Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores TODAY!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

April 10, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

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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Sen. Feinstein: The Anarchist Cookbook Not Protected Speech

April 10, 2015
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The Anarchist Cookbook is “not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the internet.” This was a reactionary statement released last Thursday from California Senator Dianne Feinstein in response to the recent arrest of two women who are accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City. In...

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Denis Kitchen On Comix and Free Speech

April 10, 2015
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Comics publisher, activist, and free speech advocate Denis Kitchen has done a lot both for comics themselves as well as protecting the creators who produce them. In a recent interview with Mark Voger at NJ.com, Kitchen talks about his work as creator in the underground comix movement to his founding of the CBLDF to...

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CBLDF Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

April 9, 2015
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CBLDF Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF keeps the fight for free speech in its NYC stomping grounds during MoCCA Fest 2015! CBLDF will be hosting signings at booth 200 with MoCCA guest of honor Scott McCloud, who will be on hand with his latest masterpiece The Sculptor, and Bow-Wow series creators Mark Newgarden and Megan Cash! Presented by...

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New Mexico TV Station Continues Vendetta Against Palomar

April 9, 2015
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New Mexico TV Station Continues Vendetta Against Palomar

As we told you last week, the parent who wants Gilbert Hernadez’s Palomar removed from a high school library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is appealing the decision of a review committee that voted to retain the book on shelves. Now Albuquerque-area news station...

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Dynamite Partners with StoryBundle.com for Bundle of Digital Comics and Graphic Novels, Benefiting CBLDF

April 9, 2015
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Dynamite Partners with StoryBundle.com for Bundle of Digital Comics and Graphic Novels, Benefiting CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, a unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host – for the first time ever – a comic book bundle promotion that allows readers to purchase almost 100 digital Dynamite comics and...

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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

April 8, 2015
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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

The latest round of the Malaysian government’s harassment against political cartoonist Zunar came to a head last week when he was charged with nine counts of sedition, which could carry a total sentence of up to 43 years in prison. His trial is set to begin on May 20, and the advocacy group Cartoonists...

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Bonil: “The Role of a Cartoonist Is to Be a Dissident”

April 7, 2015
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Ecuadorian cartoonist Bonil — a frequent target of governmental censors and recently threatened by ISIS — spoke with free speech advocacy group and watchdog organization Freedom House about the dire state of free expression in his home country. When Rafael Correa took the Ecuadorian presidency in 2007, what he called a “democratizing” of the...

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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

April 6, 2015
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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital 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 offering a proven resource to help you reach out to your community and create new repeat customers! Stock up now on bundles of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help...

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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

April 6, 2015
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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

Three similar bills recently introduced in the Minnesota legislature would require school districts to notify parents or guardians every time a fellow parent, guardian, or an adult student deems instructional material such as books or movies to be “sexually explicit or obscene and therefore harmful to...

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Author Responds to Connecticut Ban of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

April 3, 2015
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Connecticut Superintendent is standing behind his ban of Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower despite a review committee’s recommendation otherwise and opposition from the community and free speech advocates, including CBLDF. Chbosky himself has now responded to the ban. Jean Pierre Bolat, parent and now a Board of Education member (making him...

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Fun Home Selected as Duke University’s Core Summer Reading Book

April 3, 2015
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One of the comic industries most debated books, Fun Home, has been selected by Duke University as its Class of 2019 Common Experience summer reading book. An autobiographical memoir, writer and artist Alison Bechdel tells her story of her distant relationship with her closeted father and a subsequent revelation that he too is gay when…

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Wisconsin Cartoonist Sits Down With Elementary School to Talk About Freedom of Speech

April 3, 2015
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Phil Hands

The editorial cartoonist Phil Hands, who draws for the Wisconsin State Journal, took it upon himself recently to visit a local Madison, Wisconsin, elementary school to teach about the importance of freedom of speech, especially in light of the violent events that have shaken the cartooning world. Sitting down with students at Van Hise Elementary...

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Turkish Cartoonists Narrowly Avoid Prison

April 2, 2015
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In an attempt to comment upon the repeated violations of free speech and the rise in governmental prosecution of journalists in Turkey, two Turkish cartoonists themselves narrowly avoided a prison sentence this past week for their cartoon on the cover of Penguen magazine — a publication know for its often scathing political satire. The cover published…

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Retailers: Stock up on the Latest Edition of Raising a Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read !

April 2, 2015
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Retailers: Stock up on the Latest Edition of 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 offering a proven resource to help you reach out to your community and create new repeat customers! Stock up now on bundles of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your...

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