SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

May 15, 2015
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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

City officials in San Bernardino, California, last week agreed to restore a painting of a nude fairy to its place in a public library exhibit after the National Coalition Against Censorship said its removal raised “serious constitutional concerns.” The painting by Rose Loya, called “Free Spirit Fairy,” is part of an exhibit from the Inland…

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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

May 14, 2015
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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

In the tumultuous years since the US-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically for everyone–including political cartoonists. In a recent interview from the online magazine Sampsonia Way, cartoonist Saad Murtadha discussed what’s changed, the difficulties he still faces, and his vision for the...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Joins Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

May 14, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Joins Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

Today, CBLDF is proud to announce that CBLDF Executive Director Charles Bownstein has been elected to a two-year term on the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Board of Trustees! FTRF “is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association....

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

May 14, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our education and history programs? CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING INTO ACTION and become a member of CBLDF today so we can do more work like this: The Comics...

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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

May 13, 2015
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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

Just over a week before Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition is slated to begin, a Malaysian court yesterday allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to move forward with a separate effort to ban two of his cartoon books which have been unbanned only since October 2014. Last year’s decision by a three-judge Court...

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LAST DAY: Support CBLDF with Humble Kids Comics Bundle!

May 13, 2015
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LAST DAY: Support CBLDF with Humble Kids Comics Bundle!

Children’s Book Week may have ended, but you still have time to get amazing digital kids comics from Humble Bundle! You need to act now, though, because the Humble Kids Comics Bundle ends TODAY at 11:00 a.m. PDT! The Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting...

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Michigan Town Moves “Orgy” Sculpture

May 12, 2015
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After receiving numerous complaints about a city-approved unity sculpture, local officials in the small town of Adrian Michigan have decided to move the piece to a less visible park in an attempt to curb controversy. The sculpture in question is Mark Chatterley’s piece entitled “Blue Human Condition,” which was unveiled in late April at Adrian…

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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

May 12, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

This week, SPRING INTO ACTION by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Donors joining this week will receive special thank you premiums that support CBLDF’s historical research and presentations, including a Skype visit with Fred Van Lente! All new and renewing members signing...

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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

May 11, 2015
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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

A Turkish newspaper columnist wrote last week that the state-run television broadcaster cancelled the popular children’s cartoon Pepee in 2013 because the main character proclaimed to his young audience that “theft, slander and lying are bad.” Some within then-Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s...

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“Don’t Shoot” Painting Incites Controversy from Police Advocacy Groups in Madison, WI

May 11, 2015
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Don't Shoot Art

The Madison, Wisconsin, Public Library faced backlash recently from police advocacy groups for their display of a controversial painting depicting the image of three riot police pointing their guns at a small, toy-gun wielding African-American child. The piece, entitled “Don’t Shoot,” by artist Mike Lroy is part of a larger collection of pieces displayed in…

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Muslims, Charlie Hebdo Counter Geller’s Divisive Narrative

May 8, 2015
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Muslims, Charlie Hebdo Counter Geller’s Divisive Narrative

In the days since two gunmen targeted a conference and Muhammad cartoon contest organized by anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller in Garland, Texas, many Americans have been forced to grapple with what it means to support free speech for all — even those...

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CBLDF Joins NCAC Response to Charlie Hebdo PEN America Award Controversy

May 8, 2015
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CBLDF Joins NCAC Response to Charlie Hebdo PEN America Award Controversy

Dozens of authors have registered their protest of PEN American Center’s presentation of its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo staff. In response, the National Coalition Against Censorship issued a statement — which CBLDF signed — doubling down on their support of Charlie Hebdo’s right to free expression. In the wake of the…

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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in High School

May 8, 2015
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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in High School

Happy Children’s Book Week! The 2015 edition of Children’s Book Week launched on Saturday on Free Comic Book Day, and now that kids around the country have gotten a taste of comics, we want to recommend a few more! In this edition of CBLDF’s week-long feature, we have some suggestions for readers in Grades...

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San Francisco Celebrates Ron Turner Day in Style

May 7, 2015
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San Francisco Celebrates Ron Turner Day in Style

Underground comix legend and Last Gasp founder Ron Turner got some well-deserved recognition from his home city of San Francisco this week, as the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum presented him their annual Sparky Award which “celebrates the significant...

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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Resources for Educators and Librarians

May 7, 2015
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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Resources for Educators and Librarians

In addition to our daily posts recommending kids’ comics by age group to celebrate Children’s Book Week, don’t forget our resources to help educators and librarians hone their comics expertise! Comics Connector CBLDF’s Comics Connector is a directory resource that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors...

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