Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

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. ...

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...

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 ...

Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

March 12, 2015
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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

In Denmark, recent debates over whether the controversial political cartoons depicting Muhammad printed in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 should be included in Danish textbooks for educational purposes have raised concerns not only over the appropriateness of including such material in an educational setting, but more importantly how to teach them. In light of the…

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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

March 12, 2015
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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

In a recent article for Harper’s Magazine, Gabriel Thompson took an in-depth look at the fascinating history of one of the most controversial books in recent memory: The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell. The 1971 how-to manual for everything from bombs to drugs...

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CBLDF Celebrates Women By Supporting Their Work (And You Can Too!)

March 11, 2015
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CBLDF Celebrates Women By Supporting Their Work (And You Can Too!)

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women that spans government organizations, media and entertainment, education, and more! The comics industry is no exception to this communal undertaking, and CBLDF has done our part with daily articles summarizing the innumerable accomplishments and fascinating lives of women in comics. CBLDF wants to remind you that many...

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CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots – A Collection of Hard-to-Find Stories to Support a Good Cause!

March 11, 2015
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CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots – A Collection of Hard-to-Find Stories to Support a Good Cause!

Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) join forces once again to bring readers a...

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Entertainment Innovator Reginald Hudlin Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors

March 11, 2015
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Entertainment Innovator Reginald Hudlin Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read, is proud to welcome Reginald Hudlin to its Board of Directors. Hudlin is an innovative force in modern black entertainment, having written or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang, and BeBe’s Kids, as well...

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Bonil Fined by His Government and Threatened by ISIS

March 10, 2015
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Earlier last month, political cartoonist, Bonil was charged with socioeconomic discrimination in his home country of Ecuador for his controversial cartoon mocking Afro-Ecuadorian legislative assemblyman, Agustin “Tin” Delgado. But Bonil hasn’t just been targeted by his home country — ISIS has also threatened him. Although the Ecuadorian government boasted the adoption of a more democratic...

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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

March 10, 2015
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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

Hot on the heels of last year’s Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, industry mainstay and Eisner Award administrator Jackie Estrada is gearing up for Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s – but she needs your help...

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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

March 9, 2015
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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

The celebrated mangaka and one of the founders of the “gekiga” school of alternative manga Yoshihiro Tatsumi has reportedly passed away at the age of 79. Tatsumi’s work was groundbreaking, boundary-pushing, and often breathtaking. He told stories that were haunting, and he explored complex topics such as...

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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

March 9, 2015
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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

Recently, we learned through a biased TV news report that Gilbert Hernandez’s acclaimed Hearthbreak Soup collection, Palomar, had been called “child porn” by a parent in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Today, CBLDF rose to the book’s defense by developing a letter with the Kids’ Right...

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When Satire Found a Home in Muslim Azerbaijan

March 9, 2015
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When Satire Found a Home in Muslim Azerbaijan

Long before Charlie Hebdo was skewering religious beliefs, politicians, and social issues from its home in France, the Muslim population of the Russian and Persian empires embraced satire in their own magazine, Molla Nasreddin, a weekly that was distributed 1906 – 1931. The paper was first printed in Georgia, but relocated to Azerbaijan in 1917.…

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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Banned & Challenged Creators

March 6, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Banned & Challenged Creators

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. This week we spotlight the authors whose work has been most frequently banned and challenged. Follow our Tumblr every weekday for biographical snippets on female creators who have changed the face of free expression in comics by pushing...

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Happy Birthday to You, Dr. Seuss!

March 6, 2015
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This week marked the birthday of Theodor Geisel, a man that generations of young readers know as Dr. Seuss. To recognize Dr. Seuss, our friends at NCAC took a look back on many of the censorious challenges that Dr. Seuss had to overcome throughout the years. Dr. Seuss may be best known and appreciated as...

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VICTORY in Florida: School Board Votes Unanimously to Keep History Textbooks

March 5, 2015
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On Monday, CBLDF joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. The school board convened this week to decide the fate of the books and voted unanimously to keep them in classrooms. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to...

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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

March 5, 2015
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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

Amid all the voices directed against comic books during the Forties and Fifties, one of the strongest in their defense was that of Lev Gleason. Gleason had instituted an editorial code of ethics in his own successful line of comics and was president of the first...

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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

March 4, 2015
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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

In light of the devastating news last week that Islamic State extremists apparently burned part or all of the public library collection in the Iraqi city of Mosul, CBLDF general counsel Robert Corn-Revere contributed a comprehensive overview of book burnings throughout history...

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