Exclusive Umbrella Academy and LumberJanes for CBLDF Retail Members!

For over twenty-five years, the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND has tirelessly advocated for the comics industry and art form, providing legal assistance and advice, educational programming, and resources for libraries and schools. Since the earliest days of the CBLDF, comic shop retailers have been t ...

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 ...

The Sordid Tale of The Lone Avenger’s Rise to Infamy

August 2, 2012
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The Sordid Tale of The Lone Avenger’s Rise to Infamy

In examining the history of comic book censorship, sometimes it is difficult for people to separate the creator from the creation. A clear example of this is the sad tale of Australian comic creator Len Lawson and his creation, The Lone...

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Syrian Cartoonist Ferzat Featured in Amsterdam Exhibit

August 1, 2012
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Syrian Cartoonist Ferzat Featured in Amsterdam Exhibit

Almost a year ago, when Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat was abducted and had his hands broken by men likely connected to authoritarian president Bashar Assad’s government, the message was clear: stop drawing. But Ferzat defied the warning and, in solidarity with the rebels fighting the Assad regime, resumed creating his cartoons with new...

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Columbia Missourian Project Reveals the Breadth of Book Challenges in Public Schools

August 1, 2012
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Columbia Missourian Project Reveals the Breadth of Book Challenges in Public Schools

Why are books challenged in public schools and, even more importantly, why are some challenges successful in getting books banned while others fail? A new comprehensive study by the Columbia Missourian is attempting to find out. The periodical is currently in the midst of a...

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Looking Back At SDCC 2012

July 31, 2012
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Looking Back At SDCC 2012

The Summer Solstice of the comic fan’s year has come and gone. The maypoles are down, and the blood has been washed from the altars. Comic Con International is over until the earth spins around the sun again.

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Effort to Return MAS Books to Classrooms Fails in Tucson

July 30, 2012
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Effort to Return MAS Books to Classrooms Fails in Tucson

Early this year, CBLDF joined a coalition of organizations to decry the removal of seven books by renown Latino and Native authors from Tucson, Arizona, classrooms. Last week, TUSD Governing Board Member Mark Stegeman brought forth a resolution to put the removed books back...

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Support The CBLDF At OTAKON!

July 27, 2012
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Support The CBLDF At OTAKON!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be at Otakon, one of the country’s largest gatherings celebrating anime and manga culture! Learn more about the fight to protect manga with a panel and booth appearances by Ryan Matheson, the man who stood up to...

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Cartoonist Battles Frivolous Lawsuits with Comedic Protest

July 26, 2012
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Cartoonist Battles Frivolous Lawsuits with Comedic Protest

The Oatmeal, a website that features the work of cartoonist and programmer Matthew Inman, has been entangled in a legal dispute with the attorney of competitor Funny Junk, a comedy site that posts user-uploaded images. After exercising his First Amendment right to...

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Danish Report Discredits Link Between Cartoons and Child Sex Abuse

July 25, 2012
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The Copenhagen Post reveals that a report issued by experts at Sexologisk Klinik discredits claims that cartoon depictions of underaged characters engaging in sex acts encourage people to commit child sex crimes in real life. The report to the justice ministry states: “We have had to acknowledge that there is no evidence that...

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Canadian Fair Dealing Expanded to Include Parody

July 25, 2012
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Canadian Fair Dealing Expanded to Include Parody

While working on my recent post about Canadian political cartoonist Dan Murphy’s animated parody being removed from his newspaper’s website, allegedly under pressure from the very company targeted by the video, I was somewhat surprised to learn that such works were...

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A Librarian Responds to a Book Challenge

July 24, 2012
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A Librarian Responds to a Book Challenge

One of CBLDF’s missions is to protect graphic novels when they are challenged in libraries. We’ve played a pivotal role in some challenges, most recently with Alan Moore’s Neonomicon, which faces a challenge in North Carolina. As I was cruising the interwebs...

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SDCC: The Fight to Defend Manga

July 23, 2012
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SDCC: The Fight to Defend Manga

On the Saturday of Comic-Con, CBLDF Executive Director joined Ryan Matheson for “CBLDF: The Fight to Defend Manga,” a panel discussing the particular issues that manga and its fans face when it comes to censorship. Matheson was arrested by Canadian...

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Neil Gaiman’s “The Day The Saucers Came” Comics-On Tees Available Now!

July 19, 2012
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Neil Gaiman’s “The Day The Saucers Came” Comics-On Tees Available Now!

Hot off the presses, and following a dramatic premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, Threadless & Neil Gaiman’s Comics-On Tees featuring his story “The Day The Saucers Came” is now available for purchase at Threadless! A percentage of the proceeds from each shirt sold goes to aid...

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Tunisian Man Loses Free Expression Appeal

July 19, 2012
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On March 28, Jabeur Mejri, a Tunisian man convicted of upsetting public order and morals, was sentenced to seven years in jail after posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Facebook. Last week, he learned that the court would not overturn his sentence. This decision comes just two weeks after Salafi Islamists violently...

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Tales from the Code: Spidey Fights Drugs and the Comics Code Authority

July 18, 2012
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Tales from the Code: Spidey Fights Drugs and the Comics Code Authority

Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina, went down a few weeks ago. Unlike other larger conventions, which have expanded to become focused more on pop culture like television, movies and video games, Heroes Con is still a good old fashioned comic show and feels more like a family reunion. This year’s convention was special...

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CBLDF Deputy Director Talks to MTV Geek

July 16, 2012
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Comic-Con International has just wrapped up, and CBLDF had a great weekend talking to supporters and new fans! You can come back here for a full Comic-Con report later this week. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what happened: During the show, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talked to the great folks at ...

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