Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. 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 deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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 ...

Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

May 9, 2018
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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

Ramòn Esono Ebalè, the political cartoonist falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for over five months, continues to be held in the country awaiting his passport renewal. It has been over two months since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor...

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

May 8, 2018
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein took some time to sit down with Justin Azevedo fromThe Association for Library Service to Children’s Blog. The ALSC is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s...

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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

May 7, 2018
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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

There’s one week left to apply for a 2018 Judith F. Krug Fund Banned Books Week grant! Each year Freedom to Read Foundation distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues...

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Tonight! CBLDF Invites You to MARCH, a Special Reception for Supporters of Free Expression

May 4, 2018
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Tonight! CBLDF Invites You to MARCH, a Special Reception for Supporters of Free Expression

  The Art of MARCH: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reception May 4 – 6:30 – 9PM Do not miss this unique opportunity to join Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award-winning MARCH trilogy at a special reception for The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece on...

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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

May 4, 2018
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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

This Saturday, May 5th, people will gather at comic book shops around the world to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Don’t forget to pick up CBLDF’s Defend Comics, featuring a special Reading Without Walls cover by Gene Luen Yang! This year’s comic has stories the whole family...

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May the Force be With You! Star Wars GNs Benefit CBLDF!

May 4, 2018
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May the Force be With You! Star Wars GNs Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is celebrating Star Wars Day with some stellar signed graphic novels including Star Wars: Han Solo HC signed by Jason Aaron; Star Wars: Darth Vader by Gillen & Larroca Omnibus, signed by Kieron Gillen; Star Wars Volume One HC, signed by Jason Aaron or John Cassaday; Star Wars: Shattered Empire HC signed by Greg...

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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

May 2, 2018
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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

Two Oregon School districts have determined that they will not allow 3rd – 5th graders to participate in Oregon’s Battle of the Books this year, due to the inclusion of Alex Gino’s frequently contested book about a trans child, George. Oregon’s Battle of the Books is...

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Brand-New C2E2 2018 Shirts Now Available!

May 2, 2018
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Brand-New C2E2 2018 Shirts Now Available!

We’re excited to announce that we’re giving our donors another chance to grab our brand-new C2E2 Exclusive Shirts, designed by Rebekah Isaacs! Show your support for free speech with one of the comfy t-shirts below, featuring the designs of Simon Hanselmann, Brian Wood, Tony Shasteen, and more! We’ve also...

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

May 1, 2018
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

This week, April 30 – May 6th, is the annual celebration of children’s literacy, Children’s Book Week. A massive celebration each year that has events at libraries, bookstores, schools, and comic shops around the country! If you want to participate at home check out their ...

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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

April 30, 2018
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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

Last week, Reporters Without Borders released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, and increasingly it seems that Freedom of the Press is under attack globally. The report demonstrates “growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and...

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a...

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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

April 27, 2018
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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

Join CBLDF Deputy Director, Alex Cox, this Saturday, April 28th at 2 pm, as he leads a discussion at Powell’s Bookshop in Portland with four children’s graphic novelists and illustrators. The creators include Graham Annable with Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths (First Second), Robin Robinson with The City on the Other Side (First…

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Celebrate the 2018 Eisner Nominees with GNs Signed by Emil Ferris, Ed Piskor, Tillie Walden, & More!

April 26, 2018
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Celebrate the 2018 Eisner Nominees with GNs Signed by Emil Ferris, Ed Piskor, Tillie Walden, & More!

This year’s Eisner Nominations were just announced, and CBLDF is celebrating by offering our donors signed copies of these fantastic graphic novels, including My Favorite Thing is Monsters signed by Emil Ferris; X-Men: Grand Design signed by Ed Piskor; Spinning signed by Tillie Walden; plus a slew of excellent graphic novels signed by nominees Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt,...

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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

April 26, 2018
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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

“In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time.” – Charles Brownstein of CBLDF At the 2018 Oregon Library Association annual conference in Eugene, OR, on ...

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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

April 25, 2018
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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was fined LE 20,000 following his third trial for “harming public morality” by republishing an excerpt from his experimental book Using Life (also known as Use of Life) in 2014. Naji was initially acquitted of these charges, but the prosecution...

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