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 ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

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 ...

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 ...

Smashwords Restores Content Policies

March 13, 2012
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Smashwords, one of the independent e-book publishers at the center of the PayPal erotic content censorship scandal, announced that they are returning their terms of service to what they were before PayPal sent letters threatening to close their account if they continued to sell certain types of erotic content. CBLDF was one of many free…

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This Week’s Doonesbury Strips Relocated or Scrapped by Several Newspapers

March 12, 2012
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If you usually read Gary B. Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip on the comics page of your local newspaper, you may find the latest strips moved to the op-ed page or missing entirely this week. This week's strips feature a young woman who visits an abortion clinic in Texas, a state that requires compulsory ultrasounds before…

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Forbes Contributor on Potential Reason for PayPal Erotica Ban: Credit Card Companies

March 12, 2012
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CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates in protest of PayPal's new policy regarding the sale of erotica, banning the sale of material that depicts incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, and bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters). Over the weekend, Suw Charman-Anderson with Forbes.com wrote a pair of articles about what many consider the real…

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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF & Neil Gaiman Thank Members With Exclusive Signed Poster!

March 9, 2012
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THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF & Neil Gaiman Thank Members With Exclusive Signed Poster!

This weekend only, the first ten members to sign up for CBLDF membership at the $100 Advocate level or higher will receive "A Study In Emerald," a poster edition of Neil Gaiman's Hugo Award winning short story, illustrated by Jouni Koponen and signed by Neil Gaiman! You'll receive this special signed thank you gift in…

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NCAC Rebuts PayPal’s Response to Criticism of Erotica Policy

March 9, 2012
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In response to complaints from Free Speech organizations around the country -- including a protest letter signed by CBLDF -- Anuj Nayar, the Director of Communications for PayPal, blogged in defense of PayPal's erotic content policy. In their blog, the National Coalition Against Censorship, which was one of the original drafters of the letter that…

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VOLUNTEER WITH THE CBLDF!

March 9, 2012
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Are you local to the Anaheim/Los Angeles area? Do you want to go to WonderCon, and participate in something important while you are there? Have you always wanted an opportunity to volunteer for you favorite advocacy group? Now is your chance! March 15-18 the CBLDF will be at WonderCon, in Anaheim, California, and needs local…

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CBLDF Joins Free Speech Groups In Protesting PayPal Censorship

March 8, 2012
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Last week, we reported on PayPal's new policy regarding erotic content and their requirement that e-book publishers remove certain types of content -- incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters) -- or face deactivation of their accounts. In response, the American Book Sellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship…

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Pakistan Openly Advertises for Web Censorship System

March 8, 2012
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Free speech advocates are concerned over Pakistan's recent advertisement for companies to install a nation-wide Internet filtering system that could potentially block access to millions of Web domains. These advocates are apprehensive that this move by Pakistan may lead to broad governmental intervention and the censorship of political discourse in the country. Click through for…

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Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

March 7, 2012
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Enjoy a “Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome” Exhibit at the University of Maryland

If you live near the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, you might consider a trip to the special collections department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery for "All Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations Shall Be Eliminated: The Comics Code as seen through the UMBC Comics Collection." The exhibit is open to the public and…

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Four Charged for Plot to Attack Danish Paper that Printed Muhammad Cartoons

March 6, 2012
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In 2005, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten gained worldwide attention when it published a series of 12 editorial cartoons, several of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Depictions of Muhammad are forbidden by the Islamic faith, and the publication of the cartoons led to protests -- many of which became violent -- around the world. The Jyllands-Posten…

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Last Round of The Muppet Show Sketch Variants Up for Auction!

March 5, 2012
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For the past few weeks, Ultimate Comics has been auctioning sketch variants of The Muppet Show #1 to benefit CBLDF. The last round of sketch covers went up last week, and it's a doozy! This week's batch includes covers by Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), David Mack (Kabuki), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Guy Davis…

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ABFFE and NCAC Protest PayPal’s Erotic Content Policy

March 5, 2012
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The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship have written a letter to PayPal and parent company eBay in protest of PayPal's threat to deactivate the accounts of publishers over certain kinds of erotic content. Last week, it was revealed that PayPal had sent letters to several publishers threatening deactivation…

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This Weekend: Brian Wood & Dark Horse Thank CBLDF Members With Exclusive THE MASSIVE Print!

March 2, 2012
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This Weekend: Brian Wood & Dark Horse Thank CBLDF Members With Exclusive THE MASSIVE Print!

This weekend only! Brian Wood and Dark Horse Comics are thanking new and renewing CBLDF members by giving away an exclusive print promoting the upcoming series THE MASSIVE by Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson. The 17" x 24" print, which was given away exclusively at ComicsPRO was designed by Wood to evoke the classic Japanese…

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Manga Bookshelf Examines Apple’s Policies for Adult Content

March 2, 2012
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This week, Melinda Beasi at Manga Bookshelf took some time to examine how Apple handles adult content in their iOS App Store. Beasi opened her article by recalling past concerns over how Apple has handled LGBTQ content, rejecting mild sexual LGBTQ content while allowing similar heterosexual content, seemingly without reservation. Apple has since embraced LGBTQ…

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PayPal Threatens Deactivation of Publishers’ Accounts Over Erotic Content

March 1, 2012
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Starting February 18, PayPal began contacting independent e-book publishers about new policies regarding erotic content. PayPal told publishers that they cannot sell erotic material that depicts incest, pseudo-incest, rape fantasies, bestiality (including non-human fantasy characters), and BDSM. Selling these materials will result in the deactivation of the publishers' PayPal accounts. As a result of PayPal's…

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