Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

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 ...

South Carolina Principal Presented Intellectual Freedom Award

March 18, 2019
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South Carolina Principal Presented Intellectual Freedom Award

In recognition of standing up for her students and their right to read, South Carolina Association of School Librarians gave Wando High School Principal, Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer, the Intellectual Freedom Award. This stems from an incident...

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Anime Censorship in the 90s and Early 2000s

March 18, 2019
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Anime Censorship in the 90s and Early 2000s

If you happened to watch the American dub of the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! back in the early 2000s, you might have noticed a few things were off. Characters would go out of their way to dramatically point at one another. They drank...

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Retailer Spotlight: Cosmic Monkey Comics

March 15, 2019
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Retailer Spotlight: Cosmic Monkey Comics

Across town in Portland, Oregon from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, on a busy street sits Cosmic Monkey Comics. The outside windows are painted in bright colors featuring neat caricatures of a monkey (obviously), an alien, a robot, and a dinosaur –...

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Victory for EBSCO and Colorado Libraries May Still Chill Speech

March 15, 2019
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Victory for EBSCO and Colorado Libraries May Still Chill Speech

The preposterous lawsuit against the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and EBSCO, a media aggregate database company, purporting the two conspired to traffic pornography to school children, has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can not be brought refiled. While this seems a victory for...

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Student Stands Up for LGBTQIA Community and Her Own First Amendment Rights

March 14, 2019
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Student Stands Up for LGBTQIA Community and Her Own First Amendment Rights

A Fourth Grader in South Carolina is suing her school district for infringing on her First Amendment rights after they refused to accept her essay on LGBTQIA rights. The assignment was to craft a letter “to...

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Image Comics Benefit CBLDF! GNs Signed by Marjorie Liu, Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, & More!

March 14, 2019
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Image Comics Benefit CBLDF! GNs Signed by Marjorie Liu, Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, & More!

This week CBLDF is offering our donors the chance to grab some incredible Image graphic novels signed by their creators to benefit CBLDF! We’ve got a great selection of some of their most successful titles, including: Monstress Volume One TP, signed by Marjorie Liu; Saga Volume One Hardcover and Softcover Editions, signed by Brian K....

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Seattle! Get Ready for CBLDF at Emerald City!

March 13, 2019
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Seattle! Get Ready for CBLDF at Emerald City!

Are you ready for Emerald City Comicon? It kicks off tomorrow March 14, and runs through March 17. Make CBLDF your first stop at Booth #2004. We’re bringing a killer selection rewards for donations to help CBLDF fight on the front lines of free expression. So make sure you...

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Revisiting Preludes & Nocturnes At 30

March 13, 2019
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Revisiting Preludes & Nocturnes At 30

In November, CBLDF marked the 30th Anniversary of Sandman Issue #1 by a look back at both the praise and censorship that the series has received. The series as a whole stands as one of the most lauded works in comics,...

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Unparalleled Editor, Karen Berger – She Changed Comics

March 12, 2019
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Unparalleled Editor, Karen Berger – She Changed Comics

Karen Berger profile by Caitlin McCabe From modern masterpieces like Y: The Last Man, Fables, and The Invisibles, to seminal classics like V for Vendetta, Preacher, and Sandman, in a time when superheroes glutted the newsstand and comic shops,...

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Daring Works, Community Standards, and Obscenity – A Legal Perspective

March 11, 2019
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Daring Works, Community Standards, and Obscenity – A Legal Perspective

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared on CreatorLaw.com. Due the complex nature of obscenity laws, we thought it would be interesting for CBLDF readers to get further insight into what these standards mean. To understand how the complexity can be easily misunderstood, even by those that write legislation, check out a...

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ACTION ALERT! Legislation Eroding Education Near You

March 8, 2019
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ACTION ALERT! Legislation Eroding Education Near You

Earlier this week, CBLDF informed readers about one of three bills in Florida aimed at destroying the tyrannical rule of facts in science class. Now, the Washington Post republished an Associated Press article examining similar legislation in states all across...

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Free Teaching Guides from CBLDF Highlight Women in Comics

March 8, 2019
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Free Teaching Guides from CBLDF Highlight Women in Comics

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day around the globe to celebrate and share the accomplishments of women throughout history and today. In honor of that mission, CBLDF has collected some of our most popular teaching resources that demonstrate the integral role of women in comics, both on and off the page. With these...

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Celebrate World Book Day with Signed Fun Home, Saga, & Many More!

March 7, 2019
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Celebrate World Book Day with Signed Fun Home, Saga, & Many More!

Join CBLDF in celebrating World Book Day, today and every day, with your favorite banned and challenged graphic novels! CBLDF is offering donors a slew of resources and signed comics that have experienced band and challenges for their content, including: Fun Home, signed and sketched by Alison Bechdel; Saga Volume One Hardcover and Softcover Editions...

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New Legislation “Fixes” FL Textbook Law in Worst Ways Possible

March 6, 2019
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New Legislation “Fixes” FL Textbook Law in Worst Ways Possible

Last year, Florida signed HB 989 into law, legislation written by Florida Citizens Alliance that allows any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Their goal was...

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Celebrate Will Eisner Week!

March 5, 2019
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Celebrate Will Eisner Week!

The first week of March each year is nationally known as Will Eisner Week, aimed at not only celebrating Eisner’s life and accomplishments, but also to celebrate the things that Eisner stood for – literacy, community, free expression. Individuals and institutions set aside time this to offer classes, symposiums, screenings, and more, all in honor...

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