CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Russian Prosecutors Seek Suspended Sentence for Library Director

June 2, 2017
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Russian Prosecutors Seek Suspended Sentence for Library Director

Russian prosecutors are seeking a 5-year suspended sentence for Natalya Sharina, the former director of Moscow’s Ukrainian Literature Library who stands accused of embezzlement and “inciting racial hatred.” Russian law prohibits the “‘mass dissemination’ of materials that the government designates ‘extremist’” and the country maintains a list of...

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Lowlights from Comics Censorship History

June 2, 2017
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Lowlights from Comics Censorship History

Since the advent of the comics format, censors around the world have found varied and often illuminating reasons to suppress certain books or content. Whether government-sponsored or industry-directed, as with the Comics Code Authority in the United States, censorship naturally strikes hardest at each society’s most...

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Chechen Prosecutor Trying to Block Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

June 2, 2017
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Chechen Prosecutor Trying to Block Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Chechnya is trying to block online access to cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The predominant religion in Chechnya is Islam, and Charlie Hebdo is a noted critic of fundamentalist belief in religion, frequently drawing criticism for cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad. The magazine also recently published cartoons that mocked...

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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

June 1, 2017
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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, plagued by repeated police raids and seizures of his work, has struck upon an innovative solution to censorship: at the launch of his newest book Twit-Twit, Cin Cin this week, buyers will receive only a photocopy of the cover. The...

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Celebrate Wonder Woman with GNs Signed by Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Cliff Chiang, & More!

June 1, 2017
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Celebrate Wonder Woman with GNs Signed by Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Cliff Chiang, & More!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with some fantastic Wonder Woman titles, including Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka and Wonder Woman: The Lies, signed by Greg Rucka; Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman, signed by Gail Simone; Absolute Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman: Blood TP, signed by Cliff...

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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

May 31, 2017
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City of Warsaw Revokes Comics Festival Grant After Nationalists Object

The city of Warsaw, Poland has withdrawn a three-year grant supporting an annual comics festival after nationalist groups complained about the content of a comic that was distributed during the event earlier this month. The book Polska...

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Index on Censorship Joins Banned Books Week Coalition

May 30, 2017
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Index on Censorship Joins Banned Books Week Coalition

As a longtime member of the Banned Books Week Coalition, CBLDF is pleased to welcome our newest partner in the annual event: the UK’s Index on Censorship! As the first international member of the coalition, Index will...

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Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

May 26, 2017
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Submit Your Favorite Comics for NPR’s Summer Reading List!

The book mavens at National Public Radio are compiling a summer reading list of 100 favorite comics, and they want to hear from you! Readers and listeners can submit up to five series, single issues, graphic novels, newspaper comics, and/or webcomics in the poll...

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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 26, 2017
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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper have now spent over six months in prison, joining about 130 other journalists similarly detained in the media crackdown following Turkey’s attempted coup last July. In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels this week, Cartoonists Rights...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 19: Gilbert Hernandez!

May 25, 2017
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 19: Gilbert Hernandez!

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets, Blubber) about his career, his work, and his early inspirations. We discuss reactions to his work and controversies therein, and his personal views on mature content in comics and elsewhere. Topics: Heavy Metal, Steve...

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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

May 25, 2017
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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

Good news from Minnesota! Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations including CBLDF, the principal of New London-Spicer Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s ...

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GNs Signed & Sketched by Stan Sakai, Kevin Eastman, Geof Darrow, & More Benefit CBLDF!

May 25, 2017
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GNs Signed & Sketched by Stan Sakai, Kevin Eastman, Geof Darrow, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is offering some beautiful signed and sketched books to reward your donations! Books include Usagi Yojimbo: Senso HC, signed and sketched by Stan Sakai; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection HC, signed and sketched by Kevin Eastman; Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet HC and Big Guy & Rusty HC,...

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Pre-orders Open for Resist! Volume 2, in Stores for July 4

May 24, 2017
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Pre-orders Open for Resist! Volume 2, in Stores for July 4

Get your pre-orders in now for the second volume of Resist! from Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman! After the smashing success of the political comics newspaper, 58,000 copies...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

May 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

After a Florida elementary school pre-emptively banned students from bringing personal copies of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why onto campus, CBLDF yesterday joined with other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging principal Bryan Dolfi...

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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

May 22, 2017
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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Last week, CBLDF joined the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter defending Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian after it was challenged in a Wisconsin school district. This week brings good news: The district superintendent has upheld a review...

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