Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Events!

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Las Vegas, and Ohio! Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. • U.S. Bank Room – Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, ...

Now Available: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2016!

Banned Books Week is happening September 25 – October 1, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cove ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

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

Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at ...

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 ...

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!

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 ...

San Francisco: Join CBLDF This Weekend for the APAture Comics & Illustration Showcase

September 30, 2016
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San Francisco: Join CBLDF This Weekend for the APAture Comics & Illustration Showcase

APAture is the annual multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating emerging Asian and Pacific Islander artists of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presented by Kearny Street Workshop, CBLDF will be joining the celebration this weekend for the Comics and Illustration Showcase, taking place Sunday, October 2,...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Gender

September 30, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Gender

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics that reflect gender diversity. The gender of the creators and characters of books isn’t always considered a diversity issue,...

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Idaho Backs Down on Enforcement of Speech-Chilling Liquor Law

September 30, 2016
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Idaho Backs Down on Enforcement of Speech-Chilling Liquor Law

Facing an ACLU lawsuit, the state of Idaho quickly conceded this week that its antiquated law banning “sexually suggestive art” in establishments that serve alcohol is unconstitutional. The law will no longer be enforced...

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CBLDF is Back From SPX With New Signed Books!

September 30, 2016
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CBLDF is Back From SPX With New Signed Books!

We’re back from Small Press Expo 2016 with some great signed premiums and exclusive items from Charles Burns, Jeffrey Brown, Faith Erin Hicks, Noelle Stevenson, and more! One of our exciting new items is Last Look by Charles Burns! This compilation of his classic trilogy comes with a beautiful exclusive bookplate, signed and numbered by the creator. Other...

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Challenge Policies Essential for All School Libraries

September 30, 2016
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Challenge Policies Essential for All School Libraries

We may be currently in the middle of Banned Books Week, but challenges happen all year round. In addition to educating the public about censorship attempts during this annual event, it is absolutely essential for both school and public libraries to have clearly written...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: LGBTQ

September 29, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: LGBTQ

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics by and/or about LGBTQ individuals. Many of these books are frequently banned or challenged. Books featuring LGBTQ characters are among the most…

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NYCC Afterparty: Image Comics and Midtown Comics Team Up for a Night of Wizards, Bowling, and Mingling to Benefit CBLDF

September 29, 2016
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NYCC Afterparty: Image Comics and Midtown Comics Team Up for a Night of Wizards, Bowling, and Mingling to Benefit CBLDF

Image Comics, Midtown Comics, and Sonicboombox are re-teaming for a special NYCC After Party to be held at Bowlmor Times Square (222 W. 44th Street). A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Must be 21+ to attend. The fun...

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I Am Jazz Authors Call Readers to Action for Banned Books Week

September 29, 2016
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In celebration of Banned Books Week, co-authors of the much-challenged children’s book I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, are calling on people to get out and read—especially the books “that some closed-minded person out there wanted desperately to keep out of your hands.” Both Herthel and Jennings are no strangers to being targeted...

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Announcing the RETAIL MEMBER EXCLUSIVES for 2016!

September 29, 2016
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Announcing the RETAIL MEMBER EXCLUSIVES for 2016!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a CBLDF membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF puts together a kit of exclusive variants and other goods for stores joining as members. We are excited to announce our Retail Member Variant Covers, which will be available ONLY through CBLDF Member Stores! ...

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Comics on Texas ACLU List of 2015-16 School Bans and Challenges

September 28, 2016
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Comics on Texas ACLU List of 2015-16 School Bans and Challenges

At least five books were banned from Texas public and charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the annual report of banned and challenged books that was released by the state ACLU chapter this week. ...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Race

September 28, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Race

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics that deal with racial issues and feature racially diverse characters and creators. CBLDF hasn’t had to deal with overtly racist attacks...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Religion

September 28, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Religion

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics that depict diverse religions or have been banned and challenged for religious reasons. The First Amendment doesn’t just protect speech—it also guarantees freedom…

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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

September 27, 2016
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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

One of the key legal cases in CBLDF’s history is that of Mike Diana, who in 1994 was actually banned from drawing for three years after a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, convicted him of obscenity for his...

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TODAY: CBLDF Talks Censorship and Diversity in Portland and Las Vegas

September 27, 2016
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TODAY: CBLDF Talks Censorship and Diversity in Portland and Las Vegas

Banned Books Week has begun! The week-long celebration of the freedom to read runs through October 1, and you can learn more about year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada! Banned Books Week: Diversity Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. Powell’s City of...

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Author Shares Cautionary Tale of Censorship for Banned Books Week

September 27, 2016
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Author Gayle Pitman has seen first-hand how far censors will go to have a book pulled from their community after her own book, This Day in June, became a target in Hood County, Texas. Pitman shares her story and a cautionary tale of the effects of censorship for Banned Books Week on the...

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