Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

May 5, 2015
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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

A recent feature from Anime News Network about 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe brought to our attention a few instances of manga censorship that we haven’t covered because they predate our news blog by a few years. We did...

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Spiegelman, Bechdel, Gaiman Take Over at PEN Literary Gala

May 4, 2015
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Spiegelman, Bechdel, Gaiman Take Over at PEN Literary Gala

A week after six authors withdrew as table hosts of PEN American Center’s literary gala in protest of the free speech group’s presentation of its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo staff, some big names in comics are stepping in to...

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SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

May 4, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in Elementary School

May 4, 2015
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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in Elementary School

Happy Children’s Book Week! The 2015 edition of Children’s Book Week launched on Saturday on Free Comic Book Day, and now that kids around the country have gotten a taste of comics, we want to recommend a few more! In this edition of CBLDF’s week-long feature, we have some suggestions for readers in Grades...

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Two Gunmen Killed at Muhammad Cartoon Event in Texas

May 4, 2015
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Two Gunmen Killed at Muhammad Cartoon Event in Texas

Two gunmen were shot and killed by police on Sunday after they opened fire on security guards at a Muhammad cartoon contest and exhibit in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas. The event was organized by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller and featured the anti-immigration Dutch politician Geert Wilders as keynote speaker. Police were not...

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EXCLUSIVE: Ben Hatke Shares the Love for Kids Comics with CBLDF!

May 1, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Ben Hatke Shares the Love for Kids Comics with CBLDF!

In less than 24 hours, we’ll be celebrating Free Comic Book Day, and with it, the launch of Children’s Book Week! Friend of the Fund Ben Hatke, creator of Zita the Spacegirl, took a moment to share his thoughts on kids comics exclusively with CBLDF, and he did so using the format we...

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Decades Later, Kentucky Newspaperman Will Defy Mother’s Comic Ban

May 1, 2015
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Decades Later, Kentucky Newspaperman Will Defy Mother’s Comic Ban

Tomorrow comic retailers across the country will celebrate Free Comic Book Day, and a recent column in the Ashland, KY Daily Independent newspaper is proving the effectiveness of this annual event, which aims to introduce new fans to the often misunderstood...

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Maus Pulled from Russia Bookstores for Depicting Nazi Propaganda

May 1, 2015
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Although no formal complaints were issued, several major bookstore chains in Russia have begun pulling the Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus off of their store shelves and internet sites. The reason: The cover depicts a Nazi swastika. According to a recent law passed last December, all Nazi propaganda is forbidden from being displayed in...

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Don’t Forget CBLDF’s Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

April 30, 2015
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Don’t Forget CBLDF’s Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is here in just two days, and with it, the launch of the 96th annual Children’s Book Week! Comic stores around the country will be handing out millions of comics to kids, and CBLDF is delighted to have our own kid-friendly...

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GET CAUGHT READING Comic Books, Challenged Books and other Must Reads!

April 30, 2015
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GET CAUGHT READING Comic Books, Challenged Books and other Must Reads!

What do Archie, Fone Bone, Hip Hop Family Tree, Usagi Yojimbo and the Peanuts gang have in common? These comic book icons have all been “caught reading.” This year, Get Caught Reading is highlighting an important, and sometimes overlooked, category for readers of all ages...

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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

April 30, 2015
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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

Victory by default in Brunswick County, NC! About a week after local resident Frankie Wood challenged Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the second school in as many years, the principal informed her that the challenge would not be considered due to a district policy limiting how often the...

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Humble Bundle Supports Children’s Book Week!

April 29, 2015
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Humble Bundle Supports Children’s Book Week!

In celebration of Children’s Book Week this year, Humble Bundle and the Children’s Book Council have combined forces to get kids excited about reading. The result is the Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting Children’s Book Week packed with popular titles from a variety of...

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

April 29, 2015
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Raising a Reader

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 & Graphic…

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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

April 28, 2015
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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

While recently looking into the cases that landed three comics on the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we came across a veritable treasure trove of challenges that had flown under our radar: the Texas ACLU’s Annual Banned Books Report....

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Australia Presents Cartoonist’s Work in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

April 28, 2015
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In the aftermath of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in early January, Australian cartoonist David Pope drew his now infamous cartoon entitled “He Drew First” as a tribute to those most impacted by the devastating event. Earlier this month, Australia’s foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, as a further sign of support and solidarity,...

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