Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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 ...

Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

May 26, 2017
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Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

The book mavens at National Public Radio are compiling a summer reading list of 100 favorite comics, and they want to hear from you! Readers and listeners can submit up to five series, single issues, graphic novels, newspaper comics, and/or webcomics in the poll...

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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 26, 2017
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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper have now spent over six months in prison, joining about 130 other journalists similarly detained in the media crackdown following Turkey’s attempted coup last July. In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels this week, Cartoonists Rights...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 19: Gilbert Hernandez!

May 25, 2017
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 19: Gilbert Hernandez!

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets, Blubber) about his career, his work, and his early inspirations. We discuss reactions to his work and controversies therein, and his personal views on mature content in comics and elsewhere. Topics: Heavy Metal, Steve...

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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

May 25, 2017
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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

Good news from Minnesota! Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations including CBLDF, the principal of New London-Spicer Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s ...

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GNs Signed & Sketched by Stan Sakai, Kevin Eastman, Geof Darrow, & More Benefit CBLDF!

May 25, 2017
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GNs Signed & Sketched by Stan Sakai, Kevin Eastman, Geof Darrow, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is offering some beautiful signed and sketched books to reward your donations! Books include Usagi Yojimbo: Senso HC, signed and sketched by Stan Sakai; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection HC, signed and sketched by Kevin Eastman; Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet HC and Big Guy & Rusty HC,...

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Pre-orders Open for Resist! Volume 2, in Stores for July 4

May 24, 2017
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Pre-orders Open for Resist! Volume 2, in Stores for July 4

Get your pre-orders in now for the second volume of Resist! from Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman! After the smashing success of the political comics newspaper, 58,000 copies...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

May 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

After a Florida elementary school pre-emptively banned students from bringing personal copies of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why onto campus, CBLDF yesterday joined with other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging principal Bryan Dolfi...

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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

May 22, 2017
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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Last week, CBLDF joined the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter defending Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian after it was challenged in a Wisconsin school district. This week brings good news: The district superintendent has upheld a review...

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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

May 22, 2017
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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

An Egyptian court yesterday ordered a retrial for novelist Ahmed Naji, who spent 10 months in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in the state-owned Akhbar al-Adab newspaper. Naji...

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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of...

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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

May 19, 2017
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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

Due to the success of the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, the novel has faced increased scrutiny nationwide. American Library Association director James LaRue recently addressed the attempts to censor the popular novel. In...

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Groo Friends & Foes HC Signed By Sergio Aragonés, Plus Matt Wagner & Kevin Eastman Signed Books!

May 18, 2017
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Groo Friends & Foes HC Signed By Sergio Aragonés, Plus Matt Wagner & Kevin Eastman Signed Books!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with the soon-to-be released Groo: Friends & Foes HC, signed and sketched by Sergio Aragonés! We’re also offering a few more Groo titles, as well as The Spirit Returns and The Art of Grendel signed by Matt Wagner and

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

May 18, 2017
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

As a Wisconsin school superintendent prepares to make a recommendation regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging him to...

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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

May 17, 2017
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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

Just over a year ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from prison after 18 months. Her so-called crime: drawing Iranian MPs as apes and bovines while they debated a bill toban voluntary sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations....

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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

May 16, 2017
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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

Now more than ever before, comics are an indispensable component of many public libraries’ collections. A decade or two ago they might have been treated as ephemera, but today they are often curated with the same level of care as other formats....

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