Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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

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 ...

Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

February 17, 2017
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Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji served nearly a year in prison for “violating public modesty” when an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life was published in a state-run newspaper. Now free, the writer draws inspiration from his experience. “Before jail, I used to see myself mostly as a journalist and found it more difficult…

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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

February 17, 2017
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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

Some parents in the northern suburbs of Chicago are complaining that an innovative all-day seminar on civil rights at New Trier High School will be “biased, unbalanced, [and] divisive.” Award-winning authors Andrew Aydin and Colson...

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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

February 16, 2017
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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

Free speech prevailed in a case alleging that any speech published on a website with advertising should be treated as “commercial speech,” a category afforded less First Amendment protection. CBLDF and other members of the Media Coalition filed an ...

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Kevin Eastman, Bernie Wrightson, Walt Simonson, and Matt Wagner Signed Books Benefit CBLDF!

February 16, 2017
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Kevin Eastman, Bernie Wrightson, Walt Simonson, and Matt Wagner Signed Books Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with signed books by legendary comics creators! Donate today and receive exclusive premiums, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Hardcover, signed by Kevin Eastman; Creepy Presents: Bernie Wrightson and Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, signed by Bernie Wrightson; Ragnarök and Alien: The Illustrated Story, signed by Walter Simonson; and Trinity and The Art...

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Oregon School Board Reconsiders Hasty Ban of Eleanor & Park

February 15, 2017
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Oregon School Board Reconsiders Hasty Ban of Eleanor & Park

After a hasty decision last month to pull Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park from an eighth grade classroom without following challenge procedures, the school board of Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton School District has ...

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CBLDF Joins Opposition to South Dakota Science Education Bill

February 14, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Opposition to South Dakota Science Education Bill

Late last week, CBLDF joined a coalition of free-speech advocates objecting to a bill in the South Dakota legislature that attempts to weaken science education standards in the state by allowing teachers to advance their own views on...

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RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

February 13, 2017
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RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2017, CBLDF talks with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about censorship, Ms. Marvel’s role as symbol of protest, and more! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN171578), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender...

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

February 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

Virginia’s ‘Beloved bill’ has returned to the commonwealth’s General Assembly for the second year in a row, and CBLDF last week signed on to an opposition letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship. The legislation would require school districts to warn parents about...

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Join CBLDF Today to Receive New Vanesa R. Del Rey Premiums!

February 10, 2017
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Join CBLDF Today to Receive New Vanesa R. Del Rey Premiums!

Vanesa R. Del Rey 2017 membership premiums have arrived! Join or renew today to check out the beautiful t-shirts, stickers, and membership cards that reward your donation to CBLDF! Now starting at only five dollars, your CBLDF membership will help us continue our fight for the First Amendment!

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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

February 10, 2017
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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

A school district in San Jose, California removed a Black History Month art exhibit from its administrative offices only a few hours after its installation last week, citing complaints from parents who were offended by artist Mark Harris’ mixed-media collages. Although the East Side Union High School District...

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After Ban, Saudi Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line

February 9, 2017
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After Ban, Saudi Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line

In January 2016 the popular Saudi political cartoonist Abdullah Jaber seemingly disappeared from social media, fueling speculation among fans and colleagues as to what might have befallen him. He finally resurfaced 10 days later to quell rumors of...

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CBLDF Joins Statement Opposing U.S. Immigration Ban

February 8, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Statement Opposing U.S. Immigration Ban

This week, CBLDF joined more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world in issuing a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration ban on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The ban is currently suspended by a...

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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

February 8, 2017
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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

This Friday, CBLDF is joining Books with Pictures and Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Portland to sponsor Comics Cards for Comfort, an event in support of Portland’s Muslim community. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., come to Books with Pictures (1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon), where you can use your creativity to make art and cards...

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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

February 7, 2017
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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

Some Florida high school students who were supposed to be celebrating literacy last month instead got an object lesson in censorship, as the Santa Rosa County school district cancelled an all-school read of Carl Deuker’s novel Gutless...

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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

February 7, 2017
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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

A Currituck County, North Carolina, school board member has revived the controversy over a 2013 book challenge to goad the district into a questionable parental notification statement. Board member Will Crodick resurrected criticism of A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, a critically-acclaimed novel by...

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