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 ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

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 ...

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 ...

Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

April 19, 2019
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Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

Earlier this year, two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District in New Jersey restricted access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home against their own policies. The restriction was overturned at the end of February after CBLDF, co-sponsors of National Coalition...

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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

April 19, 2019
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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

Though CBLDF has Case Studies of challenges and bans of comics that go back over twenty years, when it comes to the graphic novels being challenged in quantity, it’s a far more recent affair. This year’s ALA list of most frequently challenged and banned...

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Speakers Announced For CBLDF’s Teaching Comic Books Conference!

April 18, 2019
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Speakers Announced For CBLDF’s Teaching Comic Books Conference!

Join leading teachers, librarians and authors for Teaching Comic Books, a one-day conference presented by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on April 27!  TCB:PDX explores the values, challenges, and benefits of teaching with comics with important panels including...

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Avengers: Endgame Is Here! Celebrate & Support CBLDF With These Great Signed Marvel Books!

April 18, 2019
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Avengers: Endgame Is Here! Celebrate & Support CBLDF With These Great Signed Marvel Books!

This week CBLDF is proud to celebrate the final chapter in the Marvel Infinity Saga phase with Avengers: Endgame! We have some great donation incentives for any Avengers fan, all signed by their incredible artists & creators!  Choose from a great selection of signed Marvel books including: Infinity Omnibus HC, signed by Jim Starlin or Jonathan Hickman; ...

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Imprisoned Journalists and Comic Strip Alum Among Pulitzer Winners

April 17, 2019
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Imprisoned Journalists and Comic Strip Alum Among Pulitzer Winners

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes winners have been announced, and among the many talented journalists, photographers, authors, and musicians, were Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – the two Reuter’s journalists imprisoned for supposedly violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act while investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims. Darrin Bell, a talented cartoonist with two nationally...

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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

April 16, 2019
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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

The ACLU is working to reverse a new policy in a Georgia prison that severely limits inmates access to books and publications, by only allowing them to choose from what is available on the book...

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In Their Own Words – Banned Books Edition

April 15, 2019
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In Their Own Words – Banned Books Edition

Last week American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced their annual list detail the most frequently challenged and banned books based on those reported throughout the previous year. Here’s some of the responses from the creators whose work was named the most frequently challenged or banned. Click here to see the...

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WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

April 15, 2019
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WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) reversed its decision to ban book donations from nonprofits after outcry from the public and local lawmakers, including WA Governor Jay Inslee, voiced questions about the...

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Start Planning Banned Books Week with CBLDF!

April 12, 2019
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Start Planning Banned Books Week with CBLDF!

Earlier this week the theme for September’s Banned Books Week was announced following the ALA’s annual Most Frequently Challenged and Banned List, demonstrating the importance for censorship awareness. It’s as crucial this year as ever to plan events to educate, entertain, and...

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Join CBLDF for One Day Intensive – Teaching Comic Books

April 12, 2019
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Join CBLDF for One Day Intensive – Teaching Comic Books

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to present Teaching Comic Books, a one day conference created in collaboration with Portland State University Comics Studies and Portland Comic Book Month. TCB:PDX gathers leading expert educators, librarians, advocates, and creators for an...

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Brand-New Paper Girls HC Signed by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang Benefits CBLDF!

April 11, 2019
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Brand-New Paper Girls HC Signed by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang Benefits CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is excited to offer donors the brand-new Paper Girls Volume Two Hardcover, signed by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang to benefit CBLDF! You can donate today to grab the latest edition of the award-winning series, collecting issues #11-20, and signed by its creative team! We’re also offering: our Paper Girls x CBLDF Exclusive Pin Set;  Paper...

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Cartoonists Rights Group Honored by 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards

April 11, 2019
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Cartoonists Rights Group Honored by 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards

Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) was among those chosen for the 2019 Freedom of Expression Awards. Index on Censorship is a nonprofit that annually offers the awards to groups and individuals who fight censorship around the world. Honorees are granted entrance to Index on Censorship’s...

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Banned Books Week Coalition Asks Advocates to “Keep the Light On”

April 10, 2019
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Banned Books Week Coalition Asks Advocates to “Keep the Light On”

Banned Books Week Coalition (BBWC), of which Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a proud member, has announced the theme for 2019, “Censorship Leaves Us In The Dark.” Banned Books Week will take place from...

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Free Webinars for Educators and Librarians Center Around Comics

April 9, 2019
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Free Webinars for Educators and Librarians Center Around Comics

American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is hosting free webinars focused on information about comics and manga for education. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th is a webinar titled, Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into...

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Drama and This One Summer Named in Top 11 Most Frequently Challenged and Banned

April 8, 2019
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Drama and This One Summer Named in Top 11 Most Frequently Challenged and Banned

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF) released their annual list of most frequently challenged and and banned books of 2018 and both Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, and This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki are included in the Top 11. This...

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