Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

March Book Three Wins National Book Award

November 17, 2016
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March Book Three Wins National Book Award

Last night, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell took home the National Book Award in young people’s literature for March Book Three, the first time that a graphic novel has been awarded the honor. March Book Three is the concluding volume of Congressman Lewis’s first-hand account...

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BID NOW in CBLDF’s 30th Anniversary Heritage Auction!

November 17, 2016
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BID NOW in CBLDF’s 30th Anniversary Heritage Auction!

To celebrate its 30th anniversary of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community, CBLDF and Heritage Auctions are now offering 11 important works at auction. The original art is being offered now, during Heritage Auctions’ autumn Comics Auction Nov. 17-19 live in Beverly Hills and on HA.com. Most of...

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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

November 16, 2016
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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, jailed since February after being convicted of “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Use of Life, is launching a new appeal for release after the government agreed to review the cases of political prisoners. Two previous appeals...

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At 95, Al Jaffee Talks Censorship, Satire, and Political Hot Air

November 15, 2016
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At 95, Al Jaffee Talks Censorship, Satire, and Political Hot Air

Over 60 years ago, legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee started applying his satirical pen to the pages of Mad Magazine. At 95 years of age he still contributes the “Fold-ins” that he invented in 1964, and now holds the world record for Longest Career as a Comic...

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Russian Library Director Goes to Trial for Possessing “Extremist” Books

November 14, 2016
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Natalia Sharina in court

The director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, Russia, has begun the trial process after being charged and put on house arrest last year for possessing books that “incite ethnic hatred.” Last October, Natalia Sharina’s personal residence as well as her place of work were raided by Russian authorities, who claim to have...

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A Look at CBLDF’s 30th Anniversary Auction

November 11, 2016
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A Look at CBLDF’s 30th Anniversary Auction

To celebrate its 30th anniversary of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Heritage Auctions are offering 11 important works at auction. The pieces come from the 1987 “A Benefit Portfolio in Defense of the First Amendment” that led to the creation of...

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Be a Force for Change! Support CBLDF!

November 11, 2016
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Be a Force for Change! Support CBLDF!

In light of this week’s political turmoil, CBLDF would like to feature some items that focus on the power of free expression to affect positive change, no matter what your political leanings might be. These items include Liberty Annual 2016, She Changed Comics, CBLDF’s embroidered Free Speech Defender patches, “I Read Banned Comics” ...

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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

November 11, 2016
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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

Our film, The Trial of Mike Diana, is both a documentary on one of the most outrageous convictions in America’s legal history -- a 1996 conviction of obscenity over a self-published zine -- as well as a sober and multi-faceted discussion on one of recent history’s most unique comic artists.

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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

November 11, 2016
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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

A bookstore in Saugerties, New York, was threatened with misdemeanor zoning violation charges over an anti-Trump window display.   Inquiring Minds Bookstore owner Brian Donoghue assembled the display to voice his concerns over statements made by Trump during his campaign. “I really felt I was in...

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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

November 11, 2016
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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

The mother of a seventh grader in Sullivan County, Tennessee this week filed a formal challenge to an entire world history textbook because she believes that some parts of the unit on religions amount to “Islamic indoctrination.”...

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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

November 10, 2016
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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

Vietnamese comic artists today are not only finding creative ways to combat censorship, but are also working to overcome many of the negative stereotypes still associated with the medium—most frequently, the fallacy that comics are for children and cannot be written for an adult readership. Tuoi Tre News spoke with a few creators about the...

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In Exile, Venezuelan Cartoonist Finds Space to Criticize Government Oppression

November 9, 2016
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In Exile, Venezuelan Cartoonist Finds Space to Criticize Government Oppression

Rayma Suprani has long been one of the best-known and most fearless political cartoonists in Venezuela, but for almost a year she and her work have only been “in” the country virtually, through social media. After El Universal,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Trickster

November 9, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Trickster

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...

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Young Readers on the Benefits of Challenged Books

November 9, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

Although book challenges often come from parents and adults who claim to be looking out for the well-being of children in their communities, a recent project by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Joan Bertin and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Millie Davis collected messages from young readers about how challenged books opened their eyes...

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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

November 7, 2016
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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

After five days in detention, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and eight of his colleagues at Cumhuriyet newspaper were formally arrested and charged with supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement on Saturday. They are expected to remain in jail until their trial at an...

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