CBLDF Podcast Episode 24: JEFFREY BROWN

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Jeffrey Brown about his work, and the changes (and lack of changes) in his art and his interests over the years. We discuss as many aspects of his career as we could fit into 45 minutes, with is really just the tip of the iceberg. Brown is an enormously pr ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

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 ...

Massachusetts Library Censors Press Freedom Poster Exhibit

September 28, 2017
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Massachusetts Library Censors Press Freedom Poster Exhibit

Administrators of a public library in Foxborough, Massachusetts allowed most of an exhibit on press freedom to return to display last week after previously ordering its removal, but two posters including the one at right apparently were considered too shocking for the eyes of...

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Celebrate Banned Books Week with CBLDF Shirts, Patches, & More!

September 28, 2017
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Celebrate Banned Books Week with CBLDF Shirts, Patches, & More!

Wear your support for free speech with some CBLDF gear! We’re offering “I Read Banned Comics” t-shirts and patches, our new sticker set, Comics Code Authority pins, CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook and Banned Books Week Gear Bundles, and more! Donate today to show your support...

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Banned Books Week: Comics Creators on Censorship

September 28, 2017
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Banned Books Week: Comics Creators on Censorship

In recognition of Banned Books Week, we’ve gathered some quotes about censorship from comics creators around the world, including Neil Gaiman, Raina Telgemeier, Alison Bechdel, and more! Click on the links below to download posters and shelftalkers featuring these quotes! CBLDF Banned Books Week 2017 Shelftalker Spread (11″ by 17″) CBLDF Banned Books Week 2017…

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DHS Plans to Keep Tabs on All Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts

September 27, 2017
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DHS Plans to Keep Tabs on All Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts

Civil liberties organizations are crying foul after the Department of Homeland Security this week quietly released sweeping plans to collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States, including those who already have citizenship or legal permanent resident status in the country. The procedure...

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10 Books CBLDF Helped Defend in 2017 (So Far)

September 27, 2017
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10 Books CBLDF Helped Defend in 2017 (So Far)

In 2017, CBLDF has been busy battling book challenges, unconstitutional legislation, and more in defense of the freedom to read. In recognition of Banned Books Week, here’s a rundown of some of the books we’ve defended so far this year. 1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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New Action Kit Provides Tools to Fight Book Challenges

September 27, 2017
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New Action Kit Provides Tools to Fight Book Challenges

One of the best safeguards against censorship in libraries and schools is grassroots support for free expression. Of course tenacious librarians and teachers, fair-minded board members, and carefully crafted policies all play a role, but an overwhelming community rebuke to a...

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Where to Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017!

September 26, 2017
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Where to Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017!

Happy Banned Books Week! The annual celebration of the freedom to read is running all this week, and the Banned Books Week Coalition invites you to participate by getting involved in the incredible activities brought to you by our sponsor organizations! From theatrical performances, bookstore parties,...

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Why Do Comics Get Challenged?

September 26, 2017
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Why Do Comics Get Challenged?

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports of book challenges from around the country–that is, a request from an individual or group for a book to be restricted or removed from a library or classroom. Over the years OIF has tracked the reasons cited for these challenges, and comics...

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Two Challenges Kick Off Banned Books Week

September 25, 2017
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Two Challenges Kick Off Banned Books Week

This week, we celebrate Banned Books Week, the annual recognition of our right to read. But sometimes, it seems like some people take Banned Books Week as a dare to censor books instead of reading them. In fact, as we kick off Banned Books Week, two classics are under fire by censors. ...

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31 Challenged and Banned Comics for Banned Books Week

September 25, 2017
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31 Challenged and Banned Comics for Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week, and what better way to celebrate our right to read than by reading challenged and banned comics?! Whether you’re reading for fun or for the Virtual Read Out, here are just a few titles to add to your read pile… Check out the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook and...

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Banned Books Week Starts Sunday!

September 22, 2017
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Banned Books Week Starts Sunday!

Banned Books Week is here! It starts this Sunday, September 24, and runs through Saturday, September 30, and CBLDF is delighted to help you prepare with the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook and more! Keep reading for resources, events, and more! If you are hosting an event or...

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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

September 22, 2017
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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

Last week, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in asking a California school to uphold their policies for classroom reading. Earlier this week, the school board for Rocklin Academy Gateway voted to keep their literature policy unchanged. In June, some parents in the community challenged the...

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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

September 22, 2017
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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

As we continue to await a verdict in the politically-motivated trial of Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 of his journalist and editorial colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper, fellow cartoonist Carlos Latuff is doing everything he can from his home country of Brazil to keep...

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Image HCs Signed by Jason Aaron, Scott Snyder, Cameron Stewart, Jeff Lemire & More Benefit CBLDF!

September 21, 2017
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Image HCs Signed by Jason Aaron, Scott Snyder, Cameron Stewart, Jeff Lemire & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with some excellent Image hardcovers, including The Other Side, signed by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart; A.D.: After Death, signed by Scott Snyder or Jeff Lemire; Complete Phonogram and The Wicked & The Divine, signed by Kieron Gillen; Tokyo Ghost, signed by Rick Remender, and more! Keep reading or follow the links...

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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 21, 2017
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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

A political cartoonist and graphic novelist originally from Equatorial Guinea was arrested last week in the capital city of Malabo and is being held without charge. Ramón Esono Ebalé, who now lives in Paraguay, had briefly returned...

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