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 ...

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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ComicsPRO Goes Big For CBLDF!

February 17, 2012
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ComicsPRO Goes Big For CBLDF!

Last weekend the CBLDF's Deputy Director Alex Cox visited the ComicsPRO Meeting in Dallas where he met with the industry's best retailers and publishing professionals. He takes you into this ultimate insiders weekend, including full highlights from the exciting ComicPRO CBLDF Benefit Auction that raised more than $8,000 for the Fund! Full Story

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The Good Fighters: Cliff Chiang

February 17, 2012
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The Good Fighters: Cliff Chiang

Cliff Chiang does more than draw the best Wonder Woman around. In addition to his prodigious talent as an artist, he's a witty and generous fellow, always ready to donate his dwindling spare time to a worthy cause. When CBLDF asked Chiang to create a new vision of Lady Liberty for our 2012 member cards,…

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Ultimate Comics Gives Back to CBLDF with Muppet Show Auction!

February 17, 2012
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Ultimate Comics Gives Back to CBLDF with Muppet Show Auction!

Did you ever want to see what Frank Cho, Eric Powell, or David Mack would do with an assignment to draw the Muppets? North Carolina retailer Ultimate Comics made it happen! They are proud to announce that it will be auctioning two dozen of its store exclusiveThe Muppet Show #1 variant covers, hand sketched by…

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CBLDF Founder Denis Kitchen Talks Underground Comix and Free Speech at St. Mary’s College

February 15, 2012
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CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen recently shared his love for underground comics and his experience as an editor and defender of Free Speech during a presentation at St. Mary's College in Maryland. The Point News, St. Mary's student newspaper, covered the presentation, getting takes from students who saw the lecture. More...

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Belgian Court Keeps TINTIN IN THE CONGO on Shelves

February 14, 2012
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After a recent ruling by a Belgian court, Hergé's controversial second book in the Tintin series, Tintin in the Congo, remains on shelves. The book faced charges that it broke several of Belgium's laws against racism and incited racial hatred, but the court ruled that the book, which was serialized from 1930 to 1931 and…

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Political Cartoonist Charged with Treason in India

February 13, 2012
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Aseem Trivedi, a freelance political cartoonist in India, faces imprisonment and fines over charges of treason and insulting Indian national emblems. His cartoons criticized India's government, and he may face additional charges because another complaint alleges that his work is "defamatory and derogatory." The latter complaint has led to the suspension of Trivedi's website, www.cartoonistsagainstcorruption.com.…

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Experience The Glory of CBLDF Membership At Image Expo!

February 10, 2012
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Experience The Glory of CBLDF Membership At Image Expo!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Image Comics are proud to announce that a CBLDF Exclusive variant cover of Glory #23 by Joe Keatinge & Ross Campbell will be made available free to card carrying CBLDF members as a Member Appreciation incentive at Image Expo, coming up on February 24 - 26! GLORY #23…

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CBLDF To Partner With Comics Retailers for Member Appreciation Events!

February 10, 2012
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CBLDF To Partner With Comics Retailers for Member Appreciation Events!

At the ComicsPro Retailer Meeting today, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced a new program to encourage comic book retailers to support the organization with the introduction of the CBLDF Member Appreciation Party Box! Developed as a tool to empower retailers to raise awareness of the CBLDF's important work and bring new customers into…

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Membership Cards Are Go!

February 9, 2012
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Membership Cards Are Go!

If you joined the CBLDF as a 2012 Member, your membership kits are on their way! Our interns, volunteers, and staff are busy getting everything sorted and out the door, fulfilling Membership orders for one of our best launching drives ever! CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox takes you behind the scenes at the CBLDF office…

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