Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

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

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ecuadorian Artist’s Exhibit Censored by Government

May 16, 2016
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"Violencia de Genero en Ecuador" by Vilma Vargas

An art exhibit whose central theme is freedom of expression is facing a censorship attempt by the House of Ecuadorian Culture out of concern that it might become a “forum for opinion and political criticism.” Vilma Vargas has built a career out of producing political cartoons. For over 20 years, the Ecuadorian artist has tackled...

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Image to Publish CBLDF’s She Changed Comics

May 13, 2016
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Image to Publish CBLDF’s She Changed Comics

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will tell that story in SHE CHANGED COMICS, a full-color, 160-page book coming out...

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Be a Comic Defender with CBLDF in Minneapolis This Weekend!

May 13, 2016
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Be a Comic Defender with CBLDF in Minneapolis This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF is taking our fight for the right to read to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for MSP ComiCon! Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find us at booth ES6 with signed goodies to support our fight for the First Amendment! In addition to signed book, prints, and more,...

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A Rare Opportunity to Take Home a FRANK MILLER Original!

May 13, 2016
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A Rare Opportunity to Take Home a FRANK MILLER Original!

You now have the extremely rare chance to bid on an original piece of art by Frank Miller! In an auction that just launched via ComicLink, the original illustration features Batman, Robin, Joker, and Harley Quinn, and all proceeds from the auction will benefit CBLDF's fight for the right to read!

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Crime Comics (Still) Illegal in Canada

May 12, 2016
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Did you know that there’s a law on the Canadian books that can land the owner of comics that depict crime in jail? From contemporary crime to even your favorite superhero book, Global News’ Elton Hobson talks about one of the remaining enforceable vestiges of Canada’s own great comics scare of the 1940s and...

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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

May 12, 2016
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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

In a letter sent this week to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, PEN America and more than 120 writers and artists from around the world demanded the release of novelist Ahmed Naji, currently sentenced to ...

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CBLDF EXCLUSIVE: Garth Ennis Talks Comics and Censorship!

May 11, 2016
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CBLDF EXCLUSIVE: Garth Ennis Talks Comics and Censorship!

Sure, everyone is eagerly awaiting the debut of the TV adaptation of Garth Ennis’s seminal Vertigo comic, Preacher, on AMC (full disclosure: we’re pretty excited ourselves), but Ennis has a long history of boundary-pushing work in comics. He’s never been one to stifle his creative output,...

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Dynamite Entertainment and Humble Bundle Offer the Essential Garth Ennis Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

May 11, 2016
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Dynamite Entertainment and Humble Bundle Offer the Essential Garth Ennis Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

As the world awaits the premiere of the adaptation of Garth Ennis’ seminal Vertigo series, Preacher, on AMC, Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of the acclaimed writer’s work at the publisher. The promotion, featuring over 130 issues’ worth of trademark...

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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

May 11, 2016
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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

Like comics, movies have the power to incite controversy and motivate communities to protest. Index on Censorship recently looked at five films — a few of which are based on controversial books and graphic novels — that have inspired people to take action beyond the silver screen and have become “symbols of rights’ movements around...

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Utah Backs Down From Deadpool Censorship Attempt

May 10, 2016
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Threats of a continued lawsuit — and perhaps common sense — has led to a decision by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to not cite local theater Breviews for serving alcohol during screenings of Deadpool or other R-rated or less movies. Last month the Salt Lake City theater faced losing their liquor license as...

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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

May 10, 2016
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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

A Japanese court yesterday imposed a fine of 400,000 yen (about $3,667) on artist Megumi Igarashi for distributing 3D plans of her own genitals via the Internet. The plans were among the premiums in her crowdfunding campaign, which raised money for her project to construct a full-size “...

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Tom and Jerry Blamed for Violence in the Middle East

May 9, 2016
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A recent comment made by chairman of the Egyptian State Information Service, Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, blames the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom and Jerry for the alarming violence and extremism in the Middle East today. The cartoon, which was released in 1940, shows the never-ending escapades of Tom the cat trying to catch Jerry the…

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Eisner Grants Support Graphic Novels in Libraries

May 9, 2016
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Eisner Grants Support Graphic Novels in Libraries

Libraries in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Columbia, South Carolina, were recently chosen as the winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and administered...

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day With CBLDF!

May 6, 2016
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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day With CBLDF!

Tomorrow celebrate Free Comic Book Day with CBLDF! Pick up a copy of Defend Comics, an all-star, all-ages spectacular featuring the greatest in kid’s comics! The 2016 edition of CBLDF’s Defend Comics features a a cavalcade of great all-ages cartoonists! Sporting a colorful cover by Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins, Blankets), you’ll find...

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CBLDF Secures First Victory Against Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

May 6, 2016
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CBLDF Secures First Victory Against Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

CBLDF is among a group of booksellers and publishers who secured a preliminary injunction against a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any...

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