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 ...

The CBLDF and TFAW Announce Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card / CBLDF Auction Event

June 8, 2011
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The CBLDF and TFAW Announce Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card / CBLDF Auction Event

For the past two years, Things From Another World (TFAW) and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) have teamed up with comics professionals, such as Jim Lee, Charlie Adlard, Philip Tan and more, to help raise more than $60,000 for the annual CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Now, TFAW and CBLDF are proud…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #7

June 7, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #7

Things are really heating up for CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards on my end of things. All sorts of cards are starting to arrive at the Cryptozoic Entertainment offices, and every time I get over there I see something new. Today, let’s take a look-see at the front of our CBLDF creator autograph cards. All over…

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40 Years On, One Man’s Vulgarity Is Still Another’s Lyric

June 7, 2011
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40 Years On, One Man’s Vulgarity Is Still Another’s Lyric

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision on Cohen v. California -- a decision that still shapes how the First Amendment is interpreted and protected today. The First Amendment Center took a moment to remember the case, which centered on one man's First Amendment right to protest the Vietnam War by wearing…

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The Good Fighters: Maggie Roll

June 3, 2011
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The Good Fighters: Maggie Roll

Over the years, CBLDF has been blessed with a varied and devoted cadre of volunteers. Some volunteers have been with us for years, and some, including recent addition Maggie Roll, are just joining the bandwagon. The CBLDF wouldn't be what it is without its volunteers, and Roll is no exception. She comes from a family…

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CBLDF Joins the Superheroes at HeroesCon!

June 2, 2011
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CBLDF Joins the Superheroes at HeroesCon!

Today finds your plucky CBLDF crew headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for Heroes Convention 2011! For all three days -- June 3-5 -- you'll find CBLDF at booth 130/132 with a cornucopia of signed premiums and amazing artists! Executive Director Charles Brownstein and Development Manager Alex Cox will be on hand with the East Coast…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #6

June 2, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #6

It’s a Tyched-out Thursday here at CBLDF. We’re getting all sorts of multiple card tableaus .In the world of high-brow art these multi-paneled works are called diptychs, triptychs. quadriptychs and so on. As I’ve said before, I’m well aware of that these connecting subsets of one-of-a-kind sketch cards might drive fans downright batty. But I…

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Jason “J.Gonzo” Gonzalez Has Some Serious Love for CBLDF at Phoenix Comicon

June 1, 2011
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Memorial Day has come and gone, and with it, the eleventh iteration of the Phoenix Comicon. Jason Gonzalez, the creator of the lucha libre magnum opus La Mano del Destino, was on hand with his trusty CBLDF donation jar. Every fan who donated got a gorgeous sketch from Gonzalez, who sent us some pics to…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #5

May 31, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #5

To paraphrase what the late Hunter S. Thompson used to write about Rolling Stone magazine deadlines and his portable telex machine: the CBLDF home office mojo wire is starting to hum. I’m late with my diary! We’re rushing towards all sorts of deadlines. No. Let me rephrase that. The deadlines are hurtling towards us!

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Re-Upped Patriot Act Fails to Protect Reader Privacy

May 30, 2011
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Re-Upped Patriot Act Fails to Protect Reader Privacy

On a day when we pause to remember and thank the men and women who have helped protect the United States and our rights as citizens, there’s an unfortunate reminder that those rights are not as safe as they should be. With the re-authorization of USA Patriot Act last week, the safeguards protecting the privacy…

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Anime North 2011 Panel Discusses Recents Attacks on Manga at Canadian Border

May 27, 2011
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Anime North 2011 Panel Discusses Recents Attacks on Manga at Canadian Border

If you're in Toronto this weekend, a fan of manga and anime, and looking for some like-minded folks, Canada's fan-run Anime North kicks off today. CBLDF may not be there in person, but we'll be there in spirit on Saturday, when Paul Stockton moderates a panel discussing the recent attacks against manga and comics at…

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Cryptozoic Entertainment Launches Free Digital Comics App, Benefitting CBLDF

May 27, 2011
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Cryptozoic Entertainment Launches Free Digital Comics App, Benefitting CBLDF

We first teamed up with Cryptozoic Entertainment to create the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards, with proceeds going to the Fund. We’re taking a second step in our partnership and our shared dedication to Free Speech as Cryptozoic enters the world of digital publishing. Cryptozoic has launched a comic reader with top-quality content for the iPad™,…

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CBLDF Congratulates Christopher M. Finan, Recipient of the 2011 FTRF Roll of Honor Award!

May 27, 2011
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CBLDF Congratulates Christopher M. Finan, Recipient of the 2011 FTRF Roll of Honor Award!

CBLDF is delighted to congratulate Christopher M. Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and friend of the Fund, for winning the 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award! As president of ABFFE, Finan helps defend the First Amendment rights of booksellers and their customers. His activism on…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #4

May 26, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #4

Today is the last day to preorder the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards in Previews! Retailers and Fans, please order generously! Here's the order info: MAY111393 I CBLDF LIBERTY T/C BOXMAY111393 I CBLDF LIBERTY T/C BOX Previews, page 360 The Previews ad is on page 359 We’re very lucky to have such great partners with Cryptozoic…

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CBLDF General Counsel Robert Corn-Revere Discusses the High Value of Low Speech

May 25, 2011
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CBLDF General Counsel Robert Corn-Revere Discusses the High Value of Low Speech

In 2010, Robert Corn-Revere joined the team at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as General Counsel. As a staunch supporter of Free Speech, Corn-Revere is the comics community's ultimate line of defense when it comes to First Amendment challenges. Reason TV recently posted an informative and entertaining video, during which Corn-Revere discussed the First…

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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #3

May 24, 2011
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Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #3

One day towards the end of the summer of last year, not long after I was voted by the Board of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to be its next President, I was shooting the breeze with John Nee, the CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment in Irvine, California, in his office. In walked Cory Jones, President…

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