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 ...

CBLDF’s History of Comics Censorship Presentation, Annotated by Joe Sergi’s Cup of Geek

April 19, 2012
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CBLDF’s History of Comics Censorship Presentation, Annotated by Joe Sergi’s Cup of Geek

Joe Sergi, blogger for Cup of Geek went to the CBLDF presentation The History (And Future) of Comics Censorship at C2E2 last weekend and wrote an extensive recap of the panel, with additional research and annotations by the author. CBLDF is pleased to represent Sergi's post in full as a resource for our members and…

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Chicago Shows Huge Support At C2E2!

April 18, 2012
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Chicago Shows Huge Support At C2E2!

Last weekend the CBLDF team was at C2E2 in Chicago where we launched a huge t-shirt project with Threadless, delivered a presentation on the history of comics censorship, signed up over 30 new members, and raised more than $7,300 for our important work. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recaps the festivities after the jump!

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter to the Man Who Burnt His Books

April 17, 2012
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On occasion, the victims of censorship take the opportunity to face their censors directly. However, few artists respond with the humor and aplomb exhibited in a letter written in 1973 to Charles McCarthy, the head of the school board at Drake High School in North Dakota. The author of this letter? Kurt Vonnegut. Click through…

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Protestors Take Over Tucson School Board Meeting

April 16, 2012
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Last week, the Tucson Unified School Board voted 3-2 against renewing the contract for Sean Arce, the director of the school district's disbanded Mexican American Studies program, in spite of support voiced during the public-comment period of the meeting. In response, protestors tied themselves together with zip ties and chanted in support of the MAS…

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Threadless Design Challenge Opens Submissions to Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 by Neil Gaiman!

April 14, 2012
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Threadless Design Challenge Opens Submissions to Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 by Neil Gaiman!

Threadless kicked off the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) last night with a benefit party for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at Threadless Headquarters where a new fundraising effort for the non-profit organization was announced. In July, Threadless will launch Comics-On Tees Vol. 6, a series of four tees based on the poem The…

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Judge Hears Arguments in Case Against Utah Law Restricting Speech on Internet

April 13, 2012
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Last June, CBLDF joined the ACLU of Utah and the Media Coalition in an effort to bar the enforcement of Utah House Bill 260, a law that seeks to restrict constitutionally-protected speech. US District Judge Dee Benson heard arguments about the case this week, but he didn't issue a ruling. Instead, he directed the parties…

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MUZZLED! The Thomas Jefferson Center “Awards” Censorship

April 13, 2012
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MUZZLED! The Thomas Jefferson Center “Awards” Censorship

This week, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression announced the Jefferson Muzzles, which "are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment." Among the dubious honorees on the 2012…

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CBLDF Blows Into The Windy City For C2E2!

April 11, 2012
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CBLDF Blows Into The Windy City For C2E2!

This weekend the CBLDF takes to the road once more for C2E2 and the Diamond Retailer Summit in Chicago! The Fund has great rewards planned for card-carrying CBLDF Members, including a big open bar welcome bash hosted by CBLDF Corporate Member THREADLESS on Friday night and copies of the CBLDF Exclusive edition of Glory #23…

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LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS Launch Event to Benefit CBLDF

April 11, 2012
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LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS Launch Event to Benefit CBLDF

This Saturday, CBLDF's favorite photographer Seth Kushner is celebrating the release of his new book with co-author Christopher Irving, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, with an unforgettable event in Brooklyn and the release of series of limited edition prints that benefit CBLDF! Kushner explains: "To celebrate the release of Leaping Tall Buildings:…

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Graphic Novel THE COLOR OF EARTH Is Second Most Frequently Challenged Book of 2011

April 11, 2012
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Graphic Novel THE COLOR OF EARTH Is Second Most Frequently Challenged Book of 2011

This week, the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom released their list of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011. The second-most challenged book on that list was The Color of Earth, a critically-acclaimed Korean manwha, or comic book, series. In spite of numerous positive reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, the School…

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THREADLESS Hosts C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party to Benefit CBLDF!

April 10, 2012
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THREADLESS Hosts C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party to Benefit CBLDF!

This Friday, April 13th, CBLDF Corporate Member THREADLESS is hosting a Fashion Show Welcome Party to ring in C2E2 and benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Free to CBLDF members with a suggested $20 donation for non-members at the door, this open bar event will boast a first look at several exciting new THREADLESS…

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Intrepid Alaska Third Grader Overcomes Classroom Comics Ban

April 9, 2012
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Chris Wilson with The Graphic Classroom, a website dedicated to "promoting the use of high-quality comic literature in the elementary, middle school, and high school classroom," shared a story over the weekend about a third grader in Alaska who used his science fair project to overcome his teacher's ban on comics in the classroom. Click…

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Anime Detour Hosts A Warm Welcome for Ryan Matheson & CBLDF!

April 6, 2012
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Anime Detour Hosts A Warm Welcome for Ryan Matheson & CBLDF!

Last weekend Anime Detour welcomed 5,000 fans of anime and manga to one of the Midwest's longest running and most well organized conventions, and for the first time, CBLDF was there! We were graciously welcomed by the convention organizers, who provided a spot for an information table, and a programming spot on Saturday morning where…

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Thank You Seattle! The CBLDF at Emerald City Comic-Con

April 6, 2012
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Thank You Seattle! The CBLDF at Emerald City Comic-Con

Emerald City Comic Con took place last weekend, and it was three days of infectious enthusiasm, excited mobs, and great comics of all varieties. The CBLDF was on hand, excited to talk to all the fans and creators that populate the Pacific Northwest. ECCC was a terrific show; well-organized, well-attended, and well-programmed. Click through for…

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In the Wake of Protest and Public Scrutiny, Arizona Legislature Pulls Back Electronic Speech Censorship Bill

April 5, 2012
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ABC 15, an Arizona affiliate is reporting that a sweeping electronic media censorship bill passed by the state's legislature last week and headed to Governor Jan Brewer's desk for signature has been pulled back in the wake of public outcry. Last week, CBLDF called attention to the bill and its constitutional deficiencies, helping to spark…

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