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 ...

Censorship 2014: Manga and Anime Blamed for Crime

January 2, 2015
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Misconceptions and deliberate hyperbole about manga and anime are nothing new, but a CNN segment that aired in June was so impressively wrong that our piece on it was one of the most visited on the site this year. In the deceptively edited video, CNN Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley made every effort to suggest...

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Protestors Perform Public Book Burning in India

January 2, 2015
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This past Friday in India, several members the Bharatiya Janata Party, a right-wing political party, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a non-government Hindu organization, joined together to protest Perumal Murugan’s novel Mathorubagan by openly burning copies in front of a local police station. The two groups are calling for a ban of...

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Jordan Continues to Enforce Anachronistic Censorship Laws

January 2, 2015
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Jordan is no stranger to the governmental enforcement of book censorship or the public censure and criticism expressed by various communities and organizations regarding this issue — an issue which has become increasingly prevalent and apparent in light of citizens’ easier access to information on the internet, more widely available print on demand books, and,...

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Censorship 2014: Fun Home and LGBTQ Literature Targeted by Censors

January 1, 2015
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In 2014, we saw one of the most blatant attacks ever perpetrated on free expression and academic freedom when the South Carolina legislature passed a questionable budget “compromise” that effectively functioned as punitive budget cuts for two universities that utilized LGBTQ-themed books in voluntary reading programs. The budget cuts were aimed at two schools: College…

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Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new...

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Legends Revealed: Pre-Code Holiday Comics Policing Uncovered

December 31, 2014
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To celebrate the holiday season, Brian Cronin of Comic Book Resources counts down the top Christmas Comic Book Legends Revealed, revealing which are fact and which are fiction. Let’s take a look at a couple of our favorites… Was Carl Bark’s classic Christmas story “The Golden Christmas Tree” censored by Disney before going to...

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Censorship 2014: Why Are Video Games Still a Scapegoat?

December 30, 2014
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Earlier this year, U.S. Legislators took another crack at the curbing the production of violent video games by enacting the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which would offer permanent tax credits to video game creators that do not make violent video games. What some might call a progressive attempt to encourage and incentivize the...

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Author Recalls Role as Banned Books Guinea Pig

December 30, 2014
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As we wrap up 2014, we noticed a rerun post at BookRiot that we missed when it originally appeared during a particularly hectic Banned Books Week back in September. In the meditation on the importance of allowing young readers to explore books that inspire them, novelist and short story author David Abrams tells...

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Get Exclusive Neil Gaiman Recording With Your Year-End CBLDF Donation!

December 29, 2014
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Get Exclusive Neil Gaiman Recording With Your Year-End CBLDF Donation!

There’s still time to support CBLDF’s vital work in 2014! Make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount by midnight PST on December 31, and we’ll thank you with an exclusive download of Neil Gaiman: Live At the Aladdin, the classic CBLDF benefit reading featuring performances of “Chivalry”...

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Censorship 2014: CBLDF Leads the Way with Banned Books Week Handbook

December 29, 2014
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In late September, we take part in Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of reading. This year, the focus of Banned Books Week was comic books and graphic novels, so CBLDF led the way with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook and other resources to help educators, librarians, and retailers celebrate the right to read!…

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Turkish Government Takes Further Action Against Freedom of Speech

December 26, 2014
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In light of recent events, ranging from laws implemented to restrict internet freedom while tightening governmental control to a series of police arrests made on December 14th of journalists, screenwriters, and other media agents, there is an increasing level of concern over the state of Turkey democracy and its citizens’ freedom of expression. In...

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Happy Holidays One and All from CBLDF!

December 24, 2014
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Happy Holidays One and All from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF supporter and comics censorship historian Joe Sergi, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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“Allegedly Harmful” Memoir Goes to the UK Supreme Court

December 24, 2014
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In early October, the UK Court of Appeals issued an injunction that stopped publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that its content was “allegedly harmful” to the author’s 11-year old child. On December 9, the performing artist and father was granted permission to take his case to the UK Supreme Court...

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LAST DAY for the Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle!

December 24, 2014
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Humble Bundle and Dynamite Entertainment have teamed up for one of the biggest bundles ever offered — the Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle — but you better act fast! Your chance to pay what you want for 140+ comics and support charity (including CBLDF!) ends at 11:00 a.m. today! Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some...

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Indonesian Editor Could Face Jail Time for Cartoon

December 23, 2014
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An Indonesian newspaper editor could face up to five years in prison for blasphemy because of a political cartoon criticizing ISIS that his newspaper published in July. Some Indonesian fundamentalists complained that a modified ISIS flag bearing a pirate-style skull and crossbones along with phrases praising Allah and Mohamed was offensive to Muslims. Blasphemy...

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