CBLDF’s 2019 Annual Report Shows How Critical Your Help Is!

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2019 and through it all, thanks to the support of donors like you, CBLDF stood proudly at the front lines and fought to protect the voices of our community this year. From providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to important books a ...

Webinars

CBLDF’s webinar series is intended to provide practical advice, strategies, and resources to help educators and librarians include comics-based curriculum and programming into their classrooms and libraries and to help comics retailers better serve their communities.  Below you will find desc ...

Support CBLDF With Everything You Buy This Holiday Season!

    There’s an easy way to fight for free expression with (almost) everything you buy online this holiday season: designate CBLDF for your Amazon Smile donations! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, a nonprofit of your choosing will get a portion of the proceeds, so you can buy the ...

2019 Comics in Education Survey

Portland, Oregon 10/2/2019 — Results of a survey released today by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s leading voice for free speech advocacy and education, offers concrete evidence of what has been long been believed true but unverified: teachers and students are embracing comics as v ...

Selling Comics Available Today!

  The much-anticipated Selling Comics is finally here! Brought to you from CBLDF and Dark Horse, this is the guide for those interested in, starting out, or looking for community in the comics retailer community. Grab yours today from CBLDF (and then go register for new retailer webinars)! Edit ...

Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

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 ...

Censorship, Consequences and the Creative Process

May 25, 2012
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by Christopher Schiller Throughout the history of comics there are many brave examples of artists tackling controversial subject matter, which has been fodder for many stellar, ground breaking works. Often the tension of controversy is required to have a conversation of great substance with the audience. But there are those who attempt and often succeed…

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BLOWN COVERS Reveals Controversial and Rejected New Yorker Covers

May 25, 2012
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by Mark Bousquet A recent Forbes article discusses some of The New Yorker's most controversial covers and reveals images that never made it to print. The subject of the piece is the recent release of Françoise Mouly's book, Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See. Though typically drawing attention for their…

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Critical Fail: The Censorship of RPGs

May 24, 2012
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by Justin Brown Let's say you've been reading up on the CBLDF coverage of the top 10 banned books of 2011, which included a graphic novel in the #2 spot, and you want to vent your frustrations by gathering with a group of friends to play a trending role-playing-game. You amble amongst local comic shops,…

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Two Cartoonists to Receive CRNI Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning

May 24, 2012
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by Maren Williams Two political cartoonists who have courageously defied government censorship and brutality will be honored with the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International. Syrian Ali Ferzat and Indian Aseem Trivedi will receive the award on September 15, 2012 at George Washington University in Washington, DC, according to a…

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India Moves to Ban Cartoons from Textbooks

May 23, 2012
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by Soyini A. Hamit On May 14, one day after the 60th anniversary of the Indian Parliament, the government decided to ban textbooks from the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) for using cartoons that mock politicians. The government will also review NCERT textbooks, in addition to removing the offensive cartoons. What began…

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Webcomic Takes a Stab at Indian Online Content Laws

May 23, 2012
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Webcomic Takes a Stab at Indian Online Content Laws

by Joe Izenman Only a few months have passed since political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi faced charges of treason for mocking the state. But that hasn’t stopped at least one webcomic artist from taking a sarcastic Mother’s Day shot at Indian Parliament’s year-old amendments to their Information Technology Act, which introduced an extraordinary set of restrictions…

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Big Wow Raises $1,500 for CBLDF!

May 21, 2012
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Big Wow Raises $1,500 for CBLDF!

by Betsy Gomez I rolled an hour down the road this weekend for Big Wow! Comicfest, a regional show that's seen quite a bit of growth since the last time I attended. In the years that have passed since my last outing to the show, it's grown from a smallish collectors show (where I could…

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Join Charles Brownstein for a Discussion of Free Expression and the PROTECT Act This Wednesday

May 21, 2012
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This Wednesday, you can join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein for "Is Manga a Crime? Non-photographic images, Child Pornography and Freedom of Expression," a program that discusses the impact of the PROTECT Act and the transportation of drawn images across international borders. The program is the Digital Media & Fine Arts Committees of the New…

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Free Speech Advocates Score Victory in Utah

May 18, 2012
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A victory for Free Speech was claimed yesterday when US District Judge Dee Benson issued an order ruling that people posting constitutionally-protected content on websites cannot be prosecuted for doing so and are not required to label the content they post. The ruling supports the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that opposed a Utah "harmful to…

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UPDATED: CBLDF Hits the West Coast with Big Wow ComicFest!

May 18, 2012
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UPDATED: CBLDF Hits the West Coast with Big Wow ComicFest!

With Executive Director Charles Brownstein in Japan for a symposium on manga and censorship; Deputy Director Alex Cox in Portland, Maine, for the Maine Comics Arts Festival; and a charity auction and booth headed up by volunteer Diana Green at St. Paul, Minnesota's Spring Con, CBLDF is all over the world this weekend. Lest the…

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Join CBLDF This Weekend at the Maine Comics Arts Festival!

May 18, 2012
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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox will be at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, Maine, all weekend. On Saturday, May 19, he will be presenting the CBLDF's "History of Censorship in Comics" -- a slideshow walk through oppression and small-mindedness from the 1930s to today! The presentation happens at the Portland Public Library Main…

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This Weekend’s SpringCon Charity Auction Benefits CBLDF

May 17, 2012
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SpringCon, the annual comic book celebration produced by the Midwest Comic Book Association, takes place this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. This amazing event takes place May 19 - 20 and gathers hundreds of creators and many more fans for a comic marketplace, programs, and a huge charity auction. This…

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THE GUARDIAN Analyzes Tintin in the Congo Case

May 16, 2012
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In February, Belgian courts ruled that Tintin in the Congo should not be removed from bookstore shelves over charges that it violated Belgian laws regarding racism and inciting racial hatred. The court ruled that the book, which was serialized from 1930 to 1931 and collected in 1946 with significant revisions, was a product of its…

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Participate in Conference on Creative Expression in Japan

May 15, 2012
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Participate in Conference on Creative Expression in Japan

This weekend sees CBLDF events around the country and around the world: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is headed to Japan to talk about the challenges creative expression faces in Japan and abroad. Japanese manga and anime have strong appeal worldwide, and as their popularity has increased, they have faced challenges in Japan and overseas,…

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In Defense of Maurice Sendak’s IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN

May 14, 2012
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Legendary illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83. His Caldecott Medal winning work Where the Wild Things Are is indelibly etched into the minds of children and adults throughout the world as a flawless portrait of childhood, incorporating both the sublime and acrimonious aspects of youth. Sendak remains…

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