The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

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...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! 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!...

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 ...

The Decade Animated Udders Went Under Wraps

October 21, 2014
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The Decade Animated Udders Went Under Wraps

Cows are natural comedians, as Far Side creator Gary Larson proved many times over the years. A great deal of the bovine potential for visual humor lies in their udders, and early animators from Disney and other studios quickly latched on (pun intended) in the late 1920s. But the udder party lasted only a...

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Banned Books Week in Review: A Google Hangout

October 20, 2014
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Banned Books Week in Review: A Google Hangout

At 12:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, October 22, please join the Freedom to Read Foundation and other sponsors of Banned Books Week for a look back at some of the fun, provocative, and engaging events that celebrated our freedom...

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Idaho School Board Decides Against Prior Consent Policy

October 17, 2014
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Idaho School Board Decides Against Prior Consent Policy

Last week, CBLDF joined a coalition led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to oppose a proposed parental consent policy that would have been implemented for every assigned book. On Monday, the Teton County, Idaho, school board reviewed the policy and decided...

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Dynamite Entertainment Releases The Boys Digital Library, Donates 10% of Sales to CBLDF!

October 17, 2014
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Dynamite Entertainment Releases The Boys Digital Library, Donates 10% of Sales to CBLDF!

Following an explosive week at New York Comic Con Dynamite Entertainment is continuing its Digital Initiative with an exciting week of releases. The ENTIRE library of Garth Ennis’and Darick Robertson’s The Boys spearhead this week’s Dynamite Digital titles which includes Red Sonja: Black Tower #2, The...

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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

October 16, 2014
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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

A Malaysian appeals court last week lifted a ban on two books by political cartoonist Zunar, who has been arrested and had his work seized by the government multiple times over the years. Although the unanimous ruling by three appeals court judges is undeniably a good sign for freedom of expression in Malaysia,...

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Retailers: Don’t Miss the Wytches, Multiveristy, and All New Captain America CBLDF Variants!

October 16, 2014
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Retailers: Don’t Miss the Wytches, Multiveristy, and All New Captain America CBLDF Variants!

If you own a comic shop, you have might have customers asking about CBLDF variant covers this week, including a Cliff Chiang cover for Wytches #1. If you are wondering how on earth to acquire such items for your customers (or yourself!), we have an answer for you.

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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

October 15, 2014
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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

In the tumultuous years since Egyptians overthrew ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak, political cartoonists have continued to lampoon whichever government is in power–but sometimes they must find ways to be circumspect about it. An article from last week’s Sunday Observer took the current pulse of Egyptian political cartooning, with one artist saying that right now is...

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The Force is Strong in the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF!

October 15, 2014
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The Force is Strong in the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF!

These are the comics you’re looking for. Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics have teamed up to launch the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle today. Starting at 11 a.m. PDT, fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth...

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University of Michigan Illustration Sparks Backlash

October 15, 2014
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University of Michigan Illustration Sparks Backlash

In decrying an illustration for being “violent & wrong” on Twitter — and tagging local authorities on the tweet — a University of Michigan adjunct professor has both endorsed censorship and overshadowed a bigger issue: the debate about the safety of college football players. On September 28, University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris took a…

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Books and Content Ratings Don’t Mix

October 14, 2014
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Books and Content Ratings Don’t Mix

When books are challenged in schools and libraries, it’s not uncommon for complainants to invoke content ratings for other media, as in “if this were a movie, it would be rated R.” From there, some parents take what seems to be the logical next step: advocating for comprehensive content ratings for books, as we...

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CBLDF Protests Proposed Flagging and Rating System in Dallas School System

October 13, 2014
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CBLDF Protests Proposed Flagging and Rating System in Dallas School System

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter to the Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. CBLDF joins KRRP in advance of the district’s next school board meeting, during which trustees will likely examine...

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NCAC Letter Objects to Idaho Prior Consent Proposal for Assigned Reading

October 10, 2014
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NCAC Letter Objects to Idaho Prior Consent Proposal for Assigned Reading

In Teton County, Idaho, where Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima was removed from and then restored to high school classrooms last year after some parents complained about language and “satanic rituals,” the school board is now considering a proposal that would...

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CBLDF’s Dale Cendali Celebrated by Law360

October 10, 2014
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CBLDF’s Dale Cendali Celebrated by Law360

We may know Dale Cendali as the mild-mannered, no-nonsense CBLDF Board of Directors secretary, but we should never forget she is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property. Recently, Law360 celebrated Dale, naming her one of the most influential women in IP...

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Facing Off in Jefferson County

October 10, 2014
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Facing Off in Jefferson County

Jefferson County, Colorado, has found itself the unlikely center of a debate over censorship and academic freedom, a fight characterized by some expected — and not so expected — players. On one side, we have a retired history teacher. On the other, we have a vocal group of parents. The sides they picked may come...

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Kings Canyon Parents Want Black Swan Green Out of Class

October 9, 2014
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Kings Canyon Parents Want Black Swan Green Out of Class

Some parents in central California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District are demanding the removal of David Mitchell’s novel Black Swan Green from the high school curriculum, with one father calling the book “inappropriate, amoral and disgusting.” District officials point out that students only read excerpts...

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