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 ...

Frank Miller, Karen Berger & Babymouse Champion Free Speech In Be Counted Week 3

October 4, 2011
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Frank Miller, Karen Berger & Babymouse Champion Free Speech In Be Counted Week 3

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues its Be Counted membership drive this week, with generous incentives from legendary cartoonist Frank Miller, groundbreaking editor Karen Berger, and the unstoppable team behind Babymouse & Squish - three time Newbery Award honoree Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm! The CBLDF needs to raise $100,000 by October 31…

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Babymouse Creators Stand Up For Free Speech In New CBLDF Fundraisers!

October 4, 2011
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Babymouse Creators Stand Up For Free Speech In New CBLDF Fundraisers!

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm don't just tell stories about doing the right thing, they're also putting their ethics into action to support free expression in a new round of fundraisers benefiting the First Amendment rights organization Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Right now CBLDF is in the midst of Be Counted, a membership…

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CBLDF Auctions Heat Up

October 3, 2011
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CBLDF Auctions Heat Up

When we announced our latest round of auctions last week, supporters jumped at the chance to win amazing original art from Sandman, Fear Itself, Rose, and more! You still have a chance to win these spectacular pieces of art for your wall, but most of the auctions end October 8, so get your bids in…

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Craig Thompson Helps CBLDF Bring in $4,700 During APE!

October 3, 2011
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Craig Thompson Helps CBLDF Bring in $4,700 During APE!

CBLDF landed in sunny San Francisco over the weekend to celebrate independent comics during the Alternative Press Expo. Team CBLDF spent the weekend putting exclusive signed premiums into the hands of fans, raising $4,700 to help CBLDF fight the Canada Customs Case! The aisles were packed, as indie comics fans picked up the latest work…

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Be Counted At APE!

September 30, 2011
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Be Counted At APE!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is exhibiting at table 239 at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, where Craig Thompson will be signing copies of his new graphic novel Habibi to raise money for our important legal work! In addition to Craig's appearances, the Fund will be offering a wide array…

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The Good Fighters: Kathryn & Stuart Immonen

September 30, 2011
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The Good Fighters: Kathryn & Stuart Immonen

To meet Kathryn and Stuart Immonen is a bit like meeting a modern-day Nick and Nora Charles. Sure, they're a bit more profane, but they have all the sharp and witty repartee of the bantering married duo that defined the Thin Man movies. (You can enjoy some of this banter on their blog.) The Immonens…

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CBLDF Receives Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval

September 29, 2011
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CBLDF Receives Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it has received the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval in an assignment from the now-defunct Comic Magazine Association of America, which administrated the Code since the 1950s. The Comics Code Seal comes to the CBLDF during Banned Books Week, a…

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Comics College Continues with Jared Fletcher on October 8th!

September 28, 2011
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The CBLDF's Comic College series continues with letterer and designer Jared Fletcher (X-Men, Ex Machina, Batman and Robin). Jared's master session will focus on the creation of a memorable logo, from brainstorming to initial design to final execution. Jared's work on the X teams' logos was recently featured on Comics Alliance. Comics College is a…

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Latest Artists To The Rescue Auctions Include FEAR ITSELF and SANDMAN Originals!

September 28, 2011
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Latest Artists To The Rescue Auctions Include FEAR ITSELF and SANDMAN Originals!

Last week, we announced the latest wave of Artists to the Rescue auctions, with gorgeous pieces by Mike Mignola -- donated by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, no less! We have more pieces from the Immonen's personal collection up for auction this week! First up, we have a gorgeous Sandman page by Jill Thompson! The page…

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Be Counted Week 2 Launches With SNL Tickets, Tom Brevoort, Chris Burnham & Bleeding Cool!

September 27, 2011
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Be Counted Week 2 Launches With SNL Tickets, Tom Brevoort, Chris Burnham & Bleeding Cool!

This week the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues its Be Counted membership drive with brand new membership rewards including Saturday Night Live tickets and a meet and greet with Seth Meyers; a professional development review with Marvel SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort; a variety of thank you's from Batman Incorporated artist Chris Burnham, and…

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Charity Art Auction at Webcomics Con Benefits CBLDF

September 27, 2011
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Webcomics Con is a brand new convention celebrating online funnies October 1-2, 2011, in Norwalk, Connecticut. One of the events at the inaugural edition of Webcomics Con is a charity auction benefiting CBLDF and Hero Initiative! If you're attending, don't miss the auction, which will take place from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Sawmill…

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CBLDF Comics College Hits the Left Coast with PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY IN COMICS

September 26, 2011
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CBLDF Comics College Hits the Left Coast with PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY IN COMICS

The CBLDF is proud to announce our next Comics College Master Session: Promotion and Publicity in Comics! Join author Sam Humphries (Our Love is Real, Fraggle Rock) and journalist Andy Khouri for this in-depth workshop and Q&A. Learn the secrets of promotion from both sides of the publicity equation! Humphries will be sharing lessons from…

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It’s Banned Books Week!

September 26, 2011
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It’s Banned Books Week!

This week, we celebrate the freedom to read with Banned Books Week! CBLDF is a sponsor of this important week-long event. You can show your support by reading some of the books and comics that have been challenged in libraries around the country and by becoming a member of the Fund. You can also join…

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NYC: Volunteer Recruitment Party on Sep 27!

September 22, 2011
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The CBLDF Wants You! Sign up to volunteer at the CBLDF's NYC Volunteer Recruitment Party at Jim Hanley's Universe (4 West 33rd St.). As New York Comic-Con approaches, the CBLDF needs the help of dedicated volunteers more than ever. If you have a talent and the desire to put it to work for a good…

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Manga Is Not A Crime!

September 22, 2011
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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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