CBLDF Podcast Episode 24: JEFFREY BROWN

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Jeffrey Brown about his work, and the changes (and lack of changes) in his art and his interests over the years. We discuss as many aspects of his career as we could fit into 45 minutes, with is really just the tip of the iceberg. Brown is an enormously pr ...

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: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

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 ...

Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

October 11, 2017
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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Annandale, Minnesota has chosen to keep Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 9th grade curriculum despite calls from a small group of parents to ban it due...

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

October 11, 2017
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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, school, or library in the CBLDF Rewards Zone. A...

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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

October 10, 2017
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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

For the third time in four years, Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was considered too hot for a Texas school, according to the state ACLU chapter’s latest banned books report which was recently released. In fact, the...

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Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

October 9, 2017
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Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

Advocacy groups in Utah settled a discrimination lawsuit against the state last week, after both the legislature and the statewide board of education repealed rules that banned “advocacy of homosexuality” in public schools. In practice the rules had...

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district....

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Author Donates Copies of Book After Wichita District Declines to Shelve It

October 6, 2017
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Author Donates Copies of Book After Wichita District Declines to Shelve It

The Wichita, Kansas, school system has decided against including an award-winning book about a transgender 4th grader in all district libraries. The Wichita school district decided not to buy copies of Alex Gino’s George for district libraries, citing “language and references that are not...

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Twelve Cartoons Rejected from European Parliament Exhibition

October 5, 2017
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Twelve Cartoons Rejected from European Parliament Exhibition

An exhibition of cartoons by Greek artists to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the European Union was marred last month by the rejection of almost half the works that were to hang in a European Parliament building, on grounds that they included “controversial content.” The exhibition was...

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Batman GNs Signed by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Paul Pope, & More Benefit CBLDF!

October 5, 2017
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Batman GNs Signed by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Paul Pope, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with Batman graphic novels, including Batman: The Dark Knight Saga hardcover, signed by Frank Miller; Batman: Year One hardcover, signed by David Mazzucchelli; Batman: Year 100 hardcover, signed by Paul Pope; Batman Noir: Black Mirror hardcover, signed by Jock; Batman: Death and the Maidens hardcover, signed by Klaus Janson and Greg Rucka;...

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NYCC 2017: Exclusive Variant, Panels, and More with CBLDF!

October 4, 2017
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NYCC 2017: Exclusive Variant, Panels, and More with CBLDF!

CBLDF is ready to take on the Big Apple during New York Comic Con with an exclusive variant cover from Dynamite, panels, and signed premiums at booth #2258! Exclusives CBLDF has teamed up with Dynamite Entertainment for an exclusive variant of The Shadow / Batman #1 by ...

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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

October 4, 2017
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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

Zunar, the Malaysian cartoonist charged with nine counts of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison, got some much-needed international support last month when a United Nations envoy for cultural rights expressed...

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Pennsylvania School District Retains Handmaid’s Tale on Summer Reading List

October 3, 2017
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Pennsylvania School District Retains Handmaid’s Tale on Summer Reading List

School district officials in Wyomissing, PA decided last week to keep The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as an option on a summer reading list for 11th grade Honors English, despite complaints from parents who...

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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

October 2, 2017
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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was arrested September 16 in his native country of Equatorial Guinea, remains detained without charge long past the time allowed by law. Although...

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Banned Books Week News Roundup

September 29, 2017
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Banned Books Week News Roundup

Banned Books Week 2017 is wrapping up, and this year the celebration of free expression seems more relevant than ever. In light of recent public debates over speech and counterspeech, the mechanisms of protest, and the flow of information and disinformation, this is...

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NYCC 2017: CBLDF & Valiant Debut Joint Fundraising Activities for NYCC 2017 with Exclusive Tours, Signings, & More!

September 29, 2017
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NYCC 2017: CBLDF & Valiant Debut Joint Fundraising Activities for NYCC 2017 with Exclusive Tours, Signings, & More!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and award-winning comics publisher Valiant Entertainment are joining forces to offer an exclusive fan experience that benefits CBLDF’s important work in protecting the First Amendment and the freedom to read comics. UPDATE: Sales have closed. Thank you for your support! In tandem...

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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

September 29, 2017
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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

We kicked off this Banned Books Week with challenges to two classics, and we’ll be wrapping up the week with news of a ban of another book: Lauren Myracle’s l8r, g8r. The book is being challenged by a parent of a 6th grade girl in...

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