SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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...

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 ...

Children’s Book Week: Comic Book Shops Participate Around the Country!

April 27, 2015
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Children’s Book Week: Comic Book Shops Participate Around the Country!

On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day! Comic book shops...

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Book Trailer Banned From Facebook for Biblical Nudity

April 27, 2015
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The heated debate over Facebook’s vague and seemingly selective nudity guidelines has been reignited with the banning of the promotional book trailer for Michal Lemberger’s After Abel and Other Stories — a trailer that includes various medieval and Renaissance artwork depicting nude women. The book, which rewrites famous biblical stories from the perspectives of the…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

April 24, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

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...

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Fear for Reputation Leads Queen’s University to Cancel Charlie Hebdo Conference

April 24, 2015
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Earlier this week, it was sadly announced that Queen’s University Belfast would be canceling an academic conference on the Charlie Hebdo attacks over security concerns as well as the potentially negative reputation that the University would garner by holding such a symposium. The point of the conference was not only to discuss the attacks that...

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the...

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Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Censorship Law

April 23, 2015
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In late March, free speech scored a victory overseas when the Indian Supreme Court officials annulled Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2008, ensuring greater freedom of expression for Indian citizens in online communications. Section 66A not only grossly violated citizens’ ability to access and distribute information on the internet, but its subjective…

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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only...

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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

April 22, 2015
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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

Two long-time CBLDF supporters, Last Gasp Publishing and Humble Bundle, have partnered for the ultimate digital collection of underground comix artists and anthologies — the Humble Underground Book Bundle! Now they’ve added even more titles to an already amazing bundle! You can...

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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

April 22, 2015
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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in...

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Françoise Mouly: Kids’ Comics Deserve Respect

April 22, 2015
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From her underground work, including co-founding RAW magazine, to her current role as comics publisher at Toon Books and as cover art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly has become a venerable force in the comics industry and mainstream press especially with regard to her work fighting for the legitimization of comics as...

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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

April 21, 2015
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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the...

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A Look Back on the Controversy of Mortal Kombat

April 21, 2015
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The newest addition to the popular video game series, Mortal Kombat X, hit retail shelves last week and along with discussions of the 10th edition’s newest — and already controversial — violent game play also came reminiscences of the game’s very contentious history. From the complicated and mixed reception that the franchise has faced within…

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Zunar Remains Defiant Before Trial

April 21, 2015
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Zunar Remains Defiant Before Trial

Facing trial next month on nine counts of sedition which could carry a sentence of up to 43 years, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been making the English-language media rounds with a profile from news agency AFP and an interview with Al Jazeera....

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CBLDF will C U at C2E2!

April 20, 2015
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CBLDF will C U at C2E2!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to arrive in the City of Broad Shoulders, to exhibit at C2E2! We will be in booth 309, with a ton of great stuff new for 2015, including the complimentary first issue of...

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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

April 20, 2015
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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

From events like the attack on Charlie Hebdo to the governmental persecution of cartoonists around the world, in light of what seems to be a disturbing increase in attacks on free speech a series of questions continue to come up in both the mainstream media and...

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