Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

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 ...

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 ...

Arizona Legislature Narrows Focus of Worrisome Electronic Speech Bill

April 27, 2012
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Earlier this month, we announced that Arizona's HB 2549 -- a bill that could have limited constitutionally-protected electronic speech -- had been pulled back by the state legislature for revision. This week, Eugene Volokh with The Volokh Conspiracy laid out those revisions, discussing how the revisions conform to constitutional standards. In sharing a letter written…

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CBLDF Hosts Member Appreciation Signings & More at Stumptown Comics Fest!

April 27, 2012
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This weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will represent the organization at the Stumptown Comics Festival, where we'll have signings from Craig Thompson, Dan Piraro, and Ron Randall, as well as a huge array of signed comics and graphic novels that you can get for making a donation in support of our important work! Stumptown…

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CBLDF Attends 10th Anniversary MoCCA Fest This Weekend!

April 27, 2012
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CBLDF Attends 10th Anniversary MoCCA Fest This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Alex Cox will be joining comics creators, publishers, and fans in New York City for MoCCA Fest 2012, the 10th anniversary of the festival that benefits the work of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Photographer Seth Kushner, writer Christopher Irving, and artists Dean Haspiel and Peter Kuper will…

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LA Times Festival of Books Tells A Success Story For CBLDF!

April 26, 2012
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LA Times Festival of Books Tells A Success Story For CBLDF!

Last weekend, Deputy Director Alex Cox traveled to Los Angeles to represent the CBLDF at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It was a terrific weekend, featuring signings by Sam Humphries (left) and Lev Grossman. The CBLDF raised $3,000 for our important work protecting free speech, and got a glance of a small sliver…

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Dr. Seuss Quote Banned in Canadian Classrooms

April 26, 2012
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Dr. Seuss Quote Banned in Canadian Classrooms

According to one school district in British Columbia, Canadian teachers shouldn't be allowed to display a quote by Dr. Seuss. The Prince Rupert School District banned a quote from Seuss's classic Yertle the Turtle from classrooms after declaring that the quote violated a district policy against political speech in classrooms. Basically, the district declared the…

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ACLU Connects the Comics Code and Video Game Bill

April 25, 2012
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In a recent post, Gabe Rottman with the ACLU discussed the connection between the self-censorship of comics and HR 4204, a bill introduced in Congress that requires that all games with a rating above E (for Everyone) carry a label warning parents that exposure to violent video games has been linked to violent behavior. The…

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Comics-On Tees Submissions Online, Challenge Ends Soon!

April 24, 2012
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Threadless and CBLDF announced the Comics-On Tees vol. 6 Design Challenge at C2E2, and submissions have started rolling in! Artists are creating their vision of Neil Gaiman's original script, The Day the Saucers Came, and the winner of the contest will have their work printed on the first of four Comics-On Tees shirts, alongside Ben…

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CBLDF Executive Director Joins Everyday Superheroes for 37th Annual Long Island Library Conference

April 23, 2012
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On Thursday, May 3, 2012, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will join librarians, patrons, and educators from throughout Long Island for the 37th Annual Long Island Library Conference. This educational forum provides instructive programming and networking opportunities that help improve the quality of libraries in the Long Island community. This year's theme: Everyday Superheroes at…

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Columbia University Posts Video from COMIC NEW YORK: A SYMPOSIUM

April 20, 2012
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by Betsy Gomez I don't know about the rest of you, but as a West Coast gal, I was pretty bereft that I couldn't attend Comic New York: A Symposium, the two-day event that brought together comics creators and academics to discuss American comics and the role New York City played in their establishment. I…

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CBLDF Heads to LA for the Festival of Books!

April 20, 2012
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CBLDF Heads to LA for the Festival of Books!

CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox is headed to the West Coast this weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, joining a cadre of authors and book lovers for the annual celebration of the printed word! If you live in the area, head over the University of Southern California campus this weekend for sunshine…

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CBLDF’s History of Comics Censorship Presentation, Annotated by Joe Sergi’s Cup of Geek

April 19, 2012
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CBLDF’s History of Comics Censorship Presentation, Annotated by Joe Sergi’s Cup of Geek

Joe Sergi, blogger for Cup of Geek went to the CBLDF presentation The History (And Future) of Comics Censorship at C2E2 last weekend and wrote an extensive recap of the panel, with additional research and annotations by the author. CBLDF is pleased to represent Sergi's post in full as a resource for our members and…

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Chicago Shows Huge Support At C2E2!

April 18, 2012
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Chicago Shows Huge Support At C2E2!

Last weekend the CBLDF team was at C2E2 in Chicago where we launched a huge t-shirt project with Threadless, delivered a presentation on the history of comics censorship, signed up over 30 new members, and raised more than $7,300 for our important work. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recaps the festivities after the jump!

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter to the Man Who Burnt His Books

April 17, 2012
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On occasion, the victims of censorship take the opportunity to face their censors directly. However, few artists respond with the humor and aplomb exhibited in a letter written in 1973 to Charles McCarthy, the head of the school board at Drake High School in North Dakota. The author of this letter? Kurt Vonnegut. Click through…

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Protestors Take Over Tucson School Board Meeting

April 16, 2012
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Last week, the Tucson Unified School Board voted 3-2 against renewing the contract for Sean Arce, the director of the school district's disbanded Mexican American Studies program, in spite of support voiced during the public-comment period of the meeting. In response, protestors tied themselves together with zip ties and chanted in support of the MAS…

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Threadless Design Challenge Opens Submissions to Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 by Neil Gaiman!

April 14, 2012
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Threadless Design Challenge Opens Submissions to Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 by Neil Gaiman!

Threadless kicked off the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) last night with a benefit party for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at Threadless Headquarters where a new fundraising effort for the non-profit organization was announced. In July, Threadless will launch Comics-On Tees Vol. 6, a series of four tees based on the poem The…

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