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 ...

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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Comics Reporter Talks To CBLDF’s Larry Marder & Charles Brownstein!

December 30, 2011
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The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon spoke to CBLDF President Larry Marder & Executive Director Charles Brownstein in an extensive interview on the organization's current work. Check it out here!

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Today In Comics Showcases First Wave of Comics Code Censorship Articles

December 30, 2011
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Today In Comics Showcases First Wave of Comics Code Censorship Articles

57 years ago today the first news of how the recently formed Comics Code Authority censored comics hit the wires, and Tim Stroup's excellent "Today In Comics" blog has the clippings. Stroup gathers stories from five news services that covered Comics Code administrator Charles Murphy's press conference touting the organization's work to diminish the impact…

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There’s Still Time To Fight Censorship in 2011! Please Make A Tax-Deductible Donation Today!

December 26, 2011
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There’s Still Time To Fight Censorship in 2011! Please Make A Tax-Deductible Donation Today!

There's still time to make a difference in the fight against censorship by making a contribution to the CBLDF today! All donations made up until midnight on December 31 are tax-deductible in 2011, and support the Fund's urgent work. Additionally, all new, renewing and gift memberships made by December 31 will be matched with a…

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CBLDF’s The Spirit of Giving Donation and Gift Drive Ends Today!

December 16, 2011
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CBLDF’s The Spirit of Giving Donation and Gift Drive Ends Today!

Thanks to the generous help of The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, CBLDF has had a wonderful holiday season with The Spirit of Giving drive! Throughout the drive, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation has made a contribution of $1 for every donation and gift order placed on CBLDF’s website. Today marks the…

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