Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

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...

Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

September 12, 2014
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Absolutely True Diary Restricted in Brunswick County Schools

One North Carolina woman’s months-long crusade against Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian culminated this week with a disappointing compromise: the book will remain in Brunswick County middle school libraries, but will be kept behind the counter where only students with...

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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

September 12, 2014
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Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

About four months after Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were challenged as reading assignments for Advanced Placement English at a high school in Wendell, North Carolina, we learned this week that Morrison’s novel was ultimately banned from the...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amulet

September 12, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amulet

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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Jules Feiffer, Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll & More Sign For CBLDF at SPX!

September 11, 2014
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Jules Feiffer, Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll & More Sign For CBLDF at SPX!

This weekend, CBLDF is heading to SPX 2014, America’s premiere literary and arts comics festival. The festival, which is held in part to benefit the CBLDF, kicks off on Saturday morning and runs a stellar exhibit hall and programming schedule through Sunday, spotlighting the best...

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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

September 11, 2014
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Retail Orders for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 Due Next Week!

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted 48 pages of thrilling adventure, powerful drama, and gut-busting hilarity that...

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Brandon Graham Makes SPX Sketch Book & NYC Event For CBLDF!

September 11, 2014
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Brandon Graham Makes SPX Sketch Book & NYC Event For CBLDF!

Brandon Graham, the acclaimed cartoonist of the highly influential graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, and the driving force behind the genre-bending science fiction series Prophet is benefiting CBLDF in September with signings and an all-new sketchbook premiering at SPX, and a lecture...

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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

September 11, 2014
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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

After a Florida teen last week attempted to murder her mother and younger brother by setting the family home on fire, authorities and local media are scrutinizing her preferred reading–namely online Slender Man fic and Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series Soul Eater. Perhaps unsurprisingly,...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 6: Comics in Education, Live from NYCC!

September 10, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 6: Comics in Education, Live from NYCC!

In this episode, we present a live panel from New York Comic Con 2013, featuring a “Who’s Who” in All-Ages Graphic Novels. The panel is a roundtable on using Comics in the Classroom, and we hear from (among others) author and educator Meryl Jaffe, author...

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Join Scott McCloud and Larry Marder in San Diego for Banned Books Week!

September 9, 2014
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Join Scott McCloud and Larry Marder in San Diego for Banned Books Week!

Beware of Comics! –  A Banned Books Week Conversation with Scott McCloud & Larry Marder DANGER! Comics are still risky business, with contents so shocking that they’re being banned all over the United States! On Thursday, September 25, celebrate Banned Books Week at Beware...

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ALA Workshop to Cover Graphic Novels in Libraries

September 8, 2014
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ALA Workshop to Cover Graphic Novels in Libraries

This Wednesday, the American Library Association is offering a great opportunity for librarians who are looking to expand or strengthen their graphic novel collections. The 90-minute online ALA Editions Workshop, titled What You Need to Know About Graphic Novels and presented by David Serchay, will...

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Back to School with Comic Books: The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook

September 5, 2014
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Back to School with Comic Books: The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook

This year, Banned Books Week will take place September 21-27, and the focus is on comics and graphic novels! The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the scoop about banned comics, how to report and fight censorship, and how to...

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Chicago Public Schools Reassign Librarians, Endanger Freedom to Read

September 5, 2014
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Chicago Public Schools Reassign Librarians, Endanger Freedom to Read

When Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly decided last year that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis was not appropriate for some students, the directive to ban it initially went to school librarians. But instead of following the order, some of the librarians quickly spread the word...

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Back to School with Comic Books: CBLDF Discussion Guides

September 4, 2014
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Back to School with Comic Books: CBLDF Discussion Guides

Given their visual nature, comics are easy targets for would-be censors. CBLDF Discussion Guides are tools that can be used to lead conversations about challenged graphic novels and to help allay misconceptions about comics. CBLDF Discussion Guides can be used by librarians, educators, retailers, or anyone who...

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CBLDF Looking for Contributing Editor and Student Interns!

September 4, 2014
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CBLDF Looking for Contributing Editor and Student Interns!

CBLDF’s mission defending the Right to Read is bigger — and more important — than ever, which means we are looking for a contributing editor and student interns to help us fight for free speech! If you’re enthusiastic about the First Amendment, consider joining the team...

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Baltimore Comic Con: Paul Pope, Programming, & More!

September 4, 2014
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Baltimore Comic Con: Paul Pope, Programming, & More!

This weekend, CBLDF kicks off the fall convention calendar at Baltimore Comic Con, where we’re offering three days of programming and signings with superstar creator Paul Pope!  CBLDF is located at booth 2401, where we’ll have a massive library of Paul Pope books that he’ll personalize for you in...

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