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...

Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Neil Gaiman is supporting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by releasing an audio reissue of his classic spoken word performance Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin, available now from http://cbldf.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-neil-gaiman-live-2001/. No stranger to book ...

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...

10 Free Speech Superheroes for Banned Books Week 2014

September 25, 2014
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10 Free Speech Superheroes for Banned Books Week 2014

This Banned Books Week, we want to give some extra props to some of the people we’ve covered this year who weren’t afraid to speak up and fight censorship. They may look like mild-mannered teachers, librarians, school officials, and authors, but they’re superheroes to us! Little Brother author Cory Doctorow When a high...

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Watch CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Talk Banned Comics with Reason TV

September 25, 2014
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In preparation for Banned Books Week 2014, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein joined Reason TV‘s Tracy Oppenheimer at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the history of comic book censorship and the ongoing challenges comics face today: We need your help to keep fighting for the right to read!...

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Bone Creator Jeff Smith Featured on NPR, Reading Rainbow

September 25, 2014
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Bone Creator Jeff Smith Featured on NPR, Reading Rainbow

People have been trying to ban books for as long as books have existed, and attacks on comics are nothing new, of course. With their unique way of combining words and images, comics have long been misunderstood, and an easy target for the people who glimpse...

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TODAY: Larry Marder and Scott McCloud Talk the Risky Business of Comics in San Diego!

September 25, 2014
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TODAY: Larry Marder and Scott McCloud Talk the Risky Business of Comics in San Diego!

Today, CBLDF President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder joins Understanding Comics auteur Scott McCloud in San Diego for a conversation about banned comics! The event is co-sponsoerd by CBLDF and Comic-Con International. Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can...

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Parents Fight Back as Texas High School Suspends Seven Books

September 24, 2014
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Parents Fight Back as Texas High School Suspends Seven Books

Despite a recent victory in another Texas library, Dallas News reports that Highland Park High School removed seven books that were formerly among their required reading list. The suspensions occurred as a result of packed school school board meetings, during which some parents came with flagged copies of books to protest, and packed...

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Humble Valiant Bundle Starts Week Two with More Comics for Charity!

September 24, 2014
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Humble Valiant Bundle Starts Week Two with More Comics for Charity!

Humble Bundle and award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment are proud to present the Humble Valiant Bundle — the ultimate digital comics collection of some of the most critically acclaimed titles anywhere in comics today! The Humble Valiant Bundle was the single biggest comics offering ever...

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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

September 24, 2014
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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

A local minister’s effort to remove books dealing with vampires and the occult from the Young Adult section of the public library in Cleveland, Texas failed last week when the city council met to address the issue. In response to the...

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Join Jenni Holm & Larry Marder for a Banned Books Week Twitter Party

September 24, 2014
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Join Jenni Holm & Larry Marder for a Banned Books Week Twitter Party

Join Three-time Newbery Award honoree Jennifer L. Holm (@jenniholm), Beanworld author and CBLDF president Larry Marder (@larrymarder) for a Twitter Party sponsored by @BannedBooksWeek and @CBLDF this Friday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. EDT/ 3:00 p.m. PDT. Talk favorite banned books and comics, teaching with comics,...

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TODAY: CBLDF in Berkeley! Free Banned Books Webinar!

September 24, 2014
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TODAY: CBLDF in Berkeley! Free Banned Books Webinar!

Today, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be talking about censorship and comics in Berkeley, California! You can also join a free online webinar about regional censorship issues and “travel” from London to South Carolina to Texas to California with anti-censorship activists Jodie Ginsberg (CEO, ...

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31 Comics to Use in Classrooms

September 23, 2014
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31 Comics to Use in Classrooms

What better way to celebrate the freedom to read than to use graphic novels in classrooms! CBLDF is delighted to have two resources to help you guide classroom discussions: Using Graphic Novels in Education and the CBLDF Discussion Guides! The list below includes all of...

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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

September 23, 2014
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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

The South Williamsport Area School District in Pennsylvania has landed itself in a fine mess after first cancelling a planned production of Monty Python’s Spamalot due to “homosexual themes,” and then firing drama teacher Dawn Burch in apparent retaliation for speaking out in protest. This week...

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Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

September 23, 2014
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Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Neil Gaiman is supporting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by releasing an audio reissue of his classic spoken word performance Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin, available now from http://cbldf.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-neil-gaiman-live-2001/. No stranger to book censorship, Neil Gaiman’s works are among some...

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TODAY: Copyright Versus Creativity! Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down!

September 23, 2014
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TODAY: Copyright Versus Creativity! Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down!

Today, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be talking about copyright and censorship in NYC! On the West Coast, CBLDF is so-sponsoring a special performance by Captured Aural Phantasy Theater! Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them...

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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

September 22, 2014
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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week has been running for the past 32 years, but this year is the first time it takes special focus on comics and graphic novels. Jeff Smith, CBLDF board member and author of the award-winning — and frequently challenged — series Bone, took time...

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22 Banned and Challenged Comics

September 22, 2014
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22 Banned and Challenged Comics

Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna According to one parent, Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna catered to the prurient interest of her 6-year-old son, so she went straight to a local ABC...

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