The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

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 ...

Access Denied: Library Filter Fail

May 30, 2012
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Access Denied: Library Filter Fail

While researching a story about role-playing-game censorship for CBLDF.org at his local library, CBLDF blog volunteer Justin Brown encountered the cold slap of censorship himself as the result of aggressive filtering software. Brown discusses his experience, and the heritage of filtering laws that requires libraries like his to deny access to content or risk losing…

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New Neil Gaiman & David Mack Print Debuts!

May 25, 2012
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New Neil Gaiman & David Mack Print Debuts!

The CBLDF is proud to offer our supporters an exciting new premium by Neil Gaiman & David Mack! This beautiful, exclusive print was contributed by our friends at Neverwear. Silk-screened in Austin, Texas these are the variant blue test run, created in very limited quantities prior to the standard edition grey run. Printed on a…

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Censorship, Consequences and the Creative Process

May 25, 2012
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by Christopher Schiller Throughout the history of comics there are many brave examples of artists tackling controversial subject matter, which has been fodder for many stellar, ground breaking works. Often the tension of controversy is required to have a conversation of great substance with the audience. But there are those who attempt and often succeed…

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BLOWN COVERS Reveals Controversial and Rejected New Yorker Covers

May 25, 2012
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by Mark Bousquet A recent Forbes article discusses some of The New Yorker's most controversial covers and reveals images that never made it to print. The subject of the piece is the recent release of Françoise Mouly's book, Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See. Though typically drawing attention for their…

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Critical Fail: The Censorship of RPGs

May 24, 2012
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by Justin Brown Let's say you've been reading up on the CBLDF coverage of the top 10 banned books of 2011, which included a graphic novel in the #2 spot, and you want to vent your frustrations by gathering with a group of friends to play a trending role-playing-game. You amble amongst local comic shops,…

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Two Cartoonists to Receive CRNI Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning

May 24, 2012
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by Maren Williams Two political cartoonists who have courageously defied government censorship and brutality will be honored with the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International. Syrian Ali Ferzat and Indian Aseem Trivedi will receive the award on September 15, 2012 at George Washington University in Washington, DC, according to a…

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India Moves to Ban Cartoons from Textbooks

May 23, 2012
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by Soyini A. Hamit On May 14, one day after the 60th anniversary of the Indian Parliament, the government decided to ban textbooks from the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) for using cartoons that mock politicians. The government will also review NCERT textbooks, in addition to removing the offensive cartoons. What began…

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Webcomic Takes a Stab at Indian Online Content Laws

May 23, 2012
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Webcomic Takes a Stab at Indian Online Content Laws

by Joe Izenman Only a few months have passed since political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi faced charges of treason for mocking the state. But that hasn’t stopped at least one webcomic artist from taking a sarcastic Mother’s Day shot at Indian Parliament’s year-old amendments to their Information Technology Act, which introduced an extraordinary set of restrictions…

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Big Wow Raises $1,500 for CBLDF!

May 21, 2012
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Big Wow Raises $1,500 for CBLDF!

by Betsy Gomez I rolled an hour down the road this weekend for Big Wow! Comicfest, a regional show that's seen quite a bit of growth since the last time I attended. In the years that have passed since my last outing to the show, it's grown from a smallish collectors show (where I could…

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Join Charles Brownstein for a Discussion of Free Expression and the PROTECT Act This Wednesday

May 21, 2012
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This Wednesday, you can join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein for "Is Manga a Crime? Non-photographic images, Child Pornography and Freedom of Expression," a program that discusses the impact of the PROTECT Act and the transportation of drawn images across international borders. The program is the Digital Media & Fine Arts Committees of the New…

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Free Speech Advocates Score Victory in Utah

May 18, 2012
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A victory for Free Speech was claimed yesterday when US District Judge Dee Benson issued an order ruling that people posting constitutionally-protected content on websites cannot be prosecuted for doing so and are not required to label the content they post. The ruling supports the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that opposed a Utah "harmful to…

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UPDATED: CBLDF Hits the West Coast with Big Wow ComicFest!

May 18, 2012
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UPDATED: CBLDF Hits the West Coast with Big Wow ComicFest!

With Executive Director Charles Brownstein in Japan for a symposium on manga and censorship; Deputy Director Alex Cox in Portland, Maine, for the Maine Comics Arts Festival; and a charity auction and booth headed up by volunteer Diana Green at St. Paul, Minnesota's Spring Con, CBLDF is all over the world this weekend. Lest the…

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Join CBLDF This Weekend at the Maine Comics Arts Festival!

May 18, 2012
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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox will be at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, Maine, all weekend. On Saturday, May 19, he will be presenting the CBLDF's "History of Censorship in Comics" -- a slideshow walk through oppression and small-mindedness from the 1930s to today! The presentation happens at the Portland Public Library Main…

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This Weekend’s SpringCon Charity Auction Benefits CBLDF

May 17, 2012
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SpringCon, the annual comic book celebration produced by the Midwest Comic Book Association, takes place this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. This amazing event takes place May 19 - 20 and gathers hundreds of creators and many more fans for a comic marketplace, programs, and a huge charity auction. This…

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THE GUARDIAN Analyzes Tintin in the Congo Case

May 16, 2012
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In February, Belgian courts ruled that Tintin in the Congo should not be removed from bookstore shelves over charges that it violated Belgian laws regarding racism and inciting racial hatred. The court ruled that the book, which was serialized from 1930 to 1931 and collected in 1946 with significant revisions, was a product of its…

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