Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Events!

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Las Vegas, and Ohio! Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. • U.S. Bank Room – Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, ...

Now Available: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2016!

Banned Books Week is happening September 25 – October 1, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cove ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 ...

Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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!

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 ...

ACLU Sues Idaho Over Speech-Chilling Liquor Law

September 21, 2016
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ACLU Sues Idaho Over Speech-Chilling Liquor Law

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho regarding an antiquated law that bans “sexually suggestive art” in establishments that serve alcohol. A cinema in neighboring Utah filed suit over a similar law there in May after the state threatened...

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CBLDF Resources: Publications

September 20, 2016
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CBLDF Resources: Publications

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1, which means you still have time to plan your Banned Books Week event! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF resources, including our print and online publications! ...

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CBLDF Resources: CBLDF Comics Connector

September 19, 2016
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CBLDF Resources: CBLDF Comics Connector

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1, which means you still have time to plan your Banned Books Week event! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF resources, including the CBLDF Comics Connector! ...

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Support CBLDF and Gear Up For Banned Books Week!

September 16, 2016
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Support CBLDF and Gear Up For Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week begins next Sunday, September 25, and you can wear your support for free speech with some of our quality apparel! We are currently offering “I Read Banned Comics” t-shirts and Comics Code Authority pins and patches! We are also offering kits and bundles that include the...

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Teachers and Librarians Praise Benefits of Comics for Kids

September 16, 2016
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Teachers and Librarians Praise Benefits of Comics for Kids

With teachers and students across the country getting into the swing of the new school year, Publishers Weekly recently took an in-depth look at the seemingly endless advantages of incorporating comics into the K-12 curriculum,...

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D.C. Launches Banned Book Scavenger Hunt

September 16, 2016
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In celebration of this year’s Banned Book Week, the Washington D.C. public library system has organized a “UNCENSORED banned books” scavenger hunt and is encouraging readers to get out and find free copies of books that at one point or another had been hidden from the public eye. From banned classics like The Catcher in the...

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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF Has Signings, Debuts, and More in Store for SPX!

September 15, 2016
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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF Has Signings, Debuts, and More in Store for SPX!

This weekend, comics fans converge in Bethesda, Maryland, for the Small Press Expo, the annual celebration of independent comics and their creators! CBLDF will be on hand at table W84-87 with books and signings by Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns, Ben Hatke, and Faith Erin Hicks! CBLDF will have...

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The Oregonian on the Detriments of Banning Books

September 15, 2016
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In time for Banned Books Week, Steve Duin of The Oregonian talks about the problems with banning books and graphic novels and how, even in a day and age in which freedom of speech is celebrated, schools, libraries, and bookstores are still frontline defenders of the right to read. Take for instance a recent case in Duin’s...

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The Bust: Orange County’s War on Underground Comix

September 15, 2016
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The Bust: Orange County’s War on Underground Comix

Joyce Farmer walked into Fahrenheit 451 Bookstore & Art Gallery the morning of December 4, 1973, feeling confident. She carried with her several copies of her new underground comic book Pandora’s Box, fresh from the printer. Like Joyce’s earlier comics, this one was best described as “blatantly outrageous.” She and Lyn Chevli had outdone themselves...

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VICTORY in Chesterfield County: Challenged Books Remain in Middle School Libraries

September 14, 2016
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VICTORY in Chesterfield County: Challenged Books Remain in Middle School Libraries

In a victory for the freedom to read, a school district review committee in Chesterfield County, Virginia voted last week to keep three challenged books on middle school library shelves. A small faction of parents had publicly complained...

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Now Available: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2016!

September 14, 2016
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Banned Books Week is happening September 25 – October 1, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cover by Nate Powell, artist of Representative John...

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Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

September 14, 2016
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Defender #7

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship...

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Algerian Man Sentenced to Three Years for Religious Insult

September 13, 2016
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Algerian Man Sentenced to Three Years for Religious Insult

An Algerian appeals court last week sentenced 49-year-old Slimane Bouhafs to three years in prison for insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad on Facebook. One of the posts included a 2006 Charlie Hebdo cover which showed...

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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

September 13, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship condemning the boycott of an Ashland, Oregon, bookstore. The boycott resulted from the display of books that had been banned for racial reasons and was led by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which deemed the display...

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Facebook Blocks, Then Restores Famous Vietnam War Photo Due to Nudity

September 12, 2016
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Facebook Blocks, Then Restores Famous Vietnam War Photo Due to Nudity

In the face of international condemnation and ridicule, Facebook reversed course Friday after initially blocking one of the most famous war photographs of all time because it includes a nude minor. Taken by photographer Nick Ut, the Pulitzer...

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