Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

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 ...

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 ...

Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

June 8, 2016
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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

The Round Rock Independent School District in Texas has uninvited author Phil Bildner from all eight schools he was scheduled to visit there this fall, apparently because he recommended a book featuring a transgender protagonist when he visited the district last year. Bildner is well-known by teachers and...

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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

June 7, 2016
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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

The independent comics scene in Egypt is flourishing as more and more young adults find freedom of expression through the power of the pen. This is definitely the case for Cairo-based twin cartoonists Mohamed and Haitham El-Seht, who recently sat down with designboom to discuss how comics have empowered them to speak out about...

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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

June 6, 2016
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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza is facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak in clown makeup, an image that originally appeared online but has since proliferated in street art throughout the capital of Kuala Lumpur. After learning of those charges on Friday,...

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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

June 3, 2016
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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

To clear up confusion that came to light during a recent challenge to Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, school district officials in Pasco County, Florida plan to clarify...

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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

June 3, 2016
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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

With every new generation, there is a new form of media that becomes both actively embraced by American youth, as well as socially stigmatized and branded as “low class,” “obscene,” and “dangerous” by the morality police (aka grown ups). It happened to comics in the 1940s...

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Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

June 2, 2016
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Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

The school board in Henning, Minnesota voted 4-2 last night to allow Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer back on library shelves at the district’s single K-12 school–with a few conditions. The book must...

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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

June 2, 2016
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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

Hong Kong cartoonist Ar To is looking for a new publisher for his collection of political cartoons after his current publisher requested him to make changes to some of his more politically sensitive pieces. Ar To is well-known for his cartoons depicting anthropomorphized animals often criticizing the Hong Kong government. From President Xi Jinping to relations...

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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

June 2, 2016
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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

One of South Africa’s most well-known political cartoonists has become embroiled in controversy since the publication of a cartoon with what he said were unintended racist overtones. The cartoon by Zapiro, AKA Jonathan Shapiro, depicts the country’s top...

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Herblock Prize Recipient on Political Cartoons and Free Speech

June 1, 2016
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Political cartoonist, self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” and recipient of the 2016 Herblock Prize, Mark Fiore recently sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the award as well as how he is using his craft to push the boundaries of freedom of expression. Fiore is best known for his unique animated political cartoons....

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

June 1, 2016
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

In this episode, we speak with author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Fight Club 2, Choke), who has just completed adapting Fight Club 2 as a graphic novel with artist Cameron Stewart. Topics: Kolchak the Night Stalker, EC Comics, radiation poisoning, and more! In support of our ongoing education...

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Grand Rapids Public Library Celebrates Local Cartoonist Celebrity Gert Van Houten

May 31, 2016
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Grand Rapids Public Library in Michigan celebrates working women this coming month with a series of discussions about notable female figures — including the maverick cartoonist Gertrude “Gert” Van Houten — who helped shape the political and editorial scene of the metropolitan area at the turn-of-the-century. From the women of Berkey & Gay, who helped…

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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

May 30, 2016
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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! With summer unofficially underway, here are some challenged and banned comics to read at the beach or on those lazy backyard hammock days. 1. Bone by Jeff Smith • Synopsis: Three creatures known as...

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

May 27, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

Pasco County, Florida superintendent of schools Kurt Browning has decided not to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower district-wide, following a review committee’s vote earlier this week...

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New Podcast Tackles Free Speech

May 26, 2016
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So to Speak

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has launched a new bi-weekly podcast So to Speak dedicated to tackling and talking candidly about the subject of free speech. Since its founding in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

May 25, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

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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