CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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 ...

Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

March 10, 2016
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Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been delayed yet again to April 7, he reported via Twitter this week. After multiple delays while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending, the trial had been set to begin yesterday. If...

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Dynamite, Paizo, and Humble Expand Pathfinder Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF!

March 9, 2016
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Dynamite, Paizo, and Humble Expand Pathfinder Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF!

  Following up on the continued success and buzz around the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder, Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo offer gaming fans a low-cost entry into the canonical comic book world of Pathfinder! This new bundle is ESSENTIAL for fans of the game looking for insight into...

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Batman v. Superman Censored in India

March 9, 2016
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Last month, it was Deadpool. This month, it’s Batman v Superman. Fans in India will be seeing an edited version of the film after the country’s censor board determined that one scene showing “a fleeting nude figure” was too much for Indian theater goers. Although the film, which is set to release later this...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

March 9, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

CBLDF today joined a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, urging him to veto House Bill 516 which would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill has...

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Out-of-Print CBLDF T-shirts Now on Threadless!

March 8, 2016
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Out-of-Print CBLDF T-shirts Now on Threadless!

If you missed out on one of our old t-shirt designs, not to worry! Now you can get them here on Threadless. Current designs include our original logo by Cliff Chiang, Just One More by Frank Miller, Fancy Froglin by James Kochalka, and two previous Liberty Annual covers: Duncan Fegredo’s State of Things from...

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Turkish Government Seizes Opposition Newspaper Zaman

March 7, 2016
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Turkish Government Seizes Opposition Newspaper Zaman

The Turkish government on Friday seized control of the opposition-aligned Feza Media Group, which includes the newspaper Zaman, its English-language sister publication Today’s Zaman, and the Cihan news agency. Employees locked themselves inside the Feza...

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Free Speech Heroes Hang At Society of Illustrators!

March 4, 2016
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Free Speech Heroes Hang At Society of Illustrators!

Calling all New Yorkers! Make time this month to visit the Society of Illustrators, where two incredible exhibits spotlighting the high points of subversive comics and illustration from the 1960s through the 1980s are on view. First up is The Zap Show: A Cultural...

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She Changed Comics: Pre-Code & Golden Age

March 4, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Pre-Code & Golden Age

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. Check back here every week for biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Barbara Hall Isabelle Daniel...

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Celebrate the Godfathers of Comics and Support Free Speech!

March 3, 2016
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Celebrate the Godfathers of Comics and Support Free Speech!

This week is bookended by two monumental birthdays in the history of comics: Bill Gaines on March 1 and Will Eisner on March 6. Why not celebrate these two giants’ legacy of free speech by visiting the Rewards Zone for exclusive gear and comics?! Will Eisner Week 2016 Poster ...

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International Release of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Breaks Singapore’s Silent History

March 3, 2016
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This week marks the international release of comics creator Sonny Liew’s controversial-in-Singapore graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, and it’s already garnering praise and acclaim, furthering Liew’s goal to tell the story of Singapore’s silenced, secret — and what the country’s censorious arts council calls “sensitive” — history. In an interview with Comic...

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Protect Yourself When Traveling With Manga

March 2, 2016
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Protect Yourself When Traveling With Manga

If there’s one thing we know about North American Customs officials, it’s that they are not, by and large, aficionados of manga. Art that’s fairly commonplace in Japan can easily be labeled as child porn at U.S. and Canadian ports of entry, sometimes resulting...

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Dynamite, Paizo, and Humble Pack New Bundle with 30+ Pathfinder Comics for Charity, Including CBLDF!

March 2, 2016
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Dynamite, Paizo, and Humble Pack New Bundle with 30+ Pathfinder Comics for Charity, Including CBLDF!

Following up on the continued success and buzz around the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder, Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo offer gaming fans a low-cost entry into the canonical comic book world of Pathfinder! This new bundle is ESSENTIAL for fans of the game looking for insight into...

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Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Undermines Education

March 2, 2016
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Beloved Toni Morrison

In 22 to 17 vote, the Virginia Senate passed House Bill 516, which will require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content.” According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, the bill could “invite divisive challenges to educationally valuable material, interfere with teachers’ ability to teach effectively, and implicitly...

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Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels and Free Speech!

March 1, 2016
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Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels and Free Speech!

Each year, the week of March 6 brings us Will Eisner Week, “an annual celebration promoting graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner,” the father of the graphic novel. Will Eisner Week kicks off today and runs through...

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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

March 1, 2016
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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

Ecuadorian communications agency Cordicom has put to rest a complaint made to governmental censorship agency Supercom earlier this year, determining that a recent cartoon by Javier Bonilla (aka Bonil) is in fact not promoting a discriminatory message against the LGBTQ community. In light of the news, several LGBTQ activists are using the resolution as an opportunity to strengthen...

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