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 ...

IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

March 26, 2012
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IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

Late last year, IDW Publishing announced the "Be a Redshirt" contest, asking comics fans to make the ultimate Star Trek sacrifice to save their favorite retailer from censorship! Fans boldly went to bat for their favorite shops, explaining why their local comic shop is important to them and their communities. The winner of the contest…

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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

March 23, 2012
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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan are thanking CBLDF members by offering this signed, CBLDF exclusive letterpress print featuring work from their run on Conan! This weekend only, members joining (or rejoining) at the Supporter level, will receive, along with the standard Membership package, this exclusive print, signed by artist Becky Cloonan, and writer Brian Wood,…

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Doonesbury Censorship Fosters Outrage, Debate

March 23, 2012
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In response to the controversial nature of last week's Doonesbury strips -- which dealt with Texas's mandatory sonogram law -- many newspapers moved the strips to the editorial page or online only, or they declined to publish the strips entirely. In response, people across the nation have decried the move, arguing that newspapers should not…

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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

March 23, 2012
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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

Last week, CBLDF announced that Canadian criminal charges against American comics fan Ryan Matheson had been dropped. In turn, Matheson spoke out on his own behalf in a lengthy statement about how he was treated by Canadian authorities, a statement that imparted the indignation and confusion any innocent comics fan would feel after being exonerated…

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Know Your Rights — Tools For Travelers Crossing International Borders

March 23, 2012
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Last week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced that criminal charges had been dropped in R. v. Matheson, a case involving an American manga reader who was wrongly accused of importing child pornography into Canada because of comic book images on his laptop. Ryan was extensively, wrongfully searched and detained by the Canadian government…

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Latino and Native Authors Keep Tucson Book Ban in the News

March 22, 2012
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In late January, CBLDF joined a coalition of national anti-censorship organizations in protesting the dissolution of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program, which led to the removal of books and anthologies by Latino and Native American authors from classrooms. Many of the authors who contributed to the books that were banned from classrooms have taken their…

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WonderCon Reaches New Heights For CBLDF!

March 21, 2012
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WonderCon Reaches New Heights For CBLDF!

Last weekend big crowds mobbed the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon, the long-running California show that's become a favorite on the comics convention circuit. This year's event marked the first time the con was held in Southern California after years as a mainstay of the Bay Area comics culture, but the new market didn't diminish…

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Support CBLDF in Salt Lake City This Weekend

March 20, 2012
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Support CBLDF in Salt Lake City This Weekend

While CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, founder Denis Kitchen, and board member Paul Levitz are in New York City for a symposium on how the city has influenced comics, nerds in the west will be able to geek out at SLC Nerd, a one-day event taking place March 24 and featuring live music, cosplay, gaming,…

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CBLDF Founder, Board Member, and Executive Director to Present at COMIC NEW YORK: A SYMPOSIUM

March 19, 2012
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This weekend, CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen, board member Paul Levitz, and Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be participating in Comic New York: A Symposium, which will take place in the Low Library on the Columbia University campus. The two-day symposium "brings together creators and academics to discuss the intertwined histories of American comics and the…

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Win New Artwork for Your Walls in Latest Round of CBLDF Auctions

March 19, 2012
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Win New Artwork for Your Walls in Latest Round of CBLDF Auctions

Last week, CBLDF announced two important victories: Canada Customs dropped criminal charges against comics fan Ryan Matheson and PayPal rescinded their erotic content policy. In the latter case, CBLDF contributed $20,000 to Matheson's defense. However, Matheson is still $45,000 in debt, and CBLDF is working to help him pay it off. You can support the…

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Discusses The Contested Art & Legal Repercussions of R. v. Matheson

March 16, 2012
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein talked to Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter about the art at issue in R. v. Matheson, the CBLDF's legal case that recently concluded with criminal charges against the client being dropped. Brownstein sees this as a call to action for comics lovers to stand united in the face of…

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Criminal Charges Dropped in Canada Customs Manga Case

March 15, 2012
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Criminal Charges Dropped in Canada Customs Manga Case

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund are pleased to announce that the Crown has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v Matheson, the case previously described as the “Brandon X case,” which involved a comic book reader who faced criminal charges in Canada relating to comic books on…

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Ryan Matheson’s Personal Statement

March 15, 2012
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After being cleared of any wrongdoing, Ryan Matheson speaks out for the first time about the injustices he suffered at the hands of Canadian authorities because of the comics he had on his laptop. After the jump, he details the mistreatment he suffered in Canada and the profound trauma involved in defending himself against a…

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CBLDF’s Member Appreciation Events At WonderCon!

March 14, 2012
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CBLDF’s Member Appreciation Events At WonderCon!

This weekend the CBLDF is heading out to WonderCon in Anaheim, California, where we're offering two exclusive thank yous for new and returning members! Current members or members who sign up during the show get their choice of the CBLDF exclusive cover of Glory #23, signed by writer Joe Keatinge, or a signed Frank Quitely…

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GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party Benefits CBLDF

March 14, 2012
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GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party Benefits CBLDF

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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