Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

April 4, 2014
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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

Last Sunday, Washington Post readers might have been surprised to find a rerun of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip in the print edition of the paper. The paper decided to pull the strip over the use of one word: “midget.” In the strip, Rat and Goat discuss terms that were once acceptable, such…

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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

April 4, 2014
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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, today is a nation-wide day of...

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CBLDF Hosts Amazing Creators at MoCCA Arts Festival!

April 3, 2014
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CBLDF Hosts Amazing Creators at MoCCA Arts Festival!

This weekend, CBLDF will be exhibiting at the MoCCA Arts Festival, where we’ll be hosting signings with guests of honor Alison Bechdel, Robert Williams, Fiona Staples, and Howard Cruse. Running Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5, the MoCCA Arts Festival is presented by the Society of Illustrators...

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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

April 3, 2014
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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

When we heard on Tuesday that Reddit’s r/Books group was banning discussions of certain popular books, we knew better than to raise the alarm right away. The ban went into effect on April 1, after all, even though it was announced a few...

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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

April 2, 2014
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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsoring partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, an effort founded and supervised by the National Coalition Against Censorship as part of its Youth Free Expression Project. NCAC is currently seeking a new Program Associate to...

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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

April 2, 2014
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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

Continuing our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund makes the move into the AUDIO-SPHERE! Available streaming below or downloadable via iTunes, we’re delighted to introduce the CBLDF Podcast! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival...

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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Pretty in Ink and Bad Girls

March 31, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Pretty in Ink and Bad Girls

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Be a REAL HERO with CBLDF at ECCC!

March 28, 2014
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Be a REAL HERO with CBLDF at ECCC!

This weekend the CBLDF makes a return to one of our favorite shows of the year, Emerald City Comic Con. To celebrate this event, we have partnered once again with our friends at Image Comics to present an exclusive CBLDF Liberty Variant for their newest...

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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

March 28, 2014
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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

On April 4, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, April 4 is a...

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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

March 28, 2014
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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

In this day and age, you’d think that politicians would recognize that technology-savvy users will always find a way around attempts to ban popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Turkey’s attempt to block the latter certainly backfired, and cartoonists have been on the...

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NYC: Don’t Miss Paul Pope’s CBLDF Party This Saturday!

March 27, 2014
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NYC: Don’t Miss Paul Pope’s CBLDF Party This Saturday!

Saturday night, March 29, Paul Pope will unveil his new mural at Brooklyn’s The Diamond!  Pope will be on hand spinning a live DJ set, and will be joined on the steel wheels by Ted McGrath.  There’ll be a raffle to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund too,...

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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

March 27, 2014
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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

Until recently, most of us here at CBLDF could only claim to know State Senator Leland Yee of California as the man behind the law struck down by the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA. As of this week, however, the world knows Yee as one of the people arrested in a series...

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CBLDF Brings the REAL HEROES to Emerald City with Exclusive Variant!

March 26, 2014
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CBLDF Brings the REAL HEROES to Emerald City with Exclusive Variant!

This weekend the CBLDF makes a return to one of our favorite shows of the year, Emerald City Comic Con. To celebrate this event, we have partnered once again with our friends at Image Comics to present an exclusive CBLDF Liberty Variant for their newest...

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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

March 25, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

We’re slowly getting more details on last week’s news that Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen had been banned from yet another Japanese school district. According to major sources including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Izumisano City officials planned to return the...

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