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 ...

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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CBLDF Wishes You a Happy Fourth of July

July 4, 2011
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CBLDF Wishes You a Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! As we spend the day celebrating the United States, watching fireworks, and enjoying barbeques, let's also remember the fight for our freedoms, a fight that required the founding of a brand new nation. Not least of those freedoms: The freedom to say what's on our minds! Let's also remember the people…

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The Good Fighters: TFAW’s Andrew McIntire and Elisabeth Forsythe

July 1, 2011
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The Good Fighters: TFAW’s Andrew McIntire and Elisabeth Forsythe

To help fund its fight for Free Speech, CBLDF relies on many people, including the retailers who keep us in comic books and graphic novels. Retailers support us by becoming members, leaving a collection can on the counter, and putting on events in their stores to benefit CBLDF. In the case of Things From Another…

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CBLDF Applauds Ruling Invalidating Alaska Censorship Law!

July 1, 2011
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund welcomes today's decision to bar enforcement of an Alaska criminal statute that the Federal District Court held threatened to reduce all speech on the Internet “to only what is fit for children.” The court permanently barred enforcement of that statute because it violates First Amendment rights of free speech.…

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CBLDF Looks to Canada Customs Case

June 29, 2011
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CBLDF Looks to Canada Customs Case

Last week, CBLDF announced that we are forming a coalition to defend a new case involving an American citizen facing charges in Canada that could result in a minimum sentence of one year in prison and registering as a sex offender. In 2010, an American citizen, computer programmer, and comic book enthusiast in his mid-20s…

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Supreme Court Protects First Amendment Rights for Entertainment & New Media in Brown v. EMA Decision

June 28, 2011
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"California’s effort to regulate violent video games is the latest episode in a long series of failed attempts to censor violent entertainment for minors." --Justice Antonin Scalia in the majority opinion on Brown v. EMA CBLDF is delighted to be celebrating the resounding victory in Brown v. EMA that came with yesterday's 7-2 Supreme Court…

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CBLDF General Counsel Robert Corn-Revere Weighs in on Brown v. EMA Decision

June 27, 2011
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CBLDF General Counsel Robert Corn-Revere Weighs in on Brown v. EMA Decision

Supreme Court Invalidates California Law Restricting Violent Video Games (This article also available in MS Word and PDF.) By a vote of 7-2, the Supreme Court held that a California law restricting the sale or rental of “violent” video games violates the First Amendment. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion for the Court, reasoning that…

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CBLDF Cheers Free Speech Victory in Brown v. EMA!

June 27, 2011
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CBLDF Cheers Free Speech Victory in Brown v. EMA!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund applauds today's Supreme Court decision to affirm the First Amendment rights of creators, readers and retailers by denying states the ability to create new restrictions on violent content in Brown v. EMA. In a 7-2 decision, the high court struck down a California law that would have banned the…

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BREAKING — CBLDF Cheers Free Speech Victory in Brown v. EMA!

June 27, 2011
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UPDATED -- The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued its decision in Brown v. EMA, striking down the California law that attempted to ban the sale and display of violent video games to minors in a 7-2 decision. The majority decision, written by Justice Scalia, affirms that video games are protected by the First Amendment,…

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CBLDF Forms Coalition to Defend American Comics Reader Facing Criminal Charges In Canada

June 24, 2011
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CBLDF Forms Coalition to Defend American Comics Reader Facing Criminal Charges In Canada

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it is forming a coalition to support the legal defense of an American citizen who is facing criminal charges in Canada that could result in a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for comics brought into the country on his laptop. This incident is…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #12

June 23, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #12

Hi, Friends of Liberty! Welcome to the 12 installment of our behind the scenes sneak peeks of CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards. Past posts have centered on depictions of fan-fave characters created by well known artists like Matt Wagner, Stan Sakai, James Kochalka, Jeff Smith, Erik Larsen, and Todd McFarlane. Today, I’m going to show you…

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CBLDF Heads to the ALA Annual Conference with Exclusive Babymouse Print

June 22, 2011
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CBLDF Heads to the ALA Annual Conference with Exclusive Babymouse Print

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to announce its plans for the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference, taking place this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana! You'll find CBLDF at booth 1749 in the Graphic Novel Pavilion throughout the weekend! As part of our ongoing educational programming and outreach into the Library community,…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #11

June 21, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #11

Hello Friends of Liberty! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights of the comic book community. That means all of us: creators, publishers, distributors, retailers, librarians, and fans. It’s CBLDF’s mission to spring into action whenever and wherever we are needed to protect freedom of…

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