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 ...

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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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Participate in Conference on Creative Expression in Japan

May 15, 2012
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Participate in Conference on Creative Expression in Japan

This weekend sees CBLDF events around the country and around the world: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is headed to Japan to talk about the challenges creative expression faces in Japan and abroad. Japanese manga and anime have strong appeal worldwide, and as their popularity has increased, they have faced challenges in Japan and overseas,…

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In Defense of Maurice Sendak’s IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN

May 14, 2012
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Legendary illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83. His Caldecott Medal winning work Where the Wild Things Are is indelibly etched into the minds of children and adults throughout the world as a flawless portrait of childhood, incorporating both the sublime and acrimonious aspects of youth. Sendak remains…

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ALA Announces Graphic Novel Conference

May 11, 2012
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ALA Announces Graphic Novel Conference

Today, the American Library Association announced the addition of ALA GraphiCon, a new mini-conference occurring within the ALA Annual Conference, which takes place June 21 - 26, 2012, in Anaheim, California. GraphiCon will provide programming that supports the inclusion of graphic novels and comic books in library collections. Click through for the official press release…

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Join CBLDF Executive Director for CLE Credit Program Discussing PROTECT Act

May 10, 2012
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On Wednesday, May 23, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be part of a continuing legal education program discussing the PROTECT Act, the federal law under which Christopher Handley was prosecuted for the possession of child pornography. Authorities alleged that Handley's manga collection contained obscene depictions of children in sexual situations. Several other individuals have…

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Iranian Cartoonist Sentenced to Lashes for Depiction of Conservative MP

May 9, 2012
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Iranian political cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye has been sentenced to 25 lashed for his depiction of conservative Member of Parliament Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani. Ashtiani was among a group of Iranian politicians who had been criticized for interfering with the country's sports. In his cartoon, Shokraye depicted Ashtiani dressed as a soccer player. Ashtiani sued Shokraye, claiming…

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Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

May 8, 2012
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Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

The response to the Threadless Comics-On Tees vol. 6 design challenge has been phenomenal, with 73 artists having a go at designing the first in a series of four shirts featuring Neil Gaiman's "The Day the Saucers Came." The challenge isn't over yet -- the Threadless community of 1.8 million users is voting on their…

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comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

May 7, 2012
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comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced today that comiXology — the world's largest digital comics platform with over 60 million downloads to date — has become the organization's newest Corporate Member. ComiXology joins industry leaders Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics, Legendary Comics, Random House, and Threadless as Corporate Members…

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Tunisian Broadcaster Fined for Showing PERSEPOLIS

May 7, 2012
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After a delayed trial, a panel of five judges convicted Nabil Karoui, the director of Tunisia's Nessma television channel, of "disturbing public order" and "threatening public morals" for airing Persepolis, the animated film version of Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed graphic novel. The film has a brief depiction of God, which is considered offensive by many Muslims.…

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Support CBLDF on FCBD!

May 4, 2012
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Support CBLDF on FCBD!

Free Comic Book Day 2012 is this Saturday, May 5, and folks are ready to head to their favorite local comic shop to pick up a spectacular assortment of free comics! Among the offerings for this year’s FCBD: CBLDF and BOOM! Town’s The Censored Howard Cruse, a sneak peek of The Other Sides of Howard…

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