Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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 ...

Sedition in 140 Characters or Less: Zunar on the Alarming State of Free Speech in Malaysia

January 5, 2016
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Zunar

“The Malaysian government has no sense of humor.” This is the polite way that cartoonist Zunar describes his home country’s current administration and their controversial and unjust treatment of free expression in a recent editorial piece he wrote for the Washington Post. The cartoonist is currently facing nine counts of sedition and a possible...

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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

January 4, 2016
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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

Last month, Indian graphic novelist and political cartoonist Orijit Sen’s cartoon “Punjaban” quickly became a viral hit after it was removed from Facebook when an anonymous user reported it for “containing nudity.” Despite the fact that an outpouring of support saw the cartoon reinstated, this is just one of many obstacles that Sen has had...

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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

January 1, 2016
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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

2015 wasn’t just a benchmark year for censorship in the United States, where we fought more challenges to graphic novels and books than we’ve ever seen. International censorship was on the rise, culminating in literal attacks on cartoonists around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the international stories CBLDF covered in 2015……

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CBLDF’s Education Work in 2015

December 31, 2015
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CBLDF’s Education Work in 2015

In addition to timely direct assistance and expert legal action, CBLDF maintains a deep, prevention-minded education program that helps fend off censorship crises at the start. We made vast strides in 2015 by launching a quarterly news magazine, publishing dozens of resource items for educators,...

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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2015

December 31, 2015
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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2015

Among the many tools in our kit is legal action. For individuals, much of our work is behind the scenes and intended to prevent cases from even reaching courts. To defend the First Amendment rights of the wider comics community, we frequently join legal opposition to...

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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015
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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our 15 most-read stories of the past year. In many cases we’ve also included links to follow-ups or other related stories. College Student Wants Graphic Novels Banned from Graphic Novel Course In June, CBLDF rose to...

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New Award Recognizes Diversity in Comics

December 30, 2015
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vla

The Virginia Library Association is celebrating great comics and graphic novels of 2015 with the development of a new award that honors works that embrace and support diversity. As noted on the VLA’s website, the purpose of the award is “To promote graphic novels dealing with subjects or characters of diversity as quality literature...

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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from...

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Myanmar Activist Imprisoned for Mocking Military’s Masculinity

December 30, 2015
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Chaw Sandi Tun

Myanmar political activitist Chaw Sandi Tun has been sentenced to a six-month prison term for posting a satirical cartoon that criticized the country’s military on Facebook. Tun — a former member of the Maubin District Students’ Union and active demonstrator against new educational laws — was arrested in October for allegedly posting a photo...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Efforts to Defend Books in 2015

December 29, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Efforts to Defend Books in 2015

Whether we were defending graphic novels or children’s books, defending books in elementary schools or colleges, 2015 proved to be a challenging year for free speech. CBLDF frequently joined coalitions to tackle book challenges and much more in 2015! Absolutely True Diary...

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10 Comics CBLDF Defended in 2015

December 28, 2015
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10 Comics CBLDF Defended in 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.   Defending Comics...

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Remember CBLDF in Your Year-End Giving — Become a Member Today!

December 28, 2015
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Remember CBLDF in Your Year-End Giving — Become a Member Today!

All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. This year saw the most attacks on the freedom to read comics in a generation, including calls to ban graphic novels in schools and libraries, threatened legal actions, and unconstitutional legislation that endangers the...

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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

December 24, 2015
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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF contributor and comics censorship historian Joe Sergi, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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Please Consider CBLDF In Your Holiday Giving

December 23, 2015
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LibbySquared

All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read.  If you’re doing your charitable giving for the year over this holiday weekend, we ask you to please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to perform this important work.  This year saw the most attacks on the...

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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with an EVEN MORE Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

December 23, 2015
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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with an EVEN MORE Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

For the past ten years, BOOM! has assembled quite the portfolio of comics, so as a way of commemorating their arrival into the double digits, Humble has assembled their digital comics into a bundle! And now, anyone who beats the average price gets to add...

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