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 ...

She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. With your help, CBLDF will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this fal ...

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 ...

Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

April 13, 2015
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Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

It’s Comics Month on Kickstarter, and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is celebrating at Kickstarter HQ by moderating “Talking Shop: Comics in the Past, Present, and Future,” a panel featuring special guests Karen Green (producer of She Makes Comics and graphic novel librarian at...

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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

April 13, 2015
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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

Graphic novels made a big splash in 2014, including first ever Caldecott and Newbery honors. But they also made their way into one of the places we hate to see them most: ALA’s 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. This week is National Library Week, and...

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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

April 10, 2015
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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

School district administrators and teachers in Waterloo, Iowa are currently locked in a debate as to whether Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is appropriate for middle school classrooms. The district’s curriculum director sent an email ordering the book’s removal on...

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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

April 10, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Sen. Feinstein: The Anarchist Cookbook Not Protected Speech

April 10, 2015
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The Anarchist Cookbook is “not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the internet.” This was a reactionary statement released last Thursday from California Senator Dianne Feinstein in response to the recent arrest of two women who are accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City. In...

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Denis Kitchen On Comix and Free Speech

April 10, 2015
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Comics publisher, activist, and free speech advocate Denis Kitchen has done a lot both for comics themselves as well as protecting the creators who produce them. In a recent interview with Mark Voger at NJ.com, Kitchen talks about his work as creator in the underground comix movement to his founding of the CBLDF to...

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CBLDF Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

April 9, 2015
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CBLDF Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF keeps the fight for free speech in its NYC stomping grounds during MoCCA Fest 2015! CBLDF will be hosting signings at booth 200 with MoCCA guest of honor Scott McCloud, who will be on hand with his latest masterpiece The Sculptor, and Bow-Wow series creators Mark Newgarden and Megan Cash! Presented by...

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New Mexico TV Station Continues Vendetta Against Palomar

April 9, 2015
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New Mexico TV Station Continues Vendetta Against Palomar

As we told you last week, the parent who wants Gilbert Hernadez’s Palomar removed from a high school library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is appealing the decision of a review committee that voted to retain the book on shelves. Now Albuquerque-area news station...

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Dynamite Partners with StoryBundle.com for Bundle of Digital Comics and Graphic Novels, Benefiting CBLDF

April 9, 2015
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Dynamite Partners with StoryBundle.com for Bundle of Digital Comics and Graphic Novels, Benefiting CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, a unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host – for the first time ever – a comic book bundle promotion that allows readers to purchase almost 100 digital Dynamite comics and...

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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

April 8, 2015
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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

The latest round of the Malaysian government’s harassment against political cartoonist Zunar came to a head last week when he was charged with nine counts of sedition, which could carry a total sentence of up to 43 years in prison. His trial is set to begin on May 20, and the advocacy group Cartoonists...

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Bonil: “The Role of a Cartoonist Is to Be a Dissident”

April 7, 2015
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Ecuadorian cartoonist Bonil — a frequent target of governmental censors and recently threatened by ISIS — spoke with free speech advocacy group and watchdog organization Freedom House about the dire state of free expression in his home country. When Rafael Correa took the Ecuadorian presidency in 2007, what he called a “democratizing” of the...

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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

April 6, 2015
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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital 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 offering a proven resource to help you reach out to your community and create new repeat customers! Stock up now on bundles of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help...

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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

April 6, 2015
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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

Three similar bills recently introduced in the Minnesota legislature would require school districts to notify parents or guardians every time a fellow parent, guardian, or an adult student deems instructional material such as books or movies to be “sexually explicit or obscene and therefore harmful to...

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Author Responds to Connecticut Ban of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

April 3, 2015
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A Connecticut Superintendent is standing behind his ban of Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower despite a review committee’s recommendation otherwise and opposition from the community and free speech advocates, including CBLDF. Chbosky himself has now responded to the ban. Jean Pierre Bolat, parent and now a Board of Education member (making him...

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Fun Home Selected as Duke University’s Core Summer Reading Book

April 3, 2015
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One of the comic industry’s most debated books, Fun Home, has been selected by Duke University as its Class of 2019 Common Experience summer reading book. An autobiographical memoir, writer and artist Alison Bechdel tells her story of her distant relationship with her closeted father and a subsequent revelation that he too is gay when…

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