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 ...

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Using Comics to Teach Tough Topics Many educators and librarians feel raising social awareness is an important educational objective, but helping young audiences come to terms with the difficult topics and complex concepts associated with social awareness can be challenging. Comics and graphic novel ...

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 ...

CBLDF Attends Anime Detour in Minneapolis This Weekend!

March 30, 2012
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This weekend the CBLDF will be setting up at Anime Detour in Minneapolis, where we'll be presenting a talk on manga censorship, as well as setting up a table to distribute literature and accept donations. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will represent the Fund, and host the panel, which is set to happen on Saturday…

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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

March 29, 2012
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Tomorrow in NYC: Gone To Amerikay Launch Party!

Gone to Amerikay, the new Vertigo original graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran, will have a book launch party, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. McCulloch and Doran will both be at Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City on March 30 from 6 to 8 pm, celebrating the release of their…

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One Million Moms Can’t Stop LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

March 28, 2012
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In spite of an attempted boycott by the American Family Association's One Million Moms, Life with Archie #16 -- which featured the marriage of openly gay character Kevin Keller -- sold out in record time. In the official press release from Archie Comics, C0-CEO Jon Goldwater says: “Kevin will always be a major part of…

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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

March 28, 2012
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SLC Nerd and Night Flight Comics Show Their Support for CBLDF

Last weekend, nerds in Salt Lake City gathered for a day of comics, costumes, gaming, and music with the 2012 edition of SLC Nerd, an all-day event embracing nerd culture. The folks with Night Flight Comics were on hand to pass out information about CBLDF and to run a silent auction on our behalf! CBLDF…

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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

March 27, 2012
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CBLDF Heads to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon

This weekend (March 30 - April 1), Alex Cox is excited to represent the CBLDF at EMERALD CITY COMICON in Seattle, Washington! Continuing CBLDF's cross-country marathon of fundraising, we will be in booth #1007 at the Washington State Convention Center. Deputy Director Alex Cox walks you through our plans for signings, incentives, and Membership appreciation…

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IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

March 26, 2012
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IDW Announces Redshirt Contest Winner!

Late last year, IDW Publishing announced the "Be a Redshirt" contest, asking comics fans to make the ultimate Star Trek sacrifice to save their favorite retailer from censorship! Fans boldly went to bat for their favorite shops, explaining why their local comic shop is important to them and their communities. The winner of the contest…

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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

March 23, 2012
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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Becky Cloonan & Brian Wood Thank CBLDF Members With A Free CONAN Print!

Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan are thanking CBLDF members by offering this signed, CBLDF exclusive letterpress print featuring work from their run on Conan! This weekend only, members joining (or rejoining) at the Supporter level, will receive, along with the standard Membership package, this exclusive print, signed by artist Becky Cloonan, and writer Brian Wood,…

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Doonesbury Censorship Fosters Outrage, Debate

March 23, 2012
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In response to the controversial nature of last week's Doonesbury strips -- which dealt with Texas's mandatory sonogram law -- many newspapers moved the strips to the editorial page or online only, or they declined to publish the strips entirely. In response, people across the nation have decried the move, arguing that newspapers should not…

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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

March 23, 2012
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News Roundup: The Ryan Matheson Case

Last week, CBLDF announced that Canadian criminal charges against American comics fan Ryan Matheson had been dropped. In turn, Matheson spoke out on his own behalf in a lengthy statement about how he was treated by Canadian authorities, a statement that imparted the indignation and confusion any innocent comics fan would feel after being exonerated…

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Know Your Rights — Tools For Travelers Crossing International Borders

March 23, 2012
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Last week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced that criminal charges had been dropped in R. v. Matheson, a case involving an American manga reader who was wrongly accused of importing child pornography into Canada because of comic book images on his laptop. Ryan was extensively, wrongfully searched and detained by the Canadian government…

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Latino and Native Authors Keep Tucson Book Ban in the News

March 22, 2012
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In late January, CBLDF joined a coalition of national anti-censorship organizations in protesting the dissolution of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program, which led to the removal of books and anthologies by Latino and Native American authors from classrooms. Many of the authors who contributed to the books that were banned from classrooms have taken their…

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WonderCon Reaches New Heights For CBLDF!

March 21, 2012
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WonderCon Reaches New Heights For CBLDF!

Last weekend big crowds mobbed the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon, the long-running California show that's become a favorite on the comics convention circuit. This year's event marked the first time the con was held in Southern California after years as a mainstay of the Bay Area comics culture, but the new market didn't diminish…

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Support CBLDF in Salt Lake City This Weekend

March 20, 2012
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Support CBLDF in Salt Lake City This Weekend

While CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, founder Denis Kitchen, and board member Paul Levitz are in New York City for a symposium on how the city has influenced comics, nerds in the west will be able to geek out at SLC Nerd, a one-day event taking place March 24 and featuring live music, cosplay, gaming,…

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CBLDF Founder, Board Member, and Executive Director to Present at COMIC NEW YORK: A SYMPOSIUM

March 19, 2012
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This weekend, CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen, board member Paul Levitz, and Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be participating in Comic New York: A Symposium, which will take place in the Low Library on the Columbia University campus. The two-day symposium "brings together creators and academics to discuss the intertwined histories of American comics and the…

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Win New Artwork for Your Walls in Latest Round of CBLDF Auctions

March 19, 2012
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Win New Artwork for Your Walls in Latest Round of CBLDF Auctions

Last week, CBLDF announced two important victories: Canada Customs dropped criminal charges against comics fan Ryan Matheson and PayPal rescinded their erotic content policy. In the latter case, CBLDF contributed $20,000 to Matheson's defense. However, Matheson is still $45,000 in debt, and CBLDF is working to help him pay it off. You can support the…

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