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 ...

Time is Running Out to Report 2015 Book Challenges or Bans!

January 26, 2016
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Time is Running Out to Report 2015 Book Challenges or Bans!

Librarians and educators, have you dealt with any book challenges or bans in your workplace this year? Now’s the time to help the American Library Association and the Office for Intellectual Freedom collect this vital information to compile their annual list of...

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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

January 25, 2016
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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, currently serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for caricaturing members of parliament as animals, has been spared even more prison time as she was recently acquitted of “non-adultery illegitimate relations.” That charge...

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Cartoonists Use Social Media to Show Solidarity with Censored Saudi Cartoonist

January 22, 2016
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Cartoonists Use Social Media to Show Solidarity with Censored Saudi Cartoonist

When Saudi cartoonist Abdullah Jaber seemingly disappeared for ten days, many feared the worst. Had he been abducted? Was he harmed for a cartoon critical of his government? When Jaber reemerged on Twitter, his message was simple — and disturbing — he was fine but Saudi authorities had banned his work from publication. Well-known for cartoons critical of...

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Snow White Book Banned in Qatar for “Indecent” Illustrations

January 22, 2016
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Snow White Book Banned in Qatar for “Indecent” Illustrations

Qatar’s Supreme Education Council recently ordered a private school to remove a picture-book adaptation of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from its library collection due to illustrations that one parent said were “inappropriate” and...

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China Bans Its Own History

January 22, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

Even China’s own history isn’t safe from censorship. A collection of essays entitled The Realm of History by late historian Gao Hua, which offers a historical and cultural analysis of mainland China’s contemporary history and the Communist Party, has been named “forbidden” and denied distribution in the country. Hua, who died in 2011 and was...

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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

January 21, 2016
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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

This month marks five years since the regional wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring began in Tunisia. Both before and after the regime changes in that country, Egypt, and Libya, as well as ongoing civil wars in Syria and Yemen, political cartoonists throughout the Middle East and North Africa have risked...

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NH Students Recreate Banned Book Covers

January 21, 2016
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NH Students Recreate Banned Book Covers

Monadnock Regional High School art teacher Emily Bialek didn’t just want her Swanzey, New Hampshire, students to create art. She wanted them to use art to help foster learning about larger topics that extended beyond the canvas. Her idea: have her students pick a banned book and recreate the cover based on what they...

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LEGO Changes Bulk Order Policy After Ai Weiwei Protest

January 20, 2016
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LEGO Changes Bulk Order Policy After Ai Weiwei Protest

Months after news broke that LEGO Group refused to fulfill a bulk order for Ai Weiwei’s current exhibit at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, the company reversed course this week and announced that it no longer vets customers’ intentions for bulk orders. ...

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No Chimichanga: Deadpool Movie Banned in China

January 20, 2016
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Deadpool

Due to violence, nudity, and graphic language, one of the most anticipated comic book movie adaptations of the year, Deadpool, has been officially banned from China. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China has quickly become the world’s second largest theatrical market and has found strong success with most movies taking place in the Marvel universe....

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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

January 19, 2016
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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

Embattled Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and four U.S. colleagues will join in a roundtable discussion this Friday at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. The event kicks off a three-day conference called What Cannot Be...

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Egyptian Author Goes Back to Court for “Harming Public Morality”

January 19, 2016
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Page from Use of Life

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji and newspaper editor Tarek e-Taher are going back to court to be retried for allegedly “harming public morality” just a few short weeks after being acquitted of the same charges. Naji and el-Taher were first brought to court last November after a 65-year-old man claimed that an excerpt of...

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Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with Comics

January 18, 2016
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Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with Comics

As we recognize Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his legacy today, one way we can explore his contributions to civil rights is by reading comics. Whether you’re a comics fan looking for a way to learn more about Dr. King or a teacher looking for books to use in your classroom, there are graphic novels that...

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Another Complaint Filed Against Ecuadoran Cartoonist Bonil

January 15, 2016
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Another Complaint Filed Against Ecuadoran Cartoonist Bonil

A complaint has been filed in Ecuador against cartoonist Javier Bonilla (aka Boni) and the newspaper that published his work, El Universo, for “discrimination, sexism, and transphobia.” At issue is a cartoon drawn by Bonil that El Universo ran on December 28, 2015. The cartoon features two women, one of whom is pregnant. When asked whether...

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Turkey’s Püff Adds to Diversity of Satirical Voices Against Repression

January 15, 2016
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Turkey’s Püff Adds to Diversity of Satirical Voices Against Repression

In Turkey’s increasingly repressive media environment, where journalists may be arrested for criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or officially forbidden from covering certain stories such as this week’s suicide attack in Istanbul, satirical magazines are nevertheless forging ahead. And while most of them–Leman, Penguen, and...

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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

January 14, 2016
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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

Virtually every public school district across the country has a policy on how challenges to materials should be handled. One of the many benefits of observing these policies is that they help to shield the districts’ own employees — teachers and librarians — from...

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