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: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other...

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VA Parent Leads Summer Reading Censorship Campaign

June 23, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

The school year may be winding down for students across the United States, but upset parents in Chesterfield County, Virginia, have been hard at work the past few months in a successful campaign to have titles they call “pornographic,” “vile,” and “trash” removed from the county’s Public School summer reading list. As the Chesterfield Observer...

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Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

June 22, 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 sixth 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...

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Vermont Book Ban Leads to Discussion About Dangers of Censorship in Schools

June 22, 2016
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The Seventh Wish

In response to the recent event cancellation and removal of her book The Seventh Wish from a South Burlington, Vermont elementary school library, author and former middle school teacher Kate Messner took to her blog to tackle the tough topic of title selection and regulation in elementary schools, and called upon K-5 librarians to discuss and...

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Humble and Archie Comics Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary with Sonic Comics Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

June 22, 2016
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Humble and Archie Comics Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary with Sonic Comics Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary, Humble Bundle and Archie Comics are offering up a big digital collection of Sonic the Hedgehog comics! The Humble Comics Bundle: Sonic the Hedgehog features hundreds of pages of action-packed excitement from the longest-running video game comic book in...

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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

June 21, 2016
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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who mysteriously disappeared late last year and were presumed to be in the custody of mainland Chinese authorities have returned to the semi-autonomous region, but only one is speaking openly what happened to them....

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Retailers: CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP FOCs Today!

June 20, 2016
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Retailers: CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP FOCs Today!

If you’re a retailer, it’s time to order the trade paperback edition of CBLDF’s seminal collection of comics about the freedom to read, CBLDF Presents: Liberty (Diamond ID: MAY160672)! FOC is TODAY, so get your orders in now! Celebrate creative freedom with the industry’s top...

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Retailers: Time to Stock Up on CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP!

June 17, 2016
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Retailers: Time to Stock Up on CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP!

If you’re a retailer, it’s time to order the trade paperback edition of CBLDF’s seminal collection of comics about the freedom to read, CBLDF Presents: Liberty (Diamond ID: MAY160672)! FOC is Monday, so get your orders in now! Celebrate creative freedom with the...

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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

June 17, 2016
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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. EMA that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Like every relatively new medium before them — comics in the 1950s, film in the 1930s...

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Free Speech in a Connected World

June 17, 2016
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Free Speech Principles

In a recent sit-down with Index on Censorship, Timothy Garton Ash, author and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, talked about his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World and the increasing need for freedom of expression in a world that is shrinking day-by-day due to technological advancements. Garton Ash has dedicated...

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Take PRIDE in Challenged and Banned LGBTQ Comics

June 17, 2016
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Take PRIDE in Challenged and Banned LGBTQ Comics

June is Pride month, so celebrate with challenged and banned LGBTQ comics! As the recent murders in Orlando demonstrate, the LGBTQ community is still facing profound adversity. That adversity extends to censorship and challenges to books featuring LGBTQ characters and/or books by members of the LGBTQ community. Here are some of the most frequently challenged books in libraries and schools……

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Orijit Sen Pushes Indian Graphic Novels Forward

June 16, 2016
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Orijit Sen Pushes Indian Graphic Novels Forward

Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen first came to our attention late last year, when his illustration “The Punjaban” was repeatedly removed from Facebook because it showed a partially nude woman, despite the social media giant’s claim that it...

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Author Urges Students to Challenge Book Bans

June 16, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

In a recent editorial piece on The Huffington Post, author and high school teacher Peter Brown Hoffmeister discusses the hot topic of banning books and explores the dangerous implications and imminent pitfalls of censoring the materials teenagers have access to in schools. Whether it be award-winning books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, acclaimed...

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Indian Cartoonist Censored in City-Wide Clean-Up

June 15, 2016
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Under the pretense of a city-wide beautification effort, Indian political cartoonist Satish Acharya has had one of his recent cartoons removed from a public display in Kundapura. Acharya is a self-taught cartoonist who tackles a variety of topics, including political corruption and social issues in India. His most recent piece, pulled from a billboard in...

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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

June 14, 2016
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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

The school district in Round Rock, Texas has issued an evasive response to author Phil Bildner’s allegation that his disinvitation from eight schools he had been slated to visit there this fall was due to his previous recommendation that students read the novel George...

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