Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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!...

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 Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Health Curriculum

December 1, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

A community in Delaware is reconsidering a recently adopted health curriculum over the complaints of school board member and local pastor Shaun Fink. Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the ACLU of Delaware, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ABFFE, ALA-OIF, PEN America, and SCBWI to demand that the school...

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Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

November 27, 2014
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It’s Thanksgiving, and while CBLDF would prefer to give thanks to the end of censorship entirely, we’re not so lucky. Regardless, we’ve seen several victories for the right to read this year, and we’re happy to include them on our list of things to be thankful for! Let’s take a look at a few of...

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CBLDF’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Features George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Much More!

November 26, 2014
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CBLDF’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Features George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Much More!

Every year, we like to take a look at the shelves here at CBLDF Central and see what awesome premiums would make good gifts for our gracious donors. Throughout the year, we are lucky to work with a bounty of talented artists and writers — Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Jeff Smith, Jules Feiffer,...

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Allegedly Harmful: UK Injunction Patrols the Fine Line Between Freedom of Speech and Child Welfare

November 26, 2014
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In early October the Court of Appeals in the UK issued an injunction, halting the publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that if distributed its “allegedly harmful” content could be “likely to exert a catastrophic effect on [the author's son's] self-esteem and…cause him enduring psychological harm.” In a time where everyone (including an...

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Highland Park Committee Reaffirms Art of Racing in the Rain

November 26, 2014
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In a report released this week, a 12-member review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recommended retaining Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain on the approved reading list for sophomores and above. Out of seven books that were temporarily suspended from the approved list in September, Stein’s...

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Celebrate the Holidays With CBLDF & MoCCA at Society of Illustrators on December 10!

November 25, 2014
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Join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art for a festive holiday celebration at Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, December 10, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.! Toast a year of outstanding comics with special guests including Paul Pope, Chip Kidd, Bob Fingerman, Gregory Benton, and New York’s finest cartoonists...

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Indie Comics Reborn in Egypt

November 25, 2014
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Egypt has no shortage of political cartoonists, although they must walk a fine line to get their work out to the widest possible audience. But in the past few years, the country has also seen a resurgence of independent long-form comics comparable to the heady early days of Mad magazine and the later underground...

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Did a Polish Town Ban Winnie the Pooh?

November 24, 2014
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This much is certain: council members in the Polish town of Tuszyn earlier this month declined to name a local playground after Winnie the Pooh. And yes, one member said the Bear of Very Little Brain is “half-naked,” while another called him a “hermaphrodite.” But now that the story has gone viral in...

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Ithaca Student Newspaper Lawsuit Dismissed After Decade Long Battle

November 21, 2014
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Recently, an almost decade long legal battle over censorship of a school newspaper came to disappointing end. Eight years ago, the editorial staff of Ithaca High School’s student newspaper, The Tattler, brought a censorship suit against the school district. The grounds for bringing the suit were that the publication guidelines imposed by the...

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Mingle with Comics Creators at CBLDF’s Holiday Comic Swap!

November 21, 2014
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Kick off the holiday season with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at our Holiday Comic Swap on Wednesday, December 3, at the Owl Farm in Park Slope, Brooklyn!  Creators Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape From Special), and Benjamin Marra (Blades & Lazers) will be...

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Danish Editor Reflects on Muhammad Cartoon Controversy in New Book

November 20, 2014
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Nearly a decade after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed 12 controversial cartoons on the theme of Islam and free expression, a book by the editor who commissioned the illustrations has finally made its way into print in the United States. Last week Flemming Rose, now the foreign editor at Jyllands-Posten, spoke to Michael Cavna...

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The SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive Adds Brandon Graham, Hip-Hop Family Tree, and More!

November 19, 2014
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It’s WEEK TWO of the SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive, and we have some very cool items to add to the campaign! Every week from now through December, CBLDF is proud to offer new exclusives, all benefiting the Fund! Last week included a ...

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Highland Park Requires Parental Permission for Classics

November 19, 2014
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Forging ahead with an ill-considered plan that drew criticism from the National Coalition Against Censorship (including CBLDF) and the American Library Association, the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District last week revealed some of the books that students now need parental permission to read. In addition to three books that were previously...

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Help Us Make Banned Books Week Better!

November 19, 2014
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Banned Books Week 2014 may be over, but we are already hard at work planning Banned Books Week 2015. And, we want to make it better than ever! We need your help to make this happen. We have created a short, 15-question survey, and we want to know your thoughts. Your input and feedback will…

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Blank Space Partners with CBLDF for Comics Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

November 18, 2014
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Blank Space, an Oslo visual art house that showcases work from emerging and established visual artists, is joining forces with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the common goal of reinforcing the idea that comics are a valid form of art. Blank Space will be hosting an exhibition in pursuit of this goal...

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