Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the fifth 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 en ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

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 ...

New Podcast Tackles Free Speech

May 26, 2016
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has launched a new bi-weekly podcast So to Speak dedicated to tackling and talking candidly about the subject of free speech. Since its founding in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

May 25, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide...

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Babymouse Creators Talk About the Power of Comics for Young Readers

May 24, 2016
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Award-winning creators and free speech advocates Jennifer and Matthew Holm are very familiar with the positive and lasting impact that graphic novels can have on young children learning to read. In a recent interview with the School Library Journal the sibling team talk about not only what inspired them to create books like ...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

May 24, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the school district in Henning, Minnesota, to restore Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer to library...

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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

May 23, 2016
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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

Look behind the scenes of the runaway hits Lumberjanes and Nimona with an in-depth interview with Noelle Stevenson! CBLDF talks to Noelle and more in the latest issue of CBLDF Defender, out June 15, 2016. Retailers, FOC is today (APR161497), so now’s the time to stock up on this issue! Cartoonists are behind bars for making comics — CBLDF...

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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

May 23, 2016
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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

Anti-violence advocacy groups may have pressured the comic book adventures of everyone’s favorite worst nightmare Freddy Krueger out of publication in the early 1990s, but the unveiling of a relic from the recent past by Joe Jusko offers us a unique glance at a time when no form of media was safe from public...

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Utah Responds to Brewvies Deadpool Lawsuit

May 20, 2016
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Utah Responds to Brewvies Deadpool Lawsuit

“The statutory regulation does not violate the First Amendment.” So claims the state of Utah in response to the lawsuit that the Brewvies theater in Salt Lake City has brought against the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for trying to enforce the Utah ...

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: The CBLDF ARCHIVES Moving Sale!

May 19, 2016
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: The CBLDF ARCHIVES Moving Sale!

As part of our cross-country move from New York City to Portland, Oregon, we’ve opened our archives for some great original art, sketches, and rarely seen or out of production prints! Be sure to see the other pieces in this collection for more amazing ONE-OF-A-KIND rarities.  

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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

May 19, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

Iran’s House of Cartoon is currently hosting a deliberately provocative Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which organizers say is intended in part to test the boundaries of free expression in the opposite extreme...

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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

May 19, 2016
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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene is celebrating the lasting legacy of EC Comics, both on and off the page, in a new exhibit called Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics. Featuring one of the largest collections of original comic art, attendees can get a glimpse at...

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The Dynamite Comics Essential Garth Ennis Bundle EXPANDS to Benefit CBLDF!

May 18, 2016
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The Dynamite Comics Essential Garth Ennis Bundle EXPANDS to Benefit CBLDF!

  As the world awaits the premiere of the adaptation of Garth Ennis’ seminal Vertigo series, Preacher, on AMC, Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of the acclaimed writer’s work at the publisher. Today, we launch the second week of the bundle...

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Zunar Accused of “Economic Sabotage” Over Geneva Exhibit

May 18, 2016
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In response to the cartoonist’s recent exhibition of his political cartoons in Geneva, a member of the Malaysian government is now accusing Zunar of committing “economic sabotage” and plotting to “topple the prime minister.” The exhibit Cartooning for Peace celebrates World Press Freedom Day and honors the two recent recipients of the 2016...

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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

May 17, 2016
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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

Michigan’s Forest Hills Public School District is standing by a book about a boy who likes to wear dresses, despite one parent’s complaint that it does not present a “normal way” of life. A teacher read ...

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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

May 17, 2016
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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

An art exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art turned controversial and sparked discussions of censorship this past week when a commissioner determined that some of the art in the exhibit was “offensive,” “obscene,” and “anti-Christian.” Entitled Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, the exhibit is being put on in collaboration with the popular...

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