The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

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 ...

Get Ready for School with Signed Fun Home, Sandman & More GNs with CBLDF Discussion Guides!

August 31, 2018
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Get Ready for School with Signed Fun Home, Sandman & More GNs with CBLDF Discussion Guides!

Get excited about your reading list with a slew of great graphic novels that you can use with our teaching & discussion guides! CBLDF is offering donors a selection of excellent graphic novels including Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, signed & sketched by Alison Bechdel; Sandman: Overture Absolute Edition signed by Neil Gaiman...

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Small Press Expo Establishes Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

August 30, 2018
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Small Press Expo Establishes Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

  Bethesda, Maryland - August 30, 2018 Media Release - Small Press Expo announced today that it will immediately make available $20,000 and also launch a legal aid fundraising vehicle to support members of the SPX community who are currently facing a defamation lawsuit. The fundraising vehicle, administered by SPX, and created...

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018
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August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Service, one of the nation’s...

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Get Ready for Banned Books Week

August 29, 2018
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Get Ready for Banned Books Week

It is less than a month until 2018 Banned Books Week, September 23 – 29. For educators, librarians, and parents, it falls at a hectic time of year, getting kids back into the routine of homework, school, not to mention all of...

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Reading Comics in Public Day

August 28, 2018
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Reading Comics in Public Day

We’ve discussed many times on this blog how all reading is good reading. No one ever says they wish they read less. It reduces stress, increases vocabulary, improves memory, teaches empathy, and best of all – it is contagious. Parents who...

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Support CBLDF with Blueberry HCs Signed & Numbered by Moebius!

August 27, 2018
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Support CBLDF with Blueberry HCs Signed & Numbered by Moebius!

This week CBLDF is offering donors the chance to grab Moebius 4: Blueberry HC and Moebius 5: Blueberry HC, both signed and numbered by Moebius! Don’t miss your chance to check out these books, collecting the first two volumes of the incredible Blueberry series and signed and numbered by an unparalleled illustrator and comics legend! Donate today to add...

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Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

August 24, 2018
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Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

Lafayette, Louisiana Mayor-President, Joel Robideaux, expressed concern over an upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour at the local public library, going so far as to say he would look into canceling or moving the event. The October event is designed to amuse and engage children...

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Protesters Face New Harsh Penalties All Across America

August 24, 2018
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Protesters Face New Harsh Penalties All Across America

Legislation around the country is being introduced and passed to turn the people’s right to protest into domestic terrorism. Following the massive protest at Standing Rock, North Dakota, legislators helped pen new laws that would drastically increase the penalty for trespassing, damage to property, and conspiracy...

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Yes, Comic Books are “Real Reading”

August 22, 2018
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Yes, Comic Books are “Real Reading”

Lucas Maxwell posted a great (and friendly) reminder the other day, that even though comics are enjoying mainstream popularity on television and at the local multiplex, many parents and teachers still think reading graphic novels don’t really count as reading. They...

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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

August 21, 2018
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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

Swiss customs recently confiscated 66 pounds of comics that were shipped home by a fan returning from Comiket, the massive Japanese dōjinshi convention. According to Melonpan, the self-described otaku whose comics were held, customs seized the comics because of how young the fictional characters appeared....

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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

August 20, 2018
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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

CBLDF has joined a coalition of Free Speech advocacy groups in protesting President Trump’s legal intimidation of Simon & Schuster for the publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman’s book Unhinged. The President threatened legal action against the publisher, asserting that it could be punished for publication of...

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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

August 17, 2018
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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

Last year Washington County libraries were asked to take down LGBTQIA displays for Pride Month, replacing them this year with exhibits featuring the more generic “Diversity” theme. But when the librarians felt like they should do more to represent Pride, and made...

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Classic 90s GNs Signed by J. Scott Campbell, Sam Kieth, Matt Wagner, & More Benefit CBLDF!

August 16, 2018
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Classic 90s GNs Signed by J. Scott Campbell, Sam Kieth, Matt Wagner, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week you can support CBLDF and get your 90s nostalgia fix in one fell swoop! Donate today to grab GNs including Danger Girl Gallery Edition HC, signed by J. Scott Campbell; The Maxx: Maxximized Vol 1 HC and Batman:Ghosts HC, signed by Sam Kieth; The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane Deluxe HC, Mage: Hero Discovered Book...

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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

August 15, 2018
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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

Starting in December, the Cuban Government hopes to have pre-approval overall Cuban arts and literature, according to the dystopian sounding Decree 349. The legislation was introduced in July in the official Cuban state paper, Gaceta de Cuba, and has...

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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

August 14, 2018
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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

The first hearing for a Chilean journalist charged with defamation is scheduled for this week, and the results could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press in the country. Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, faces three years in prison for defamation charges...

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