NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

California Congressman Defends Student’s Painting Against Calls for Removal

August 9, 2017
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California Congressman Defends Student’s Painting Against Calls for Removal

Following on the heels of a Congressional dispute over a St. Louis teen’s painting that included a police officer with a boar-like head, another painting that hangs in a district office of California Rep. Lou Correa has become a new target...

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Utah Law Requires Alcohol Restriction in Book of Mormon Theater

August 8, 2017
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Utah Law Requires Alcohol Restriction in Book of Mormon Theater

Utah’s speech-chilling liquor law strikes again, this time preventing Salt Lake City theatergoers from enjoying a cold beer during performances of the Broadway hit Book of Mormon. The Eccles Theater, currently hosting...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 22: MATTHEW ROSENBERG

August 8, 2017
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 22: MATTHEW ROSENBERG

In this episode, we speak with writer Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Rocket Raccoon, Kingpin, 12 Reasons To Die) about his work, and the influence on his career of personal politics and activism. We discuss the early...

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Saudi Government Approves Girls Revolution Comics

August 7, 2017
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Saudi Government Approves Girls Revolution Comics

Earlier this year, comics fans in Saudi Arabia made an unexpectedly strong showing at the kingdom’s first officially sanctioned Comic Con, where both men and women eagerly browsed their favorite books and showed off their cosplay–albeit not without restrictions....

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Librarian & Educator Mini-Con Returns to San Diego for Second Year

August 4, 2017
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Librarian & Educator Mini-Con Returns to San Diego for Second Year

For the second year in a row, the San Diego Public Library hosted its free Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians in conjunction last month’s Comic Con International. CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez was there to moderate the panel on Equipping Teachers to Defend...

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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOCs 8/7!

August 4, 2017
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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOCs 8/7!

Retailers: Engage your community during Banned Books week with the 2017 edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! Stock up now — it FOCs on Monday, August 7 (Diamond order code JUN171439)! Comics are the most banned books in the U.S., and CBLDF’s handy visual...

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ACLU Defends Satire in Response to Coal CEO’s Suit Against John Oliver

August 3, 2017
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ACLU Defends Satire in Response to Coal CEO’s Suit Against John Oliver

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia came to the defense of John Oliver and Mr. Nutterbutter the giant squirrel yesterday, filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit against the comedian from notoriously litigious coal baron Bob...

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CBLDF is Back from SDCC with GNs Signed by Kevin Eastman, Stan Sakai, Walter Simonson, and more!

August 3, 2017
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CBLDF is Back from SDCC with GNs Signed by Kevin Eastman, Stan Sakai, Walter Simonson, and more!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with some of the incredible signed graphic novels we brought back from San Diego! Don’t miss out on the TMNT Usagi Yojimbo one-shot, signed by Kevin Eastman and Stan Sakai; Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist Edition signed by Walter Simonson; Bone One...

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No Rating Means No Release for Danganronpa V3 in South Korea

August 2, 2017
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No Rating Means No Release for Danganronpa V3 in South Korea

The South Korean government’s Game Rating and Administration Committee has denied a rating for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, meaning that even imported copies of the Japan-produced game are essentially banned from sale in the...

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Zunar Cancels Cartoon Exhibition After Threats from Government Supporters

August 1, 2017
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Zunar Cancels Cartoon Exhibition After Threats from Government Supporters

Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist currently facing 10 sedition charges for criticizing the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, was forced to cancel a planned cartoon exhibition this week after thinly veiled threats from the ruling party’s...

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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

August 1, 2017
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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

“Good for nothing girl” Rokudenashiko has turned her art to a new cause: fighting Japan’s controversial anti-terrorism law. Rokudensahiko, or Megumi Igarashi, has long worked to fight gender inequality and to destigmatize the depiction of female genitalia in Japanese artwork. Her “vagina art” resulted in obscenity charges against the artist after she distributed 3D plans for…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book Three

July 31, 2017
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book Three

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...

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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

July 31, 2017
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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

Following a judge’s order, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart is out of prison after nine months along with six colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper. Four more are still detained, however, and all of the defendants still face charges that could result in prison sentences. Cumhuriyet is...

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Show Your Support for Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Gear!

July 28, 2017
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Show Your Support for Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Gear!

CBLDF is back from San Diego Comic Con and rewarding your donations with some great new gear! Don’t miss out on our Bill Gaines pin, “I Read Banned Comics” patches, the CBLDF-exclusive Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Erica Henderson, and many more! Our quantities are limited on many of these items, so donate today to...

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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

July 28, 2017
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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

The trial of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, which began on Monday nine months after their initial arrests, is still ongoing as of Friday morning. In a hearing statement earlier this week, Kart...

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