The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

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 ...

Maine LGBTQ Book Ban Fails!

September 18, 2018
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Maine LGBTQ Book Ban Fails!

Following a challenge by local religious leaders, Maine’s Rumford Library Board has voted unanimously to retain its Banned Books Week display, following a call to ban several LGBTQ books, including two graphic novels. CBLDF  was among the first to respond in support for the library, alongside National...

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CBLDF & NCAC Speak Out To Protect LGBT Books In Maine!

September 17, 2018
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CBLDF & NCAC Speak Out To Protect LGBT Books In Maine!

Comics Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship have joined together to speak out against the challenge Rumford Public Library is facing to their Banned Books Week display. Below is the statement released today by the organizations in...

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MAINE: Speak Up To Protect LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels From Ban Today

September 17, 2018
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MAINE: Speak Up To Protect LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels From Ban Today

  CBLDF has learned of an attempt to ban several books, including the LGBTQ themed graphic novels My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi and Queer: A Graphic History by Meg John-Barker and Julia Scheele from the Rumford Public Library in Maine. Locals supporting the books have...

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CBLDF at SPX This Weekend, September 15 & 16!

September 14, 2018
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CBLDF at SPX This Weekend, September 15 & 16!

Join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund this weekend at SPX and meet amazing indie comic creators at special signings! Roz Chast, Jules Feiffer, David Small and more! Plus you can snag pre-signed copies of favorite graphic novels as donation rewards or become a CBLDF member...

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Sandman: Overture, Death, Neverwhere, & More GNs Signed by Neil Gaiman Benefit CBLDF!

September 13, 2018
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Sandman: Overture, Death, Neverwhere, & More GNs Signed by Neil Gaiman Benefit CBLDF!

This week you can support CBLDF by donating to grab your favorite Neil Gaiman graphic novels, all signed by the author himself! Don’t miss out on the last few copies of Sandman: Overture Absolute Edition, signed by both Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III on an exclusive CBLDF tip-in bookplate!...

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SPX Announces GoFundMe to #Defend The 11

September 13, 2018
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SPX Announces GoFundMe to #Defend The 11

Following up on an announcement made last week, SPX has announced the launch of a GoFundMe campaign to support eleven members of the independent comics community fighting a defamation case. The full announcement follows: Last month, eleven members of the...

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Celebrate Banned Books Week At Your Library with Image Comics’ Library Livestreams

September 13, 2018
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Celebrate Banned Books Week At Your Library with Image Comics’ Library Livestreams

PORTLAND, OR, 09/13/2018 — Image Comics is celebrating 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 (East of West), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck,...

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Banned Spotlight on ALA’s Top 10 Challenged Books

September 12, 2018
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Banned Spotlight on ALA’s Top 10 Challenged Books

BannedBooksWeek.org is doing a series of articles spotlighting the ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 to lead up to this year’s Banned Books Week, September 23 – 29. In 2017, two comic books – Drama and Sex is...

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Banned Together Censorship Cabarets During Banned Books Week

September 11, 2018
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Banned Together Censorship Cabarets During Banned Books Week

Theater lovers can take part in the annual Banned Books Week activities this year by attending “censorship cabarets” comprised of songs and scenes from plays that have been challenged or banned in America. The shows, known as Banned Together were organized by Dramatists Legal Defense Fund...

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Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

September 10, 2018
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Egyptian Photojournalist Convicted of Murder for Covering Protests in 2013

On September 8th, 2018, photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was convicted for murder and membership in a terrorist organization after his arrest in August 2013 while “documenting the government’s violent dispersal of protesters at...

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Gear Up for Banned Books Week With New Handbooks, T-Shirts, Signed GNs, & More!

September 7, 2018
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Gear Up for Banned Books Week With New Handbooks, T-Shirts, Signed GNs, & More!

This week CBLDF is offering a ton of great print resources and gear for Banned Books Week! Donate today to grab a bundle of our brand-new resource, Read Banned Comics; “I Read Banned Comics” t-shirts; signed graphic novels all about...

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“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War

September 7, 2018
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“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War

“Censorship of the Worst Kind”: The Suppression of Blazing Combat During the Vietnam War by Brian M. Puaca In the summer of 1965, the United States was escalating its involvement in Vietnam in order to prevent the Communist North from conquering the non-Communist South. Casting doubt on America’s involvement...

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Support CBLDF at Rose City Comic Con!

September 7, 2018
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Support CBLDF at Rose City Comic Con!

RCCC 2018: FIND CBLDF AT BOOTH #507! You can support CBLDF this weekend at Rose City Comic Con! Come visit us at booth #507 September 7-9 to make a difference in our important work. You can grab some of our free publications, become a CBLDF...

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Get CBLDF’s Newest Publication, Read Banned Comics, for Free Today!

September 5, 2018
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Get CBLDF’s Newest Publication, Read Banned Comics, for Free Today!

Banned Books Week is happening September 23 – 29, and CBLDF is excited to release Read Banned Comics A Guide to Banned, Challenged, and Controversial Comics and Graphic Novels to help you get ready for all the festivities! When considering the vast number of books...

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Joshua Simmons Named “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law

September 4, 2018
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Joshua Simmons Named “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law

Joshua Simmons has been highlighted by Law360.com as one of the “Rising Stars” to watch in the legal field! Simmons, who has provided advice to CBLDF on a number of IP cases, is a partner at the prestigious law firm, Kirkland &...

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