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 ...

Take a Look at Cryptozoic’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Gallery

August 3, 2011
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Take a Look at Cryptozoic’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Gallery

Thanks to Crytptozoic Entertainment, we will soon see the release of the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards! Dozens of creators have contributed bonus cards, including autograph cards and sketch cards, to the series! Cryptozoic has been keeping a running tally of the creators who've lent their talents, and you can find the latest updates here. Support…

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Listen to CBLDF: 25 Years of Protecting Creativity Panel from SDCC

August 2, 2011
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Listen to CBLDF: 25 Years of Protecting Creativity Panel from SDCC

Bleeding Cool has posted audio and video for several panels from Comic-Con International. Among them is a recording of CBLDF: 25 Years of Protecting Creativity, which took place on Saturday, July 23, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in Room 9. The panel description: When the CBLDF was established in 1986 it was to defend a…

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Defending the Art: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Talks to Graphic Novel Reporter

August 1, 2011
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Defending the Art: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Talks to Graphic Novel Reporter

John Hogan with Graphic Novel Reporter recently took time to speak to CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein about CBLDF and how it's mission has evolved over the last 25 years. In addition to getting the latest details on CBLDF's Canada Customs Case, Hogan asked about the specific challenges comics face. Brownstein succinctly described how the…

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CBLDF at SDCC: The Roundup

July 29, 2011
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CBLDF at SDCC: The Roundup

Comic-Con has come and gone, and with it, another exciting week of events with CBLDF! From the debut of new t-shirts and new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrances to CBLDF Master Sessions with some of the biggest names in the industry to our annual benefit auction, the Fund had a great week at Booth 1920,…

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Bill Willingham Auctions DOWN THE MYSTERLY RIVER to Benefit CBLDF

July 28, 2011
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Bill Willingham is the writer of the ever-popular and award-winning series Fables. He has also authored prose spin-offs of the series, including Down the Mysterly River, which will be in stores in mid-September. To support CBLDF, WIllingham has donated an advance reading copy of the book, which you can bid on now! During Comic-Con, Willingham…

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SDCC: Latest Donations for CBLDF’s Benefit Auction

July 23, 2011
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SDCC: Latest Donations for CBLDF’s Benefit Auction

The CBLDF Benefit Auction, sponsored by TFAW, gets started at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Bayfront in the Sapphire Ballroom. You can see a most of the artwork in the slideshow below, but we've also added some great pieces onsite! The gallery that follows features the latest additions, and you can find the bidding rules…

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SDCC: First Look at CBLDF Booth 1920!

July 20, 2011
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SDCC: First Look at CBLDF Booth 1920!

Lines have formed and costumes have been dusted off -- it's almost time for Comic-Con! CBLDF is on the scene and ready to go at booth 1920 with an amazing assortment of new items. Here's your first peak at the booth! Don't miss our new shirts from John Cassaday and Matt Wagner! We have new…

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Cosmic Comics Hosts Captain America Giveaway CBLDF Bake Sale on Saturday!

July 20, 2011
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This Saturday Las Vegas fans can celebrate the arrival of Captain America in theaters and support the CBLDF thanks to Cosmic Comics! Cosmic Comics will be having a Captain America: the First Avenger giveaway and fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Click thru…

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SDCC Premiere: All New John Cassaday & Matt Wagner T-Shirts from Graphitti Designs!

July 18, 2011
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SDCC Premiere:  All New John Cassaday & Matt Wagner T-Shirts from Graphitti Designs!

Graphitti Designs, the master purveyors of pop-culture apparel are supporting the Fund with the launch of two brand-new CBLDF benefit tees! First up is John Cassaday, whose Uncle Sam design makes a powerful statement about the fight to defend Free Speech! Then Matt Wagner delivers an incredible new image of Grendel leaping into action! Graphitti…

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CBLDF Comic-Con Auction Preview!

July 18, 2011
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CBLDF Comic-Con Auction Preview!

It's Here! The CBLDF's biggest auction of the year! Full item listing after the jump, with instructions for bidding at the show and from all over the world!

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SDCC Premiere: BPAL & J. Gonzo K.O. Censorship With New Luchadore Inspired Print & Fragrance Set!

July 18, 2011
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SDCC Premiere: BPAL & J. Gonzo K.O. Censorship With New Luchadore Inspired Print & Fragrance Set!

It's a tag team for free speech when Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and J. Gonzo team up to benefit the CBLDF with an incredible new Luchadore inspired print & fragrance set celebrating the launch of J. Gonzo's amazing new series La Mano del Destino! It's a battle of titans with the First Amendment at stake!…

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SDCC: You’re Invited To CBLDF’s 25th Anniversary Comic-Con Welcome Party!

July 18, 2011
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SDCC: You’re Invited To CBLDF’s 25th Anniversary Comic-Con Welcome Party!

Celebrate Comic-Con and the CBLDF's 25 years of defending comics at the CBLDF 25th Anniversary Welcome Party! Image Comics and Threadless are pulling out all the stops for this year's party with an astonishing gift bag for the first 200 attendees, stunning raffle gifts, and the launch of the new Threadless Comics Tee: Noir!

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SDCC: You’re Invited to the CBLDF Benefit Auction!

July 18, 2011
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SDCC: You’re Invited to the CBLDF Benefit Auction!

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SDCC: CBLDF Master Sessions & Panels!

July 18, 2011
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SDCC: CBLDF Master Sessions & Panels!

Throughout Comic-Con International, July 20-24, you'll find amazing signed premiums and CBLDF exclusives at Booth 1920. But the action doesn't stop there -- CBLDF has an incredible series of panels throughout the weekend! From learning at the feet of comics masters, such as Jaime Hernandez, Matt Wagner, David Peterson, and more, to getting the latest…

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Bonfire Agency Launches CBLDF’s First Consumer Advertising Campaign

July 15, 2011
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Bonfire Agency Launches CBLDF’s First Consumer Advertising Campaign

With the recent announcement of CBLDF's Canada Customs Case, CBLDF gained a valuable new partner in the fight for Free Speech: Bonfire Agency. Bonfire, a firm specializing in pop culture marketing, took on the heady task of helping CBLDF reach out to supporters with the first consumer advertising campaign in CBLDF's history. To support CBLDF’s…

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