Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

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

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s 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 delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Iranian-born Actress Ratchets Up International Pressure to Free Atena Farghadani

July 9, 2015
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Iranian-born Actress Ratchets Up International Pressure to Free Atena Farghadani

As Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani continues to languish in prison, sentenced to 12 years and 9 months for a cartoon she drew depicting members of her country’s parliament as animals, she recently got some support from actress and fellow countrywoman Nazanin Boniadi in an op-ed for CNN. Boniadi hopes to raise the...

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Palomar Back in Rio Rancho Schools–But Restricted

July 9, 2015
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Palomar Back in Rio Rancho Schools–But Restricted

When classes resume next month at New Mexico’s Rio Rancho High School, the acclaimed graphic novel Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez will be back on shelves in the library–but students under 18 will need a parent’s signature to check it out. This story first broke back in...

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SDCC 2015: Thursday Events with CBLDF

July 9, 2015
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Comic-Con is here! We’ll be joining thousands of comics fans from around the world, and you’ll find us at booth 1918 with exclusive premiums, informative panels, and the best party at Comic-Con, all to benefit our important work defending the right to read comics! Let’s take a look at what you can expect from CBLDF…

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Level Up with the Humble Gamer Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF

July 8, 2015
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Level Up with the Humble Gamer Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF

Humble Bundle has re-teamed with the award-winning comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics to offer fans a comic and art book bundle featuring some of today’s hottest video game licenses. We’re one week into this amazing offer, and two more spectacular titles have just been added! Humble...

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SDCC 2015: Don’t Miss CBLDF Exclusives During Preview Night!

July 8, 2015
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SDCC 2015: Don’t Miss CBLDF Exclusives During Preview Night!

Comic-Con starts tonight, so you know what that means, right? EXCLUSIVES! CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees, and we have so many must-haves that you better walk quickly (there’s no running in the exhibit hall!) to booth 1918 when the show opens at 6:00 p.m.! ...

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Again

July 8, 2015
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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Again

For the second time, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition has been postponed pending a decision in another case which challenges Malaysia’s entire Sedition Act. Zunar’s trial, which could land him in prison for up to 43 years, is now set...

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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

July 7, 2015
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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

After CBLDF last week joined with the National Coalition Against Censorship in urging Crafton Hills College not to require a disclaimer about potentially offensive content on future syllabi for a graphic novel class, the San Bernardino Community College District has reversed course and will...

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Survey Shows 33% of Americans Unable to Name Any First Amendment Right

July 7, 2015
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Survey Shows 33% of Americans Unable to Name Any First Amendment Right

One third of Americans cannot name any of the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, according to results from the Newseum Institute’s annual State of the First Amendment survey. While it’s encouraging that speech is the freedom most commonly identified by respondents, fully informed...

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SDCC 2015: Kick Off Comic-Con Tonight During an Evening with Raina Telgemeier!

July 7, 2015
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SDCC 2015: Kick Off Comic-Con Tonight During an Evening with Raina Telgemeier!

Raina Telgemeier, the best-selling author of Smile, Sisters, and Drama is coming to the San Diego Central Library, in downtown San Diego, tonight at 6:00 p.m. for “An Evening With Raina,” a free event to help you get ready for Comic-Con International! Raina’s all-ages graphic novels have...

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SDCC 2015: Nighttime Events with CBLDF!

July 6, 2015
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SDCC 2015: Nighttime Events with CBLDF!

Comic-Con is nigh, and CBLDF is excited to be kicking off the show with some of the best evening events in San Diego! If you’re in town early, you can join us for an Evening with Raina Telgemeier! Don’t miss our CBLDF Welcome Party on Thursday, guaranteed to have you rubbing elbows with some of...

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Between the Lines: NC Library Holds Events for Controversial Kid’s Book

July 6, 2015
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Last month, Omar Currie, a school teacher at Efland-Creeks Elementary School in Orange County, North Carolina, resigned from his position after backlash in his community over his inclusion of the children’s book King & King in his third grade class. Subsequently, neighboring public libraries, including Chapel Hill Public Library, have seen an increase in...

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SDCC 2015: Everything CBLDF!

July 3, 2015
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Comic-Con is almost upon us, and CBLDF is excited to once again to be part of the action! We’ll be joining thousands of comics fans from around the world, and you’ll find us at booth 1918 with exclusive premiums, informative panels, and the best party at Comic-Con, all to benefit our important work defending the...

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Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

July 3, 2015
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Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

Over 50 residents of Hood County, Texas have filed formal challenges against two LGBTQ-themed children’s picture books found in the local public library. Library director Courtney Kincaid and an advisory board have already refused to move My Princess Boy and This Day in...

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CBLDF Podcast Bonus Episode: COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL 2015 Preview With IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos!

July 3, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Bonus Episode: COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL 2015 Preview With IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos!

Join the CBLDF staff for a quick preview of everything happening at Comic-Con International 2015, in San Diego from July 8th to July 12th! IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos also joins us to discuss a Very Special Variant Cover! In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic...

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VICTORY in NC: Unanimous Vote Keeps The Kite Runner in Classrooms

July 2, 2015
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The fate of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in the Buncombe County, North Carolina, school system has finally been decided: By unanimous vote, the school board has decided to keep the book in 10th grade English classrooms. The Kite Runner was challenged earlier this year by parent Lisa Baldwin, who objected to depictions of “homosexuality…

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