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 ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

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 ...

Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

August 18, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

Turkish-born cartoonist Dogan Güzel has been arrested in Istanbul along with more than 20 colleagues from the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which has also been shut down by government...

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Florida Parents Blame Books for “What’s Wrong with Children Today”

August 18, 2016
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Two parents in Nassau County, Florida, are not only calling for the ban of two popular teen books, Lauren Myracle’s TTYL and TTFN, from school libraries, but are also blaming the titles for “what’s wrong with children today.” According to Fox affiliate Action News Jax, Brook Todd and Billie Thrift, two parents who have children enrolled in...

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Dynamite Entertainment and Groupees Team Up For A Bundle of “Pure Dynamite” to Benefit CBLDF

August 17, 2016
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Dynamite Entertainment and Groupees Team Up For A Bundle of “Pure Dynamite” to Benefit CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment again partners with Groupees, the unique media and charity bundling site, to unleash a bundle of “Pure Dynamite,” featuring over 85 comics from this leading publisher! This Pay-What-You-Want bundle features books by top creators (including Tim Seeley, Kate Leth, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, David Walker, Fred Van Lente, Ande Parks, Leah Moore,...

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Illinois Enacts Law to Protect Student Journalists Rights

August 17, 2016
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Last month, New Jersey celebrated free speech with the consideration of a bill that will allow student journalists to exercise editorial control over content in school publications. Illinois is following suit with the passing of a law that grants students in their state the same power. The Speech Rights of Student Journalists act,...

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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

August 16, 2016
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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

A Jordanian writer turned himself in over the weekend to face charges of insulting Islam with a cartoon that he shared on Facebook intending to mock the worldview of ISIS fighters. Nahed Hattar, a controversial left-wing Christian columnist...

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CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

August 16, 2016
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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 little fancier, check out the...

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Kashmiri Protest Art Blinds Icons As Resistance

August 15, 2016
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Kashmiri Protest Art Blinds Icons As Resistance

Gandhi, Van Gogh, and Mona Lisa are peering out from bloodied bandaged eyes in new art by cartoonist Mir Suhail, who aims to raise awareness of the consequences of “non-lethal” pellet guns that are causing a wave of deaths, blindings, and mutilations among Kashmiri protestors. Suhail regards his images as a “means of resistance,”...

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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOC’s 8/15!

August 12, 2016
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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOC’s 8/15!

Retailers: Engage your community during Banned Books week with the 2016 edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! Stock up now — the Handbook FOC’s on Monday, August 15 (Diamond order code JUL161460)! This year’s Banned Books Week celebrates diversity, and this handbook gets you involved! Learn...

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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

August 12, 2016
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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

On July 25, authorities in the U.K. detained a Muslim citizen at an airport after a cabin crew member reported her for “suspicious activity.” That activity? Reading a book celebrating the freedom of expression in Syria. Faizah Shaheen was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when...

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A Brief History of Movie Censorship

August 12, 2016
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Film Approved

The 1950s may have saw the implementation of the Comics Code, which literally censored comics off the newsstand and all but destroyed the comics industry, but before that even some of the earliest forms of movie entertainment—the Nickelodeon and moveable theater—faced their own controversial censorship crusade. Once Upon a Screen looks back at...

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Senator Responds to NCAC Letter Opposed to Chesterfield Censorship

August 11, 2016
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Senator Responds to NCAC Letter Opposed to Chesterfield Censorship

In early August, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in defending several summer reading books that were challenged for “sexually explicit” content in Chesterfield County, Virginia. State Senator Amanda Chase, who has forced her way into the fray by suggesting the librarians who compiled the lists be fired and the books banned,...

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Gene Yang on “Reading Without Walls”

August 11, 2016
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Since being selected as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, comics creator Gene Luen Yang has hit the ground running, encouraging young readers to break out of their literary comfort zone to explore “Reading Without Walls.” In a recent interview with Education Week, Yang talks about the benefits and value to diversifying reading...

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Bone Celebrates 25th Anniversary

August 10, 2016
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Jeff Smith’s acclaimed, and sometimes controversial, comic series Bone celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. With the upcoming release of Bone: Coda, Playboy talks about the history of the series and Smith’s take on how the comic and graphic novel industry in general has evolved since Bone originally launched in 1991. Unlike today, when Bone first came...

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Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

August 9, 2016
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Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

Despite 27 years in exile, Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih has found a home: the internet. Like many cartoonists displaced by oppressive regimes, Albaih recognizes the power of the web as a tool for circumventing censorship, expressing dissent, and fomenting change. Albaih was born in Romania, where his father served as a Suadanese diplomat. His mother was...

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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

August 9, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spent years trying to crack down on free expression in the country. A failed July coup attempt heralded even more oppression, but much like previous attempts to stifle dissent, Turkey’s satirists are still finding ways to express themselves. Jonathan Guyer of the Institute of Current World Affairs was in Turkey...

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