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 ...

Washington DC Fox Affiliate Attacks Comics

January 19, 2012
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Yesterday, Bleeding Cool broke the story about a news report from a Washington DC Fox TV affiliate attacking comics. In the teaser for the report, a commentator called comics "fictionalized Playboy." CBLDF took immediate action, releasing guidelines for how retailers can defend themselves from media attacks. ICv2 followed up today with video of the full…

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Retailer Advisory: How To Manage A Media Attack

January 18, 2012
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Retailer Advisory: How To Manage A Media Attack

Today Bleeding Cool ran a piece linking to a local news promo promising a titillating exposé on modern comics that will offer tips on "HOW TO K.O. THESE COMICS BEFORE THEY CORRUPT YOUR KIDS!" These media scare stories are nothing new. They've been plaguing comics since the very beginning, whether it was massive public comic…

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Attempt to Ban Mohammad Cartoon Sparks Global Debate

January 17, 2012
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When the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society of University College London used an image of Jesus and Mohammad sharing a pint on a Facebook event page, the organization probably didn't expect to start a global debate over free speech. However, when the student union at University College London protested the use of the image, the…

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CBLDF and BOOM! Town Join Forces for Free Comic Book Day

January 16, 2012
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CBLDF and BOOM! Town Join Forces for Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day has become every comic fan's favorite holiday, and the lineup of books for FCBD 2012, which takes place May 5, is definitely impressive. Among the offerings for this year's FCBD: BOOM! Town's The Censored Howard Cruse, a sneak peek of The Other Sides of Howard Cruse. The Other Sides of Howard…

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Japanese Censors Discuss Banning Comics for “Making Kids Gay”

January 13, 2012
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In 2010, the Tokyo government signed the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths, a vaguely-worded bill that restricts the sale and rental of manga, anime, games, and other media that can be "considered harmful to a minor's mental health regarding sexuality." The intent of the bill was to keep drawn erotic material…

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CBLDF Now Hiring: Office Manager

January 12, 2012
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With more than 25 years of defending free speech for the comics community, CBLDF has firmly established itself as the premiere non-profit organization in the field. Now you can join the fight against censorship by becoming part of the CBLDF team! CBLDF is currently looking for an Office Manager: OFFICE MANAGER (Full-Time, Salaried) Works with…

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Study Questions Supreme Court’s Protection of the First Amendment

January 11, 2012
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With the much ballyhooed wins for free speech in cases like Brown v. EMA and more, many commentators commended a John Roberts-led Supreme Court that upheld our right to free speech. A recent study questions whether the current Supreme Court is as supportive of free speech as we think it is. Keep reading for excerpts…

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Amazing Arizona Comic Con Raises $1,500 for CBLDF

January 11, 2012
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Amazing Arizona Comic Con Raises $1,500 for CBLDF

The convention year began last weekend at Amazing Arizona Comic Con in Mesa, Az. Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, and Greg Capullo led off the show's guest list, signing autographs throughout the weekend. CBLDF was there offering a wide variety of items for donations including grab bags and exclusive prints, all of which raised $1,500 for…

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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE Remains In School Library

January 10, 2012
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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE Remains In School Library

In December, CBLDF and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom wrote a letter to the superintendent of the Dixfield, Maine, school system in order to prevent the removal of the anthology Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age from library shelves. On Monday, the school board voted to leave the book on…

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Library Censorship Awarded Jefferson Muzzle

January 9, 2012
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Library Censorship Awarded Jefferson Muzzle

As each year begins, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression "awards" individuals and organizations around the country with Jefferson Muzzles "as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment." The 2011…

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SPIRIT OF GIVING Helps Raise Over $75,000 For CBLDF!

January 6, 2012
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SPIRIT OF GIVING Helps Raise Over $75,000 For CBLDF!

Last holiday season, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation sponsored The Spirit of Giving, a holiday gift drive encouraging membership and donations to CBLDF with incentives that included signed and personalized graphic novels by some of the industry's greatest creators. Over 450 donations came in over the course of the Spirit of Giving campaign,…

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The Good Fighters: Mike Richardson

January 6, 2012
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The Good Fighters: Mike Richardson

In 1986 -- the same year CBLDF was established -- Mike Richardson founded Dark Horse Comics, which has since grown into one of the largest and most influential comics publishers in the world. From Aliens to Hellboy to Sin City and more, Dark Horse has released some of the most beloved -- and occasionally controversial…

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CBLDF Kicks Off The Convention Year At Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

January 4, 2012
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CBLDF Kicks Off The Convention Year At Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

The Amazing Arizona Comic Convention debuted to huge crowds last year, and it looks to be even bigger in 2012, with superstar guests Robert Kirkman, Rob Leifeld, Greg Capullo, Scott Lobdell, and more! This year, CBLDF will be part of the first comic convention of 2012, exhibiting at booth #123! The Amazing Arizona Comic Con…

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ACLU Asks Missouri Library to Stop Censoring Websites

January 4, 2012
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In addition to protecting our right to free speech, the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of religion, including the ability to find information on various faiths. Today, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit charging the Salem Public Library with unconstitutional censorship for blocking access to information about minority religions. In particular, information about…

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Last Chance To Support CBLDF In 2011!

December 30, 2011
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Last Chance To Support CBLDF In 2011!

Don't miss out! There's still time to support the CBLDF in 2011 by making a tax-deductible contribution by midnight on December 31! If you haven't yet joined or renewed your membership, now is the best time, because all new, renewing and gift memberships made by December 31 will be matched with a $5 contribution from…

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