Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the sixth issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings en ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

July 20, 2016
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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

Just over two months ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was freed from prison after her draconian prison sentence of 12 years and 9 months for mocking her country’s parliament in a cartoon was shortened to the 18 months she’d already served. Last week, she gave an exclusive...

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SDCC 2016: BPAL Launches New Scents at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party!

July 19, 2016
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SDCC 2016: BPAL Launches New Scents at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party!

This Thursday, all the cool kids will kick-off Comic-Con at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party. Along with goodies from sponsors Image Comics and comiXology, party goers will have the opportunity to take home all new fragrances from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! BPAL will unveil their Comics Code-inspired series,...

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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

July 19, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

For over a year, Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming (best known as Rebel Pepper) has been living in exile in Japan after landing in hot water with the Chinese government for his subversive and highly controversial cartoons. In a recent interview with Index on...

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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

July 18, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal....

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SDCC 2016: All Things CBLDF!

July 18, 2016
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Comic-Con kicks of Wednesday with Preview Night, and CBLDF is ready to rumble! Kick Comic-Con off is style at our Comic-Con Welcome Party, bid on original artwork at the Comic-Con Art Auction, catch a CBLDF panel every day of con, and take home awesome convention exclusives! You’ll find us at booth #1918 all week with signed...

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Cartoonists Discuss Taboos and Censorship in Italian Media

July 15, 2016
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Cartoonists Discuss Taboos and Censorship in Italian Media

At the Cartoon Movement website, more than 400 political cartoonists from around the world have the chance to share their work internationally and build a community across borders. After remarking what seemed a high proportion of Italians among the contributors’ ranks, the editors of the Cartoon Movement blog...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Autograph Sessions

July 15, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Autograph Sessions

CBLDF already has amazing signed premiums, but you can also come by booth #1918 to meet some of the spectacular creators who make your favorite comics and help us fight for the freedom to read! THURSDAY 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Jody Houser (Faith) FRIDAY ...

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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

July 14, 2016
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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

A Malaysian Member of Parliament is under investigation for sedition after he allegedly shared a cartoon that offended some members of the majority party on Facebook. After heated demonstrations against Nga Kor...

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SDCC 2016: The CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by IDW Publishing & San Diego Comic Art Gallery

July 14, 2016
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SDCC 2016: The CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by IDW Publishing & San Diego Comic Art Gallery

Join William Gibson, Gabriel Rodriguez, and IDW Publishing to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Auction, happening Saturday, July 23, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB. The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with keynote remarks by science fiction visionary William Gibson, whose IDW series Archangel launches at IDW Booth 743 during the...

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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

July 13, 2016
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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

Without a doubt, the current world hot spot for underground and experimental comics is the Middle East and North Africa–a fact that might surprise many Americans. From Egypt’s Tok Tok to Lebanon’s Samandal to Nadia Khiari’s radical cartoon cat Willis...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!

July 13, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Panels

July 13, 2016
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It’s time for Comic-Con, and that means it’s time for CBLDF to lay down some education with panels at both the convention center and the San Diego Central Library! Whether you’re looking for the latest censorship news, tips for using comics in education, information about censorship and the law, or the always exciting CBLDF Live...

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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

July 12, 2016
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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

A two-judge panel at the Madras High Court in India last week rejected petitions to ban author Perumal Murugan’s novel One Part Woman, which has been the target of public protests including a...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Exclusives and the Convention Survival Kit

July 11, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Exclusives and the Convention Survival Kit

Comic-Con 2016 is almost here! We’ve been busy at CBLDF HQ, and we’ve got something for your SDCC shopping list: CBLDF EXCLUSIVES! All proceeds from our exclusives benefit CBLDF’s important First Amendment work, so you aren’t just getting something cool and rare — you’re helping us continue the fight! Come by booth #1918 to pick...

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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

July 11, 2016
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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

In just the latest in a string of media clampdowns in Turkey, last week a reporter for Dicle News Agency was detained and questioned at a police checkpoint and for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with...

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