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 ...

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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SMILE for the CBLDF with Raina Telgemeier!

July 15, 2011
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SMILE for the CBLDF with Raina Telgemeier!

Raina Telgemeier is the creator behind Smile, an award-winning autobiographical graphic novel that Publishers Weekly calls, "A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl..." Telgemeier also adapted and drew several The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels and co-wrote the bestselling X-Men: Misfits…

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Judge Hears Arguments in Case Challenging Search of Electronic Devices at Borders

July 12, 2011
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In the past three years, nearly 12,000 people have had their electronic devices searched when crossing international borders into the United States. These searches are being challenged in Abidor v. Napolitano, a case that could have repercussions for anyone carrying electronic devices when crossing international borders into the United States. The case sheds light on…

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Babymouse Supports Free Speech with the CBLDF

July 11, 2011
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Babymouse Supports Free Speech with the CBLDF

Babymouse, the star of the eponymous and award-winning graphic novel series, supports Free Speech and has plenty to say about it! Fans of the extremely popular Babymouse series were treated to something special at this year's ALA annual conference: the premiere of a CBLDF-exclusive Babymouse print, illustrated by series artist Matthew Holm! As an extra…

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More Artists Join the CBLDF/TFAW Third Annual Auction Event!

July 8, 2011
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More Artists Join the CBLDF/TFAW Third Annual Auction Event!

CBLDF and TFAW are gearing up for our Third Annual Autograph Card / CBLDF Auction Event at Comic-Con International, and we're already saving our pennies to bid on some exceptional pieces! We've added more folks to the lineup and the art has started rolling in. Here's the latest lineup, and don't miss the gallery that…

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Crazy 8 Press Launches with CBLDF Benefit at Shore Leave 33

July 7, 2011
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Crazy 8 Press Launches with CBLDF Benefit at Shore Leave 33

This weekend, the founders of Crazy 8 Press -- Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein -- take their superhero act on the road to attend Shore Leave 33 and support the CBLDF in the process! Shore Leave 33, a fan-run science fiction convention, takes place July 8-10,…

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Canada Customs Case in the News

July 6, 2011
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Canada Customs Case in the News

With the recent spate of legal victories that CBLDF has celebrated, Brigid Alverson with CBR's Robot 6 blog took a moment to touch base with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein about the Canada Customs Case: It’s been a momentous week for the CBLDF. Last Friday we announced our decision to build a coalition to aid…

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The Alaska Press Reacts to Recent Invalidation of Senate Bill 222

July 5, 2011
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Sometimes, even the best intentions produce overly-broad laws that cannot be enforced or that violate the First Amendment rights of innocent parties. Last year, Alaska passed Senate Bill 222 with the intent to protect minors, but the language of the law put an unreasonable burden on internet users, including comic book creators and retailers selling…

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