The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

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...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! 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!...

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 ...

Creators Launch CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 with Signing at JHU Comic Books!

October 3, 2014
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Creators Launch CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 with Signing at JHU Comic Books!

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers, and free thinkers: Join CBLDF and a bevy of creator supporters at JHU Comic Books (32 E. 32nd Street, New York City) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, for the launch of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014! So many amazing people donated their time and work to…

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Hot New Premiums from SPX Now in the Rewards Zone!

October 2, 2014
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Hot New Premiums from SPX Now in the Rewards Zone!

A couple weekends ago, CBLDF was proud to host several talented cartoonists in our booth during the Small Press Expo, as they signed books and prints and chatted with fans. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend SPX, you now have a chance to own a small piece of it! We came back with...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 7: CBLDF in the UK!

October 2, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 7: CBLDF in the UK!

In this episode, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein takes the fight for the freedom to read international, traveling across the drink to Great Britain, where he visits Nottingham fixture Page 45 and the Cartoon Museum in London. We discuss: Constantine, “Spitting Image,” censorship in British...

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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

October 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

By now most readers have probably heard about the proposed curriculum review committee in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school district. Over concerns that such a committee will censor educational content, CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the move. Starting with Advanced Placement U.S. History, the committee would...

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Texas High School Reverses Decision To Suspend Books

October 1, 2014
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Texas High School Reverses Decision To Suspend Books

Just last week, we reported an ongoing battle at a Texas high school over the suspension of seven books on their required reading list. Highland Park High School’s decision to suspend the books for their adult themes was met with backlash from parents, teachers, and students who disagreed with the challenges. Dallas News reports...

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The Fault in Our Stars Banned from California Middle School

October 1, 2014
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The Fault in Our Stars Banned from California Middle School

In a blow for the freedom to read, John Green’s popular YA novel, The Fault in Our Stars, has been removed from Riverside Unified School District’s middle schools by a 6-1 vote from the California school district’s book reconsideration committee. The book will still be...

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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

September 30, 2014
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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

Yesterday, just hours before a school board meeting to decide the fate of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter to defend the book. Last night, the Ball-Chatham School Board in Illinois voted...

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Scott McCloud and Larry Marder Talk Comics Censorship in San Diego!

September 30, 2014
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Scott McCloud and Larry Marder Talk Comics Censorship in San Diego!

The last stop on CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Tour was San Diego, where we joined with co-sponsors Comic-Con International and the San Diego Public Library to present a “Beware of Comics!” conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry Marder. The evening was a great success thanks to the organizers, participants, and attendees! CBLDF Executive Director Charles...

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Watch Last Week’s Copyright vs. Creativity Panel at NYU Law!

September 30, 2014
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Watch Last Week’s Copyright vs. Creativity Panel at NYU Law!

During CBLDF’s event-filled Banned Books Week, Executive Director Charles Brownstein joined a panel last Tuesday at the NYU School of Law entitled “Copyright vs. Creativity: Is Intellectual Property Reserved for the 1%?” Along with Ricky Rouse Has a Gun author Jörg Tittel and NYU Law...

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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

September 29, 2014
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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

Over the weekend, CBLDF and other member organizations in the National Coalition Against Censorship became aware of yet another challenge to Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, this time at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois. There is no news coverage of the issue as yet, but we’re...

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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

September 29, 2014
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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

Television regulators in Indonesia have demanded that broadcasters to censor certain aspects of the globally known children’s show Crayon Shin-chan. The show has been popular in Japan for more than two decades, and focuses on a a precocious child who is fond of mooning and who often uses racy spoonerisms. Despite the show’s popularity in…

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Painted Drum Challenge Denied in Minnesota

September 26, 2014
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Painted Drum Challenge Denied in Minnesota

Our eventful Banned Books Week is coming to a close with some good news: a challenge to Louise Erdrich’s novel The Painted Drum in the author’s home state of Minnesota was unanimously denied Wednesday by an 11-member review committee of the Rochester Public...

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Banned Books Week News Roundup

September 26, 2014
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Banned Books Week News Roundup

Wow, what a week! CBLDF trekked across the country to celebrate the freedom to read and our board members and BBW co-sponsors — the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression;...

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CBLDF Board Members Jenni Holm and Jeff Smith Celebrate the Freedom to Read

September 26, 2014
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CBLDF Board Members Jenni Holm and Jeff Smith Celebrate the Freedom to Read

CBLDF is honored to have some pretty spectacular board members, creators, and comics professionals who are willing to go the extra mile for the freedom to read. Board members Jenni Holm, the winner of multiple Newbery Honors and co-creator of the hit series Babymouse and Squish,...

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Keeping Comics in the Curriculum

September 26, 2014
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Keeping Comics in the Curriculum

Once upon a time, students smuggled their favorite comic books into class to distract themselves from their lessons. But today, those students have grown up and taken on teaching positions of their own, and fans of comic books, graphic novels, and art and literature in general...

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