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 ...

ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE, WAVE II — ORIGINAL ART AUCTIONS BENEFIT CBLDF!

September 20, 2011
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ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE, WAVE II — ORIGINAL ART AUCTIONS BENEFIT CBLDF!

With the Canada Customs Case drawing closer, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues its vital fundraising auctions with help from artists across the wide spectrum of the comic book industry. In an effort to raise over $100,000 by the end of October, artist supporters and Fund members have truly stepped up and provided benefit…

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OUR LOVE IS REAL Auctions and Events Benefit CBLDF

September 19, 2011
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OUR LOVE IS REAL Auctions and Events Benefit CBLDF

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is currently raising money for an incredibly important case -- a case that could potentially set a precedent that would protect comic book content crossing the border into Canada. With this urgent case on the horizon, the creators of Our Love Is Real, one of the most provocative comics…

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Creators and Retailers Unite for CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 Signings

September 19, 2011
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Creators and Retailers Unite for CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 Signings

CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 hits shelves on October 12. In celebration, retailers around the world are having signings with several of the creators who contributed to the best LIBERTY ANNUAL yet! CBLDF is delighted to have the support of retailers and creators not only for CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011, but also for UNITED AGAINST CENSORSHIP,…

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First Amendment Center Comments on Doonesbury Censorship

September 16, 2011
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First Amendment Center Comments on Doonesbury Censorship

This week, the print edition of the Chicago Tribune chose not to run Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip because it did not meet their "standards of fairness." The strip included excerpts from Joe McGinniss's upcoming biography of Sarah Palin, and the move by the Tribune has many decrying the silencing of satire. First Amendment Center…

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Publishers Weekly Reports on SPX

September 15, 2011
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Publishers Weekly Reports on SPX

CBLDF wasn't the only group to have a stellar Small Press Expo -- Heidi McDonald and Calvin Reid reported on the event for Publishers Weekly, noting SPX's record-breaking attendance and great sales! PW cited the attendance of comics superstars Chester Brown and Craig Thompson, the latter of which debuted advance copies of his new graphic…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary: CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards are ON SALE NOW!

September 14, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary: CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards are ON SALE NOW!

Help support free speech by picking up Cryptozoic Entertainment’s CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards, in stores NOW! Hi, Friends of Liberty! After a year of collaboration, preparation and production with Cryptozoic Entertainment, I finally had the finished product in my hands: factory sealed, unopened boxes of CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards. Like any project I’ve ever worked…

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SPX Raises $12,500 for CBLDF!

September 13, 2011
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SPX Raises $12,500 for CBLDF!

Last weekend the art comics world stepped up their support for CBLDF by contributing $12,500 towards our program work during SPX 2011! Comics royalty, including Craig Thompson, Roz Chast, and Sara Varon, performed exclusive fundraisers for the Fund. Thompson premiered his new magnum opus Habibi in a special signed and numbered preview edition of 100.…

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Virtual Read-out of Banned Books Is Launched

September 13, 2011
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Virtual Read-out of Banned Books Is Launched

Readers from across the United States and around the world are demonstrating their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that will culminate during the 29th annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1), the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Individuals, libraries and bookstores are…

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CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards in Stores this Week

September 12, 2011
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CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards in Stores this Week

The wait for Cryptozoic Entertainment's CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards is finally over! Featuring all of the epic First Amendment battles that comic books have faced, from the marathon Senate hearings of the 1950s to today's attacks on readers, CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards hit shelves this week! All proceeds from the sale of the cards benefit…

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CBLDF Comics College Kicks Off with Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak on September 17!

September 9, 2011
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The CBLDF is proud to announce Comics College, a series of Master Sessions held at our New York City offices, featuring expert advice and insight from professionals of the industry. These sessions will be an opportunity for aspiring creators to learn about the craft and business of comics from experts. Our first session delves into…

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The Cartoons that Shook the World

September 9, 2011
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When Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks drew political cartoons that depicted the prophet Muhammad, he probably didn't recognize just how much danger he was putting himself into. In the six years since, he's gone to extreme lengths to preserve his safety. The Sydney Morning Herald ran an interesting article this week discussing the fallout of Vilks's…

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Craig Thompson Talks SPX and Habibi

September 8, 2011
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Craig Thompson Talks SPX and Habibi

CBLDF is delighted to launch Craig Thompson's highly anticipated new graphic novel, Habibi, during SPX 2011. You can get one of 100 signed and numbered advance copies of this gorgeous book during the show! CBLDF is also auctioning an exclusive lunch with Thompson. Thompson recently spoke with Mike Rhode at the Washington City Paper about…

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Events at SPX to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

September 7, 2011
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Events at SPX to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce two fundraising events that will occur at the 2011 festival. Roz Chast original cartoons New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, known for her single-panel cartoons, illustration work and children's books, will draw…

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SPX 11: Jeff Alexander Memorial Auction Preview – UPDATED

September 6, 2011
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SPX 11: Jeff Alexander Memorial Auction Preview – UPDATED

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the organizers of SPX are proud to honor the memory of Jeff Alexander by launching an annual benefit auction in his name at this year's convention. Jeff Alexander was a friend to the small press community, both as a cartoonist and an organizer of SPX and the Ignatz…

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Mike Diana Talks to Richardson Magazine

September 2, 2011
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In 1997 -- in spite of aid from CBLDF -- Mike Diana became the first American artist to be convicted of obscenity in the United States. Diana is the controversial creator of the zine Boiled Angel, and his work contains graphic and often shocking depictions of society’s most serious problems: child abuse, date rape, and…

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