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 ...

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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ALA Announces Graphic Novel Conference

May 11, 2012
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ALA Announces Graphic Novel Conference

Today, the American Library Association announced the addition of ALA GraphiCon, a new mini-conference occurring within the ALA Annual Conference, which takes place June 21 - 26, 2012, in Anaheim, California. GraphiCon will provide programming that supports the inclusion of graphic novels and comic books in library collections. Click through for the official press release…

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Join CBLDF Executive Director for CLE Credit Program Discussing PROTECT Act

May 10, 2012
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On Wednesday, May 23, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be part of a continuing legal education program discussing the PROTECT Act, the federal law under which Christopher Handley was prosecuted for the possession of child pornography. Authorities alleged that Handley's manga collection contained obscene depictions of children in sexual situations. Several other individuals have…

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Iranian Cartoonist Sentenced to Lashes for Depiction of Conservative MP

May 9, 2012
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Iranian political cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye has been sentenced to 25 lashed for his depiction of conservative Member of Parliament Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani. Ashtiani was among a group of Iranian politicians who had been criticized for interfering with the country's sports. In his cartoon, Shokraye depicted Ashtiani dressed as a soccer player. Ashtiani sued Shokraye, claiming…

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Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

May 8, 2012
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Vote for Your Favorite Comics-On Tees Design in the Threadless Challenge!

The response to the Threadless Comics-On Tees vol. 6 design challenge has been phenomenal, with 73 artists having a go at designing the first in a series of four shirts featuring Neil Gaiman's "The Day the Saucers Came." The challenge isn't over yet -- the Threadless community of 1.8 million users is voting on their…

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comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

May 7, 2012
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comiXology Joins CBLDF As A Corporate Member

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced today that comiXology — the world's largest digital comics platform with over 60 million downloads to date — has become the organization's newest Corporate Member. ComiXology joins industry leaders Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics, Legendary Comics, Random House, and Threadless as Corporate Members…

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Tunisian Broadcaster Fined for Showing PERSEPOLIS

May 7, 2012
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After a delayed trial, a panel of five judges convicted Nabil Karoui, the director of Tunisia's Nessma television channel, of "disturbing public order" and "threatening public morals" for airing Persepolis, the animated film version of Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed graphic novel. The film has a brief depiction of God, which is considered offensive by many Muslims.…

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Support CBLDF on FCBD!

May 4, 2012
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Support CBLDF on FCBD!

Free Comic Book Day 2012 is this Saturday, May 5, and folks are ready to head to their favorite local comic shop to pick up a spectacular assortment of free comics! Among the offerings for this year’s FCBD: CBLDF and BOOM! Town’s The Censored Howard Cruse, a sneak peek of The Other Sides of Howard…

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Only One Day Left to Enter the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge!

May 3, 2012
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Only One Day Left to Enter the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge!

Artists! If you've ever dreamed of illustrating a Neil Gaiman story, you still have one more day to submit your design to the Threadless Comics-On Tees Design Challenge! If you win, your t-shirt design will be released alongside shirts by Ben Templesmith (Fell, 30 Days of Night), Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City), and John Cassaday…

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Protect Yourself at International Borders

May 3, 2012
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Protect Yourself at International Borders

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place this weekend, and CBLDF wants to make comics fans and creators crossing the border into Canada aware of their rights. Last year, several creators were subject to intrusive search on their way to TCAF, and creators Tom Neely and Dylan Williams had books seized by Canada Customs. In…

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