Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

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 ...

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 ...

Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

April 14, 2017
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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

Turkish actor and columnist Orhan Aydin has received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 20 days prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by sharing a cartoon on social media.  Aydin shared a cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff that mocked Erdoğan’s visit to Cuba. The Istanbul court that passed the...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several...

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Signed Premiums from Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, Jonathan Hickman, & More Benefit CBLDF!

April 13, 2017
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Signed Premiums from Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, Jonathan Hickman, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is offering Desert Wind prints signed by Neil Gaiman, Walking Dead books signed by Robert Kirkman or Charlie Adlard, East of West signed by Jonathan Hickman or Nick Dragotta, The Wicked and The Divine signed by Kieron Gillen, and Plutona signed by Jeff Lemire...

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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

April 13, 2017
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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar won a long-awaited victory this week when a High Court judge agreed he was entitled to compensation for books and original art seized by police in 2010. Although the judge awarded him 18,000 Ringgit (about...

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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

April 12, 2017
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What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

It’s that time of year again: This week, the American Library Association released its list of the top ten most challenged books for 2016. CBLDF has joined in the defense of several titles on the list, so today we’re taking a look back through our coverage...

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

April 11, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

The two nearly identical bills in the Florida legislature that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials have both advanced through the Education Committees in their respective chambers, despite warnings from CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship that the legislation...

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BPAL Supports Free Speech with New American Gods Scents!

April 10, 2017
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BPAL American Gods

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has been a long-time supporter of CBLDF. This Friday, BPAL will again show its support for the freedom to read with a new line of scents, nail polish, and atmosphere sprays inspired by Neil Gaiman’s American Gods! Each unique scent is packaged in a 5 mL apothecary bottle featuring label artwork...

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This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List

April 10, 2017
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This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List

Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s award-winning graphic novel This One Summer sits at the top of the American Library Association’s list of the most challenged books in 2016. Other comics in the top ten are Drama by Raina Telgemeier and Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Jacob’s New Dress

April 7, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Jacob’s New Dress

CBLDF has joined a Kids’ Right to Read Project-led coalition to protest the removal of Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s Jacob’s New Dress from a first grade anti-bullying program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to...

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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

April 7, 2017
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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

Five months after Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was arrested along with several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement, they finally were formally indicted this week. If convicted, Kart...

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New Absolute Editions Signed by Frank Miller, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, & More!

April 6, 2017
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New Absolute Editions Signed by Frank Miller, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, & More!

CBLDF has some great new Absolute Editions available to reward your donations, including Absolute Ronin and Absolute Batman: Year One signed by Frank Miller and/or David Mazzucchelli, Absolute Y: The Last Man signed by Brian K. Vaughan, Absolute Batman: Court of Owls signed by Scott Snyder, Absolute...

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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

April 6, 2017
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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

Few would disagree that in the current context of rampant misinformation, students in public schools must be trained to seek out reliable facts and assess sources. Nevertheless, every year more and more school librarians–the professionals who teach those exact skills–are cut from their...

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Mouly & Spiegelman Continue To RESIST at MoCCA!

April 5, 2017
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Mouly & Spiegelman Continue To RESIST at MoCCA!

Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman have opened submissions for the second edition of their political comics newspaper RESIST! The mother-daughter team’s anti-Trump forum is published by Desert Island, who produced 60,000 copies of the first issue circulated at Women’s Marches across the...

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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

April 4, 2017
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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

Two parents of public school students in Chatham, New Jersey have hired lawyers to represent them in a fight against what they label “Islamic indoctrination” in a middle school geography unit on world religions. In particular, Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy...

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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

April 3, 2017
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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

Students at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona are looking for answers after Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was abruptly pulled from the curriculum district-wide, just as Honors English 10 classes were...

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