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 ...

Intrepid Alaska Third Grader Overcomes Classroom Comics Ban

April 9, 2012
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Chris Wilson with The Graphic Classroom, a website dedicated to "promoting the use of high-quality comic literature in the elementary, middle school, and high school classroom," shared a story over the weekend about a third grader in Alaska who used his science fair project to overcome his teacher's ban on comics in the classroom. Click…

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Anime Detour Hosts A Warm Welcome for Ryan Matheson & CBLDF!

April 6, 2012
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Anime Detour Hosts A Warm Welcome for Ryan Matheson & CBLDF!

Last weekend Anime Detour welcomed 5,000 fans of anime and manga to one of the Midwest's longest running and most well organized conventions, and for the first time, CBLDF was there! We were graciously welcomed by the convention organizers, who provided a spot for an information table, and a programming spot on Saturday morning where…

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Thank You Seattle! The CBLDF at Emerald City Comic-Con

April 6, 2012
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Thank You Seattle! The CBLDF at Emerald City Comic-Con

Emerald City Comic Con took place last weekend, and it was three days of infectious enthusiasm, excited mobs, and great comics of all varieties. The CBLDF was on hand, excited to talk to all the fans and creators that populate the Pacific Northwest. ECCC was a terrific show; well-organized, well-attended, and well-programmed. Click through for…

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In the Wake of Protest and Public Scrutiny, Arizona Legislature Pulls Back Electronic Speech Censorship Bill

April 5, 2012
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ABC 15, an Arizona affiliate is reporting that a sweeping electronic media censorship bill passed by the state's legislature last week and headed to Governor Jan Brewer's desk for signature has been pulled back in the wake of public outcry. Last week, CBLDF called attention to the bill and its constitutional deficiencies, helping to spark…

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Comics Stars Mingle at GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party

April 5, 2012
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Comics Stars Mingle at GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party

Last weekend, comics fans and creators gathered at the Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City for the launch of Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran's new graphic novel Gone to Amerikay. The star-studded party raised donations for CBLDF and several comics creators were in attendance, including McCullock, Doran, Paul Levitz, John Cassaday, Stuart Moore, and…

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EFF Protests Video Game Labeling Law

April 4, 2012
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CBLDF and other free speech advocates won an important victory last year when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. EMA, striking down a California law that restricted the sale of video games to minors based on specious evidence that violence in video games causes violence in children. The law would have made violent speech…

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NCAC and ABFFE Seeking Kids’ Right to Read Coordinator

April 4, 2012
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The National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression -- both frequent CBLDF collaborators in the fight for First Amendment rights -- are looking for a New York-based coordinator to manage their Kids Right to Read Project. The full job posting has all of the details, after the jump...

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Tucson School Board Tightens Security

April 3, 2012
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Imagine going through a security check more involved than anything you face before taking a flight, even if you're a small child. You must be entering a high-security building, like the White House, right? You may also be entering a school board meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The Tuscon Unified School District beefed up security at…

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In the Middle of an Uprising, Syrians Rediscover Satire

April 2, 2012
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One of the side effects of the clashes and protests against President Bashar al-Assad that have seized Syria is the ability to speak more openly against the government, an ability that had been previously stifled by the regime. In the midst of this political discourse, some Syrians have embraced satire, generating videos, plays, and cartoons…

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Arizona Legislature Passes Sweeping Electronic Speech Censorship Bill

March 30, 2012
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Yesterday, the Arizona legislature passed Arizona House Bill 2549, which would update the state's telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. The bill is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to "annoy," "offend," "harass" or "terrify," as well as…

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CBLDF Attends Anime Detour in Minneapolis This Weekend!

March 30, 2012
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This weekend the CBLDF will be setting up at Anime Detour in Minneapolis, where we'll be presenting a talk on manga censorship, as well as setting up a table to distribute literature and accept donations. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will represent the Fund, and host the panel, which is set to happen on Saturday…

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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

March 29, 2012
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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

Gone to Amerikay, the new Vertigo original graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran, will have a book launch party, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. McCulloch and Doran will both be at Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City on March 30 from 6 to 8 pm, celebrating the release of their…

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One Million Moms Can’t Stop LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

March 28, 2012
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In spite of an attempted boycott by the American Family Association's One Million Moms, Life with Archie #16 -- which featured the marriage of openly gay character Kevin Keller -- sold out in record time. In the official press release from Archie Comics, C0-CEO Jon Goldwater says: “Kevin will always be a major part of…

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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

March 28, 2012
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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

Last weekend, nerds in Salt Lake City gathered for a day of comics, costumes, gaming, and music with the 2012 edition of SLC Nerd, an all-day event embracing nerd culture. The folks with Night Flight Comics were on hand to pass out information about CBLDF and to run a silent auction on our behalf! CBLDF…

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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

March 27, 2012
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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

This weekend (March 30 - April 1), Alex Cox is excited to represent the CBLDF at EMERALD CITY COMICON in Seattle, Washington! Continuing CBLDF's cross-country marathon of fundraising, we will be in booth #1007 at the Washington State Convention Center. Deputy Director Alex Cox walks you through our plans for signings, incentives, and Membership appreciation…

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