Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Events!

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Las Vegas, and Ohio! Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. • U.S. Bank Room – Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, ...

Now Available: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2016!

Banned Books Week is happening September 25 – October 1, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cove ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 ...

Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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!

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 ...

In Midst of Sedition Trial, Zunar Launches Outdoor Exhibition

September 7, 2016
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In Midst of Sedition Trial, Zunar Launches Outdoor Exhibition

In anticipation of the next step in his sedition trial, Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar has launched a daring open-air exhibition of his works in a busy urban area near Kuala Lumpur. Although he risks being...

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MADNESS: The Humble MAD Magazine Bundle Expands to Benefit CBLDF

September 7, 2016
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MADNESS: The Humble MAD Magazine Bundle Expands to Benefit CBLDF

      Humble Bundle goes totally MAD! Inspired by MAD’s gap-toothed grinning mascot Alfred E. Neuman, Humble Bundle has agreed to lower their usual high standards to present a one-of-a-kind bundle featuring 35 ridiculous issues and a 1-year digital subscription to MAD, the world’s best-selling magazine with that name! Check out the...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: HiLo by Judd Winick

September 7, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: HiLo by Judd Winick

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 use of...

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Artist Regains Access to Blog After Battle with Google

September 6, 2016
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Dennis Cooper

After an extended legal battle, author and artist Dennis Cooper has regained access to over 14 years’ worth of materials — including a work in-progress GIF novel — from his Blogger site which was abruptly shut down on June 27 by Google after they received reports that a 10 year old post may contain images...

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Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

September 5, 2016
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It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at libraries, schools, and stores...

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Saga, Lumberjanes, and More Harvey Award Nominated Books Benefit CBLDF!

September 2, 2016
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Saga, Lumberjanes, and More Harvey Award Nominated Books Benefit CBLDF!

The 2016 Harvey Award winners will be announced this Saturday, September 3 at Baltimore Comic Con! Support CBLDF by donating to get your very own copy of these excellent nominated books, signed by their creators! Among the nominees are critically acclaimed books including Saga, Lumberjanes, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards,...

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Celebrating Denis Kitchen

September 2, 2016
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(c) Peter Poplaski

In 1986, Denis Kitchen helped defend the First Amendment rights of comic shops and creators who had become the targets of censors in an increasingly hostile consumer environment, laying the groundwork for what would become the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Today, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the 70th birthday of the man who fought for...

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Oklahoma Man Claims Library Promo Image Violates Religious Freedom

September 2, 2016
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Oklahoma Man Claims Library Promo Image Violates Religious Freedom

An Oklahoma man has publicly objected to a promotional photo from his local library system that shows a Muslim woman wearing hijab and reading a book. Norman resident Chad Grensky alleges that the photo is an unconstitutional...

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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

September 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

Since the attempted coup in Turkey, the country’s administration has been arresting and silencing journalists and cartoonists in the country, so Cartoon Movement sat down with four cartoonists – Menekse Cam, Emrah Arikan, Halit Kurtulmus and Oguz Gurel – to discuss the state of affairs and what it means to be a satirist in their home country today. “At present, cartooning...

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Egyptian Court Denies Naji’s Second Request for Release Pending Appeal

September 1, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Naji’s Second Request for Release Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s second request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the...

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The Humble Magazine Bundle: MAD Magazine Presented by DC Entertainment, Benefitting CBLDF

August 31, 2016
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The Humble Magazine Bundle: MAD Magazine Presented by DC Entertainment, Benefitting CBLDF

Humble Bundle goes totally MAD! Inspired by MAD’s gap-toothed grinning mascot Alfred E. Neuman, Humble Bundle has agreed to lower their usual high standards to present a one-of-a-kind bundle featuring 35 ridiculous issues and a 1-year digital subscription to MAD, the world’s best-selling magazine with that name! Check out the...

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CBLDF and Partners Defend Myracle Books in Nassau County

August 30, 2016
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CBLDF and Partners Defend Myracle Books in Nassau County

After two parents in Nassau County, Florida, launched a media crusade against a popular series of books by YA author Lauren Myracle, CBLDF and other partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project last week sent a...

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CRNI Courage Award Goes to Refugee Cartoonist in Australian Detention Center

August 29, 2016
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CRNI Courage Award Goes to Refugee Cartoonist in Australian Detention Center

The 2016 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International will go to an Iranian refugee cartoonist who goes by the name Eaten Fish, the advocacy group announced on Friday. Eaten Fish is currently...

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Minnesota Public Radio Challenges Adults to Read Controversial YA Books

August 29, 2016
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Minnesota Public Radio Challenges Adults to Read Controversial YA Books

Minnesota Public Radio is challenging adult readers to set aside preconceived notions of YA literature and to pick up some of today’s most critically acclaimed — and even controversial — books for teen audiences. From This One Summer, an award-winning graphic novel that has been challenged or banned in multiple states, to Eleanor & Park, a story...

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Pediatric Association Issues Unrealistic Guidelines on “Virtual Violence”

August 26, 2016
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Pediatric Association Issues Unrealistic Guidelines on “Virtual Violence”

The American Academy of Pediatrics last month issued a new policy statement on “virtual violence” in TV, movies, and video games. Despite the absence of any clear link between violent media and real-world aggressive behavior in young people, the...

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