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 ...

The Good Fighters: Molly Crabapple

May 20, 2011
By
The Good Fighters: Molly Crabapple

A fine artist and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, Molly Crabapple creates work that provokes desire in some and the urge to silence in others. Her work also openly embraces sexuality, influenced by her experience as a model and burlesque dancer, which often brings her into opposition with censorship. Thus, she's become an…

Read more »

Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #2

May 19, 2011
By
Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #2

Hello again! As promised, we’re taking a sneak peek at more of the one-of-a-kind artist sketch cards that will be randomly inserted in packs of CBLDF LIBERTY TRADING CARDS. Today’s cards all feature artists’ individual interpretation of Matt Wagner’s GRENDEL.

Read more »

The Comics Reporter Details First Manga Restricted by Japan’s Revised Youth Healthy Development Ordinance

May 18, 2011
By
The Comics Reporter Details First Manga Restricted by Japan’s Revised Youth Healthy Development Ordinance

Tokyo recently revised the controversial Youth Healthy Development Ordinance, expanding the number of manga that are listed as harmful publications that should be restricted from sale to anyone under age 18. The Comics Reporter has the details here.

Read more »

Comics Alliance: Why Comics Get Confiscated & How to Protect Yours

May 18, 2011
By
Comics Alliance: Why Comics Get Confiscated & How to Protect Yours

Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance dug into the recent seizures of comics at the Canadian Border, speaking to CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and Tom Neely about the incidents, and sorting through "Canadian customs documentation to get the details on how this happened, the measures you can take to protect yourself and your comics when…

Read more »

CBLDF Auctions Massive Molly Crabapple Original

May 17, 2011
By
CBLDF Auctions Massive Molly Crabapple Original

Bid Now! The auction for this artistic tour de force is live now. Bids can be placed online here. Press Release (and more photos!) available below the cut ...

Read more »

Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #1

May 17, 2011
By
Larry Marder’s CBLDF Liberty Cards Diary #1

CBLDF President Larry Marder takes you behind the scenes of the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards with this first hand diary of his experiences putting the set together! Today he shows off how the set's sketch cards came to be, and takes you with him as he visits Rob Liefeld & Scott McCloud to get them…

Read more »

How to Keep Customs From Seizing Your Comics

May 16, 2011
By
How to Keep Customs From Seizing Your Comics

The crew over at Gamma Squad took a moment to touch base with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein about the latest comic book seizures by Canada Customs and to outline some tips for protecting yourself when crossing the border. Brownstein talks about why books are seized: “It’s always hard to say why customs agents seize…

Read more »

CBLDF President Larry Marder on CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards

May 12, 2011
By
CBLDF President Larry Marder on CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards

I’m Larry Marder, creator of Beanworld and President of the Board for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and I’m here today to talk about the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards. So what are these cards? Let me tell you! Ripped from the lurid headlines of yesteryear, the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards relate the history --…

Read more »

Tom Neely & Dylan Williams Speak Out On Their Customs Seizure Experience

May 12, 2011
By
Tom Neely & Dylan Williams Speak Out On Their Customs Seizure Experience

Last weekend artist Tom Neely and publisher Dylan Williams were stopped and searched by Canada Customs on their way to the Toronto Comics Art Festival. Customs officers seized copies of two items they were bringing to the festival, Black Eye, an anthology of comics Neely contributed to, and Young Lions, a graphic novel by Blaise…

Read more »

The Good Fighters: Jeffrey Brown

May 11, 2011
By
The Good Fighters: Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown finds truth in the personal and intimate details that dominate our lives. Even his most autobiographical work is relatable, adeptly capturing the unease we all occasionally feel as we go about life. Brown's first book, Clumsy, defined his ability to articulate the bittersweetness and awkwardness that follows most people around, an ability that…

Read more »

CBLDF Looking for a Law Student Intern

May 11, 2011
By
CBLDF Looking for a Law Student Intern

Attention current law students! Are you looking for a way to support CBLDF and build your resume at the same time? Here's your chance: CBLDF is looking for a law student summer intern! The CBLDF law student summer intern will research, draft, and coordinate publication of short articles in bar journals directed at criminal law…

Read more »

CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards Are Coming This Summer!

May 10, 2011
By
CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards Are Coming This Summer!

Available For Preorder Now! This summer CBLDF and Cryptozoic Entertainment are teaming up to bring you the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards, a 72 card set telling the story of comics censorship, with a ton of great sketch and autograph chase cards by the greatest talent in the comics industry! This month the CBLDF will be…

Read more »

CBLDF Auctions Neil the Pencil-Necked Weasel

May 10, 2011
By
CBLDF Auctions Neil the Pencil-Necked Weasel

Legislatures across the country are cutting budgets, and often one of the first targets of these cost-cutting measures is arts programs. A politician in Minnesota recently made these attacks personal, targeting CBLDF Board Member, Newbery Medal winner, and best selling and critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, calling him a "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000…

Read more »

Canada Customs Seizes Black Eye & Young Lions

May 9, 2011
By

Last weekend cartoonists crossed the border for TCAF, the Toronto Comics Art Festival, where several were greeted with intrusive customs searches that led to the seizure of at least two comics titles -- Black Eye, an anthology, and Young Lions, a graphic novel by Blaise Larmee. Tom Neely, a contributor to Black Eye was the…

Read more »

TCJ: Black Eye Anthology Confiscated at US/Canada Border

May 6, 2011
By

The Comics Journal reports that copies of the anthology Black Eye were confiscated from artist Tom Neely when he was entering Canada for this weekend's TCAF festival. According to Neely: “… They took ‘em. I tried to get them to just ship them back to me at home, but they said they were required to…

Read more »