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 ...

RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

February 13, 2017
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RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2017, CBLDF talks with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about censorship, Ms. Marvel’s role as symbol of protest, and more! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN171578), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender...

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

February 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

Virginia’s ‘Beloved bill’ has returned to the commonwealth’s General Assembly for the second year in a row, and CBLDF last week signed on to an opposition letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship. The legislation would require school districts to warn parents about...

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Join CBLDF Today to Receive New Vanesa R. Del Rey Premiums!

February 10, 2017
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Join CBLDF Today to Receive New Vanesa R. Del Rey Premiums!

Vanesa R. Del Rey 2017 membership premiums have arrived! Join or renew today to check out the beautiful t-shirts, stickers, and membership cards that reward your donation to CBLDF! Now starting at only five dollars, your CBLDF membership will help us continue our fight for the First Amendment!

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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

February 10, 2017
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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

A school district in San Jose, California removed a Black History Month art exhibit from its administrative offices only a few hours after its installation last week, citing complaints from parents who were offended by artist Mark Harris’ mixed-media collages. Although the East Side Union High School District...

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After Ban, Saudi Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line

February 9, 2017
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After Ban, Saudi Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line

In January 2016 the popular Saudi political cartoonist Abdullah Jaber seemingly disappeared from social media, fueling speculation among fans and colleagues as to what might have befallen him. He finally resurfaced 10 days later to quell rumors of...

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CBLDF Joins Statement Opposing U.S. Immigration Ban

February 8, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement Opposing U.S. Immigration Ban

This week, CBLDF joined more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world in issuing a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration ban on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The ban is currently suspended by a...

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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

February 8, 2017
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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

This Friday, CBLDF is joining Books with Pictures and Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Portland to sponsor Comics Cards for Comfort, an event in support of Portland’s Muslim community. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., come to Books with Pictures (1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon), where you can use your creativity to make art and cards...

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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

February 7, 2017
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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

Some Florida high school students who were supposed to be celebrating literacy last month instead got an object lesson in censorship, as the Santa Rosa County school district cancelled an all-school read of Carl Deuker’s novel Gutless...

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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

February 7, 2017
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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

A Currituck County, North Carolina, school board member has revived the controversy over a 2013 book challenge to goad the district into a questionable parental notification statement. Board member Will Crodick resurrected criticism of A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, a critically-acclaimed novel by...

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Iranian Refugee Cartoonist on Hunger Strike in Australian Detention Center

February 6, 2017
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Iranian Refugee Cartoonist on Hunger Strike in Australian Detention Center

The Iranian cartoonist known as Eaten Fish, who is among the thousands of refugees sent to offshore detention facilities by the Australian government, is now in dire condition due to mental...

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Everything’s Orwellian: School Removes Animal Farm from Curriculum

February 3, 2017
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Everything’s Orwellian: School Removes Animal Farm from Curriculum

A school district in Stonington, Connecticut, has removed George Orwell’s classic dystopia Animal Farm from the eight-grade curriculum despite the protestations of a popular longtime teacher and several parents in the district. The book was removed from the district’s list of “anchor texts,” which means it can...

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She Changed Comics Makes 2017 Amelia Bloomer List

February 3, 2017
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She Changed Comics Makes 2017 Amelia Bloomer List

CBLDF is proud to announce that She Changed Comics, our book collecting profiles of more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expression and expanded the comics artform, has been named to the 2017...

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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

February 2, 2017
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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

One of the more memorable book challenges that we covered last year came when the mother of a high school student in Issaquah, Washington pushed to have the graphic novel Mangaman removed from Issaquah High School’s library...

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NYC High School Seniors Could Win Scholarship for Original Graphic Novel

February 2, 2017
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NYC High School Seniors Could Win Scholarship for Original Graphic Novel

New York City high school seniors have the chance to express themselves and take home up to a $10,000 scholarship for their original comics work, but they’ll need to act soon — entries in the contest must be postmarked by this Friday, February 3. The Penguin Random...

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Yang’s “Reading Without Walls” to Become Annual Program

February 1, 2017
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Yang’s “Reading Without Walls” to Become Annual Program

When Gene Luen Yang was appointed last year as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he chose a platform of “Reading Without Walls,” which encourages readers to choose books that touch on experiences different from their own. Now...

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