NOW IN STORES: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4, Featuring Scott Snyder!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the last issue of 2017, we share Batman scribe Scott Snyder’s inspiring keynote address! CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4 features an iconic cover of Batman by frequent Snyder collaborator Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn). In the issu ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

August 9, 2016
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Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

Despite 27 years in exile, Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih has found a home: the internet. Like many cartoonists displaced by oppressive regimes, Albaih recognizes the power of the web as a tool for circumventing censorship, expressing dissent, and fomenting change. Albaih was born in Romania, where his father served as a Suadanese diplomat. His mother was...

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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

August 9, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spent years trying to crack down on free expression in the country. A failed July coup attempt heralded even more oppression, but much like previous attempts to stifle dissent, Turkey’s satirists are still finding ways to express themselves. Jonathan Guyer of the Institute of Current World Affairs was in Turkey...

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Banned in China: Suicide Squad Unlikely to See Release Due to Violence

August 8, 2016
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Banned in China: Suicide Squad Unlikely to See Release Due to Violence

Things are looking dire for a Chinese release of Suicide Squad. The movie has yet to appear on the internal release calendar for the China Film Group, the state-owned movie distributor that handles all imported films, indicating that the film has not been approved by China’s censors. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that a ban is likely because...

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She Changed Comics Retail Orders Due Monday 8/8

August 5, 2016
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She Changed Comics Retail Orders Due Monday 8/8

Retailers! The final order cut off for CBLDF’s She Changed Comics published by Image Comics, is this coming Monday, 8/8. Please use Diamond order code JUL160793.  She Changed Comics is a definitive history of the women who changed free expression in...

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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period...

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We’re Back from Comic Con 2016 with New Premiums!

August 5, 2016
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We’re Back from Comic Con 2016 with New Premiums!

After another action-packed Comic Con International, we are back with a huge assortment of awesome new premiums! First, we have a few new signed books. WHAT IS OBSCENITY (donate here) is a compelling and charming look at obscenity laws in Japan, from Rokudenashiko, the artist and mangaka whose amazing work has been the subject of...

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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

August 4, 2016
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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

Last week, we lost a true comics legend and luminary. Jack Davis is not only remembered as a founding member of MAD magazine and contributor to EC’s diverse line of comics, but also as a man who with his incredible knack for caricature and wit helped push the medium forward, and during a time when...

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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

August 3, 2016
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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

Twenty years and a political generation ago, a psychologist who studied children’s perceptions of women leaders marketed a t-shirt through her local Walmart with an empowering message: a panel from Dennis the Menace with the character Margaret proclaiming...

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Anti-Nazi Disney Cartoon Pulled from Russian Extremist Materials List

August 2, 2016
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Fuehrers Face

73 years after its debut on the silver screen, the Oscar-winning 1943 Donald Duck short “Der Fuehrer’s Face” or “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” has been pulled off the list of banned “extremist materials” in Kamchatka, Russia. In 2010, a Kamchatka resident was charged with “inciting hatred and enmity” and received a six-month suspended sentence...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

August 2, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to the superintendent and school board in Chesterfield County, Virginia, defending several summer reading books that were challenged for “sexually explicit” content and urging the school...

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Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

August 1, 2016
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Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

Authorities raided the Hong Kong Book Fair just as it was wrapping up last week, seizing more than 1400 copies of 300 different titles suspected to be obscene or indecent under local law. One unidentified comic was among the books seized, but the...

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University of Cape Town Incites Controversy by Rescinding Flemming Rose Lecture Invitation

August 1, 2016
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Flemming Rose

Out of fear of that his speech might provoke the audience and incite violence, the University of Cape Town has withdrawn their invitation to Danish editor Flemming Rose to speak at the TB Davie Lecture organized by the Academic Freedom Committee. Rose, who is best known for his involvement in the publication of the controversial Prophet...

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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

July 29, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

Chinese cartoonist Badiucao has no qualms about tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. As a result, he’s become skilled at eluding the authorities that would censor him. In a recent interview with Cartoonists Rights Network International, Badiucao speaks about the lengths he goes to in order to protect his identity and safety in...

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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

July 29, 2016
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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

“Yes, for those of you wondering, today’s Pearls strip got pulled,” writes Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis in a Wednesday Facebook post.  Since this announcement, Pastis has been trying to share the cartoon on Facebook but the only thing that appears when he posts the image is a black box. Whether this...

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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

July 29, 2016
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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

The Turkish government’s media crackdown continues this week, thinly justified as a “cleansing” after the failed coup attempt of July 15-16. In the past few days, more than 130 press outlets have been shut down and arrest warrants issued for 89...

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