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 ...

CBLDF Joins National Organizations in Condemning Arizona School Censorship

January 30, 2012
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In response to an Arizona state law banning the teaching of ethnic studies courses, the Tucson Unified School District released a list of books that have been banned from the classroom. Popular textbooks, novels, and collections by revered Mexican American and Native American authors were among the titles removed from classrooms. CBLDF has joined a…

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Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested, Released During Weekend Occupy Oakland Protests

January 30, 2012
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by Betsy Gomez Over the weekend, more than 400 people were taken in during a mass arrest in response to the latest Occupy Oakland protests. Cartoonist Susie Cagle, who was arrested during protests in November, was one of several credential journalists taken in during the mass arrest despite Oakland Police Department policy that members of…

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Comics Alliance Talks to Cliff Chiang About the CBLDF Member Card Artwork

January 27, 2012
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Comics Alliance Talks to Cliff Chiang About the CBLDF Member Card Artwork

Comics Alliance sat down with superstar artist Cliff Chiang to talk about the gorgeous original artwork he created for the 2012 member card. Keep reading to find out what Chiang told Comics Alliance about his motivation behind the artwork. Fight Censorship! Celebrate Liberty! Join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today, and get your own…

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The Good Fighters: Louise Nemschoff

January 27, 2012
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The Good Fighters: Louise Nemschoff

Lawyers too often get a bum rap. Even Shakespeare couldn't help himself from dumping on lawyers with his imminently quotable quip, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." But that's really not fair. A good many lawyers work selflessly and passionately to advance the greater good. Louise Nemschoff is most certainly among…

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CBLDF Member Appreciation Events In New Orleans This Weekend!

January 27, 2012
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CBLDF Member Appreciation Events In New Orleans This Weekend!

Member Appreciation Party, Free Gifts For Members & Librarians, and Much More! This weekend the CBLDF thanks the members supporting our First Amendment legal work at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con! The festivities kick off at Crescent City Comics tonight, where we’ll have a Member Appreciation Welcome Party with free gifts for CBLDF members,…

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CBLDF Announces 2012 Member Benefits!

January 26, 2012
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CBLDF Announces 2012 Member Benefits!

Fight Censorship! Celebrate Liberty! Join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today! Today, the CBLDF unveiled its 2012 Membership Drive, featuring the best incentives and benefits in the free speech community, starting off with a stunning membership card by superstar creator Cliff Chiang! Channeling the classic depiction of Liberty through the influence of WPA art…

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Come Support CBLDF At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con!

January 24, 2012
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Come Support CBLDF At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con!

This weekend come support the CBLDF's First Amendment legal work at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con! The festivities kick off at Crescent City Comics on Friday night, where we'll have a Member Appreciation Welcome Party with free gifts for CBLDF members, a raffle, and more! Then, you can visit us all weekend at Wizard…

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Great Books, Great Authors Up for Auction Now!

January 23, 2012
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Great Books, Great Authors Up for Auction Now!

by Betsy Gomez The CBLDF is kicking the year off right, with some amazing items from our archives! From classic books that every library needs to books signed by some of the greatest authors and artists to work in comics, this round of auctions has something for every fan! Keep reading for a rundown of…

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Tunisian Trial Over Airing of Persepolis Movie Delayed Until April

January 23, 2012
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by Betsy Gomez The trial of Nabil Karoui, the director of Tunisia's Nessma television channel, has been delayed until April. Karoui is on trial because he approved the airing of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi's film adaptation of her critically acclaimed graphic novel. The movie has a scene that depicts God, a portrayal that is not permitted…

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First Amendment Center Analyzes Supreme Court Decision on Golan v. Holder

January 20, 2012
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First Amendment Center Analyzes Supreme Court Decision on Golan v. Holder

by Betsy Gomez Last year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Golan v. Holder, a case that pitted copyright law against the First Amendment. This week, the Supreme Court passed down their decision on the case, a 6-2 vote that upheld the Uruguay Round Agreements Act that extended copyright protection to creative foreign works that…

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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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