Exclusive Umbrella Academy and LumberJanes for CBLDF Retail Members!

For over twenty-five years, the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND has tirelessly advocated for the comics industry and art form, providing legal assistance and advice, educational programming, and resources for libraries and schools. Since the earliest days of the CBLDF, comic shop retailers have been t ...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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: 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 ...

CBLDF Roundup: Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2018!

December 11, 2018
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CBLDF Roundup: Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2018!

In what has now become a favorite annual tradition, CBLDF rounds up the top “Best of Comics and Graphic Novels” lists for the year, as a helpful reminder that there’s still good in the world, and that good is found mostly in the juxtaposition of art and text. This year some...

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Florida’s Textbooks Woes Gaining Momentum

December 10, 2018
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Florida’s Textbooks Woes Gaining Momentum

The newly elected Governor of Florida has already appointed individuals to his education transition team who have previously inhibited school districts ability to teach students accurate science. Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Keith Flaugh, the managing director of Florida Citizen’s Alliance, who was...

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30 Years in The Dreaming

December 7, 2018
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30 Years in The Dreaming

November 29th marked the 30th Anniversary of the debut of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. The original 75 issue run ended in March of 1996, but few characters in the comics world (especially outside of the superhero genre) have held on to the imagination of readers for three...

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CBLDF Gift Guide 2018: Donate by 12/14 for Standard Shipping!

December 6, 2018
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CBLDF Gift Guide 2018: Donate by 12/14 for Standard Shipping!

There’s still time to donate to CBLDF and get a great gift for the comics lover in your life! Act fast – if you need your books to arrive by December 25, orders for regular shipping are due Friday, December 14, and orders for expedited shipping are due Thursday, December 20! ...

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Read More Comics in 2019

December 5, 2018
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Read More Comics in 2019

We spend a lot of time extolling the virtues of reading here on the CBLDF News Blog. Reading improves vocabulary, increases empathy, parents who read to children, even after the children can read on their own, are more likely to inspire their...

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Give More Than Gifts This Holiday Season

December 4, 2018
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Give More Than Gifts This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a chaotic time of year. The sunlight hours are getting ever shorter and against the encroaching darkness we strive to fit more and more into each day. Gift buying and wrapping, food shopping and cooking, work parties, ugly sweater parties, white-elephant parties. And in the midst of all the...

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Educators, Librarians, and Community Members – Report Censorship from 2018

December 3, 2018
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Educators, Librarians, and Community Members – Report Censorship from 2018

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is asking for anyone who has knowledge of censorship attempts in 2018 to submit reports...

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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

November 30, 2018
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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

Comics, manga, and art books figure heavily in the list of 950 books and periodicals banned by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC). The list itself was

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University Study Claims Link between 13 Reasons Why and Teen Suicide

November 29, 2018
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University Study Claims Link between 13 Reasons Why and Teen Suicide

By virtue of dealing with the upsetting subject of teen suicide, it’s no surprise that 13 Reasons Why, both the hit Netflix show and the frequently challenged YA novel, are regularly mired in controversy. But as a recent A.V. Club article by Alex McLevy points...

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Red Lines: Cartooning at Risk, December 7th Symposium in Philadelphia

November 28, 2018
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Red Lines: Cartooning at Risk, December 7th Symposium in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for the free one day symposium Red Lines: Cartooning at Risk in Philadelphia on December 7th. Spend the day listening to political cartoonists like Rob Rogers and censorship experts like Charles Brownstein discuss the current media climate...

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Support the Right to Read by Donating to CBLDF for #GivingTuesday

November 26, 2018
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Support the Right to Read by Donating to CBLDF for #GivingTuesday

No matter what you read, which books you love, or what creators you follow, the one thing every fan can agree on is that COMIC BOOKS ARE GREAT. From the superheroes who have changed popular culture on the big screen,...

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On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

November 26, 2018
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On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From...

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Chinese Author Gets 10 Years in Jail for “Boys Love” Erotica

November 23, 2018
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Chinese Author Gets 10 Years in Jail for “Boys Love” Erotica

Another blow for human rights and freedom of expression in China as Lady Tianyi, pen name of the popular erotica writer, is sentenced to ten years in jail for “producing and selling pornography.” Pornography is illegal under Chinese law, but that doesn’t make it uncommon, and critics feel that the prosecution of authors like Tianyi...

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LAST WEEK! Support CBLDF and Get $757 Worth of Digital Comics with Top Cow’s Sexy Sci-Fi Humble Bundle

November 21, 2018
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LAST WEEK! Support CBLDF and Get $757 Worth of Digital Comics with Top Cow’s Sexy Sci-Fi Humble Bundle

  This is the last week to add an impressive $757 worth of DRM-free digital comics from some of the best series in the Top Cow Universe, and help support charities providing wildfire relief; bringing music to the...

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CBLDF Gift Guide 2018!

November 20, 2018
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CBLDF Gift Guide 2018!

CBLDF 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! This holiday season you can support CBLDF and find something for everyone on your list! We’re offering our donors the chance to grab gifts signed by incredible creators, including Classic GNs signed by Neil Gaiman, Stan Sakai, Alison Bechdel, & more; Modern GNs signed by Robert...

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