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 Cartoons that Shook the World

September 9, 2011
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When Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks drew political cartoons that depicted the prophet Muhammad, he probably didn't recognize just how much danger he was putting himself into. In the six years since, he's gone to extreme lengths to preserve his safety. The Sydney Morning Herald ran an interesting article this week discussing the fallout of Vilks's…

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Craig Thompson Talks SPX and Habibi

September 8, 2011
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Craig Thompson Talks SPX and Habibi

CBLDF is delighted to launch Craig Thompson's highly anticipated new graphic novel, Habibi, during SPX 2011. You can get one of 100 signed and numbered advance copies of this gorgeous book during the show! CBLDF is also auctioning an exclusive lunch with Thompson. Thompson recently spoke with Mike Rhode at the Washington City Paper about…

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Events at SPX to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

September 7, 2011
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Events at SPX to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce two fundraising events that will occur at the 2011 festival. Roz Chast original cartoons New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, known for her single-panel cartoons, illustration work and children's books, will draw…

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SPX 11: Jeff Alexander Memorial Auction Preview – UPDATED

September 6, 2011
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SPX 11: Jeff Alexander Memorial Auction Preview – UPDATED

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the organizers of SPX are proud to honor the memory of Jeff Alexander by launching an annual benefit auction in his name at this year's convention. Jeff Alexander was a friend to the small press community, both as a cartoonist and an organizer of SPX and the Ignatz…

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Mike Diana Talks to Richardson Magazine

September 2, 2011
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In 1997 -- in spite of aid from CBLDF -- Mike Diana became the first American artist to be convicted of obscenity in the United States. Diana is the controversial creator of the zine Boiled Angel, and his work contains graphic and often shocking depictions of society’s most serious problems: child abuse, date rape, and…

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Creators Come to the Rescue With New CBLDF Auctions!

September 1, 2011
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Creators Come to the Rescue With New CBLDF Auctions!

Comic book artists nationwide are shocked by the details of CBLDF's Canada Customs case, and are supporting the CBLDF's efforts to raise $150,000 to fight the case by contributing original art being auctioned right now to benefit CBLDF! This week on eBay, the CBLDF is proud to offer original art contributed by legendary creators including…

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Listen to Charles Brownstein Talk About CBLDF

August 31, 2011
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Listen to Charles Brownstein Talk About CBLDF

According to their website, the folks at Galactic Watercooler are "a community of friendly people who enjoy and participate in geekdom as a whole." They love all things geeky, and in this week's Galactic Watercooler podcast, you can listen to an interview with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. Galactic Watercooler podcaster Audra discovered CBLDF during…

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Craig Thompson’s HABIBI Debuts at SPX 2011 to Benefit CBLDF!

August 30, 2011
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Craig Thompson’s HABIBI Debuts at SPX 2011 to Benefit CBLDF!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to host Craig Thompson at this year's Small Press Expo, and to premiere his eagerly awaited graphic novel HABIBI! Through a special arrangement with Random House, a benefit preview edition of 100 signed & numbered copies of the graphic novel will be available to donors who contribute…

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Join the “Demon Circle” for CBLDF

August 30, 2011
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Join the “Demon Circle” for CBLDF

The main character of "Demon Circle," Athis, is an apprentice wizard in the Crimson Keep, and he isn’t the brightest flame in the candelabra. So, when he and another apprentice named Belid summon a demon and then panic, trouble ensues—trouble that threatens to snowball wildly out of control. Will they and their fellow student Klaria…

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Start Your Week with Auctions Benefiting the CBLDF

August 29, 2011
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Start Your Week with Auctions Benefiting the CBLDF

Whether CBLDF runs it or an outside party graciously donates their time and effort, online auctions are one way CBLDF raises the money it needs to defend cases such as the Canada Customs Case. Right now, you'll be able to find a number of online auctions benefiting CBLDF. CBLDF has a number of exclusive items…

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Dale Cendali Appointed Secretary of CBLDF Board of Directors

August 26, 2011
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Dale Cendali Appointed Secretary of CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors has unanimously elected noted litigator Dale Cendali to the office of Secretary. Cendali, who joined the board in 2010, replaces retiring Board Member Louise Nemschoff in the role. Dale Cendali is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property. She is a partner in…

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Submission Deadline Extended for InvestComics’ ONE AND DONE Anthology to Benefit CBLDF

August 26, 2011
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Submission Deadline Extended for InvestComics’ ONE AND DONE Anthology to Benefit CBLDF

Invest Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are proud to announce that the chance to submit your 1-page story for ONE AND DONE has been just been extended to September 16th! “We’ve received some really amazing submissions for the collection. But, a large call for an extension on the submission deadline has also…

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Listen to CBLDF: Censorship Then & Now

August 25, 2011
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Listen to CBLDF: Censorship Then & Now

CBLDF recently attended Baltimore Comic-Con. During the convention, Executive Director Charles Brownstein presented a riveting history of comics censorship. Internet radio website blogtalkradio was onsite to record the talk, which you can listen to here. Support CBLDF’s defense of free speech by making a donation or becoming a member today!

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Syrian Cartoonist Beaten, Hands Broken

August 25, 2011
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Early today, Syria's best-known political cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, was abducted and beaten. His abductors broke both his hands as a warning to stop drawing the satirical political cartoons for which he is best known. Ferzat recently drew a cartoon comparing Syria's president, Bashar Assad, to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, and relatives believe the cartoon led to…

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Road Report: Baltimore Comic-Con

August 24, 2011
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Road Report: Baltimore Comic-Con

This past weekend, CBLDF staffers Charles Brownstein, Alex Cox, and Dave Grilli attended Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center. CBLDF had an array of exclusive items making their East Coast debut, including our new John Cassaday and Matt Wagner T-shirts and our two new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab scents, La Mano del Destino and…

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