Now Available: CBLDF Defender #8!

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

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

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 ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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!

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 ...

Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

December 29, 2016
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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

A few days after being freed from prison last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji posted a long message to Facebook thanking the supporters who stood by him during his trial and 10-month incarceration for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Using Life that was published in a state-owned newspaper. Naji’s reprieve may...

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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2016

December 29, 2016
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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2016

Among the many tools in our kit is legal action. For individuals, much of our work is behind the scenes and intended to prevent cases from even reaching courts. To defend the First Amendment rights of the wider comics community, we frequently join legal...

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Announcing the Humble Book Bundle: Science Fiction Manga by Nihei for Charity, Including CBLDF!

December 28, 2016
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Announcing the Humble Book Bundle: Science Fiction Manga by Nihei for Charity, Including CBLDF!

BLAME the bundle. Behold, Humble’s first epic team-up with Tsutomu Nihei and our friends at Kodansha Comics! We’ve collected some of Nihei’s most action-packed science fiction manga for your winter reading. Plus, we’re even bundling one month’s subscription to Crunchyroll, where you’ll have full access to a...

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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on our 10 most-read stories of the past year… Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference On July 27, the award-winning syndicated strip published daily in more than 750 newspapers nationwide was abruptly pulled for its loose reference to ISIS. Creator Stephan Pastis made the announcement...

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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

December 27, 2016
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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

CBLDF defended more than a dozen books from challenges and bans in 2016 — some of them were challenged on multiple occasions. Here’s a snapshot of what we did to defend the freedom to read this year… This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki...

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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

December 23, 2016
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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF contributor 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, and...

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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

December 23, 2016
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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

The advocacy group One Million Moms, which has previously made news with futile boycotts of Archie and the Lucifer TV series, has a new target for its ire: Highlights magazine, the waiting room mainstay aimed at kids from 6-12. This time the group is...

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Overwatch Digital Comic Banned in Russia for “Gay Propaganda”

December 23, 2016
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The internet may be celebrating the announcement that a main character in the Overwatch digital comic based on the popular video game is LGBTQ, but unfortunately fans in Russia will miss out. As Mashable recently reported, due to laws in the country limiting the depiction of homosexuality, the comic will not be made available. Since...

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Exiled Syrian Cartoonist: “Drawing is the Strongest Weapon Against the Regime”

December 22, 2016
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Exiled Syrian Cartoonist: “Drawing is the Strongest Weapon Against the Regime”

Five years ago as the Arab Spring swept through the Middle East, Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat sensed a tipping point when it became his responsibility to help “break people’s fear,” in his words. Whereas his cartoons previously relied on oblique symbolism to get his message across, he instead began to draw direct caricatures...

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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

December 21, 2016
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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

A last minute decision to move a painting explicitly criticizing president-elect Donald Trump to a smaller separate gallery during a Pennsylvania art show is raising concerns in the free speech community. The gouache painting by Brian Wiggins entitled “FUCK TRUMP” was initially submitted to be included in Allentown Art Museum’s exhibit Hues of Red and...

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

December 20, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

CBLDF has joined a basket of deplorable people and organizations on a Cato Institute-led amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Lee v. Tam, asking, “Should the government get to decide what’s a slur?” Among the deplorables who joined CBLDF on the brief are satirist P.J. O’Rourke; former ACLU president Nadine Strossen,...

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Ahmed Naji to be Freed From Prison Pending Appeal

December 20, 2016
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Ahmed Naji to be Freed From Prison Pending Appeal

After serving 10 months of a two-year prison sentence for literary obscenity, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji is expected to be released today after an appeals court suspended his sentence over the weekend. His case is still proceeding, however, and the court will review his appeal on January 1. Naji was convicted in February of “violating…

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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

December 19, 2016
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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

For the second time in less than a month, Malaysian police arrested political cartoonist Zunar. Last month it was at an exhibition of his cartoons in Penang; this time it was a “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser, book signing, and live sketch session in Kuala Lumpur. Zunar has now been released on bail...

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2016 Wasn’t All Bad: It Had Comics!

December 16, 2016
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2016 Wasn’t All Bad: It Had Comics!

As we near the end of this long, hard slog of a year, there is one bright spot that should at least keep us occupied a ways into 2017: the ever-expanding complement of lists bringing together the year’s best comics. Every year, more and more media...

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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

December 16, 2016
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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

For decades, syndicated press was virtually the only means for cartoonists to have their works published and build their readership. With a combined rise in social and political limitations, though, the internet and web comics grew to be the champion of cartoonists in a world where free speech is challenged everyday. A recently reposted article by The Economist describes...

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