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 ...

Is A Person’s Commercial Identity Inheritable? New Hampshire Legislature Says Yes, Governor Says No

June 22, 2012
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Is A Person’s Commercial Identity Inheritable? New Hampshire Legislature Says Yes, Governor Says No

On Wednesday, June 12, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed Senate Bill 175, which would have extended an individual's right to commercially control their own identity beyond their own death by making identity an inheritable commodity. As written, S.B. 175 states that "individuals who are domiciled in New Hampshire at the time of death retain…

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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

June 22, 2012
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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

The internet search engine Google has been subject to an "alarming" increase in requests to censor and block certain search results and content over the last six months of 2011, according to recent articles from the Huffington Post and The Washington Post. Blogger Justin Brown takes a look at the increase in censorship requests around…

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CBLDF Meets The Library World At The ALA Annual!

June 22, 2012
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CBLDF Meets The Library World At The ALA Annual!

This weekend, CBLDF President Larry Marder and Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be in Anaheim, California for the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The Fund will be set up on the Exhibit Hall floor handing out information about our work all weekend in Booth 786 in the Graphic Novel Pavilion! Come visit our table to…

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The CBLDF Hits North Carolina, Celebrates 30 years of HEROES CON!

June 20, 2012
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The CBLDF Hits North Carolina, Celebrates 30 years of HEROES CON!

by Alex Cox This weekend (June 22-24), CBLDF is excited to be attending HEROES CON 2012, joining an insane roster of writers, artists, and comic legends, all celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest regional shows in the comics world! Heroes Con is is a spectacular show; it is not only a labor…

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Facebook Removes Israeli Artist’s Cartoons

June 20, 2012
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Facebook Removes Israeli Artist’s Cartoons

According to an online journal covering Palestinian and Israeli affairs, Facebook removed cartoons against racism and capitalism drawn by Tel Aviv illustrator and animator Mysh, whose work often critiques the Israeli government. At least one of the images has since been re-uploaded, with an apology from the company. Click through for more on the story...

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Artistic Censorship Continues to Plague Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

June 19, 2012
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Artistic Censorship Continues to Plague Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

On the heels of Tunisia's Nessma television channel director Nabil Karoui being convicted of “disturbing public order” and “threatening public morals” for airing the animated cinematic adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis on his station last October, artistic censorship continues to plague Tunisian artists in the post-President Zine El Abdine Ben Ali era. In recent weeks,…

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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries Announced

June 19, 2012
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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries Announced

A new graphic novel award for libraries, named after format progenitor Will Eisner, will debut at this week’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. As reported in a post on The Beat, the three winning libraries “will each receive a selection of books nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, a $2,000…

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CBLDF Teams with NCAC and ABFFE in Defense of Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON

June 18, 2012
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CBLDF Teams with NCAC and ABFFE in Defense of Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON

Today, CBLDF joined forces with the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression to write a letter in defense of Alan Moore’s Neocomicon (Avatar Press), which has recently been challenged in the Greenville, South Carolina, public library system. Objections to Neonomicon were raised by a patron after her teenage daughter…

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Neil Gaiman Thanks CBLDF Supporters With New Auctions, Member Rewards!

June 15, 2012
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Neil Gaiman Thanks CBLDF Supporters With New Auctions, Member Rewards!

Neil Gaiman is showing his support for the CBLDF this week with the contribution of several items from his personal collection to raise money for our important education work! Starting this weekend, while supplies last, all donors who join the Fund at the $500 level will receive a copy of the hard to find Neverwear…

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CBLDF Heads to the Mile High City This Weekend!

June 15, 2012
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CBLDF Heads to the Mile High City This Weekend!

CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox is headed to Denver, Colorado, this weekend for the Denver Comic Con, a literary conference and convention at the Colorado Convention Center. He's excited to see the myriad of Free Speech supporters that populate the Rocky Mountain State and its neighbors. He'll have an array of signed graphic novels at…

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Manga Translator Acquitted of Child Pornography Charges In Swedish Supreme Court Ruling

June 15, 2012
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Swedish news outlet The Local reports that their Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of manga translator Simon Lundström on child pornography charges relating to manga files on his computer. The court's decision reflects the viewpoint of free speech advocates, including the CBLDF, that sexually explicit manga images are protected artistic expression and not child…

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Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON Challenged in South Carolina Library

June 14, 2012
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Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON Challenged in South Carolina Library

Neonomicon, the Bram-Stoker Award winning series from Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows, has been challenged at a library in Greenville, South Carolina. The book was shelved in the adult section of the library, which is generally restricted to minors unless they have parental permission. A 14-year-old girl who had permission from her mother checked…

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Media Coalition Counsel Michael Bamberger Wins Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award

June 14, 2012
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Media Coalition Counsel Michael Bamberger Wins Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award

Michael Bamberger, First Amendment attorney and counsel for the plaintiffs protesting Utah's H.B. 260, which would have curtailed constitutionally-protected speech online, is the recipient of 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. Bamberger is general counsel for the Media Coalition, which includes CBLDF. Click through for a look at his work in defense…

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Bodily Function Books Popular With Kids, Controversial With Parents

June 13, 2012
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Bodily Function Books Popular With Kids, Controversial With Parents

A Canadian research survey to gauge librarians’ reactions to youth literature dealing with bodily functions has found widespread acceptance of books such as Walter the Farting Dog, Everyone Poops, and Captain Underpants. Librarians report that the titles are enthusiastically embraced by many children, particularly boys and reluctant readers, but that discomfort on the part of…

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“In Our Mothers’ House” Restricted Access in Utah School District

June 12, 2012
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“In Our Mothers’ House” Restricted Access in Utah School District

With the President's recent open approval of same-sex marriage; a federal appeals court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (claiming it unconstitutional); the success of Life with Archie #16, featuring the marriage of a gay character; and Marvel and DC's inclusion of prominent storylines about gay characters, one may surmise it is easy for…

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