Exclusive Umbrella Academy and LumberJanes for CBLDF Retail Members!

For over twenty-five years, the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND has tirelessly advocated for the comics industry and art form, providing legal assistance and advice, educational programming, and resources for libraries and schools. Since the earliest days of the CBLDF, comic shop retailers have been t ...

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 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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New Tennessee Law Threatens Freedom of Expression

June 20, 2011
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New Tennessee Law Threatens Freedom of Expression

There's a new law in Tennessee that threatens freedom of expression and the right to privacy. Last week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law HB 300, which makes criminals out of those who post images online that cause "emotional distress," even when the emotionally distressed individual is not the intended recipient. The language of…

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Artists Join the CBLDF/TFAW Third Annual SDCC Auction Event

June 17, 2011
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Artists Join the CBLDF/TFAW Third Annual SDCC Auction Event

CBLDF and TFAW only announced our Third Annual Autograph Card / CBLDF Auction Event last week, and the artists are already piling in for what's shaping up to be a great auction! Read on for a list some of the folks already in line, with art in hand!

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #10

June 16, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #10

Hey there, Friends if Liberty! Here I am again with the tenth episode of behind the scenes at CBLDF Liberty Trading cards. You know the story by now, don’t you? CBLDF and Cryptozoic Entertainment’s have teamed up to produce a 72 card set showing the incredible history of comic book censorship through words and pictures.…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #9

June 14, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #9

Hello again! Today’s super-duper sneaky-peak is of a quartet of one-of-a-kind artist sketch cards of characters from Jeff Smith’s masterwork, Bone. 2011 marks Bone’s 20th anniversary of publication as a comic book. There will be all sorts of celebrations surrounding this important date as the year rolls on.

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Supreme Court May Soon Make Decision About Violent Video Games

June 14, 2011
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Supreme Court May Soon Make Decision About Violent Video Games

It's a case that calls to mind the 1950s-era attacks on comic books and the censorship of the Comics Code. Does the First Amendment allow limits on the violent content in popular entertainment -- in this case video games -- sold to minors? Brown v. EMA (formerly Schwarzenegger v. EMA) may soon answer that question,…

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Transmetropolitan: All Around the World Makes Its Way Around The World

June 10, 2011
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Transmetropolitan: All Around the World Makes Its Way Around The World

Last week, a bevy of CBLDF volunteers descended on the Pirates Press warehouse to pack up and ship Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, the hotly anticipated art book celebrating Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's dystopian masterpiece. Those of you who've already gotten your copies know just how gorgeous the book is! CBLDF would like to…

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CBLDF, Booksellers, Artists, ACLU Seek to Bar Utah Law Restricting Speech on Internet

June 9, 2011
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CBLDF, Booksellers, Artists, ACLU Seek to Bar Utah Law Restricting Speech on Internet

Yesterday, a coalition including CBLDF, booksellers, media companies, artists, and the ACLU of Utah asked the federal district court in Salt Lake City to permanently bar enforcement of a Utah statute that restricts constitutionally-protected speech on the Internet. Although passed in 2005, the statute has not been in effect because Utah consented to a temporary…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #8

June 9, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #8

Hi, Friends of Liberty! I spent the afternoon at the Crytpozoic Entertainment offices yesterday. Saw a whole lotta cards that have come in over the last week. Incredibly diverse stuff. Artists featuring their own characters. Artists taking a shot at favorite characters and rendering them in their own unique style. A great example of that…

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