Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

EFF Protests Video Game Labeling Law

April 4, 2012
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CBLDF and other free speech advocates won an important victory last year when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. EMA, striking down a California law that restricted the sale of video games to minors based on specious evidence that violence in video games causes violence in children. The law would have made violent speech…

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NCAC and ABFFE Seeking Kids’ Right to Read Coordinator

April 4, 2012
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The National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression -- both frequent CBLDF collaborators in the fight for First Amendment rights -- are looking for a New York-based coordinator to manage their Kids Right to Read Project. The full job posting has all of the details, after the jump...

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Tucson School Board Tightens Security

April 3, 2012
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Imagine going through a security check more involved than anything you face before taking a flight, even if you're a small child. You must be entering a high-security building, like the White House, right? You may also be entering a school board meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The Tuscon Unified School District beefed up security at…

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In the Middle of an Uprising, Syrians Rediscover Satire

April 2, 2012
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One of the side effects of the clashes and protests against President Bashar al-Assad that have seized Syria is the ability to speak more openly against the government, an ability that had been previously stifled by the regime. In the midst of this political discourse, some Syrians have embraced satire, generating videos, plays, and cartoons…

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Arizona Legislature Passes Sweeping Electronic Speech Censorship Bill

March 30, 2012
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Yesterday, the Arizona legislature passed Arizona House Bill 2549, which would update the state's telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. The bill is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to "annoy," "offend," "harass" or "terrify," as well as…

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CBLDF Attends Anime Detour in Minneapolis This Weekend!

March 30, 2012
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This weekend the CBLDF will be setting up at Anime Detour in Minneapolis, where we'll be presenting a talk on manga censorship, as well as setting up a table to distribute literature and accept donations. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will represent the Fund, and host the panel, which is set to happen on Saturday…

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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

March 29, 2012
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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

Gone to Amerikay, the new Vertigo original graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran, will have a book launch party, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. McCulloch and Doran will both be at Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City on March 30 from 6 to 8 pm, celebrating the release of their…

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One Million Moms Can’t Stop LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

March 28, 2012
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In spite of an attempted boycott by the American Family Association's One Million Moms, Life with Archie #16 -- which featured the marriage of openly gay character Kevin Keller -- sold out in record time. In the official press release from Archie Comics, C0-CEO Jon Goldwater says: “Kevin will always be a major part of…

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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

March 28, 2012
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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

Last weekend, nerds in Salt Lake City gathered for a day of comics, costumes, gaming, and music with the 2012 edition of SLC Nerd, an all-day event embracing nerd culture. The folks with Night Flight Comics were on hand to pass out information about CBLDF and to run a silent auction on our behalf! CBLDF…

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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

March 27, 2012
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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

This weekend (March 30 - April 1), Alex Cox is excited to represent the CBLDF at EMERALD CITY COMICON in Seattle, Washington! Continuing CBLDF's cross-country marathon of fundraising, we will be in booth #1007 at the Washington State Convention Center. Deputy Director Alex Cox walks you through our plans for signings, incentives, and Membership appreciation…

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IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

March 26, 2012
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IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

Late last year, IDW Publishing announced the "Be a Redshirt" contest, asking comics fans to make the ultimate Star Trek sacrifice to save their favorite retailer from censorship! Fans boldly went to bat for their favorite shops, explaining why their local comic shop is important to them and their communities. The winner of the contest…

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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

March 23, 2012
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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan are thanking CBLDF members by offering this signed, CBLDF exclusive letterpress print featuring work from their run on Conan! This weekend only, members joining (or rejoining) at the Supporter level, will receive, along with the standard Membership package, this exclusive print, signed by artist Becky Cloonan, and writer Brian Wood,…

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Doonesbury Censorship Fosters Outrage, Debate

March 23, 2012
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In response to the controversial nature of last week's Doonesbury strips -- which dealt with Texas's mandatory sonogram law -- many newspapers moved the strips to the editorial page or online only, or they declined to publish the strips entirely. In response, people across the nation have decried the move, arguing that newspapers should not…

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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

March 23, 2012
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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

Last week, CBLDF announced that Canadian criminal charges against American comics fan Ryan Matheson had been dropped. In turn, Matheson spoke out on his own behalf in a lengthy statement about how he was treated by Canadian authorities, a statement that imparted the indignation and confusion any innocent comics fan would feel after being exonerated…

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Know Your Rights — Tools For Travelers Crossing International Borders

March 23, 2012
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Last week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced that criminal charges had been dropped in R. v. Matheson, a case involving an American manga reader who was wrongly accused of importing child pornography into Canada because of comic book images on his laptop. Ryan was extensively, wrongfully searched and detained by the Canadian government…

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