Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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 ...

Neil Gaiman on Censorship and the Perception of Comics as a “Gutter Medium”

December 19, 2014
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Neil Gaiman

In the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, political cartoonist Martin Rowson interviewed long-time free speech advocate and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair Neil Gaiman on issues of censorship, comics as a gutter medium, and how graphic novels and literature are still thriving by shocking the mainstream today. With entertaining stories of their…

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Clooney Warns: Cancelling The Interview Sets a Bad Precedent

December 19, 2014
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The Interview poster

As everyone surely knows by now, the film industry this week suffered a blow to free expression when Sony decided to cancel the Christmas Day opening of the comedy The Interview, after hackers with suspected links to North Korea threatened attacks on movie theaters due to the film’s depiction of a plot to kill dictator...

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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

December 19, 2014
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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

We’re an inquisitive crew here at CBLDF, so we sent some questions to a few of the creators included in the Dynamite Humble MEGA Holidays Bundle. Gail Simone (Red Sonja), Tim Seeley (Hack / Slash), Matt Wagner (Django / Zorro), and David Walker (Shaft) hit us back with some pretty amazing answers… ...

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DEFEND COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition!

December 19, 2014
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DEFEND COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition!

For the second year, CBLDF is proud to be participating in Free Comic Book Day with a special, all-ages edition of Defend Comics, our anthology of tales about free speech, censorship, and the right to read! This year’s comic features new stories from Gene Yang and Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese, Wonderland),…

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Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
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Campell Biology Textbook

A moment of triumph this week for advocates of free speech and access to information has come in the form of the Gilbert Arizona school board opting to halt all actions to edit an honors biology textbook! In light of complaints from community members regarding two pages of the popular textbook, Campbell Biology: Concepts and…

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Censorship is Great Publicity for Fun Home and Many More

December 18, 2014
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Funhomecover

Six months after South Carolina lawmakers finally reached a sort-of-compromise following a protracted debate over the use of LGBT-themed books in summer reading programs at state colleges, one Charleston-area writer looked back last week to reflect on a bright spot in the debacle. As so often happens with any challenge or ban, Charleston...

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Humble Bundle & Dynamite Add MORE TITLES to Holiday’s Biggest Comics Bundle!

December 17, 2014
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HumbleBundleMegaHolidays

Humble Bundle is excited to once again be teaming with Dynamite Entertainment after enjoying an incredibly successful partnership this past summer. Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some of comics’ hottest licenses and original properties, and this go-round they will be pulling out all the stops with top tier titles such as Bob’s Burgers, The Twilight...

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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

December 17, 2014
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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

The holiday shipping deadline for CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is here! This hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums supports the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be placed by TODAY! When you support CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving drive,...

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Cameron Post Returning to Shelves in Indian River School District

December 16, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Victory in Delaware’s Indian River School District! Following a letter sent last week by CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship, school board president Charles Bireley last night withdrew his challenge to The Miseducation of Cameron Post. A review committee already unanimously recommended returning the book to library shelves at Sussex...

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Delaware School District Considers Permission Slips for Young Adult Books

December 16, 2014
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Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Spurred by a parent challenge to Ellen Hopkins’ novel Identical, the Appoquinimink School Board in Delaware is now considering proposals requiring parental permission for students to read any books defined as “Young Adult” in class, and separately allowing parents to bar their children from checking out any Young Adult books from the school library. The...

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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts by December 17 to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

December 15, 2014
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spirit graphic

The holiday shipping deadline for CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is fast approaching! This hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums supports the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be placed by December 17, 2014! When you support CBLDF’s Spirit of...

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Last Chance for Personalized SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts from Jeff Smith and Ed Piskor!

December 12, 2014
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spirit graphic

We’re coming to the end of the SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive! Every week this December, CBLDF has offered new exclusives, all benefiting the Fund! So far, the items listed have included a Comics Code Authority gift set, a set of gifts signed Frank Quitely, a Southern Bastards exclusives set, Bill...

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CBLDF Protests Another Delaware Challenge to Cameron Post

December 12, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Today CBLDF joins with other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the removal of emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from library shelves at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware. The ongoing challenge to the book was brought to light in the midst of a separate dispute...

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International Community Rallies to Support Zunar

December 11, 2014
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Zunar cartoon

With Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar facing yet another government investigation for sedition, the international cartooning community is rallying to spread the word and pressure Malaysian authorities to leave him in peace. Nearly all of Zunar’s books have been officially banned in Malaysia at some point. There was a glimmer of hope in October of this…

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Everyone is Afraid: Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk on Freedom of Speech in Turkey

December 11, 2014
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Orhan-Pamuk

During a recent interview with the Turkish newspaper The Daily Hurriyet, Noble laureate Orhan Pamuk openly expressed his concerns over the increasingly limited freedom of speech and the declining state of free journalism in his home country of Turkey; “The worst thing is that there’s a fear. I find that everyone is afraid; it’s...

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