Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Print Shops Refuse to Print Anti-War Comic Book in the UK

October 23, 2013
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Print Shops Refuse to Print Anti-War Comic Book in the UK

Across the Atlantic Ocean in the United Kingdom, Darren Cullen is currently fighting for his freedom of speech while he struggles to get his new comic book, (Don’t) Join the Army to the printers. The comic is a satirical depiction of the British Military in the form of an “anti-recruitment leaflet.” Multiple printers have refused...

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Mockingbird Restored in Plaquemines Parish Schools

October 22, 2013
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Mockingbird Restored in Plaquemines Parish Schools

Victory in Louisiana! Just over a week after the Plaquemines Parish School District reinstated a previously imposed ban on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the book was restored to classrooms after a special school board meeting last night. According to local...

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Be Counted! Help CBLDF Stand Up To Book Censorship!

October 22, 2013
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Be Counted! Help CBLDF Stand Up To Book Censorship!

In 2013, book censorship is on the rise. CBLDF is fighting back, but we can’t do it without you! From the attempted ban on Persepolis in the Chicago Public Schools last spring, to the current controversy over the removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere...

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Alamogordo Teachers, Librarian Speak Out On Neverwhere

October 22, 2013
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Alamogordo Teachers, Librarian Speak Out On Neverwhere

With Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere currently suspended from classroom use at Alamogordo (New Mexico) High School, English teachers and the school’s librarian are speaking out to make it clear that the book has not been removed from the library and that they do not...

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Raising a Reader: Creators and Librarian Inspire During APE Panel

October 21, 2013
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Raising a Reader: Creators and Librarian Inspire During APE Panel

CBLDF kicked off the 2013 Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on Saturday, October 12, welcoming a diverse audience of parents and children to discuss the importance of raising a reader. CBLDF’s Betsy Gomez moderated a panel of experts including Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut...

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Jeff Smith Hosts World Premiere of TUKI at CBLDF Benefit Brunch on November 10 At Society of Illustrators in NYC

October 18, 2013
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Please join Jeff Smith, the acclaimed author of Bone and RASL, on Sunday, November 10, for a live performance unveiling his new series Tuki Save the Humans! The performance will take place during the benefit brunch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Kids’ Right to Read...

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How You Can Make A Difference in the Neverwhere Challenge

October 18, 2013
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How You Can Make A Difference in the Neverwhere Challenge

If you’re like us, the recent removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from Alamogordo Public School classrooms has caused you to feel anything from confusion to just-plain-no-way-you-can’t-be-serious anger. Here’s how you can take action: Be Heard A parent in Alamogordo has started a petition on Change.org and you can add...

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Cannes Winner Based on Graphic Novel Won’t Play in Idaho

October 18, 2013
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Cannes Winner Based on Graphic Novel Won’t Play in Idaho

Idaho residents anxious to see the film Blue is the Warmest Color, the 2013 winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or that is based on a French graphic novel, will likely have to travel out of state or wait for...

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DC Entertainment Co-Publisher JIM LEE Illustrates THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 Cover Available Exclusively to CBLDF Retailer Members!

October 18, 2013
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DC Entertainment Co-Publisher JIM LEE Illustrates THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 Cover Available Exclusively to CBLDF Retailer Members!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release the Jim Lee variant cover to THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1, drawn by DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and CBLDF Advisory Board member Jim Lee!  This cover is available exclusively to retailers who join the organization during CBLDF’s Retailer Membership...

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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

October 17, 2013
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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

After a convoluted series of events spanning at least a decade, the school board in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana last week removed Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird from classrooms throughout the district. After some parents of high school students recently complained...

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EXCLUSIVE: Neil Gaiman Talks to CBLDF About Neverwhere Ban

October 17, 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Neil Gaiman Talks to CBLDF About Neverwhere Ban

Yesterday, CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project sent a letter to the Superintendent of Alamogordo Public Schools to defend Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which has been removed from shelves for review after a parent protested a passage in the book. CBLDF reached out to Mr. Gaiman to get his thoughts on the ban: I’m obviously disappointed...

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CBLDF Defends Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere In New Mexico Challenge

October 16, 2013
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CBLDF Defends Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere In New Mexico Challenge

This week, CBLDF took a leadership role in a coalition of anti-censorship advocates — including the National Coalition Against Censorship,  American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, and the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom — to defend Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere, which...

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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Stays in NC Library

October 15, 2013
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Stays in NC Library

In September, CBLDF joined the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter to the Currituck County High School Board of Education in defense of A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, a critically-acclaimed novel by Tanya Lee Stone. The school...

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More Details Emerge in Neverwhere Challenge

October 14, 2013
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More Details Emerge in Neverwhere Challenge

Last week, CBLDF learned that Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere was under attack at Alamogordo High School in New Mexico. A parent filed a complaint over the book, claiming the content was “rated R” and inappropriate for her 15-year-old daughter. The book was subsequently removed for review. Over the...

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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Banned in New Mexico School District

October 11, 2013
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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Banned in New Mexico School District

Yesterday, the Alamogordo High School removed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from shelves after parent Nancy Wilmott complained over content she deemed innapropriate for her 15-year-old daughter. The book has been on district required reading lists since 2004, but it has not been challenged before Wilmott took exception...

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