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 ...

Ryan Matheson’s Personal Statement

March 15, 2012
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After being cleared of any wrongdoing, Ryan Matheson speaks out for the first time about the injustices he suffered at the hands of Canadian authorities because of the comics he had on his laptop. After the jump, he details the mistreatment he suffered in Canada and the profound trauma involved in defending himself against a…

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CBLDF’s Member Appreciation Events At WonderCon!

March 14, 2012
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CBLDF’s Member Appreciation Events At WonderCon!

This weekend the CBLDF is heading out to WonderCon in Anaheim, California, where we're offering two exclusive thank yous for new and returning members! Current members or members who sign up during the show get their choice of the CBLDF exclusive cover of Glory #23, signed by writer Joe Keatinge, or a signed Frank Quitely…

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GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party Benefits CBLDF

March 14, 2012
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GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party Benefits CBLDF

Gone to Amerikay, the new Vertigo original graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran, will have a book launch party, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. McCulloch and Doran will both be at Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City on March 30 from 6 to 8 pm, celebrating the release of their…

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PayPal Lifts Ban on Erotic Content

March 13, 2012
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After widespread protest from free speech advocates around the nation, including CBLDF, PayPal has rescinded its overly broad threat to suspend the accounts of e-book publishers that release erotic material featuring incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters). Early word of PayPal's revised policy was spread when e-book publisher Smashwords announced that they…

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Brandon Graham’s King City Supports CBLDF

March 13, 2012
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Brandon Graham’s King City Supports CBLDF

Brandon Graham is no stranger to boundary pushing comics. He cut his artistic teeth making experimental sex comics before going on to create his idea heavy works Prophet and King City. His groundbreaking collection King City just came out from Image, and he's supporting the Fund by providing signed & sketched bookplates to raise money…

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Smashwords Restores Content Policies

March 13, 2012
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Smashwords, one of the independent e-book publishers at the center of the PayPal erotic content censorship scandal, announced that they are returning their terms of service to what they were before PayPal sent letters threatening to close their account if they continued to sell certain types of erotic content. CBLDF was one of many free…

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This Week’s Doonesbury Strips Relocated or Scrapped by Several Newspapers

March 12, 2012
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If you usually read Gary B. Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip on the comics page of your local newspaper, you may find the latest strips moved to the op-ed page or missing entirely this week. This week's strips feature a young woman who visits an abortion clinic in Texas, a state that requires compulsory ultrasounds before…

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Forbes Contributor on Potential Reason for PayPal Erotica Ban: Credit Card Companies

March 12, 2012
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CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates in protest of PayPal's new policy regarding the sale of erotica, banning the sale of material that depicts incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, and bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters). Over the weekend, Suw Charman-Anderson with Forbes.com wrote a pair of articles about what many consider the real…

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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF & Neil Gaiman Thank Members With Exclusive Signed Poster!

March 9, 2012
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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF & Neil Gaiman Thank Members With Exclusive Signed Poster!

This weekend only, the first ten members to sign up for CBLDF membership at the $100 Advocate level or higher will receive "A Study In Emerald," a poster edition of Neil Gaiman's Hugo Award winning short story, illustrated by Jouni Koponen and signed by Neil Gaiman! You'll receive this special signed thank you gift in…

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NCAC Rebuts PayPal’s Response to Criticism of Erotica Policy

March 9, 2012
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In response to complaints from Free Speech organizations around the country -- including a protest letter signed by CBLDF -- Anuj Nayar, the Director of Communications for PayPal, blogged in defense of PayPal's erotic content policy. In their blog, the National Coalition Against Censorship, which was one of the original drafters of the letter that…

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VOLUNTEER WITH THE CBLDF!

March 9, 2012
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Are you local to the Anaheim/Los Angeles area? Do you want to go to WonderCon, and participate in something important while you are there? Have you always wanted an opportunity to volunteer for you favorite advocacy group? Now is your chance! March 15-18 the CBLDF will be at WonderCon, in Anaheim, California, and needs local…

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CBLDF Joins Free Speech Groups In Protesting PayPal Censorship

March 8, 2012
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Last week, we reported on PayPal's new policy regarding erotic content and their requirement that e-book publishers remove certain types of content -- incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters) -- or face deactivation of their accounts. In response, the American Book Sellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship…

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Pakistan Openly Advertises for Web Censorship System

March 8, 2012
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Free speech advocates are concerned over Pakistan's recent advertisement for companies to install a nation-wide Internet filtering system that could potentially block access to millions of Web domains. These advocates are apprehensive that this move by Pakistan may lead to broad governmental intervention and the censorship of political discourse in the country. Click through for…

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Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

March 7, 2012
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Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

If you live near the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, you might consider a trip to the special collections department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery for "All Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations Shall Be Eliminated: The Comics Code as seen through the UMBC Comics Collection." The exhibit is open to the public and…

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Four Charged for Plot to Attack Danish Paper that Printed Muhammad Cartoons

March 6, 2012
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In 2005, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten gained worldwide attention when it published a series of 12 editorial cartoons, several of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Depictions of Muhammad are forbidden by the Islamic faith, and the publication of the cartoons led to protests -- many of which became violent -- around the world. The Jyllands-Posten…

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