Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

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 ...

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 ...

Celebrate Image Day With Signed Walking Dead, Nameless, Wytches, and More!

February 1, 2017
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Celebrate Image Day With Signed Walking Dead, Nameless, Wytches, and More!

Celebrate 25 years of Image with signed books, including The Walking Dead Volume One Hardcover signed by Charlie Adlard, Nameless Deluxe Hardcover signed by Grant Morrison, Southern Bastards Volume One signed by Jason Aaron, Saga Volume One Deluxe Hardcover signed by Brian K. Vaughan, Wytches signed by Jock or Scott Snyder, and more! Image, a long-time supporter of CBLDF, is celebrating 25 years of...

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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

January 31, 2017
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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

VICTORY in Virginia! At a meeting last week, the state Board of Education rejected a proposed regulation that would have required schools to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content. CBLDF and our partners in...

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New York Times to Drop Bestseller Lists for Graphic Novels and Manga

January 30, 2017
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New York Times to Drop Bestseller Lists for Graphic Novels and Manga

The New York Times announced without much fanfare last week that its bestseller lists for graphic books and manga will soon be discontinued, sending shockwaves through the publishing industry and...

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YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for 2017

January 27, 2017
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The Young Adult Library Services Association’s latest annual list of Great Graphic Novels is out! Books are nominated for inclusion on the list by members of YALSA, a division of the American Library Association, and then voted on by a committee made up of school and public librarians from across the United States. The books on...

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Charles Brownstein to Lead All-Star Comics Talk at University of Portland

January 27, 2017
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Charles Brownstein to Lead All-Star Comics Talk at University of Portland

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and an all-star panel of experts will take a serious look at humor in comics on February 9 at the University of Portland! Join Brownstein, Diana Schutz, Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler, and MK Reed for the free event “...

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CBLDF Joins NCAC Rebuttal of Arguments for Classroom Censorship in Virginia

January 26, 2017
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CBLDF Joins NCAC Rebuttal of Arguments for Classroom Censorship in Virginia

In advance of a Virginia state Board of Education meeting tonight where members will consider requiring schools to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content, CBLDF this week signed on to a National Coalition Against Censorship letter...

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Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

January 26, 2017
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Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our field, and we need your support!...

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ACLU Went to Bat for Comics in 1955

January 25, 2017
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ACLU Went to Bat for Comics in 1955

When Bill Gaines testified in defense of comics before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in 1954, he was staking out a lonely position to say the least. The establishment view of comics ranged from...

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School Library Journal Recommends Great Nonfiction Graphic Novels for March Fans

January 25, 2017
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As Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s acclaimed graphic novel trilogy March continues to win awards and be recognized for its historical and contemporary importance, the School Library Journal has published a list of nonfiction graphic novels that are perfect for fans of the series. March, whose third and final volume recently...

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2016 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Accepting Nominations

January 24, 2017
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Nominations for the Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Award are now being accepted. The award, which celebrates its second year, aims to highlight diversity in graphic novels with the goal of helping libraries to promote education and reading. Whether the subject matter is race, disability, religion, or sexual orientation, both entries for established publishers…

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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

January 24, 2017
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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

A recently defeated bill in the Arizona state legislature proposed to ban social justice coursework in higher education. The bill follows a state law passed in 2010 and challenged by CBLDF specifically targeting Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. Although defeated, the new bill reveals troubling...

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March Dominates ALA Youth Media Awards

January 23, 2017
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March Dominates ALA Youth Media Awards

For the third year in a row, comics made an impressive showing in the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards! The winners and honorees for 2017 were announced early today, with March: Book Three by...

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Signed Books by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jock, and More Now Available!

January 20, 2017
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Signed Books by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jock, and More Now Available!

Don’t miss out on our exciting new donation premiums and old favorites signed by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Jock, Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Jeff Lemire!  New books to reward your donation to CBLDF include Locke & Key Master Edition Volume One signed by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, The Fireman signed by...

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Lee v. Tam

January 20, 2017
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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Lee v. Tam

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Lee v. Tam this week, with most justices who spoke evincing at least some skepticism of the federal government’s argument that it may deny trademarks deemed to be “disparaging.” CBLDF last month ...

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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

January 20, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to condemn the removal of a student’s painting from an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. “At a time of nationwide concerns about the future of our free speech protections, this decision is...

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