Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher...

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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

March 21, 2014
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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

Apple’s notoriously inconsistent digital publishing policy has been applied to yet another title, this time targeting Bénédicte Martin’s novel La Femme due to its “inappropriate” cover. Apple has established a troubling history of restricting books from their iOS marketplace, with last year’s Sex Criminals...

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Meet Alison Bechdel & Howard Cruse Hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4!

March 21, 2014
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Meet Alison Bechdel & Howard Cruse Hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4!

Meet Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse at a special pre-MoCCA reception hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  This cocktail reception is hosted at Chip’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where you’ll be able to view his incredible collection of original art from...

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Barefoot Gen Banned in Japanese City

March 20, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Banned in Japanese City

A mayor in Izumisano City in the Osaka Prefecture, Japan, has demanded that all copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s internationally renowned manga Barefoot Gen be removed from elementary and junior high schools in the district. Izumisano City’s mayor, Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu, felt compelled to review the manga after it...

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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

March 20, 2014
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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

After creating and sharing cartoons critical of a controversial “godman” or guru, Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra has recently found herself on the receiving end of harassment and threats of violence via social media, according to Cartoon Movement. Kanika was inspired to create her cartoon character Karnika Kahen last year after guru Asaram...

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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

March 19, 2014
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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

Following the South Carolina House of Representatives vote last week to exact punitive budget cuts from two public colleges that chose LGBT-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home–for campus reading programs, we noticed a revealing story that illustrates at least one...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

March 18, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

Last week, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a budget that punitively cut the budgets of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books into elective reading programs. CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates to urge the South Carolina Senate to reject...

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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

March 17, 2014
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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

Good news from Kennesaw State University in Georgia! Two weeks after President Daniel Papp ordered the censorship of an exhibit in the university’s brand-new art museum because it was “not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere of the museum’s opening,” KSU announced Friday that the installation by Ruth Stanford will be fully...

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Iranian Artists Struggle with Self-Censorship

March 14, 2014
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Iranian Artists Struggle with Self-Censorship

Like many artists in the Middle East, Iranian artists struggle with self-censorship out of fear that government authorities will retaliate and punish them. Their public art is already subject to censorship: All artists must apply for a permit before they can publicly display their work. Art that is deemed by the government to be political...

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South Park‘s Matt Stone Opens Up About Censorship

March 14, 2014
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South Park‘s Matt Stone Opens Up About Censorship

In advance of the release of the wildly-anticipated video game South Park: The Stick of Truth, CBLDF reported that some versions of the game were being censored in countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and in Australia. Now that the game is out...

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CBLDF Makes Dazzling UK Debut At London Super Comic Con

March 14, 2014
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CBLDF Makes Dazzling UK Debut At London Super Comic Con

This weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will make its first ever UK appearance at the London Super Comic Con with brand new prints by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, the debut of the CBLDF Exclusive variant of Starlight #1, with stunning wrap around...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

March 13, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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CBLDF Joins Free Comic Book Day 2014!

March 12, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Free Comic Book Day 2014!

Since 2002, Free Comic Book Day has been the biggest event in the comic book year. This year, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gets in on the action with not one, but TWO, amazing offerings! Help the CBLDF Defend Comics features...

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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

March 12, 2014
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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

Censorship usually takes the form of the direct suppression of speech, but it seems that U.S. legislators are attempting new means of indirect censorship by using tax reform. Unsurprisingly, violent video games are the scapegoat that the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is attempting to target. While it has been previously held to be unconstitutional...

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

March 11, 2014
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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

A few months ago, we told you about the ongoing battle over freedom of the press in Ecuador. The government of President Rafael Correa was using new media regulations to intimidate political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who was told that he could be brought to trial for a cartoon critical of Correa. Recently...

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