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 ...

Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

March 7, 2012
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Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

If you live near the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, you might consider a trip to the special collections department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery for "All Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations Shall Be Eliminated: The Comics Code as seen through the UMBC Comics Collection." The exhibit is open to the public and…

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Four Charged for Plot to Attack Danish Paper that Printed Muhammad Cartoons

March 6, 2012
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In 2005, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten gained worldwide attention when it published a series of 12 editorial cartoons, several of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Depictions of Muhammad are forbidden by the Islamic faith, and the publication of the cartoons led to protests -- many of which became violent -- around the world. The Jyllands-Posten…

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Last Round of The Muppet Show Sketch Variants Up for Auction!

March 5, 2012
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For the past few weeks, Ultimate Comics has been auctioning sketch variants of The Muppet Show #1 to benefit CBLDF. The last round of sketch covers went up last week, and it's a doozy! This week's batch includes covers by Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), David Mack (Kabuki), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Guy Davis…

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ABFFE and NCAC Protest PayPal’s Erotic Content Policy

March 5, 2012
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The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship have written a letter to PayPal and parent company eBay in protest of PayPal's threat to deactivate the accounts of publishers over certain kinds of erotic content. Last week, it was revealed that PayPal had sent letters to several publishers threatening deactivation…

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This Weekend: Brian Wood & Dark Horse Thank CBLDF Members With Exclusive THE MASSIVE Print!

March 2, 2012
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This Weekend: Brian Wood & Dark Horse Thank CBLDF Members With Exclusive THE MASSIVE Print!

This weekend only! Brian Wood and Dark Horse Comics are thanking new and renewing CBLDF members by giving away an exclusive print promoting the upcoming series THE MASSIVE by Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson. The 17" x 24" print, which was given away exclusively at ComicsPRO was designed by Wood to evoke the classic Japanese…

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Manga Bookshelf Examines Apple’s Policies for Adult Content

March 2, 2012
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This week, Melinda Beasi at Manga Bookshelf took some time to examine how Apple handles adult content in their iOS App Store. Beasi opened her article by recalling past concerns over how Apple has handled LGBTQ content, rejecting mild sexual LGBTQ content while allowing similar heterosexual content, seemingly without reservation. Apple has since embraced LGBTQ…

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PayPal Threatens Deactivation of Publishers’ Accounts Over Erotic Content

March 1, 2012
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Starting February 18, PayPal began contacting independent e-book publishers about new policies regarding erotic content. PayPal told publishers that they cannot sell erotic material that depicts incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters), and BDSM. Selling these materials will result in the deactivation of the publishers' PayPal accounts. As a result of PayPal's…

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Image Expo Was A Shining Success For CBLDF!

February 29, 2012
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Image Expo Was A Shining Success For CBLDF!

Last weekend, the CBLDF was in Oakland, CA, exhibiting at Image Expo, a celebration of creator-owned comics commemorating the 20th anniversary of Image Comics. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and CBLDF.org editor Betsy Gomez were there representing the Fund and got to meet a lot of our members and supporters, who generously contributed more than…

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One Million Moms Targets Toys “R” Us Over LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

February 29, 2012
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One Million Moms -- a division of the American Family Association, a conservative non-profit organization that "promotes traditional family values" -- recently made news over their boycott of retailer JC Penney over hiring lesbian TV host Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. They are in the news again with recent reports that they will be boycotting…

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CBLDF Attends MangaNext

February 28, 2012
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CBLDF Attends MangaNext

Over the past weekend, while half of the CBLDF staff was on the West Coast on the floor at Image Expo, the other half made the arduous trek through the Lincoln Tunnel, all the way out to Northern New Jersey, to spend some time at MangaNext, one of the only completely fan-run manga shows in…

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Latest Round of Ultimate Comics’ Muppet Auctions Include Sketches from Christian Slade, Roger Langridge, and More!

February 24, 2012
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Latest Round of Ultimate Comics’ Muppet Auctions Include Sketches from Christian Slade, Roger Langridge, and More!

We announced Ultimate Comics' The Muppet Show #1 sketch variant cover auctions just last week, and an all-new new round of nine covers just went up! Click through for a sneak peek or head over to Ultimate Comics' eBay page to view all of the covers and bid on your favorite sketch! Proceeds from the…

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Image Expo Bound!

February 23, 2012
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Image Expo Bound!

This weekend, the CBLDF will be exhibiting at Image Expo, a celebration of creator owned comics honoring the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics, in downtown Oakland, California. The CBLDF will have all kinds of thank yous for our supporters including a free CBLDF exclusive edition of Glory #23, and a welcome party on Friday that's…

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Free Speech Hero Barney Rosset Passes Away

February 22, 2012
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Barney Rosset's Grove Press published some of the best known names in modern literature: Samuel Beckett, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, William Burroughs, and more. Throughout his tenure as a publisher and filmmaker, Rosset was a crusader against obscenity laws. Rosset recently passed away at the age of 90. More after the jump...

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The Good Fighters: Eric Stephenson

February 22, 2012
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The Good Fighters: Eric Stephenson

In many ways, Eric Stephenson has changed the face of comics publishing. Under his guidance as Publisher, Image Comics has become a juggernaut of innovative and creative comics projects, many of them critically acclaimed and instant sell-outs. Under Stephenson's guidance, Image has become the go-to place for new ideas and new creators. In addition to…

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Image Comics, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and iFanboy present the Image Expo Welcome Party

February 21, 2012
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Image Comics, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and iFanboy present the Image Expo Welcome Party

Experience Creativity with comics’ greatest creators at the Image Expo Welcome Party sponsored by Image Comics and iFanboy to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! The party is free for CBLDF members and kicks off at 8 PM on February 24, 2012 at The Uptown in Oakland, California. This party jump starts a weekend…

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