Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

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 ...

The Inconvenience of Barefoot Gen

August 26, 2013
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The Inconvenience of Barefoot Gen

Translator and manga industry expert Dan Kanemitsu submitted the following opinion piece on the recent ban of Barefoot Gen from the perspective of being close to the ground in recent battles involving manga regulation in Japan. In December of 2010, Tokyo was buzzing over the revision...

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Tome Volume 1: Vampirism Up for Bid on eBay!

August 23, 2013
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Tome Volume 1: Vampirism Up for Bid on eBay!

Neil Gaiman, Jock, Dave McKean, Francisco Francavilla, Becky Cloonan, Matt Wagner, Jill Thompson, Steve Niles, and Jeff Lemire are just a few of the writers and artists that contributed to TOME Volume 1: Vampirism! The first in a series of annual anthologies exploring a single theme through...

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New Zealand Library Refuses to Carry Lost Girls

August 23, 2013
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New Zealand Library Refuses to Carry Lost Girls

When New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville, Batgirl) requested that his local Auckland library purchase a copy of Alan Moore’s Lost Girls, the library denied his request with the argument that the book potentially violated New Zealand law. Horrocks received a response from the Library, which he...

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Obscenity Case Files: Smith v. California

August 22, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Smith v. California

It was established in Roth v. United States that the freedom of speech would not extend to materials that were considered obscene. But what happens to a book store that unknowingly carries books that contain obscene material? Is a book store owner responsible for knowing the content in all of...

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Indianapolis Library Refuses to Censor Erotic Novel

August 22, 2013
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Indianapolis Library Refuses to Censor Erotic Novel

An Indiana library is facing some heat after a 9-year-old obtained an erotic novel using the self-check out system. After the child left the library with a copy of the erotic novel Night Games by Crystal Jordan, the child’s grandmother, Jeannine Deeren, sent a request to the library asking...

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Today on eBay: The Flash by Freddie E. Williams II

August 22, 2013
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Today on eBay: The Flash by Freddie E. Williams II

We only have one item to showcase today for our ongoing series of eBay auctions, but it’s a doozy: a gorgeous original, black and white portrait of THE FLASH, signed by Freddie E. Williams II! Currently the artist of The Movement, a new...

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Supreme Court Justices Played Video Games During Brown v. EMA

August 21, 2013
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Supreme Court Justices Played Video Games During Brown v. EMA

At 53, Elena Kagan is the youngest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan recently spoke in Providence, Rhode Island, and Michelle R. Smith with Talking Points Memo wrote about Kagan’s comments on how the Court uses technology. Kagan admitted that it’s a “challenge” for the Court. In fact, much of what Kagan admits about...

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Barefoot Gen Pulled from Matsue School Libraries

August 20, 2013
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Barefoot Gen Pulled from Matsue School Libraries

Keiji Nakazawa’s internationally renowned manga Barefoot Gen, which depicts wartime atrocities from the perspective of the seven-year-old protagonist, has been pulled from primary and middle school libraries in the Japanese city of Matsue. Citing “portions that warrant consideration as appropriate reading material for children,”...

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TFAW and DCBS Team Up to Support First Amendment Rights as CBLDF Corporate Members

August 20, 2013
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TFAW and DCBS Team Up to Support First Amendment Rights as CBLDF Corporate Members

Discount Comic Book Service and Things From Another World are proud to announce that they are joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as corporate members–the first comic book retailers to do so since the CBLDF’s inception in 1986. In addition to this...

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Signed Book Day on eBay!

August 19, 2013
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Signed Book Day on eBay!

Auctions for Paul Pope Day and Signed Single Issue Day are still active, but today we’re spotlighting Signed Book Day! Cover Story: The DC Comics Cover Art of Brian Bolland showcases the work of one of the brightest stars to come out of the 1980s’ “British Invasion.” With his razor-sharp line work and quirky,...

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Muslim Cleric Renounces Prior Protest Against Danish Cartoons

August 19, 2013
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Muslim Cleric Renounces Prior Protest Against Danish Cartoons

Seven years after Danish political activist Ahmad Akkari began protesting the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad featured in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, he has publicly renounced his former stance and apologized for the affects his protests had. Akkari, a practicing Muslim, acknowledges that he feels his 2006 tour of Muslim countries that lead to protests against...

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Signed Single Issues Day on eBay!

August 16, 2013
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Signed Single Issues Day on eBay!

On Wednesday, we launched Paul Pope Day on eBay, the first in our series of special auctions promoting some of our rarest and most exciting products. Each auction continues for a full week (so there’s still time to bid on Paul Pope goodness!), but today we’re spotlighting SIGNED SINGLE ISSUES! First up is George...

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Youth Voices Important in Fight for Free Speech

August 16, 2013
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Youth Voices Important in Fight for Free Speech

Recent attempts to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Perseoplis and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower have been met with vocal opposition. Central to these protests are students themselves, and their vociferous protests and savvy with social media helped prevent the removal of these acclaimed books. In the August 2013 edition of The...

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CBLDF’s Comic Market Speech On Manga Freedom

August 15, 2013
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CBLDF’s Comic Market Speech On Manga Freedom

Last weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein traveled to Tokyo for the Manga Freedom Speaking Tour, a series of presentations and meetings about free expression issues facing manga and how fans in the United States and Japan can band together to protect the rights of the...

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Sen. Feinstein Seeks to Restrict Federal Definition of “Real” Journalism

August 15, 2013
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Sen. Feinstein Seeks to Restrict Federal Definition of “Real” Journalism

Congressional efforts to pass a federal Media Shield Law, which would introduce additional protections for journalists from government interference and surveillance, are being stymied as the U.S. Senate tries to solve a question of definition: Who do we consider “real” journalists? For fear, apparently, of WikiLeaks, Sen....

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