The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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!...

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 ...

Jefferson County Students Thrown Out of Board Meeting

November 14, 2014
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In Jefferson County, Colorado, where the debate continues over a plan to review the AP U.S. History curriculum, about a dozen students were ejected from a school board meeting last week for civil disobedience tactics including reading passages from their textbook out loud. The irony, of course, is that members of the school board...

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Challenge to Jodi Picoult Book Struck Down in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2014
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Earlier this week, the Kennett Consolidated School District school board in Pennsylvania protected the freedom to read by voting 7 -1 to keep Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes on shelves in the high school library. Picoult’s widely-prasied book focuses on a school shooting and the events leading up to the shooting, including date rape and bullying. Nineteen Minutes…

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Malaysian Human Rights Group Supports Zunar

November 13, 2014
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Following yesterday’s news that Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar and several business associates are again under investigation by government authorities for sedition, the human rights organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) today issued a statement demanding an end to the “unrelenting harassment and persecution” he has suffered since the publication of his first book in...

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Zunar Assistants Arrested for Selling Cartoon Books

November 12, 2014
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Just over a month after a Malaysian appeals court lifted a ban on two of political cartoonist Zunar’s books, the artist and his employees are again facing harassment and intimidation from police. As the sensational trial of an opposition leader accused of sodomy...

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Diamond Leads Retail Membership Drive to Raise $70,000 for CBLDF!

November 12, 2014
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Diamond Comic Distributors and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) partnered to raise support and membership, resulting in over 440 comic book specialty retailers joining and renewing their memberships, raising a total of $70,750 towards the cause. Throughout the duration of the September 2014...

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Neil Gaiman, Frank Quitely, & Bill Gaines Exclusives Launch CBLDF’s SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Gift Drive!

November 12, 2014
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Give the best holiday gifts to the comics fan in your life and support CBLDF during the Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive!  Each week, CBLDF is offering donors a hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums all supporting the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! This week, CBLDF...

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CBLDF Urges Objectivity for Highland Park School Board

November 11, 2014
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As the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District continues to deal with parental complaints about certain books approved for classroom use, CBLDF yesterday joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and five other free speech organizations to send a letter urging the school board and superintendent to make decisions “based solely on sound educational grounds”...

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Neil Gaiman, Robie Harris, Judy Blume, and More Hit the Red Carpet for NCAC

November 11, 2014
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Last week, author and comics creator (and CBLDF Advisory Board co-chair!) Neil Gaiman and 39 other honorees were awarded the title of 2014 Free Speech Defender by the National Collation Against Censorship. On November 3rd, during a gala New York City, NCAC celebrated their 40th Anniversary and 40 years of free speech...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Babymouse

November 10, 2014
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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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CBLDF Premieres The Humans At Comic Arts Brooklyn!

November 7, 2014
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CBLDF Premieres The Humans At Comic Arts Brooklyn!

This weekend, CBLDF will be exhibiting at Comic Arts Brooklyn, where we’ll debut the CBLDF exclusive cover of The Humans #1 by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely while offering a great assortment of signed graphic novels. Hosted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Comic Arts Brooklyn encompasses two...

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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

November 7, 2014
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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

The First Amendment saw another victory when a California court dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision. Noriega claimed that Activision’s game Call of Duty: Black Ops II used his name and likeness without his permission, and it subsequently damaged his reputation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey ruled that the game’s use...

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Time is Running Out for 2014 Memberships!

November 7, 2014
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Time is Running Out for 2014 Memberships!

The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means that there are only a few weeks left to join or renew your 2104 CBLDF Membership! This year’s member card and related premiums are designed by superstar artist Cully Hamner, and include such cool items as...

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CBLDF Joins Letter Challenging Kings Canyon’s “Removal First, Review Second” Policy

November 7, 2014
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David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green might have survived a challenge in the King’s Canyon Unified School District, but the way the challenge was handled has many free speech advocates concerned. This week, CBLDF-sponsored Kids Right to Read Project sent a letter to the Kings Canyon School Board to voice those concerns. CBLDF joined KRRP...

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Turkish Cartoonist Acquitted of Insulting President

November 6, 2014
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Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was recently acquitted of insulting his country’s president and former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via cartoon, but Kart says the repression of journalists in Turkey is only getting worse. In February of this year, Kart criticized Erdoğan’s ...

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Jaycee Dugard’s Memoir Removed from Middle School Classroom Libraries

November 6, 2014
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After being reviewed by teachers of the Northview Michigan public middle school system, it has been decided that copies of Jaycee Dugard’s memoir A Stolen Life will not be included in seventh-grade classroom libraries. A New York Times bestselling autobiographical memoir, the book recounts Jaycee Dugard’s personal experiences as a victim of forced captivity and...

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