Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

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

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

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 ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

May 6, 2016
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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

In recognition of their respective fights against censorship and repressive governments, political cartoonists Zunar and Gado have been jointly awarded the biennial International Editorial Cartoons Prize from the organization Cartooning for Peace. In conjunction with the prize, their work and that of...

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IT’S WAR! Celebrate Captain America: Civil War with CBLDF!

May 5, 2016
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IT’S WAR! Celebrate Captain America: Civil War with CBLDF!

This weekend, we’ll be joining the droves flocking to cinemas to enjoy Captain America: Civil War, and to celebrate, we’re offering a collection of signed Avengers prints and original art on eBay. Whether you’re on Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you’ll find something to decorate your walls, all in support of our work defending the...

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Cartoonist Fired for Cartoon Criticizing Farm Industry CEOs

May 5, 2016
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Friday Photo

A complaint from an advertiser has ended Rick Friday’s 21-year stint drawing cartoons for the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News. The prolific freelance cartoonist, who has drawn more than 1,000 cartoons for the paper, was let go after one company pulled their advertising over a Friday’s cartoon about corporate greed in farming. Friday took to Facebook last…

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New Wave of Cartoonists Fight for Free Speech in the Middle East

May 5, 2016
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New Wave of Cartoonists Fight for Free Speech in the Middle East

“A new golden age of cartoonists.” This is how Huffington Post contributor Merissa Khurma describes the explosive growth of artistic talent coming out of Middle East in a recent article. Empowered by the pen, Khurma writes how cartoonists like Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih and Egyptian indie comics creator Andeel are not only...

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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

May 5, 2016
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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

The award-winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki has been banned from the single K-12 school in the small town of Henning, Minnesota. According to the...

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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and...

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Introducing the First Humble Manga Bundle!

May 4, 2016
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Introducing the First Humble Manga Bundle!

Humble and Kodansha Comics team up for a pay-what-you-want bundle of $177 of digital manga! While manga has appeared in previous book bundles, Kodansha Comics’ new sci-fi and fantasy-themed manga bundle is Humble Bundle’s first entirely manga bundle, bringing series like Attack on Titan, Battle Angel...

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May the Fourth Be With You in the CBLDF Rewards Zone!

May 4, 2016
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May the Fourth Be With You in the CBLDF Rewards Zone!

Today, we celebrate our favorite space opera and yours — Star Wars — with some amazing signed goodies in the CBLDF Rewards Zone! The force is strong with this assortment of signed and personalized books from Jeffrey Brown, Terry Dodson, Phil Noto, and more! All proceeds benefit CBLDF’s important First Amendment work! ...

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ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
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ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12...

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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

May 3, 2016
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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, a school district review committee in Marion County, Kentucky voted last night to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska in the high school curriculum. The...

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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

May 3, 2016
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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

Two Turkish journalists were sentenced to two years in prison last week for republishing the post-attack Charlie Hebdo cover that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. Hikmet Cetinkaya and Ceyda Karan, both columnists for the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, are appealing their...

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3,500 People Support Nation-Wide Reading of I Am Jazz

May 2, 2016
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Jazz

In an attempt to educate and defend against discrimination of transgendered people, this past week educators, parents, and youth advocates held over 50 separate nation-wide public readings of the children’s book I Am Jazz, a book that is no stranger to controversy. The popular children’s book, which is based on 12-year-old Jazz Jennings’ real-life transition from a...

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The Guardian Recommends the Perfect Starter GNs for YA Readers!

May 2, 2016
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The Guardian Recommends the Perfect Starter GNs for YA Readers!

Interested in finding the best starter graphic novels for teen readers? The Guardian has compiled a list — including several award-winning titles that have been challenged or banned — on their Children’ Books Discussions blog to help everyone from reluctant readers to curious bookworms find the perfect graphic novel adventure to jump into! Let’s take a look at...

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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

April 29, 2016
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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

While hiding in a Dutch attic for more than two years during World War II, Emmanuel Joels passed the time creating a comic week by week and sending it to his girlfriend Hetty van Son, also hiding just a few miles away....

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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

April 29, 2016
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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

Shortly after Egypt’s judiciary allowed the satirical puppet Abla Fahita to be charged with “violating public morality,” she has now drawn the ire of Parliament as well by referring to its members as...

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