CBLDF Presents: WILL EISNER’S Personal Library Collection Auction!

Will Eisner wasn’t just the godfather of comics, a creative force who changed the face of modern comics — he was also a staunch advocate for the freedom of expression. In celebration of Eisner’s indomitable talent and advocacy, CBLDF is delighted to offer up for auction books from ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

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 ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

February 5, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  In the 1940s and 1950s, Clarence Matthew Baker — best known as Matt...

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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

February 5, 2016
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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently had the opportunity to tour the current exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. Impressed by the visit, he wrote it up for ...

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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

February 5, 2016
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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

From schools and libraries in the United States to the countries of Italy and Singapore, LGBT children’s books are a frequent target of challenges and bans. The Advocate has pulled together a list of LGBT picture books that every child should read, including those that stirred controversy in some communities. Let’s take a look at a...

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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

February 4, 2016
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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, which last year made history as the first graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Honor and subsequently was the graphic novel that CBLDF had to defend most frequently in 2015, has...

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Brazilian Cartoonist Dares Others to “Follow Me at Your Own Risk”

February 4, 2016
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Latuff

“Follow me at your own risk.” This is the disclaimer Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff now displays as part of his Twitter bio in response to the recent ban of his website by the Turkish government. The artist recently sat down with Today’s Zuman to talk about the necessity of his craft and how...

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Oni Press Joins the Fight for Free Speech As CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

February 4, 2016
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Oni Press Joins the Fight for Free Speech As CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome Oni Press, Portland, Oregon’s premiere independent comic book publisher, as the organization’s newest corporate member! Building on a long history of support for the organization, Oni Press joins CBLDF with a renewed dedication to creators’ right...

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One Million Mom Attacks Lucifer by Boycotting Olive Garden

February 3, 2016
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Lucifer TV

The American Family Association’s One Million Moms just won’t let Fox’s new series Lucifer air, this time by boycotting Olive Garden — one of the show’s sponsors. Based on a character from Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed Sandman comic series, the show follows a bored Lord of Hell and he leaves the underworld and ends up amusing himself by...

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CBLDF Signs on to Support American Idiot in Connecticut High School

February 2, 2016
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CBLDF Signs on to Support American Idiot in Connecticut High School

CBLDF and six other free expression and arts advocacy organizations today signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Enfield (CT) High School regarding the recent cancellation of a planned student production of the rock opera American...

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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

February 2, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested on Sunday, allegedly for operating a website without government authorization, but was released yesterday without charge. Although his cartoons tend towards social rather than political satire, it appears an arresting officer found some of...

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1955 Broadcast Brought Dangers of Comics to Your Living Room

February 2, 2016
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Confidential File

“This comic book describes a sexual aberration so shocking that I couldn’t even mention the scientific term on television. I think there ought to be a law against them. Tonight, I’m going to show you why.” On October 9, 1955 the Los Angeles, California-based television network KTTV aired Confidential File: Horror Comic Books. A “factual”…

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Jackie Ormes

February 1, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Jackie Ormes

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  Zelda Jackson Ormes, better known as Jackie, was the first African...

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Italian Government Draws Ridicule for Covering Nude Statues During Iran Visit

January 29, 2016
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Italian Government Draws Ridicule for Covering Nude Statues During Iran Visit

After the Italian government covered up ancient nude statues ahead of a state visit from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week, cartoonists are having much fun at officials’ expense, but also leading a debate regarding freedom of expression on the world stage. Nude statues along a corridor at Rome’s Capitoline Museums, where Rouhani and...

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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

January 29, 2016
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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

The trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to begin yesterday, but has once again been delayed while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending. A new start date has been set for March 9. If...

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“Cartooning Is the Art of Danger”

January 29, 2016
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(c) Kianoush Ramezani

Exiled Iranian cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani took to the TED stage to not only talk about his work as an activist for free speech, but the explicit dangers cartoonists face when they do choose to speak out. Working in exile in Paris, France, since 2009, Ramezani has fought censorship since his earliest days as a...

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Connecticut High School Cancels American Idiot Musical After Parent Complaints

January 28, 2016
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Connecticut High School Cancels American Idiot Musical After Parent Complaints

After complaints from “a very small number of extremely vocal people,” a high school drama club in Enfield, Connecticut has cancelled its planned production of the musical American Idiot, even though the club’s faculty...

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