The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

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...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! 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!...

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 ...

Ithaca Student Newspaper Lawsuit Dismissed After Decade Long Battle

November 21, 2014
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Recently, an almost decade long legal battle over censorship of a school newspaper came to disappointing end. Eight years ago, the editorial staff of Ithaca High School’s student newspaper, The Tattler, brought a censorship suit against the school district. The grounds for bringing the suit were that the publication guidelines imposed by the...

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Mingle with Comics Creators at CBLDF’s Holiday Comic Swap!

November 21, 2014
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Kick off the holiday season with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at our Holiday Comic Swap on Wednesday, December 3, at the Owl Farm in Park Slope, Brooklyn!  Creators Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape From Special), and Benjamin Marra (Blades & Lazers) will be...

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Danish Editor Reflects on Muhammad Cartoon Controversy in New Book

November 20, 2014
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Nearly a decade after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed 12 controversial cartoons on the theme of Islam and free expression, a book by the editor who commissioned the illustrations has finally made its way into print in the United States. Last week Flemming Rose, now the foreign editor at Jyllands-Posten, spoke to Michael Cavna...

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The SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive Adds Brandon Graham, Hip-Hop Family Tree, and More!

November 19, 2014
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It’s WEEK TWO of the SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive, and we have some very cool items to add to the campaign! Every week from now through December, CBLDF is proud to offer new exclusives, all benefiting the Fund! Last week included a ...

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Highland Park Requires Parental Permission for Classics

November 19, 2014
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Forging ahead with an ill-considered plan that drew criticism from the National Coalition Against Censorship (including CBLDF) and the American Library Association, the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District last week revealed some of the books that students now need parental permission to read. In addition to three books that were previously...

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Help Us Make Banned Books Week Better!

November 19, 2014
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Banned Books Week 2014 may be over, but we are already hard at work planning Banned Books Week 2015. And, we want to make it better than ever! We need your help to make this happen. We have created a short, 15-question survey, and we want to know your thoughts. Your input and feedback will…

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Blank Space Partners with CBLDF for Comics Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

November 18, 2014
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Blank Space, an Oslo visual art house that showcases work from emerging and established visual artists, is joining forces with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the common goal of reinforcing the idea that comics are a valid form of art. Blank Space will be hosting an exhibition in pursuit of this goal...

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A Full-Frontal Assault on Censorship: Zap Comix and the Underground Movement

November 17, 2014
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Before there were unified groups dedicated to protecting creators’ rights and their freedom of speech and expression, there was the underground comix movement. In response to the 1954 Senate Subcommittee hearings, which ruled comics to be garishly colored, morally devoid pulps spreading delinquency and degeneracy across America, a unique group of creators banded together...

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Jefferson County Students Thrown Out of Board Meeting

November 14, 2014
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In Jefferson County, Colorado, where the debate continues over a plan to review the AP U.S. History curriculum, about a dozen students were ejected from a school board meeting last week for civil disobedience tactics including reading passages from their textbook out loud. The irony, of course, is that members of the school board...

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Challenge to Jodi Picoult Book Struck Down in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2014
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Earlier this week, the Kennett Consolidated School District school board in Pennsylvania protected the freedom to read by voting 7 -1 to keep Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes on shelves in the high school library. Picoult’s widely-prasied book focuses on a school shooting and the events leading up to the shooting, including date rape and bullying. Nineteen Minutes…

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Malaysian Human Rights Group Supports Zunar

November 13, 2014
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Following yesterday’s news that Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar and several business associates are again under investigation by government authorities for sedition, the human rights organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) today issued a statement demanding an end to the “unrelenting harassment and persecution” he has suffered since the publication of his first book in...

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Zunar Assistants Arrested for Selling Cartoon Books

November 12, 2014
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Just over a month after a Malaysian appeals court lifted a ban on two of political cartoonist Zunar’s books, the artist and his employees are again facing harassment and intimidation from police. As the sensational trial of an opposition leader accused of sodomy...

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Diamond Leads Retail Membership Drive to Raise $70,000 for CBLDF!

November 12, 2014
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Diamond Comic Distributors and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) partnered to raise support and membership, resulting in over 440 comic book specialty retailers joining and renewing their memberships, raising a total of $70,750 towards the cause. Throughout the duration of the September 2014...

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Neil Gaiman, Frank Quitely, & Bill Gaines Exclusives Launch CBLDF’s SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Gift Drive!

November 12, 2014
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Give the best holiday gifts to the comics fan in your life and support CBLDF during the Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive!  Each week, CBLDF is offering donors a hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums all supporting the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! This week, CBLDF...

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CBLDF Urges Objectivity for Highland Park School Board

November 11, 2014
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As the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District continues to deal with parental complaints about certain books approved for classroom use, CBLDF yesterday joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and five other free speech organizations to send a letter urging the school board and superintendent to make decisions “based solely on sound educational grounds”...

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