Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

January 26, 2015
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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

Over the past several months, CBLDF has been the lucky beneficiary of several comics-themed Humble Bundles. Thanks to all the publishers, distributors, and readers who have chosen to share the proceeds with us! Don’t miss the latest package, the Humble Archie Comics Bundle, over here. Of...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

January 23, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

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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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal...

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Video Game Hotline Miami 2 Refused Rating, Banned from Australia

January 23, 2015
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The sequel in the popular top-down shooter series, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, has joined a list of other video games in Australia that have been refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board due to its depictions of extreme physical and an instance of sexual violence. Originally scheduled for release early this year...

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Now Hiring: CBLDF Development Manager!

January 22, 2015
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is seeking a fulltime Development Manager! The Development Manager works with CBLDF staff in the development and implementation of CBLDF’s fundraising program. They report to the Deputy Director with a focus on procurement and marketing of CBLDF fundraising premiums, including but not limited to maintaining the online donation center, online...

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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

January 22, 2015
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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

Nearly two months after a review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District decided not to ban Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain from classrooms, a parent has challenged another of the seven books that were temporarily suspended from...

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Humor as a Weapon Against Fear in Turkey

January 22, 2015
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“Humor is our weapon against fear.” These are the words that Zafer Aknar, managing editor of Leman, one of Turkey’s largest satire magazines, recently spoke regarding increased hostility towards Turkish journalists and cartoonists for the strong level of support they expressed in response to the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Although such sentiment continues to...

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Humble Bundle Announces First Ever Archie Comics Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

January 21, 2015
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Humble Bundle Announces First Ever Archie Comics Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

Archie Comics makes its Humble Bundle debut with some of today’s most talked about titles featured in the latest comic book bundle. In addition to being the home to some of the world’s most recognizable characters, Archie has reinvented itself in recent years with a wide...

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Superior School District Refuses to Pull Book from Classrooms

January 21, 2015
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With a recent 5-1 board vote rejecting a parent’s request to have the children’s book Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story removed from classrooms, the Superior, Wisconsin, School District has taken a strong stance against censorship — a stance that will hopefully inspire other schools and districts to not succumb to book...

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Jeff Smith to Headline Chicago FTRF Fundraiser

January 20, 2015
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Jeff Smith to Headline Chicago FTRF Fundraiser

Exciting news for Chicago-area residents, as well as librarians attending this month’s ALA Midwinter Meeting: Bone creator Jeff Smith will be the featured speaker at the Freedom To Read Foundation’s annual fundraiser on January 31! Join Smith, a CBLDF board member, and FTRF, an ALA-affiliated...

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On MLK Day, Explore Civil Rights and Black History Through Graphic Novels

January 19, 2015
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On MLK Day, Explore Civil Rights and Black History Through Graphic Novels

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For educators, librarians and parents looking for an accessible way to help young people explore the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of slavery in American history, we’ve gathered together some topical Using Graphic Novels in Education columns by Meryl Jaffe. ...

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Dynamic Forces CEO Nick Barrucci Offers Personal Art Collection to Benefit CBLDF

January 16, 2015
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Dynamic Forces CEO Nick Barrucci opens up some of his personal art collection to the public! One-of-a-kind, original pieces of comic book art from some of the industry’s top names including Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher! These pieces include pages from some of your favorite books including The Outsiders, The Punisher,...

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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

January 16, 2015
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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

While we’ve largely focused on the tragically relevant Charlie Hebdo attack and its global aftermath for much of the past week, the business of U.S. school boards has been marching on as well. We have a few updates from cases in which CBLDF joined with other...

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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

January 15, 2015
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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

As anyone who follows our news coverage likely knows, France is certainly not the only country where cartoonists regularly face threats to their livelihoods and even their personal safety. In the week since the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the chilling effect from both extremists and government officials on cartoonists around the world...

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Cartoonists Around the World Stand In Support of Charlie Hebdo

January 15, 2015
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The events at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week have incited many people around the world to speak out about the attacks and its implications on free speech. From advocacy groups like CBLDF, Index on Censorship, and PEN America to comics creators around the world, people have come together to mourn and show...

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