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 ...

Join CBLDF Executive Director for CLE Credit Program Discussing PROTECT Act

May 10, 2012
By

On Wednesday, May 23, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be part of a continuing legal education program discussing the PROTECT Act, the federal law under which Christopher Handley was prosecuted for the possession of child pornography. Authorities alleged that Handley's manga collection contained obscene depictions of children in sexual situations. Several other individuals have…

Read more »

Iranian Cartoonist Sentenced to Lashes for Depiction of Conservative MP

May 9, 2012
By

Iranian political cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye has been sentenced to 25 lashed for his depiction of conservative Member of Parliament Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani. Ashtiani was among a group of Iranian politicians who had been criticized for interfering with the country's sports. In his cartoon, Shokraye depicted Ashtiani dressed as a soccer player. Ashtiani sued Shokraye, claiming…

Read more »

Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

May 8, 2012
By
Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

The response to the Threadless Comics-On Tees vol. 6 design challenge has been phenomenal, with 73 artists having a go at designing the first in a series of four shirts featuring Neil Gaiman's "The Day the Saucers Came." The challenge isn't over yet -- the Threadless community of 1.8 million users is voting on their…

Read more »

comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

May 7, 2012
By
comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced today that comiXology — the world's largest digital comics platform with over 60 million downloads to date — has become the organization's newest Corporate Member. ComiXology joins industry leaders Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics, Legendary Comics, Random House, and Threadless as Corporate Members…

Read more »

Tunisian Broadcaster Fined for Showing PERSEPOLIS

May 7, 2012
By

After a delayed trial, a panel of five judges convicted Nabil Karoui, the director of Tunisia's Nessma television channel, of "disturbing public order" and "threatening public morals" for airing Persepolis, the animated film version of Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed graphic novel. The film has a brief depiction of God, which is considered offensive by many Muslims.…

Read more »

Support CBLDF on FCBD!

May 4, 2012
By
Support CBLDF on FCBD!

Free Comic Book Day 2012 is this Saturday, May 5, and folks are ready to head to their favorite local comic shop to pick up a spectacular assortment of free comics! Among the offerings for this year’s FCBD: CBLDF and BOOM! Town’s The Censored Howard Cruse, a sneak peek of The Other Sides of Howard…

Read more »

Only One Day Left to Enter the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge!

May 3, 2012
By
Only One Day Left to Enter the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge!

Artists! If you've ever dreamed of illustrating a Neil Gaiman story, you still have one more day to submit your design to the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge! If you win, your t-shirt design will be released alongside shirts by Ben Templesmith (Fell, 30 Days of Night), Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City), and John Cassaday…

Read more »

Protect Yourself at International Borders

May 3, 2012
By
Protect Yourself at International Borders

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place this weekend, and CBLDF wants to make comics fans and creators crossing the border into Canada aware of their rights. Last year, several creators were subject to intrusive search on their way to TCAF, and creators Tom Neely and Dylan Williams had books seized by Canada Customs. In…

Read more »

Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein at 37th Annual Long Island Library Conference

May 2, 2012
By

The 37th Annual Long Island Library Conference takes place tomorrow, May 3, and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be on hand to present "With Great Stories Comes Great Responsibility, a program that addresses the unique challenges that comics and graphic novels face in libraries. Brownstein will be speaking from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.…

Read more »

Ban of Dirty Bastard Beer Sets Uncomfortable Precedent

May 1, 2012
By

In April, the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer statewide because of the language used on the beer's label. Beer and wine are common commodities on Alabama store shelves, and the beer was banned because of concerns over children seeing the language used on the label. The ban, while…

Read more »

Join the CBLDF Team as a Website Contributor!

May 1, 2012
By
Join the CBLDF Team as a Website Contributor!

Are you a journalism student looking for blogging experience? Or a fan of comics and manga with great writing skills and something to say about Free Speech? Are you an educator or librarian who's a dedicated supporter of the First Amendment? CBLDF would like to include your voice on our website! CBLDF is looking for…

Read more »

Tucson School District Blocks Renowned Chicana Author’s Visit

April 30, 2012
By

Since ending the acclaimed Mexican American Studies program, the Tucson Independent School District has done little to ameliorate the outcry about censorship that has arisen in response. TUSD's latest move is unlikely to help them win any friends: the school district recently rejected an offer to read from award-winning author Ana Castillo. Castillo offered to…

Read more »

Arizona Legislature Narrows Focus of Worrisome Electronic Speech Bill

April 27, 2012
By

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…

Read more »

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

April 27, 2012
By

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…

Read more »

CBLDF Attends 10th Anniversary MoCCA Fest This Weekend!

April 27, 2012
By
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…

Read more »