Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the second 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 will bring eng ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

CNN Spectacularly Fails To Understand Manga and Anime

June 19, 2014
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CNN Spectacularly Fails To Understand Manga and Anime

As Japan prepares to implement a new law which bans the possession of child pornography but exempts manga and anime, CNN released an over-the-top sensationalist video report this week that demonstrates a profound lack of knowledge about the formats. Much of the...

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Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decision in Key Free Speech Victory

June 18, 2014
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Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decision in Key Free Speech Victory

On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous 9-0 ruling for Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, upheld the right of people and organizations to preemptively challenge a law that infringes on First Amendment rights. The decision represents a key victory for free speech. The central...

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Join Us For a Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow and More!

June 17, 2014
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Join Us For a Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow and More!

Heads up, free speech lovers! This Thursday, June 19, the Banned Books Week coalition presents a Google+ Hangout on Air featuring Cory Doctorow, author of the novel Little Brother, to discuss the importance of fighting censorship and the value of Banned Books Week. In addition...

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A Gamer Asks: Can Games Go “Too Far”?

June 17, 2014
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A Gamer Asks: Can Games Go “Too Far”?

The constant determined attempts of media outlets and others to draw some sort of connection between violence in video games and in real life have already been...

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This Compromise Is Not Acceptable: CBLDF Joins Coalition Condemning South Carolina Budget Provision

June 13, 2014
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This Compromise Is Not Acceptable: CBLDF Joins Coalition Condemning South Carolina Budget Provision

Today, CBLDF joined a coalition of free speech advocates led by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the ACLU of South Carolina in issuing a joint statement that condemns a recent budget provision “compromise” that penalizes two state universities for assigning LGBTQ books. The South Carolina legislature...

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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

June 13, 2014
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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

Although production and distribution of underage pornography have been illegal in Japan for (only) 15 years, possession of it currently is not. That will change later this month, when a law passed last week by the country’s House of Representatives goes into effect. ...

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Don’t Miss CBLDF At Special Edition: NYC

June 12, 2014
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Don’t Miss CBLDF At Special Edition: NYC

This weekend, CBLDF kicks off the summer convention season at Special Edition: NYC, a celebration of comics and their creators happening at the Jacob Javits Convention Center! CBLDF will be in Booth 202, where Toby Cypress will be making sketches on Sunday from 2 –...

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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

June 12, 2014
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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

When books are challenged in libraries and schools, one of the most important things for governing boards and administrators to do is have a clear and complete challenge policy already in place–and to actually follow it. Since last month the Wilson County School Board...

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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

June 10, 2014
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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

Hoping to overwhelm censors, the founder of Middle Eastern online bookstore Jamalon announced last week that the site will launch a section devoted to books that have been banned in any of the 22 countries it serves. This is not only a gesture in support of intellectual freedom, says Ala Alsallal; it’s...

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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

June 10, 2014
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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

Attention Father’s Day shoppers! From now through this Sunday, Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice (which we hope is CBLDF) for every eligible purchase made through the AmazonSmile program. Even after this promotion is over at 11:59...

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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

June 9, 2014
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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

In a letter sent today (below), members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project expressed concerns over the cancellation of Cory Doctorow’s novel Little Brother, as the assigned text for Booker T. Washington High School’s school-wide summer reading program. The letter points out that...

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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

June 9, 2014
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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

In a move reminiscent of South Carolina’s months-long battle over Fun Home at the College of Charleston, a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida last week cancelled a One School/One Book summer reading program because he thought Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother was...

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A Visit To Charles Vess’ Studio

June 6, 2014
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A Visit To Charles Vess’ Studio

Last month I got to travel to Abingdon, VA to present a lecture on the history of the Comics Code at the William King Museum, as part of their Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find exhibit.  While I was there, I had the privilege of visiting Charles Vess’...

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#YesAllWomen Editorial Cartoon Cut from New York Times

June 6, 2014
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#YesAllWomen Editorial Cartoon Cut from New York Times

Cartoonist (and frequent CBLDF supporter) Michael Kupperman took to the internet this week to decry the decision that The New York Times made in refusing to run his “See Something, Say Something” strip last Sunday. The strip, which is written by David Rees, normally runs every other Sunday on the Week in Review editorial page…

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Political Cartoons for Peace

June 6, 2014
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Political Cartoons for Peace

A globalization class at Lebanese American University hosted political cartoonist Hassan Bleibel as he paid a visit to illustrate the power of using art to tackle sensitive issues. The cartoonist is best known for his work at the Daily Star Al-Mostaqbal newspaper, where his work encountered challenges for its criticism on Israeli policies. Bleibel...

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