Now Available: CBLDF Defender #8!

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 ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

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 ...

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 ...

State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

January 11, 2017
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State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

In 2014, South Carolina legislators displayed their utter disregard for academic freedom when they attempted to enact punitive budget cuts against two public institutions of higher education that utilized LGBTQ-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home–in...

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Announcing the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder Worldscape Presented by Paizo and Dynamite

January 11, 2017
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Announcing the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder Worldscape Presented by Paizo and Dynamite

In celebration of the launch of the “Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder Worldscape presented by Paizo and Dynamite,” Paizo, publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Dynamite Comics, publisher of best-selling comic book titles and properties, will host a live 10-hour Pathfinder and Starfinder gaming...

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Congressional Tug-of-War Over Art Contest Painting Continues

January 10, 2017
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Congressional Tug-of-War Over Art Contest Painting Continues

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California personally removed a student art contest painting from the wall of a U.S. Capitol office building late last week, claiming he was exercising his First Amendment right to express disapproval of the...

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Charlie Hebdo Two Years Later

January 9, 2017
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Charlie Hebdo Two Years Later

This past Saturday, January 7, marked the second anniversary of the attack that killed 12 people, including five well-known cartoonists, at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Below, we’ve brought together a few of the memorials, reflections, and critiques from around the Web. France remembers victims of Charlie Hebdo attacks 2 years...

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Facebook Blocks Anti-Racist Cartoon

January 9, 2017
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Facebook Blocks Anti-Racist Cartoon

An anti-racist cartoon by Austrian artist Manfred Deix has fallen prey to Facebook’s arbitrary enforcement of their content standards reports Variety. Over the weekend, the cartoon was blocked from the Manfred DEIX Forever Facebook page, and several users who took it upon themselves to repost the image...

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Start Your New Year with New Signed Books by Neil Gaiman, G. Willow Wilson, and More!

January 6, 2017
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Start Your New Year with New Signed Books by Neil Gaiman, G. Willow Wilson, and More!

Help CBLDF prepare for 2017 by getting yourself some excellent signed books to kick off the New Year! We have signed goodness from Neil Gaiman, G. Willow Wilson, Sarah Glidden, Raina Telgemeier and more, so treat yourself! We are currently offering copies of DC Universe by Neil Gaiman, The...

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Watch Manga Great Tsutomu Nihei at Work

January 6, 2017
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Watch Manga Great Tsutomu Nihei at Work

This week, Crunchyroll shared a video of manga great Tsutomu Nihei at work, drawing Tsumugi from his popular Knights of Sidonia series. Nihei recently teamed up with publisher Kodansha and Humble Bundle to offer the Humble Book Bundle: Science Fiction Manga by...

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CBLDF Joins Statement in Support of Simon & Schuster’s Right to Publish

January 6, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement in Support of Simon & Schuster’s Right to Publish

CBLDF and other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship this week issued a statement regarding calls to boycott all books from publisher Simon & Schuster after one of its imprints announced the upcoming release of a...

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Congressman Defends Student Art Contest Winner from Calls for Censorship

January 5, 2017
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Congressman Defends Student Art Contest Winner from Calls for Censorship

A Missouri Congressman is staunchly defending a police-brutality-themed painting by a high school student from his district, despite a Fox News commentator’s call for it to be removed from a corridor of the Congressional office building where...

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Pro-Life Poster Raises Free Speech Concerns in Indiana School

January 5, 2017
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In response to administrators’ order to remove a pro-life poster at a Carmel Clay School in Indiana, the National Coalition Against Censorship sent a letter to the superintendent and principal stating that the decision not only violates the First Amendment, but also compromises the overall educational environment at the school. The hand-painted poster designed by the...

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Facebook Censors Strike Again

January 4, 2017
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Facebook Censors Strike Again

Another image has fallen victim to Facebook’s arbitrary enforcement of its policy regarding nudity. This time, the image in question is a photo of the bronze statue of Neptune that resides in Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna, Italy. The mid-sixteenth century fountain designed by Flemish master Giambologna features the god Neptune in the nude,...

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Gene Yang: Building Bridges with Comics

January 3, 2017
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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Yang, acclaimed graphic novelist, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and MacArthur Fellowship award winner, sat down with PBS Newshour at Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, Virginia, to discuss how comics can help young readers embrace diversity and what coding and writing have in common. From critically acclaimed works like American Born...

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Print Magazine Includes She Changed Comics in Best of 2016!

January 2, 2017
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Print Magazine Includes She Changed Comics in Best of 2016!

CBLDF is thrilled and honored that She Changed Comics, our book collecting profiles of more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expression and expanded the comics artform, has been included on Print magazine’s list of the Best Graphic Novels and Books About...

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She Changed Comics, CBLDF Defender, & More Resources in 2016!

December 30, 2016
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She Changed Comics, CBLDF Defender, & More Resources in 2016!

In CBLDF’s ongoing mission to protect the freedom to read comics, we create several resource publications to combat misconceptions about the format. In 2016, we went bigger than ever, publishing She Changed Comics, four issues of CBLDF Defender, and much more to educate people about comics! She...

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John Lewis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression

December 30, 2016
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John Lewis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression

Hard on the heels of receiving the first-ever National Book Award for a comic, Congressman John Lewis will get yet another landmark honor in 2017: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Free Expression from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The annual Free Expression Awards...

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