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 ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

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 ...

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 ...

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!

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 ...

Comics Creators Talk About Successful Library Events

October 16, 2015
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This One Summer

For librarians and teachers, comic books and graphic novels are no longer the dangerous fare that corrupted children’s minds and led to juvenile delinquency as a misguided psychologist, a Senate subcommittee, and the Comics Code would have had have us believe in the 1950s. Libraries and schools are now embracing the medium and finding ways...

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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership by 10/19 to Score Exclusive Variants!

October 16, 2015
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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership by 10/19 to Score Exclusive Variants!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF offers special premiums — including gorgeous variant covers for some of...

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Adding Bone to Your Library or Classroom Collection

October 15, 2015
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Adding Bone to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Although considered a modern comics classic that’s delighted millions of readers all over the world, Jeff Smith’s multi-volume epic Bone is also one of the most commonly challenged series in American libraries and schools. According to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the books have faced ...

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“Death Note” Found in New Hampshire High School Causes Panic

October 15, 2015
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deathnote

Parents of Nashua High School North in New Hampshire are raising concerns in their community and online after the discovery of a “death note” book, containing the names of 17 different students along with brief statements about how they wronged the unnamed author and the times and dates that each would die. The notebook,...

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New Comic Book Day: Don’t Miss Batman Year 100 Deluxe Edition, Signed by Paul Pope!

October 14, 2015
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New Comic Book Day: Don’t Miss Batman Year 100 Deluxe Edition, Signed by Paul Pope!

Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100 hits the shelves today, now bound and collected in a deluxe hardcover edition. This edition contains all four issues from the original series run as well as never before published sketch material — and when you get your copy...

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Nominate a Defender of Free Speech for Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards!

October 14, 2015
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

Index on Censorship, an international organization dedicated to protecting free speech around the world, has opened the floor to nominate artists, journalists, and other activists for the 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards. From the arts and journalism to campaigning and digital activism, the awards celebrate people who have tackled censorship and stood up...

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Cartoonists On The Front Lines: The Economist Cartoonist on Free Expression in Turkey

October 14, 2015
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Kevin Kallaugher

Award-winning political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher has shared his thoughts about United States’ society and politics in The Economist since 1978, but recently, he shared his concerns about the state of free speech in Turkey and the difficulty his fellow cartoonists have expressing themselves without fear of governmental repercussions. In a recent interview with Cihan new...

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St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum Sends Nude Comics Packing

October 13, 2015
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St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum Sends Nude Comics Packing

Sequential artists Dominique Goblet and Kai Pfeiffer are scratching their heads in bewilderment after an exhibition of their work in St. Petersburg, Russia was shut down, even after they agreed to censor it for nudity. The exhibit...

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Farghadani Subjected to Virginity Test in Investigation of “Illegitimate Relations”

October 12, 2015
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Farghadani Subjected to Virginity Test in Investigation of “Illegitimate Relations”

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, currently serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for caricaturing members of parliament as animals, last week faced trial on the further charge of “non-adultery illegitimate relations” for shaking the hand of her...

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5 Year Court Battle Leads to Censorship of Lebanese Comics Magazine

October 12, 2015
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samandal-7

A five-year-old court case surrounding the controversial publication of religious-themed comics in a Lebanese magazine has finally concluded with the three editors/artists of the magazine being found guilty of belittling Christianity. Facing $20,000 in fines, the decision may have forced the closure of the magazine, but it has also instigated conversations regarding the state...

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This Weekend: Join CBLDF in San Francicso for APAture 2015: Comics & Illustration Showcase!

October 9, 2015
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This Weekend: Join CBLDF in San Francicso for APAture 2015: Comics & Illustration Showcase!

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, join CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez at the San Francisco Public Library for APAture 2015: Comics & Illustration Showcase! CBLDF will be on hand for this celebration of Asian Pacific American artists, where Gomez will present...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Underwater Welder

October 9, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Underwater Welder

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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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protecting Right to Read in NJ School District

October 9, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protecting Right to Read in NJ School District

In response to an online petition calling for the removal of Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden and Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal from the curriculum at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson, New Jersey, CBLDF today joined with other members...

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Humble Indie Bundle & Humble Store Purchases Benefit CBLDF!

October 9, 2015
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Humble Indie Bundle & Humble Store Purchases Benefit CBLDF!

Right now, our friends at Humble Bundle are running a pair of amazing promotions to support the important work of CBLDF! Through 11:00 a.m., October 13, a portion of your pay-what-you-want dollars for the Humble Indie Bundle 15 and 10% of your purchases in the...

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NYCC 2015: Friday with CBLDF

October 9, 2015
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NYCC 2015: Friday with CBLDF

This weekend, we’re in our home base of New York City for New York Comic-Con! October 8-11, you’ll find us at booth #1764 in the Javits Center with exclusive CBLDF merchandise — including the brand-new CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015 — and apparel, signed graphic novels,...

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