CBLDF’s 2019 Annual Report Shows How Critical Your Help Is!

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2019 and through it all, thanks to the support of donors like you, CBLDF stood proudly at the front lines and fought to protect the voices of our community this year. From providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to important books a ...

Webinars

CBLDF’s webinar series is intended to provide practical advice, strategies, and resources to help educators and librarians include comics-based curriculum and programming into their classrooms and libraries and to help comics retailers better serve their communities.  Below you will find desc ...

Support CBLDF With Everything You Buy This Holiday Season!

    There’s an easy way to fight for free expression with (almost) everything you buy online this holiday season: designate CBLDF for your Amazon Smile donations! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, a nonprofit of your choosing will get a portion of the proceeds, so you can buy the ...

2019 Comics in Education Survey

Portland, Oregon 10/2/2019 — Results of a survey released today by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s leading voice for free speech advocacy and education, offers concrete evidence of what has been long been believed true but unverified: teachers and students are embracing comics as v ...

Selling Comics Available Today!

  The much-anticipated Selling Comics is finally here! Brought to you from CBLDF and Dark Horse, this is the guide for those interested in, starting out, or looking for community in the comics retailer community. Grab yours today from CBLDF (and then go register for new retailer webinars)! Edit ...

Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

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 ...

CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

January 28, 2020
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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

CBLDF has joined with other free expression organizations to speak out against Missouri House Bill 2044, as it stands in opposition to rights granted to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment and any perceived merit is redundant with existing legislation. The bill, written and...

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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

January 28, 2020
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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

A few parents are clutching their pearls in West Palm Beach, Florida as they try to get Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion banned from the district. Recently, the angry group of parents approached the school board for Palm Beach Central High School in...

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Nell Brinkley, “Queen of Comics” to Join Comics Hall of Fame

January 27, 2020
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Nell Brinkley, “Queen of Comics” to Join Comics Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International announced the inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2020 will include pre-Code “Queen of Comics” Nell Brinkley and cartoonist/illustrator E. Simms Campbell (Esquire, Life, Judge, Playboy, and more). Brinkly is profiled in CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics, and...

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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

January 24, 2020
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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

Attacks on comics, books, programming, and displays continue to fill the news. A wealthy school district in Virginia is facing a coordinated attack against 80 new diverse books. There is proposed legislation in Missouri aimed at eliminating Drag Queen Story Hour that would land librarians in jail for lending an “age-inappropriate” book. And that’s our...

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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

January 23, 2020
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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

Popular author Jason Reynolds has been announced as the Library of Congress’ newest ambassador for young people’s literature. This honored position is a two year post presented to an exceptional author who will work to increase literacy and engagement with YA readers. Past ambassadors include Jacqueline Woodson,...

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Fight Identity Censorship with CBLDF

January 22, 2020
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With the increase in challenges and bans to diverse comics, books, programming, and displays it is becoming important to go beyond just choosing titles that reflect the community to now ensuring those choices are protected. CBLDF offers a huge selection of free resources to fight identity censorship. Whether you need a guide to adding a...

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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

January 21, 2020
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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

Last week CBLDF reported on House Bill 2044 in Missouri which threatens fines, jail, & loss of funding for libraries that give “age-inappropriate” books to kids. We speculated possible reasons that Representative Ben Baker came up with the bill, but he recently admitted...

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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

January 20, 2020
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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in April of 2018, but is being reposted now in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those interested in reading comics about The Civil Rights Movement, check out CBLDF’s Using Graphic...

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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

January 17, 2020
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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

Despite a targeted campaign against LGBTQ+ literature in one of the wealthiest school districts in America, Loudoun School Board in Virginia has voted to retain two of the diverse titles they set out to include at the beginning of...

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Matt Wagner Creates CBLDF 2020 Member Art!

January 17, 2020
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Matt Wagner Creates CBLDF 2020 Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning creator and CBLDF supporter Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! Make the leap into 2020 with brand-new CBLDF members-only gear, including: an exclusive membership card; pen & notebook set; embroidered patch; t-shirt; Comics Code hoodie; and more!

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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

January 16, 2020
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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

House Bill 2044 Threatens Fines, Jail, & Loss of Funding to Libraries that Give “Age-Inappropriate” Books to Kids Missouri House Representative Ben Baker has proposed a dangerous library oversight bill that could result in librarians being fined or even...

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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

January 15, 2020
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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

Martin Luther King Jr Day is more than a day off. It’s a chance for teachers of History, English, Art, Social Studies, etc. to showcase the principles of tolerance, justice, human rights, and the importance of the First Amendment’s Right to Protest. One of the amazing things about comics is that they fit into lessons...

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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

January 14, 2020
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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

  There’s still time to join CBLDF’S Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge. It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. But this year we’v gone one step further and...

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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

January 10, 2020
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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

The Florida Citizens Alliance is escalating tactics again seemingly in response to the lack of book challenges and bans in their home state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, FCA is encouraging the state’s Attorney General to prosecute schools that give obscene materials to children which...

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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

January 8, 2020
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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

It is undisputed that David Bowie was an avid reader. He published a list of his Top 100 books, he famously took traveling bookcases with him on tour and to movie sets, he credited books for inspiration in songwriting, and even posed for the American Library Association reading campaign poster in the 80s. It’s a...

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