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 ...

Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

April 21, 2017
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Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations called Fly Don’t Spy has launched a new online petition urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reject a proposal requiring refugees, visa holders and other foreign visitors to...

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Tamakis React to Top Spot on Frequently Challenged Books List

April 20, 2017
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Tamakis React to Top Spot on Frequently Challenged Books List

With Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer topping the American Library Association’s most recent list of frequently challenged books, the cousins are speaking out on the “honor” and their thoughts on young people’s freedom to...

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Banned Books & YA Classics Signed by Raina Telgemeier, Mariko Tamaki, Hope Larson, and More!

April 20, 2017
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Banned Books & YA Classics Signed by Raina Telgemeier, Mariko Tamaki, Hope Larson, and More!

Check out some of the books that topped ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list and other classic Young Adult titles, including This One Summer signed by Mariko Tamaki, Drama and Sisters signed by Raina Telgemeier, A Wrinkle in Time signed by Hope Larson, and Lumberjanes signed by...

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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

April 20, 2017
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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

Chinese dissident cartoonist Rebel Pepper has been awarded Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. The win was revealed last night in London, during Index’s Awards Gala. Rebel Pepper, the pseudonym of Wang Liming, has long targeted the Chinese regime in his work. In...

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Join Us for She Changed Comics at UIUC!

April 19, 2017
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Join Us for She Changed Comics at UIUC!

Calling all central Illinoisans! Next Monday, April 24, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez will join a panel discussion centered on our book She Changed Comics at the University of Illinois Undergrad Library. Gomez will be joined by comics scholar and UIUC...

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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

April 18, 2017
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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

A war of Letters to the Editor has broken out in the pages of a small Massachusetts newspaper over the content of Mort Walker’s long-running comic Beetle Bailey, with one reader labeling the strip “totally outdated and loaded with unhealthy behavior” and another ...

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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

April 18, 2017
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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

Seven years ago, dissident cartoonist Badiucao fled his home country of China for Australia. He’s long relied on the internet to share his work. “I felt this deepening of free expression, as everyone began to use the internet in a new way, I wanted to join in and be part of it,” he told CNN’s...

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C2E2: Signings with CBLDF!

April 17, 2017
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C2E2: Signings with CBLDF!

Thanks to our friends at IDW, CBLDF will host two special signings during C2E2 for the very special benefit anthology, Love is Love, which raised $165,000 to benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. On Friday, April 21, head to booth #409 to get a copy...

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CBLDF Warms Up for C2E2!

April 14, 2017
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CBLDF Warms Up for C2E2!

We’re only a week away from Chicago’s celebration of all things geeky, C2E2! We’ve lined up an exclusive new t-shirt for the show, signed merch, panels, and much more for comic defenders! We’ll also have exclusive signings at CBLDF booth #409! Tune in next week, when we announce who’s going to be joining us! C2E2…

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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

April 14, 2017
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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

Turkish actor and columnist Orhan Aydin has received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 20 days prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by sharing a cartoon on social media.  Aydin shared a cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff that mocked Erdoğan’s visit to Cuba. The Istanbul court that passed the...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several...

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Signed Premiums from Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, Jonathan Hickman, & More Benefit CBLDF!

April 13, 2017
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Signed Premiums from Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, Jonathan Hickman, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is offering Desert Wind prints signed by Neil Gaiman, Walking Dead books signed by Robert Kirkman or Charlie Adlard, East of West signed by Jonathan Hickman or Nick Dragotta, The Wicked and The Divine signed by Kieron Gillen, and Plutona signed by Jeff Lemire...

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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

April 13, 2017
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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar won a long-awaited victory this week when a High Court judge agreed he was entitled to compensation for books and original art seized by police in 2010. Although the judge awarded him 18,000 Ringgit (about...

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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

April 12, 2017
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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

It’s that time of year again: This week, the American Library Association released its list of the top ten most challenged books for 2016. CBLDF has joined in the defense of several titles on the list, so today we’re taking a look back through our coverage...

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

April 11, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

The two nearly identical bills in the Florida legislature that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials have both advanced through the Education Committees in their respective chambers, despite warnings from CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship that the legislation...

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