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 ...

She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. With your help, CBLDF will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this fal ...

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 ...

Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

April 11, 2016
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Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

Every year, National Library Week starts off with a bang: the release of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books from the previous year. The list is compiled by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom from librarians’ confidential reports of requests to restrict...

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Tennessee Legislature Trying to Abstain from University Sex Week

April 8, 2016
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Tennessee Legislature Trying to Abstain from University Sex Week

The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would violate the free speech rights of students on university campuses around the state, especially with regard to discussions of sexuality. The proposed legislation, HB2248, “prohibits state funds from being expended in support of the office for diversity...

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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

April 8, 2016
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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

Late last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Visualizing Impact launched an ambitious and much-needed project to gather data on social media content moderation. Last week OnlineCensorship.org bore its first fruit with an in-depth report...

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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

April 7, 2016
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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

Another school district has painted itself into a corner regarding distribution of religious materials in schools. This time, it’s Colorado’s Delta County School District, which recently allowed passive distribution of Bibles in both middle and high schools, but restricted...

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ONE WEEK LEFT: Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

April 6, 2016
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ONE WEEK LEFT: Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

Several years ago, Buffy, Angel, and Spike left television behind and found a new home in the pages of comics. Humble Bundle has teamed up with Dark Horse and IDW to assemble those comics into a bundle with Humble Comics Bundle: Buffy, Angel, & Spike. Customers...

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We’ll See You This Weekend in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

April 6, 2016
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We’ll See You This Weekend in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

This weekend, CBLDF hits the road again for Emerald City Comicon! We’ll head to the Pacific Northwest for four days of comics fun, April 7-10. You’ll find us at booth #2224, where we’ll have a very limited number of CBLDF-exclusive Black Panther #1 variants, Nameless bookplate editions, and an amazing assortment...

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

April 6, 2016
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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 engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and...

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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

April 5, 2016
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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

CBLDF today signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the West Allegheny, Pennsylvania school board to implement a clear policy regarding selection of curricular materials. Concerns arose after Jeanette Walls’ memoir...

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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

April 5, 2016
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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

Blockbuster author John Green is rallying supporters around a high school teacher in Marion County, Kentucky who has been publicly attacked for teaching Green’s book Looking for Alaska in a 12th grade English...

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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

April 4, 2016
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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

In a victory for the freedom to read, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill arose from one...

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NYC: Join CBLDF for MoCCA This Weekend!

April 1, 2016
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NYC: Join CBLDF for MoCCA This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF fights for free speech in its NYC stomping grounds during MoCCA Fest 2016! CBLDF will be hosting signings with Ariel Schrag and Phoebe Gloeckner at table E 160-163 ! Presented by the Society of Illustrators, MoCCA takes place April 2 – 3, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at...

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She Changed Comics: Manga and Women in Charge

April 1, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Manga and Women in Charge

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we celebrated women who changed free expression in comics. Please enjoy our final weekly compilation of biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Like these stories? Please back our Kickstarter to create She Changed Comics as...

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“Creative City” Censors Creativity Due to Pornography Concerns

April 1, 2016
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Due to complaints and misinterpretation as child pornography, the city of West Hollywood, California, forced the removal of three photographs by local female artist Brooke Mason from a Woman’s History Month-themed city-wide exhibition. The removal of the pieces has not only gotten the community up in arms, but has raised free speech concerns. In celebration of…

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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

April 1, 2016
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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

Riad Sattouf, Franco-Syrian creator of the universally lauded graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, is an uneasy symbol of the intercultural tensions currently roiling Europe and the Middle East. A longtime contributor to Charlie Hebdo and until 2014 the magazine’s only regular cartoonist of...

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Kanika Mishra: Social Media as a Vehicle for Free Speech and Empowerment

March 31, 2016
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Known for her cartoons on social and political issues in India—especially those that relate to Indian women—cartoonist Kanika Mishra has gained significant recognition for her use of social media as a vehicle for freedom of expression. Earlier this year, Mishra gave a talk at TEDxYouth@OIS, during which she spoke about the challenges that women face,...

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