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 ...

66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

August 21, 2018
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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

Swiss customs recently confiscated 66 pounds of comics that were shipped home by a fan returning from Comiket, the massive Japanese dōjinshi convention. According to Melonpan, the self-described otaku whose comics were held, customs seized the comics because of how young the fictional characters appeared....

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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

August 20, 2018
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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

CBLDF has joined a coalition of Free Speech advocacy groups in protesting President Trump’s legal intimidation of Simon & Schuster for the publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman’s book Unhinged. The President threatened legal action against the publisher, asserting that it could be punished for publication of...

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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

August 17, 2018
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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

Last year Washington County libraries were asked to take down LGBTQIA displays for Pride Month, replacing them this year with exhibits featuring the more generic “Diversity” theme. But when the librarians felt like they should do more to represent Pride, and made...

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Classic 90s GNs Signed by J. Scott Campbell, Sam Kieth, Matt Wagner, & More Benefit CBLDF!

August 16, 2018
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Classic 90s GNs Signed by J. Scott Campbell, Sam Kieth, Matt Wagner, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week you can support CBLDF and get your 90s nostalgia fix in one fell swoop! Donate today to grab GNs including Danger Girl Gallery Edition HC, signed by J. Scott Campbell; The Maxx: Maxximized Vol 1 HC and Batman:Ghosts HC, signed by Sam Kieth; The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane Deluxe HC, Mage: Hero Discovered Book...

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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

August 15, 2018
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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

Starting in December, the Cuban Government hopes to have pre-approval overall Cuban arts and literature, according to the dystopian sounding Decree 349. The legislation was introduced in July in the official Cuban state paper, Gaceta de Cuba, and has...

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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

August 14, 2018
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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

The first hearing for a Chilean journalist charged with defamation is scheduled for this week, and the results could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press in the country. Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, faces three years in prison for defamation charges...

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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

August 13, 2018
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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

Disturbing news came out of the tech sector last week when a whistleblower released documents showing that Google is trying to re-enter the Chinese market with a search engine that conforms to the draconian censorship laws China’s internet is bound by. The...

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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

August 10, 2018
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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

Germany announced that they will lift the across-the-board ban on swastikas in video games in favor of a more nuanced approach, similar to that of how they handle Nazi imagery in movies. The shift in policy signals an appreciation for video games as culturally important works. Felix Falk, managing director of The German...

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Signed by Bruce Timm & More Signed DC GNs Benefit CBLDF!

August 9, 2018
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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Signed by Bruce Timm & More Signed DC GNs Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF supporters have the chance to donate and grab a copy of the classic Batman Adventures: Mad Love HC, signed by Bruce Timm! We’re also offering Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale HC, signed by Tim Sale; DC Universe by Neil Gaiman TP, signed by Neil Gaiman; Batman by Brian...

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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

August 9, 2018
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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

Image teams with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for powerful anti-censorship variants this September This September, Image Comics fights censorship with a powerful line of variant covers to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education. All...

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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

August 8, 2018
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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

With the heat on full blast outside, and the thoughts of fall looming, graphic novels can be a great way to relax at the end of the summer. Whether you read solo, with you family, as part of a book club, or aloud to your dog, make sure to add these challenged and banned comics...

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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

August 7, 2018
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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

Freedom Forum Institute released the results from their annual State of the First Amendment survey, and 40% of participants could not name even one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Out of the...

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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

August 6, 2018
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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

Author’s Note: Thanks to Carlotta at 360 Amsterdam and employees of the Anne Frank Fonds working at the Anne Frank House, who answered my many questions. All mistakes are the authors. “I live in a crazy time” –Anne Frank The Year was 1942. Walt Disney’s...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 28: Ronald Wimberly

August 3, 2018
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 28: Ronald Wimberly

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist/writer/editor/designer RONALD WIMBERLY about his career and current work, including the new magazine LAAB, his webcomic/essay LIGHTEN UP, and his upcoming book SUNSET PARK. We discuss his inspirations, his thoughts on politics, art, and activism, and a dozen other...

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SDCC 2018 Exclusive BPAL Scents Benefit CBLDF!

August 2, 2018
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SDCC 2018 Exclusive BPAL Scents Benefit CBLDF!

Now that we’re back in the office from San Diego, CBLDF is giving donors the chance to grab a vial of P%$S or SH%T! These new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Expletive scents were made exclusively to benefit CBLDF, previously only available at our 2018 Comic-Con Welcome Party! Supplies are very limited, so...

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