Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Be Counted: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Creates Exclusive CBLDF Member Fragrance! Becomes Corporate Member!

October 19, 2012
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Be Counted: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Creates Exclusive CBLDF Member Fragrance! Becomes Corporate Member!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, purveyors of unique, literary minded olfactory experiences have answered CBLDF’s call to Be Counted!  The long-time CBLDF supporters are joining the organization as our newest Corporate Member and encouraging individuals to become members of the CBLDF to receive the exclusive,...

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Obscene Comics

October 19, 2012
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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Obscene Comics

In a press release issued this week, the Department of Justice announced that Christjan Bee, 36, of Monett, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to possessing obscenity for a collection of comics on his computer. Government prosecutors are recommending a...

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Be Counted: Help CBLDF Stand Up For The Freedom to Read!

October 18, 2012
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Be Counted: Help CBLDF Stand Up For The Freedom to Read!

Earlier today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sent a letter of support to Bill Ptacek, a library director in Seattle, commending the library for standing up for the intellectual freedom of its patrons in the face of an attack in the media for offering manga...

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CBLDF Expresses Support for Seattle Area Library’s Response to Manga Challenge

October 18, 2012
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CBLDF Expresses Support for Seattle Area Library’s Response to Manga Challenge

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Kids’ Right to Read Project partners National Coalition Against Censorship and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression today wrote a letter commending King County Library System’s response to recent objections to the manga title Hero Heel 2 by...

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Library Director Responds to Seattle Manga Challenge

October 17, 2012
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Library Director Responds to Seattle Manga Challenge

Yesterday we told you about Seattle area resident Travis de Nevers, who asked the King County Library System to change its circulation policies for minors after his unsupervised 10-year-old niece checked out the yaoi manga Hero-Heel 2. In response to de Nevers’ complaint, KCLS Director Bill...

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Lomography Auctions Custom Cameras by Cartoonists To Benefit CBLDF!

October 17, 2012
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Lomography Auctions Custom Cameras by Cartoonists To Benefit CBLDF!

Lomography, the driving force in the analogue photography renaissance is raising money for CBLDF by auctioning off custom cameras by visionary cartoonists! The Fund & Lomography has teamed up with select artists to design Lomography’s new La Sardina DIY camera.  Jen Vaughn, Furry Feline Graphics, Joseph Remnant, and...

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Seattle Area Resident Shocked at Yaoi Manga, Asks Library to Revise Circulation Policy

October 16, 2012
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Seattle Area Resident Shocked at Yaoi Manga, Asks Library to Revise Circulation Policy

Here’s a PSA on behalf of public librarians everywhere: If you would not drop your children off at a full-service bookstore with a credit card and tell them to go wild, then you should not send them into the library on their own to...

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Sherman Alexie: Censorship of Any Form Punishes Curiosity

October 15, 2012
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Sherman Alexie: Censorship of Any Form Punishes Curiosity

According to critically-acclaimed author Sherman Alexie, “Book banners want to control what every child reads,” and that “censorship of any form punishes curiosity.” In an interview with Ed Winstead of Guernica Magazine, Alexie discusses being the author of banned books (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,...

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BE COUNTED: Join The CBLDF Today!

October 11, 2012
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund needs your support!  Our program activity is increasing, and we need your membership contributions this October to help pay for this important work. Comics are threatened more frequently than you may think, and the consequences for readers, artists, retailers...

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NYCC: CBLDF’s Massive Hometown Showing!

October 11, 2012
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NYCC: CBLDF’s Massive Hometown Showing!

Signings!  Free gifts for members! Charlie Adlard original art raffle! Programming! Friday night rock concert! Discounts at NYC Comic Stores! Grab bags! The best selection of signed comics in the nation!  It’s NYCC weekend, and the CBLDF is bringing out our best to celebrate...

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Li’l Depressed Boy Collaborates with CBLDF For Exclusive Print at New York Comic-Con

October 11, 2012
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Li’l Depressed Boy Collaborates with CBLDF For Exclusive Print at New York Comic-Con

Image Comics creators S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace are teaming up with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to produce a limited edition Li’l Depressed Boy print, exclusively available at New York Comic-Con. Depicting the titular character unable to exercise his right to free speech,...

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Join CBLDF at the Alternative Press Expo!

October 10, 2012
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Join CBLDF at the Alternative Press Expo!

The organizers of the Alternative Press Expo are hoping to break last year’s record-setting attendance with this weekend’s festival, and CBLDF will be on hand to help make that happen! The West Coast’s premier celebration of independent comics, APE 2012 goes down October 13...

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NCAC Interviews SIDESCROLLERS Creator Matt Loux

October 9, 2012
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NCAC Interviews SIDESCROLLERS Creator Matt Loux

The National Coalition Against Censorship’s blog has a new interview with Matt Loux, whose graphic novel SideScrollers was recently removed from an Enfield, Connecticut, high school’s summer reading list after one resident complained of profanity and sexual references. CBLDF and NCAC have joined with...

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CBLDF and the Schulz Library Join Forces for the First Amendment!

October 9, 2012
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CBLDF and the Schulz Library Join Forces for the First Amendment!

The Center for Cartoon Studies and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are pleased to announce the permanent addition of a “Banned Comics” section to the school’s Schulz Library. The move is both in recognition of the library’s first Banned Books Week in its ...

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Otaku: Japan’s Favorite Scapegoat — and Tourist Draw

October 8, 2012
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Otaku: Japan’s Favorite Scapegoat — and Tourist Draw

Japan has long had a checkered relationship with its subculture of otaku, a word whose nuances cannot easily be translated to English but which more or less means “geeks whose hobbies border on the fanatic” (Ito). More often than not, these hobbies include consuming, collecting, and obsessing over manga, anime, and video games. Add in...

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