Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the sixth issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings en ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

SDCC 2016: Valiant and CBLDF Reveal FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Acclaimed Artist Ronald Wimberly — Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con!

July 8, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Valiant and CBLDF Reveal FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Acclaimed Artist Ronald Wimberly — Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con!

As revealed today at the A.V. Club, Valiant is proud to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) with the FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant – a limited edition release of the FIRST ISSUE of Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s history-making ongoing series! Featuring a brand-new cover by Glyph Comics Award-winning artist Ronald...

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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

July 8, 2016
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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

A North Carolina lawyer who has previously advocated for censorship in his local school district was last week approved by the legislature to serve a four-year term on the State Board of Education. Most notably, J. Todd Chasteen was...

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as...

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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

July 7, 2016
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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

Thousands of Hong Kong residents joined pro-democracy demonstrations last weekend, following local bookstore manager Lam Wing Kee’s revelation that he was involuntarily detained for eight months on the Chinese mainland as authorities there sought information about customers and the books he sold them....

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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

July 7, 2016
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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes is no stranger to the violent and sometimes highly personal backlash and criticism her works incite. In a recent editorial piece for the Columbia Journal Review, Telnaes discusses how social media has become a tool of intimidation and the potential harbinger of self-censorship, fundamentally changing the landscape of editorial...

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CBLDF Looking for Editorial Intern!

July 6, 2016
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CBLDF Looking for Editorial Intern!

CBLDF is looking for an editorial intern! Help us perform our important education work and gain hands-on experience with the program and communications side of our dynamic, influential non-profit organization. Duties include: copyediting, proofreading, transcription, and copy writing. If you have an interest in comics...

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IDW and Humble Bundle EXPAND Star Trek Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF!

July 6, 2016
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IDW and Humble Bundle EXPAND Star Trek Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF!

  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Humble Bundle is partnering with IDW Publishing to offer a bundle of 50 volumes of comics. The bundle launched last week, but week two means a slew of new titles have been added! The Humble Comics Bundle: Star...

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Virginia Lawmaker Wants Librarians Fired for Summer Reading Lists

July 6, 2016
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Virginia Lawmaker Wants Librarians Fired for Summer Reading Lists

A debate over summer reading books in Virginia’s Chesterfield County Public Schools intensified last week when a state senator characterized the books as “trash” and said the school librarians who recommended them should be fired. The titles...

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Cartoonist Rehired After 2-Month Free Speech Battle

July 5, 2016
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Editorial cartoonist Rick Friday has been rehired by the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News, the newspaper that fired him two months ago for tackling corporate greed in the farming industry. Friday, who had a 21-year long stint with the newspaper, was abruptly fired back in May after undisclosed sponsors cancelled their advertisements with the paper in response...

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How Smile Transformed the Comics Industry

July 5, 2016
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Seemingly overnight, semi-autobiographical graphic novels for children have become a hit genre, dominating New York Times bestseller lists, winning industry awards, and garnering significant praise and accolades. Leading the way is Raina Telgemeier, whose fun, incredibly relatable, and heartfelt graphic novels have become must-haves on school and library shelves and been the target of would-be censors...

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Independence Day Around the World

July 4, 2016
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Independence Day Around the World

As we celebrate Independence Day, we also celebrate the independent spirit of our country’s founders, men and women who fought against an oppressive regime and eventually gave us the law that CBLDF works to protect: the First Amendment. Freedom of expression isn’t exclusive to the United States, but most countries don’t have the protections we do.…

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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

July 1, 2016
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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

In light of the fact that she recently spent 18 months in prison for drawing a caricature of the Iranian Parliament, Atena Farghadani could be forgiven for taking a bit of a professional break to savor her ...

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Two Graphic Novels on Toronto Public Library’s Annual Challenged Books Report

July 1, 2016
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Toronto Public Library recently released their yearly Reconsideration of Materials Summary, recapping the books and movies challenged in one of Canada’s largest library systems, and two graphic novels were among the books challenged. Similar to the American Library Association’s yearly Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, the Materials Review Committee of the ...

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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

June 30, 2016
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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

French government prosecutors opened an investigation last week into new credible death threats against surviving members of the staff at Charlie Hebdo, an anonymous source told Le Parisien newspaper yesterday. The threats came by mail and on the...

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Celebrate PRIDE All Year with These LGBTQ Comics Creators

June 30, 2016
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Celebrate PRIDE All Year with These LGBTQ Comics Creators

Pride Month may be coming to an end, but you can keep the celebration going all year with these groundbreaking LGBTQ creators! 1. Alison Bechdel From her legendary alt-weekly strip Dykes to Watch Out For to a blockbuster Broadway musical and a MacArthur Genius Grant, Alison Bechdel has...

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