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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Toshio Maeda Signs & Personalizes Urotsukidoji to Benefit CBLDF!

December 1, 2016
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Toshio Maeda Signs & Personalizes Urotsukidoji to Benefit CBLDF!

Toshio Maeda, the creator of the genre defining hentai manga Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend will be signing and personalizing copies of the definitive English edition published by CBLDF’s newest corporate member FAKKU! This is an unprecedented opportunity to get a personalized autograph from one...

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FAKKU Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member!

December 1, 2016
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FAKKU Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund welcomes FAKKU!, the leading English language publisher and licensor of Japanese adult comics and animation as the organization’s newest corporate member. This month, FAKKU! is celebrating their second anniversary as a book publisher with the definitive English language release of Toshio...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Raising Concerns Over WA Daycare Program’s Ban on “Frightening Images”

December 1, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter to the Washington State Department of Early Learning expressing concern about a regulation that prevents childcare providers from selecting potentially “frightening books.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique...

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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

November 30, 2016
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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

A Cairo court on Saturday rejected author Ahmed Naji’s third appeal for release from prison, where he has now served 10 months of a two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in a...

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Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman Bring the Spirit of Protest With RESIST!

November 30, 2016
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Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman are exercising their right to free expression and making a call to RESIST! with a special issue of comics and illustrations geared towards the “political resistance to the forces of intolerance.” The art editor for The New Yorker and comics writer are teaming up with Gabe Fowler of Brooklyn,...

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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

November 30, 2016
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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

Wendy Campbell, the library director in the small town of Darby, Montana, who successfully organized a community discussion on Islam despite objections from some local residents, has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois’ School...

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“Comics Are For Everybody” This #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016
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“Comics Are For Everybody” This #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in proclaiming that Comics Are For Everybody! CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to legal action and education in defense of the First Amendment. Their work is more important than ever. Donors supporting the organization on...

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Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

November 28, 2016
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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 happening. This year, that took two forms: legal action and education. We struck down ...

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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

November 28, 2016
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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

It’s been an eventful weekend for Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist facing nine separate charges of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison. First, on Friday his new cartoon exhibit was stormed by an angry mob of government supporters displeased by his frequent criticism...

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DEFEND FREE SPEECH With New T-Shirt Available For Preorder Now

November 25, 2016
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DEFEND FREE SPEECH With New T-Shirt Available For Preorder Now

Proclaim your unwavering support for free expression and help CBLDF as we prepare for a busy 2017 by donating now to receive our newest t-shirt, “DEFEND FREE SPEECH!” This bold design makes a striking and direct statement about the importance of free expression. All proceeds will benefit...

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Zunar to Again Challenge Malaysia’s Sedition Act

November 25, 2016
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Zunar to Again Challenge Malaysia’s Sedition Act

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, currently facing nine separate sedition charges for statements he made on Twitter last year, announced yesterday that his latest challenge to the country’s Sedition Act will proceed on January 24, 2017. If the challenge fails and he is...

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Giving Thanks for the Freedom to Read!

November 24, 2016
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Giving Thanks for the Freedom to Read!

We’re grateful for the individuals, retailers, publishers, and creators who support CBLDF’s work in defense of the First Amendment. Because of your support, we were able to score a few key victories in the fight for free expression in 2016. Here’s a brief look at just a...

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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

November 23, 2016
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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

When the first draft of the self-imposed Comics Code was drawn up in 1954, virtually every clause directly addressed some point of criticism that had come up in that year’s Senate hearings, which probed for some causal link between comics and juvenile delinquency....

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MI University Editorial Explores the Impact of Banning Books on Millennials

November 23, 2016
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An editorial piece on Central Michigan University’s website reminds us of the detriments of banning books, adding a new spin that by doing so might propagate an isolated and less diversified intellectual culture amongst a new generation of tech-savvy youths. From seminal classics like Romeo and Juliet to modern works like Harry Potter and the...

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Raina Telgemeier and Vivek Tiwary Get Into The Spirit of Giving!

November 23, 2016
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Raina Telgemeier and Vivek Tiwary Get Into The Spirit of Giving!

Support CBLDF and give the best gifts this holiday season with signed & personalized books in CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser. This week, we’re thrilled to add Raina Telgemeier and Vivek Tiwary to the roster of incredible creators supporting CBLDF! They join Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan, G. Willow Wilson, Geoff Johns, Wendy & Richard Pini, Joe Hill,…

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