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 ...

1948: The Year Comics Met Their Match

June 8, 2012
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1948: The Year Comics Met Their Match

by Joe Sergi I was recently asked to join a Facebook Group called, “Comic Book Fans vs. a Bunch of Moms with Nothing Else Better To Do . . . ” This Group was created in response to the recent actions by the One Million Moms organization who are requesting that its supporters email Marvel…

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Manga and Anime Series Undergo Content Review in Tokyo

June 7, 2012
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In Tokyo, the Youth Healthy Development Ordinance prohibits the sale of publications containing material that is “sexually stimulating, encourages cruelty, and/or may compel suicide or criminal behavior” to people younger than 18. A 2011 amendment expanded the scope of the ordinance to include manga and anime with explicit depictions of children engaging in sexual acts.…

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Justice Stevens’ Solitary 2002 Objection to COPA Analyzed

June 7, 2012
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Justice Stevens’ Solitary 2002 Objection to COPA Analyzed

by Joe Izenman Solitary dissents in the U.S. Supreme Court can offer a fascinating look into the strongest beliefs of the high court’s individual justices. In a recent blog post, the First Amendment Center provides an overview and analysis of several such opinions in the history of first amendment law, including the failed first challenge…

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Baltimore’s Alliance Comics Sponsors CBLDF Awareness Day with Robert Venditti

June 6, 2012
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This Saturday, Alliance Comics is sponsoring a CBLDF Awareness Day with special guest X-O Manowar writer Robert Venditti! Venditti will be signing from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Baltimore store (904 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; 410-685-0021). CBLDF has teamed up with Alliance for an amazing raffle, including the following items: Several different limited…

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ACLU Ensures Access to LGBT Web Content in Schools

June 6, 2012
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As a recent article from CBLDF blogger Justin Brown reveals, draconian library filtering practices can restrict access to legitimate educational information. CBLDF has reported about and signed on against laws that would restrict Internet speech, often partnering with the ACLU in such cases. Reference librarian and CBLDF blogger Maren Williams describes how the ACLU has…

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TFAW Announces Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card and CBLDF Auction Event

June 5, 2012
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TFAW Announces Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card and CBLDF Auction Event

For the past three years, Things From Another World has played a pivotal role in collecting original artwork for CBLDF's annual Comic-Con International charity auction, helping the Fund raise more than $75,000 in the process. They're at it again this year, and they've already lined up some comics superstars to help raise money for our…

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TONIGHT! Meet Chip Kidd at CBLDF’s Book Expo Party!

June 5, 2012
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TONIGHT! Meet Chip Kidd at CBLDF’s Book Expo Party!

Celebrate free speech at this year's Book Expo by raising a toast to CHIP KIDD tonightin a benefit to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! A VIP cocktail reception starts at 7 PM. Kidd will present a behind-the-scenes look at creating this book, and all attendees will receive an extremely limited copy of BATMAN:…

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CBLDF Thanks Our Members At Wizard World Philadelphia!

June 1, 2012
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CBLDF Thanks Our Members At Wizard World Philadelphia!

by Alex Cox The CBLDF is excited to be returning to the great city of Philadelphia, for the first time in several years for Wizard World Philly! This historic city is one of the most important homes of American democracy, and we are proud to help continue the legacy of Free Speech and Free Expression…

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The Huffington Post Evaluates the Use of Ratings for YA Books

June 1, 2012
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by Soyini A. Hamit The academic journal Mass Communication and Society published an article in their May 18, 2012 issue about the frequent use of profanities in Young Adult (YA) books. One of the authors, Dr. Sarah Coyne, assistant professor at Brigham Young University, believes that a rating system should be in place so that…

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Pakistani Twitter Ban After Cartoon Contest Raises Concerns Over Country’s Commitment to Free Speech

May 31, 2012
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by Mark Bousquet A recent ban on Twitter by the Pakistani government highlights the growing conflict between conservative governments and dissatisfied citizens over the use of, and access to, social networking sites. On May 20, Pakistan blocked access to Twitter for part of the day, holding the social networking site responsible for an allegedly blasphemous…

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Florence v. Shurtleff – The What’s and Why’s in Plain Language

May 31, 2012
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Earlier this month, a ruling was handed down in Florence v. Shurtleff, a long-disputed internet censorship law that sought to require Utah's Attorney General to create a blacklist of websites containing "harmful-to-minors" materials, required ISPs to rate content, and included criminal penalties for violations. CBLDF was among the plaintiff group that challenged the law, which…

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Comics, Courts & Controversy: A Case Study of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

May 30, 2012
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Marc H. Greenberg, a professor at Golden Gate University's School of Law has published an extensive case study of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and its important work in the Loyola Entertainment Law Review. On the occasion of its publication, Professor Greenberg has prepared remarks about the article and the organization it supports exclusively…

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Access Denied: Library Filter Fail

May 30, 2012
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Access Denied: Library Filter Fail

While researching a story about role-playing-game censorship for CBLDF.org at his local library, CBLDF blog volunteer Justin Brown encountered the cold slap of censorship himself as the result of aggressive filtering software. Brown discusses his experience, and the heritage of filtering laws that requires libraries like his to deny access to content or risk losing…

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New Neil Gaiman & David Mack Print Debuts!

May 25, 2012
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New Neil Gaiman & David Mack Print Debuts!

The CBLDF is proud to offer our supporters an exciting new premium by Neil Gaiman & David Mack! This beautiful, exclusive print was contributed by our friends at Neverwear. Silk-screened in Austin, Texas these are the variant blue test run, created in very limited quantities prior to the standard edition grey run. Printed on a…

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Censorship, Consequences and the Creative Process

May 25, 2012
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by Christopher Schiller Throughout the history of comics there are many brave examples of artists tackling controversial subject matter, which has been fodder for many stellar, ground breaking works. Often the tension of controversy is required to have a conversation of great substance with the audience. But there are those who attempt and often succeed…

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