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 ...

CBLDF Auctions Massive Molly Crabapple Original

May 17, 2011
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CBLDF Auctions Massive Molly Crabapple Original

Bid Now! The auction for this artistic tour de force is live now. Bids can be placed online here. Press Release (and more photos!) available below the cut ...

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #1

May 17, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #1

CBLDF President Larry Marder takes you behind the scenes of the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards with this first hand diary of his experiences putting the set together! Today he shows off how the set's sketch cards came to be, and takes you with him as he visits Rob Liefeld & Scott McCloud to get them…

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How to Keep Customs From Seizing Your Comics

May 16, 2011
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How to Keep Customs From Seizing Your Comics

The crew over at Gamma Squad took a moment to touch base with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein about the latest comic book seizures by Canada Customs and to outline some tips for protecting yourself when crossing the border. Brownstein talks about why books are seized: “It’s always hard to say why customs agents seize…

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CBLDF President Larry Marder on CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards

May 12, 2011
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CBLDF President Larry Marder on CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards

I’m Larry Marder, creator of Beanworld and President of the Board for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and I’m here today to talk about the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards. So what are these cards? Let me tell you! Ripped from the lurid headlines of yesteryear, the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards relate the history --…

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Tom Neely & Dylan Williams Speak Out On Their Customs Seizure Experience

May 12, 2011
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Tom Neely & Dylan Williams Speak Out On Their Customs Seizure Experience

Last weekend artist Tom Neely and publisher Dylan Williams were stopped and searched by Canada Customs on their way to the Toronto Comics Art Festival. Customs officers seized copies of two items they were bringing to the festival, Black Eye, an anthology of comics Neely contributed to, and Young Lions, a graphic novel by Blaise…

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The Good Fighters: Jeffrey Brown

May 11, 2011
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The Good Fighters: Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown finds truth in the personal and intimate details that dominate our lives. Even his most autobiographical work is relatable, adeptly capturing the unease we all occasionally feel as we go about life. Brown's first book, Clumsy, defined his ability to articulate the bittersweetness and awkwardness that follows most people around, an ability that…

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CBLDF Looking for a Law Student Intern

May 11, 2011
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CBLDF Looking for a Law Student Intern

Attention current law students! Are you looking for a way to support CBLDF and build your resume at the same time? Here's your chance: CBLDF is looking for a law student summer intern! The CBLDF law student summer intern will research, draft, and coordinate publication of short articles in bar journals directed at criminal law…

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CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards Are Coming This Summer!

May 10, 2011
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CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards Are Coming This Summer!

Available For Preorder Now! This summer CBLDF and Cryptozoic Entertainment are teaming up to bring you the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards, a 72 card set telling the story of comics censorship, with a ton of great sketch and autograph chase cards by the greatest talent in the comics industry! This month the CBLDF will be…

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CBLDF Auctions Neil the Pencil-Necked Weasel

May 10, 2011
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CBLDF Auctions Neil the Pencil-Necked Weasel

Legislatures across the country are cutting budgets, and often one of the first targets of these cost-cutting measures is arts programs. A politician in Minnesota recently made these attacks personal, targeting CBLDF Board Member, Newbery Medal winner, and best selling and critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, calling him a "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000…

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Canada Customs Seizes Black Eye & Young Lions

May 9, 2011
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Last weekend cartoonists crossed the border for TCAF, the Toronto Comics Art Festival, where several were greeted with intrusive customs searches that led to the seizure of at least two comics titles -- Black Eye, an anthology, and Young Lions, a graphic novel by Blaise Larmee. Tom Neely, a contributor to Black Eye was the…

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TCJ: Black Eye Anthology Confiscated at US/Canada Border

May 6, 2011
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The Comics Journal reports that copies of the anthology Black Eye were confiscated from artist Tom Neely when he was entering Canada for this weekend's TCAF festival. According to Neely: “… They took ‘em. I tried to get them to just ship them back to me at home, but they said they were required to…

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The Good Fighters: Darick Robertson

May 6, 2011
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The Good Fighters: Darick Robertson

Darick Robertson is the kind of guy you'd like to share a beer with -- he's always ready for a laugh with friends and fans alike. He's also the sort to foment revolution over that beer, with a wicked twinkle in his eye. The co-creator of the critically acclaimed series Transmetropolitan with writer Warren Ellis…

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CBLDF Raises $3000 at LA Times Festival of Books

May 6, 2011
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CBLDF Raises $3000 at LA Times Festival of Books

It was a sunny weekend in Los Angeles, and a sunny weekend for CBLDF last weekend, as CBLDF joined book lovers from around the world at one of the largest book festivals in the U.S., the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Supporters helped CBLDF raise $3,000 during the festival! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein,…

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Amazon Pulls Yaoi Manga From Kindle Store

May 4, 2011
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Amazon Pulls Yaoi Manga From Kindle Store

Manga is facing censorship again -- Amazon recently removed a number of yaoi manga titles from their Kindle store. CBR's Robot 6 reports on the issue here.

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Transmetropolitan: All Around the World on Bleeding Cool

May 4, 2011
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Transmetropolitan: All Around the World on Bleeding Cool

Transmetropolitan: All Around the World celebrates the groundbreaking hit series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Dirk Manning (Nightmare World) checked in with Susan Augér, the project manager and driving force behind Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, and book designer and contributing artist Pete Venters. Manning asked Augér to describe the project in two sentences:…

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