Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

June 23, 2015
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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

Despite a mother and former school board member’s contention that The Kite Runner is inappropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, a district-wide review committee in Buncombe County, North Carolina unanimously recommended last week that the school board allow the book to...

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Adding Fun Home to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 23, 2015
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Adding Fun Home to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, a memoir of her complicated relationship with her closeted gay father and her own realization that she was gay as well, has the rare distinction of being frequently challenged at the post-secondary level. Challenges from individual students at the University of...

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Sudanese Artist “Breaks Fear” of Censorship With His Art

June 23, 2015
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Khalid Albaih

Sudanese political cartoonist Khalid Albaih has used his work to uncover social injustices throughout the Middle East and is now utilizing the power of the pen to disclose corruption and violations of free speech around the world. Called “an artist of the revolution” for the prolific use of his art during the Arab Spring, in...

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CBLDF Needs Your Support Today!

June 22, 2015
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Attempts to ban comics are on the rise, and thanks to donors like you, CBLDF is on the case. Today, we need your help to continue our work. So far this year, CBLDF has participated in the defense of more than a dozen school and library challenges, including attacks on The...

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Adding Persepolis to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 22, 2015
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Adding Persepolis to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Since 2013, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her childhood during and after Iran’s Islamic Revolution has rather unexpectedly become one of the most frequently challenged graphic novels in U.S. classrooms and school libraries. Despite the book’s critical acclaim, some parents and even educators or school administrators...

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CBLDF Heads to San Francisco for ALA Annual, June 26 – 29!

June 19, 2015
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CBLDF Heads to San Francisco for ALA Annual, June 26 – 29!

Join CBLDF in San Francisco June 26 – 29 for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition! We’ll be at booth 211 with the debut of the 2015 edition of CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, the second issue of CBLDF Defender, our quarterly news...

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Egypt Cracks Down on Street Art

June 19, 2015
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Egypt Cracks Down on Street Art

In June 2010, about eight months before the Tahrir Square uprising, a 28-year-old Egyptian blogger named Khaled Said was arrested and beaten to death after he posted a damning video that allegedly showed police helping themselves to the spoils of a drug bust. In the tumultuous months that followed, Said’s face became a potent symbol...

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School Decision Does Not Make for a Fairytale Ending for Teacher

June 19, 2015
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Regrettably, a teacher and vice principal of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School resigned from their positions this week after controversy arose within their community surrounding the teacher’s decision to read a fairy tale about two princes falling in love to his third grade class. The controversy came about when Omar Currie, the teacher who has resigned from...

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ComicMix’s Tweeks Challenge Kids and Parents to Read Challenged Comics This Summer!

June 19, 2015
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ComicMix’s Tweeks Challenge Kids and Parents to Read Challenged Comics This Summer!

Twin tween geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst, aka the Tweeks, just announced their Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge on the ComicMix website, and their summer reading list is chock full of amazing graphic novels that have been attacked by censors! This year’s Banned Books Week...

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Adding Drama to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 19, 2015
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Adding Drama to Your Library or Classroom Collection

In 2014, Raina Telgemeier’s Drama made the American Library Association’s top 10 list of frequently challenged books due to a ban at Chapel Hill Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Texas. The specific reason for the ban has not been publicly confirmed, but we can hazard a...

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Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon This Weekend!

June 18, 2015
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Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon This Weekend!

CBLDF is returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend for HeroesCon 2015! You can be a #comicdefender with CBLDF at booth 1222! Heroes Convention was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, the owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop....

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Police Brutality Project Pulled from School

June 18, 2015
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In what was later admitted to be a knee-jerk reaction, Clearview Regional High School students in Gloucester County, New Jersey, were forced to take down their project, which focused on police brutality statstics within their community. The project, which was done as part of an awareness campaign in a humanitarian studies class, faced backlash from...

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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

June 17, 2015
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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

A seventh grader in Griswold, Connecticut is suspended from school and under investigation by state police after he was found to have compiled a list of classmates in a “death note” booklet inspired by the manga and anime series. Although the boy is suspended through the...

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Dynamite and StoryBundle.com Celebrate Summer with First Ever Bundle of Digital Omnibus Editions, Benefiting CBLDF and Girls Write Now

June 17, 2015
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Dynamite and StoryBundle.com Celebrate Summer with First Ever Bundle of Digital Omnibus Editions, Benefiting CBLDF and Girls Write Now

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, the unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host a brand-new graphic novel promotion that will allow readers to purchase over 4,000 pages’ worth of digital Dynamite Entertainment stories with...

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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

June 17, 2015
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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

Just a few weeks after Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for drawing a cartoon of her country’s lawmakers, her defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi has now been arrested as well. The alleged crime: shaking his client’s hand, which authorities say constitutes adultery. Farghadani was first arrested...

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