Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

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 ...

Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

January 17, 2019
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Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

Raina Telgemeier’s critically acclaimed graphic novel Drama has survived another attempt to ban it, this time in Ottawa Catholic Elementary Schools. CBC News reported on January 15 that they were shown emails ordering librarians at all Ottawa Catholic School Board elementary schools to remove...

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Dynamite & Humble Bundle Launch “Best Of” Sale Benefiting CBLDF

January 16, 2019
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Dynamite & Humble Bundle Launch “Best Of” Sale Benefiting CBLDF

Featuring Fan Favorites & the Newest Hits As a part of their ongoing 15th anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite has partnered with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on classic tales both new and old. Not only are these...

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Adorable Cartoon Animals Latest Victim of Tumblrs Adult Content Ban

January 15, 2019
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Adorable Cartoon Animals Latest Victim of Tumblrs Adult Content Ban

Popular cartoonist Liz Climo, one of the animators for long-running hit TV show The Simpsons who is also well known for her adorable animal cartoons, is one of the most recent users to find their work censored unnecessarily by Tumblr for containing...

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Remembering Batton Lash

January 14, 2019
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Remembering Batton Lash

We’re saddened to mark the passing of Batton Lash, creator of the series Supernatural Law, and a long-time friend of CBLDF. Best remembered for his generous kindness, dapper attire, and welcoming demeanor, Lash was a fixture of San Diego Comic-Con and the...

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Exclusive DC Legends Artifact Edition, Signed by Jim Lee to Benefit CBLDF!

January 11, 2019
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Exclusive DC Legends Artifact Edition, Signed by Jim Lee to Benefit CBLDF!

Support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work in 2019 AND snag a brand-new, limited edition, exclusive CBLDF variant of Jim Lee: DC Legends Artifact Edition, signed on a limited tip-in bookplate by the incomparable Jim Lee! CBLDF supporters have the opportunity to pre-order this gorgeous, signed and numbered Artifact Edition while supplies last, but...

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4 Years After “Je Suis Charlie” – Are We?

January 10, 2019
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4 Years After “Je Suis Charlie” – Are We?

This week marked the 4th anniversary of the gruesome Charlie Hedbo attack, where two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the newspaper’s office and killed 12 people, injuring 11 more. At the time of the tragedy, the world was horrified by the violence...

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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

January 9, 2019
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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

On Monday, January 7th the Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment dispute over the Florida Department of Corrections statewide ban of Prison Legal News (PLN), a magazine distributed monthly by Human Rights Defense Center. The ban has been in place since 2009, and the potential...

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Vandal Destroys PA Library Book Because of Bad Words

January 8, 2019
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Vandal Destroys PA Library Book Because of Bad Words

A copy of Susan Wigg’s summer romance Lakeside Cottage was returned to the Mifflin County Library in Lewistown Pennsylvania after some anonymous editor had crossed out all the bad words in the entire book with a Sharpie. Library Director Molly Kinney was frustrated with...

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The Free Speech Century – Examining the Great American Experiment

January 7, 2019
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The First Amendment, ratified in 1791, is by no means new. But as the recent book The Free Speech Century points out, it was largely uninterpreted until three landmark decisions came down from the Supreme Court in 1919 – marking 2019 the 100th anniversary of the...

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There’s Still Time to Start a Reading Challenge in 2019!

January 4, 2019
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There’s Still Time to Start a Reading Challenge in 2019!

With the first week of 2019 coming to a close, it is time to settle on your annual reading challenge. Reading challenges are a great way to encourage yourself to read more, often times with vast amount of online support and neat printables, while...

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Throw an Official Event for the 100th Children’s Book Week!

January 4, 2019
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Throw an Official Event for the 100th Children’s Book Week!

Right now The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is asking teachers, librarians, and booksellers to register to host an official Children’s Book Week (CBW) event for the spring of 2019. This is the 100th Anniversary of CBW, which began in 1919...

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Netflix Complies With Censorship Request from Saudi Arabia

January 3, 2019
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Netflix Complies With Censorship Request from Saudi Arabia

According to a Financial Times article, Netflix recently removed an episode of Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj that was critical of Saudi Arabia after the kingdom threatened the episode was in breach of their internet cyber-crimes laws. The...

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Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

January 2, 2019
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  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (East of West), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck, Lumberjanes), Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), and Skottie...

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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 2018: A Year in Review

December 31, 2018
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 2018: A Year in Review

Looking back at 2018, a year that was filled with challenges and victories, it’s easy to see that the front lines of free expression are still under attack all too frequently. Thanks to the generous support of members, readers, and followers,  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was able to face the challenges head-on and fight...

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There’s Still Time to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation in 2018!

December 28, 2018
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There’s Still Time to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation in 2018!

CBLDF made a significant difference in the fight for free expression this year. Help us continue this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation today! Donations made before the end of the year are tax-deductible in 2018. Become a CBLDF member today to grab exclusive 2018 membership premiums, designed by Mike Allred, before they’re gone! You can...

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