CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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 ...

Montana Alternative School “Free the Nipple” Article Sparks District-Wide Controversy

March 23, 2016
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"Free the Nipple"

The publication of controversial topless images and profanity in a Missoula County, Montana, high school paper has led to the recall of a school newspaper, a three-day suspension of Principal Jane Bennett, and incited serious discussion about what constitutes “obscene” and to what extent school officials should regulate student’s right to free speech in school...

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Indian Cartoonist Strikes Back at Facebook and Censorship

March 22, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Since the blocking of two of his cartoons on Facebook, Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen had made it a personal mission to find ways to provoke audiences and inspire conversations. He spoke with Hindustan Times, discussing how Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus helped inspire him to get into art and his feelings...

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

March 21, 2016
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

Good news! Two bills in the Florida legislature that would have facilitated challenges to instructional materials were allowed to die at the end of the legislative session earlier this month. The bills had been pushed by some of...

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Support CBLDF At C2E2!

March 18, 2016
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Support CBLDF At C2E2!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to arrive in the City of Broad Shoulders, to exhibit at C2E2! We will be in booth 539, with a ton of great stuff new for 2016, including new CBLDF 2016 member...

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Government Forces Firing of Kenya’s Top Cartoonist

March 18, 2016
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Government Forces Firing of Kenya’s Top Cartoonist

After decades of doing work for Kenya’s largest newspaper, the Daily Nation, the celebrated and most syndicated cartoonist in East and Central Africa Godfrey Mwampembwa (better known as Gado) has been fired due to suspected political pressure from the Kenyan government. Gado, who is regarded by fellow cartoonists to be the “most important cartoonist in...

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Swastikas Removed From High School Production of The Producers

March 18, 2016
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The Producers

Out of fear of misinterpretation and parental upset over the offensive nature of the symbol, a school superintendent in Orangetown, New York made the executive decision to remove all swastikas from the school’s production of the award-winning musical The Producers—an act that has many people are calling foul due to the irony of the...

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She Changed Comics: Alternative & Modern Age

March 18, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Alternative & Modern Age

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. Check back here every week for biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Jessica Abel

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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

March 17, 2016
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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

The year was 1954. The location: Glasgow, Scotland’s Southern Necropolis, a massive graveyard harboring over 250,000 sets of mortal remains. Over a span of three nights that September hundreds of children under the age of 14 reportedly assembled there with makeshift...

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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

March 16, 2016
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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

In the abstract, most people in free societies would probably agree that no one should be fined or thrown in jail simply for possessing drawings of any sort. But when the drawings in question are certain varieties of manga, often the fear of being...

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Indian Cartoonist Latest Victim of Facebook’s Content Policy

March 16, 2016
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Kanika Mishra

A cartoon by Kanika Mishra, drawn in response to a controversial statement made by Indian Minister Maneka Gandhi about the inability to criminalize marital rape, has been pulled from Facebook for not adhering to “community standards.” The award-winning cartoonist has been the victim of death threats and garnered the ire of many Indian men due...

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New Malaysian Museum Dares to Exhibit Zunar Cartoons

March 15, 2016
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New Malaysian Museum Dares to Exhibit Zunar Cartoons

There’s some rare good news for Zunar this week: despite the nine charges of sedition currently hanging over his head, the Malaysian political cartoonist’s work is now on display in a dedicated section of the brand-new ...

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Art Spiegelman Talks Forbidden Images

March 15, 2016
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Art Spiegelman

Acclaimed creator of the graphic novel Maus and staunch free speech advocate Art Spiegelman will lead a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this May, during which he will discuss censorship and the impact the 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo had on the cartooning world. Entitled “Forbidden Images,” the veteran creator...

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RETAILERS: Stock Up on CBLDF Defender #5, Featuring REGINALD HUDLIN! FOCs Today!

March 14, 2016
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RETAILERS: Stock Up on CBLDF Defender #5, Featuring REGINALD HUDLIN! FOCs Today!

Why are comics about diversity or by diverse creators so frequently banned and challenged? CBLDF investigates in the latest issue of CBLDF Defender, out April 6, 2016. Retailers, FOC is today, so now’s the time to stock up on this issue! Boasting a cover by the inimitable Jimmie...

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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

March 14, 2016
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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

In a victory for the freedom to read, we got word on Friday that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer has been restored to open shelves in high school libraries. Illogically and in violation of district policy, the graphic novel had been restricted in...

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She Changed Comics: Golden Age, Silver Age, & Undergrounds

March 11, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Golden Age, Silver Age, & Undergrounds

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. Check back here every week for biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned.  Grace Drayton and Margaret Gebbie Hays Today, we examine the...

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