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Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today!

We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our field, and we need your support! Your contributions help us defend creators, readers, and retailers facing prosecutions, educators facing disciplinary action and censorship, and communities in need of legal aid. We’ll do all of this work and even more to ensure that the First Amendment remains intact no matter what challenges occur this year. Your membership in CBLDF makes that possible!

Your support will help us do the important work needed to protect the right to read! You’ll also receive incredible thank-you gifts featuring the art of acclaimed creator Mike Allred, including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and other premiums that will show the world you proudly support the right to read! Most importantly, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you’re helping make a difference to protect the comics community’s First Amendment rights.

From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and librarians in censorship crises, CBLDF is on the case. Our efforts in the courts helped prevent unconstitutional laws from taking effect, while our advocacy speaks powerfully for the rights of our community. We have membership plans for donors in every budget, each with its own premiums and benefits, and all of them are tax-deductible. Of course, the number one benefit of membership is peace of mind. You’ll know that there’s someone at the other end of the phone when a reader’s freedom to read is attacked, a retailer gets busted, a graphic novel is challenged in libraries, an artist is brought up on charges — all for exercising their First Amendment rights! Become a member of CBLDF, and help preserve comics as a vital medium for this century!

These extraordinary times require vigilance. CBLDF is ready to fight for the First Amendment. Please support our important work by joining the Fund today!

Here’s How Your Donation Will Be Used:

CBLDF takes your support seriously, striving to make the most prudent and responsible use of contributions. Here’s a snapshot of how your donations are used to support our fight for the right to read: CBLDF_Infographic_2015_web

Here’s what you get for joining CBLDF:

2018 Member — $100

This standard level for membership includes the CBLDF membership card, and an Exclusive Members-Only T-Shirt, featuring the art of superstar cartoonist Mike Allred! This unisex shirt is printed on organic cotton, and is available only to CBLDF members. Members joining at this level will also receive a Button Assortment, Sticker Pack, Pocket Sketchbook, plus an Exclusive Print featuring this year’s Member Card Art!

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2018 Associate Member — $30

As a CBLDF Associate Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF Membership card. This sturdy, plastic card fits easily in a wallet and provides special access to CBLDF events across the country. This year’s card features art by superstar cartoonist Mike Allred!

2018 Supporter Member — $50

As a CBLDF Supporter Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF Membership cardSupporter Members also receive a Button Assortment, Sticker Pack, and Pocket Sketchbook!

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2018 Defender Member — $250

As a Defender Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF Membership card, Exclusive Members-Only T-ShirtButton Assortment, Sticker Pack, and Pocket Sketchbook. Defender Members will also receive an Exclusive Print Signed by Mike & Laura Allred, an Exclusive Coffee Mug, and a Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt, all featuring this year’s Member Card Art! 

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2018 Protector Member — $500

As a Protector Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF Membership card, Exclusive Members-Only T-ShirtButton Assortment, Sticker Pack, Pocket Sketchbook, plus an Exclusive Print Signed by Mike & Laura Allred, an Exclusive Coffee Mug, and a Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt, all featuring this year’s Member Card Art! Protector Members will also receive the CBLDF Exclusive Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown Hardcover, in deluxe Challengers purple and silver!

2018 Champion Member — $1,000

As a Champion Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF Membership card, Exclusive Members-Only T-ShirtButton Assortment, Sticker Pack, Pocket Sketchbook, plus an Exclusive Print Signed by Mike & Laura Allred, an Exclusive Coffee Mug, and a Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt, all featuring this year’s Member Card Art! Champion Members will also receive the CBLDF Exclusive Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown Hardcover, in deluxe Challengers purple and silver, and a Members-Only Messenger Bag!1000mbership

2018 Guardian Member — $2,500

As a Guardian Member, you will receive the premiums exclusive to all other levels, as well as special recognition in select publications throughout 2019!

Membership also includes a member-exclusive rate (or complimentary at every membership level above Defender) for a subscription to the CBLDF Defender, a quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features that tell the story of the people fighting for the freedom to read!

Retail Membership

CBLDFretailmember Independent comic book, manga, and book retailers are a vital part of today’s comic book culture. Unfortunately, they are also often the first to be attacked when censorship rears its ugly head. Since CBLDF was founded in 1986, retailers have been among the Fund’s strongest supporters, and retailers perform a valuable service by providing comics to their local communities and educating consumers. They’re also among the first to support their brethren when they come under attack, and many are doing so as Retailer Members of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Sign up your store to be a member! Join the Fund today and receive special rewards that tell your customers you’re fighting the good fight. You’ll get exclusive comics, signed prints, and more as a thank you for your support! All stores joining receive:

  • a CBLDF window cling
  • Annual Variant Set, and assorted educational publications as supplies last
  • a CBLDF donation can
  • a CBLDF membership card

The levels for Retailer Membership are as follows: $100: Retailer Advocate $250: Retailer Defender $500: Retailer Protector $1,000: Retailer Champion

Corporate Membership

If you’re a leader in the graphic novel industry, then you should be a corporate member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. CBLDF’s corporate members recognize that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of our business, and their efforts support CBLDF’s important work to protect those rights for the comic book, manga, and graphic novel industries. Corporate members are listed on the CBLDF website, in all of our publications, and on event signage. They also have first access to partnership opportunities throughout the year. To learn more about the benefits of Corporate Membership, please contact Executive Director Charles Brownstein at Charles.Brownstein@cbldf.org.

Already a Member? Here’s how you can help:

Make a Cash Donation

You can make a cash donation online via the CBLDF Rewards Zone here. You can also make one-time or recurring donations by visiting CBLDF on PayPal here.

Visit the CBLDF Rewards Zone

CBLDF offers a variety of signed books, exclusive prints, branded premiums, and much more to thank you for your donation. Visit the CBLDF Rewards Zone here to check out the amazing items we have up for grabs!

Find CBLDF on eBay!

Looking for something extra special? Check us out on eBay here, where we have rare and exclusive signed books, posters, sketches, and more up for bid. You won’t find many of these items anywhere else! CBLDF is classified as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, and donations are tax-deductible in the year they are given. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the full extent to which your donation is deductible.