Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

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 ...

CBLDF Speaks Up for The Walking Dead in Idaho

July 2, 2019
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CBLDF Speaks Up for The Walking Dead in Idaho

Last week, CBLDF reported on the removal of the best-selling Walking Dead comics series from an Idaho school. The removal was not the entirety of the removal, as the administration asked students not to bring copies of the work into school to read on their...

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You’re Invited to San Diego’s Top Party!

July 2, 2019
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You’re Invited to San Diego’s Top Party!

COMIXOLOGY ORIGINALS PRESENTS:  THE CBLDF COMIC-CON WELCOME PARTY    Hosted by superstar British creators Tula Lotay & Jock With Special Guest DJ Kieron Gillen and friends.   ...

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Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

July 1, 2019
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Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

Editorial cartoonist, Michael de Adder, was let go from Canada’s Brunswick News Inc. (BNI), a group which controls all the major papers in his hometown, the day after a cartoon he drew that was critical of the American President went viral. The cartoon depicted the American...

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Check Out These LGBTQ+ Comics for Summer

June 28, 2019
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Check Out These LGBTQ+ Comics for Summer

To honor Pride Month, CBLDF aims to highlight resources and comics that celebrate LGBTQ+ characters, content, and creators. Each year the American Library Association releases a list of the most challenged and banned books and comics based on reported challenges, and the majority...

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Adding My Brother’s Husband to Your Library or Classroom

June 27, 2019
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Adding My Brother’s Husband to Your Library or Classroom

Gengoroh Tagame’s award-winning manga series My Brother’s Husband (Japanese: Otōto no Otto) has been hailed by critics and creators all over the world as a fascinating look at family, homophobia, cultural differences, and grief. Serialized in Japan from 2014 to 2017, the series was published in the U.S.,...

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Love & Rockets GNs Hand-Signed by Los Bros Hernandez Benefit CBLDF!

June 27, 2019
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Love & Rockets GNs Hand-Signed by Los Bros Hernandez Benefit CBLDF!

CBLDF is thrilled to offer our supporters an incredible selection of graphic novels from Love & Rockets creators Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez as a reward for your donations! We’ve got some excellent collections available, including: Children of Palomar HC, Luba HC, and The Troublemakers HC, signed by Gilbert Hernandez; plus Love Bunglers HC, Is This How You See Me? HC, and ...

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CBLDF Stands Up for PRIDE in Ohio Libraries!

June 26, 2019
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CBLDF Stands Up for PRIDE in Ohio Libraries!

In response to recent attacks and efforts to suppress Pride events in Ohio libraries, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Coalition Against Censorship, PEN America, National Council for Teachers of English, and ACLU of Ohio have...

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Idaho School Bans The Walking Dead Comics

June 25, 2019
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Idaho School Bans The Walking Dead Comics

A junior/senior high school in Idaho has banned The Walking Dead, and removed all copies of the graphic novel series from their library, despite the convened committee’s recommendation to retain the graphic novels. This school district’s ban extends to asking students to not bring other copies of the comic on to school grounds and plans to change...

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Parents! Raise a Reader This Summer!

June 24, 2019
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Parents! Raise a Reader This Summer!

Every parent worries about their children sliding in the summer, forgetting the valuable lessons they learned in school the previous year. But no one has the time or energy to spend their summer creating lessons and doing homework with...

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Support CBLDF With Kill or be Killed, Fatale & More Hand-Signed by Brubaker & Phillips!

June 21, 2019
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Support CBLDF With Kill or be Killed, Fatale & More Hand-Signed by Brubaker & Phillips!

This week CBLDF supporters have the chance to grab some incredible graphic novels signed by award-winning creative team Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips as a reward for your donations! We’re offering copies of Kill or be Killed Volume One TP, Fatale Volume One TP, The Fade Out Deluxe HC, Sleeper Volume One TP, and My...

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Victory for ACLU and Chokehold in AZ

June 20, 2019
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Victory for ACLU and Chokehold in AZ

The Arizona Department of Corrections decided to reverse its previous ban on Paul Butler’s autobiography, Chokehold: Policing Black Men after the ACLU threatened to sue. ACLU announced the decision on Twitter, and Butler also tweeted about the decision,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

June 19, 2019
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by...

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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along...

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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

June 18, 2019
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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

It started, as too many things do, with a children’s book that some people found offensive and ended with a piece of legislation called Clause 28 that made it illegal to “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as...

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CBLDF Elects David Steinberger To Board of Directors

June 17, 2019
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CBLDF Elects David Steinberger To Board of Directors

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome David Steinberger, Co-founder and CEO of comiXology, an Amazon Company, to its Board of Directors, where he will serve alongside other current officers: President Christina Merkler; Vice President Chris Powell; Treasurer Ted Adams; and Secretary Dale...

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