number one as today’s most “traumatizing” manga. The poll asked readers to rank the top 28 manga that left an indelible emotional impression on them. Although a fair...

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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

September 2, 2015
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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

In the modern popular imagination, the 1950s represent the height of repression, conformity, paranoia, and of course censorship. To be sure, the era did see the brief rise of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the continued effects of the Hollywood blacklist (instituted in 1947), and...

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Hairy Situation: Canadian Website Censors Satirical Essay by Margaret Atwood

September 2, 2015
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Twitter called it #hairgate, but award-winning author Margaret Atwood said it was outright censorship when her column about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hairdo was pulled from the National Post site last month. In what quickly escalated to blitz of social media attention and support, Atwood’s short 813-word article satirically discussed the upcoming Canadian federal…

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Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

September 2, 2015
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Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cover by bestselling — and...

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Banned Books Quotes to Inspire You!

September 1, 2015
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Banned Books Week is coming, and The Guardian has collected some quotes from authors, novels, and activists meant to inspire you to stand up for the right to read! One of the biggest obstacles faced by educators and authors is the protection of their students and fans’ right to read. From book bans to book...

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Banned Books Week 2015: Use CBLDF Comics Connector to Plan Your Events!

September 1, 2015
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Banned Books Week is quickly approaching! As you’re planning your events for September 27 – October 3, don’t forget CBLDF Comics Connector! CBLDF Comics Connector is free directory that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors, and other comics...

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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

August 31, 2015
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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right to read — kicked off an...

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School Allegedly Deems Wonder Woman Lunchbox Too Violent

August 28, 2015
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School Allegedly Deems Wonder Woman Lunchbox Too Violent

According to a post that appeared on Reddit this week, a secular private elementary school in an unidentified English-speaking country allegedly sent home a note to a student’s parents indicating that her Wonder Woman lunchbox would no...

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Last In Stock Means It’s Your Last Chance!

August 28, 2015
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August has seen a rise in great new CBLDF Limited Edition Premiums, and when the month is up we may not be seeing them again! During the entire month of August, our Rewards Zone has been hosting the CBLDF T-Shirt Blowout. In an effort to make room for new and exciting apparel, we’ve been offering...

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Moroccan Cartoonists Fight for their Right to Free Speech

August 28, 2015
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Morocco is a country abound with cartoonists who are using the art of satire to address a variety of social issues and injustices. But it is also a country with a deep recent history of governmental censorship and oppression. Amidst the struggle, though, Moroccan cartoonists are finding new and inventive ways to protect their freedom...

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Now Your Humble Store Purchase Can Benefit CBLDF Every Time!

August 28, 2015
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Now Your Humble Store Purchase Can Benefit CBLDF Every Time!

Over the past year, CBLDF has been a grateful beneficiary of numerous pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle promotions, which allow buyers to sample some awesome books and help out charity at the same time. But in addition to the bundles, there’s...

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