Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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 ...

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 ...

CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

December 20, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

CBLDF has joined a basket of deplorable people and organizations on a Cato Institute-led amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Lee v. Tam, asking, “Should the government get to decide what’s a slur?” Among the deplorables who joined CBLDF on the brief are satirist P.J. O’Rourke; former ACLU president Nadine Strossen,...

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Ahmed Naji to be Freed From Prison Pending Appeal

December 20, 2016
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Ahmed Naji to be Freed From Prison Pending Appeal

After serving 10 months of a two-year prison sentence for literary obscenity, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji is expected to be released today after an appeals court suspended his sentence over the weekend. His case is still proceeding, however, and the court will review his appeal on January 1. Naji was convicted in February of “violating…

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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

December 19, 2016
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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

For the second time in less than a month, Malaysian police arrested political cartoonist Zunar. Last month it was at an exhibition of his cartoons in Penang; this time it was a “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser, book signing, and live sketch session in Kuala Lumpur. Zunar has now been released on bail...

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2016 Wasn’t All Bad: It Had Comics!

December 16, 2016
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2016 Wasn’t All Bad: It Had Comics!

As we near the end of this long, hard slog of a year, there is one bright spot that should at least keep us occupied a ways into 2017: the ever-expanding complement of lists bringing together the year’s best comics. Every year, more and more media...

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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

December 16, 2016
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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

For decades, syndicated press was virtually the only means for cartoonists to have their works published and build their readership. With a combined rise in social and political limitations, though, the internet and web comics grew to be the champion of cartoonists in a world where free speech is challenged everyday. A recently reposted article by The Economist describes...

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After Uptick, ALA Office Now Tracking Hate Crimes in Libraries

December 15, 2016
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After Uptick, ALA Office Now Tracking Hate Crimes in Libraries

Following a troubling rise in hate crimes and ideologically motivated book defacement in libraries, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced recently that it has begun formally tracking such incidents. OIF is the office that normally tracks challenges and bans of library materials across the country. The new initiative was spurred in part...

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NCAC Launches Censorpedia

December 15, 2016
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This past weekend, the National Coalition Against Censorship launched Censorpedia, a crowdsourced database that collects censorship cases from around the world to facilitate the research and awareness of some of the most notorious violations of the right to free expression. In observance of the United Nation’s annual Human Rights Day, NCAC showed their support for civil...

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LAST DAY for Christmas Delivery – CBLDF’s 2016 Gift Guide

December 15, 2016
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LAST DAY for Christmas Delivery – CBLDF’s 2016 Gift Guide

If you’re still in need of holiday gifts and want to help CBLDF get ready for a new year of protecting the First Amendment, you’ve come to the right place! But act now — today is the last day to order for December 25 delivery!  Welcome to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, full of items…

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One Week Left to Get Neil Gaiman’s Rarest Works — Beneficiaries Include CBLDF!

December 14, 2016
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One Week Left to Get Neil Gaiman’s Rarest Works — Beneficiaries Include CBLDF!

Humble Bundle invites you to celebrate the holiday season with international bestselling author Neil Gaiman in the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman. This bundle is a collection of priceless rarities, many of which are unavailable anywhere else, including two brand new ebooks: A Calendar of Tales...

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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

December 14, 2016
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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

Around the world, comics have been embraced as literature and a medium for free speech. Russia is no exception. In a recent editorial piece on Vice News, Thomas Carey Frazier shares his experiences visiting the country’s Astro Con and the “strange and beautiful” indie comics scene that has emerged in the past five years. From...

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Now Available: CBLDF Defender #8!

December 14, 2016
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CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and...

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Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in Classrooms

December 13, 2016
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In a recent TEDx talk, acclaimed comics creator and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang explained why comics belong in the classrooms. From continual attempts to ban comics and graphic novels from classrooms to contending with decades-old negative stereotypes that comics don’t serve any educational purpose, incorporating comics and graphic novels in...

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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

December 12, 2016
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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

Following last week’s welcome decision by the school board in Accomack County, Virginia to restore The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird to school libraries and classrooms after they were challenged by a parent, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’...

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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

December 9, 2016
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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

A blog post featuring satirical cartoons of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is currently blocked by court order inside Turkey but freely available elsewhere, highlighting the delicate balance between intellectual freedom and local laws that online hosting platforms must maintain if they wish to operate internationally. The...

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BBC’s 100 Women Includes Barrier-Breaking Middle Eastern Cartoonists

December 9, 2016
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Willis from Tunis: We Can Do It!

Every year, the BBC puts the spotlight on influential women around the world for its 100 Women series. For 2016, the list includes three Middle Eastern cartoonists fighting for women’s rights and freedom of expression: Doaa Eladl in Egypt, Riham Elhour in Morocco, and Nadia Khiari in Tunisia. A few years ago, we reported on...

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