Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

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 ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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 ...

Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

May 22, 2017
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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

An Egyptian court yesterday ordered a retrial for novelist Ahmed Naji, who spent 10 months in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in the state-owned Akhbar al-Adab newspaper. Naji...

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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of...

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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

May 19, 2017
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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

Due to the success of the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, the novel has faced increased scrutiny nationwide. American Library Association director James LaRue recently addressed the attempts to censor the popular novel. In...

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Groo Friends & Foes HC Signed By Sergio Aragonés, Plus Matt Wagner & Kevin Eastman Signed Books!

May 18, 2017
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Groo Friends & Foes HC Signed By Sergio Aragonés, Plus Matt Wagner & Kevin Eastman Signed Books!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with the soon-to-be released Groo: Friends & Foes HC, signed and sketched by Sergio Aragonés! We’re also offering a few more Groo titles, as well as The Spirit Returns and The Art of Grendel signed by Matt Wagner and

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

May 18, 2017
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

As a Wisconsin school superintendent prepares to make a recommendation regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging him to...

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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

May 17, 2017
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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

Just over a year ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from prison after 18 months. Her so-called crime: drawing Iranian MPs as apes and bovines while they debated a bill toban voluntary sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations....

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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

May 16, 2017
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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

Now more than ever before, comics are an indispensable component of many public libraries’ collections. A decade or two ago they might have been treated as ephemera, but today they are often curated with the same level of care as other formats....

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RETAILERS: Order CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2 TODAY!

May 15, 2017
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RETAILERS: Order CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2 TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the June issue, CBLDF talks with Love Is Love architect Marc Andreyko and ambassador for comics Gene Luen Yang! Retailers, FOC is today (APR171527), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2 features an iconic cover of...

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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

May 12, 2017
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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was recently challenged in Wisconsin, and now it’s under attack in neighboring Minnesota. A pair of parents of New London-Spicer Schools 8th graders have challenged the acclaimed novel, citing “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity...

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Abducted Hong Kong Bookseller to Reopen Shop in Taiwan

May 12, 2017
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Abducted Hong Kong Bookseller to Reopen Shop in Taiwan

Lam Wing Kee, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers who mysteriously disappeared in 2015, is resurrecting his store, this time in Taipei, Taiwan. Lam managed Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong, a small independent shop that specialized in politically-sensitive publications that had been banned in mainland China. In late 2015, Lam and four other Hong Kong booksellers…

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Ai Weiwei Defines Artists’ Duty to Resist Repression

May 12, 2017
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Ai Weiwei Defines Artists’ Duty to Resist Repression

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has long been a thorn in the side of authorities, defiantly finding ways to critique government corruption and suppression despite constant surveillance, threats, detention, and a four-year revocation of his passport which prevented him from traveling abroad. In a recent op-ed for the ...

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Wisconsinites Pack Board Meeting for Debate Over Absolutely True Diary

May 11, 2017
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Wisconsinites Pack Board Meeting for Debate Over Absolutely True Diary

Community debate continues over Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, where a review committee recently recommended to Superintendent Cliff Thompson that the book remain in the...

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Signed J.H. Williams III, Neil Gaiman, and Gary Gianni Graphic Novels Support CBLDF!

May 11, 2017
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Signed J.H. Williams III, Neil Gaiman, and Gary Gianni Graphic Novels Support CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with Sandman: Overture, Promethea, Tales of the Batman, Seven Soldiers of Victory Volumes One & Two, Chase, the CBLDF-exclusive “It’s Not a Trick” print signed by J.H. Williams III, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea...

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Thirteen Reasons Why TV Series Leads to Sudden Scrutiny of Popular Novel

May 10, 2017
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Thirteen Reasons Why TV Series Leads to Sudden Scrutiny of Popular Novel

Ten years after its initial publication, Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why is encountering a sudden surge in challenges, bans, and restrictions in schools around the country due to panicked adult backlash against the Netflix series...

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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 9, 2017
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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Over six months ago, Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper were arrested in the midst of their government’s ongoing crackdown on independent media following the failed coup...

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