Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! 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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

ROCK COMIC CON: The Ultimate NYCC After Party Benefits CBLDF!

October 5, 2012
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ROCK COMIC CON: The Ultimate NYCC After Party Benefits CBLDF!

REBEL-NYC, New York City October 12th, 2012 Excitement continues to build as ROCK COMIC CON rolls out what promises to be the major party event of convention week during New York Comic Con. This year, ROCK COMIC CON is partnering with the COMIC...

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Robie Harris Speaks Up On A Career’s Worth Of Challenges

October 5, 2012
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Robie Harris Speaks Up On A Career’s Worth Of Challenges

Robie Harris knows more than most people about book banning. Her children’s books on sexual health and family life are perennial standards on challenged and banned lists across the country, accused of being everything from age-inappropriate to “obvious child pornography.” This month, Harris...

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What Gets a Book Banned in Texas? How Bone & More Were Taken Off The Shelf

October 4, 2012
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What Gets a Book Banned in Texas? How Bone & More Were Taken Off The Shelf

Each year, the ACLU of Texas contacts the 1,000+ school districts in the Lone Star State to find out why books are banished from classrooms, library shelves, and reading lists. For 2011-2012, they were excited to find that book challenges are down,...

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Honest Teen Life Stories Among Frequently Banned & Challenged

October 4, 2012
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Honest Teen Life Stories Among Frequently Banned & Challenged

Nothing gets a parent quite so anxious as their child’s teen years. Burgeoning adulthood comes with sexual awakening and an introduction to smoking, drinking, and any number of other vices. For many parents it can seem easier to limit a teen’s exposure to any hint of these problem areas, and from this attempt at protective...

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Tereska Torrès, Writer of America’s First Lesbian Pulp Novel, Dies at 92

October 4, 2012
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Tereska Torrès, Writer of America’s First Lesbian Pulp Novel, Dies at 92

French writer Tereska Torrès, 92, died at her home in Paris last Thursday. Author of many novels and memoirs, she is best known for her book Women’s Barracks, which was challenged by the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials and banned in Canada. Women’s...

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Fight Censorship With Retail Therapy and ComicsPRO!

October 4, 2012
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Fight Censorship With Retail Therapy and ComicsPRO!

Banned Books Week, the national celebration of the Freedom to Read is underway! Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, and we have been joined in the celebration by members of ComicsPRO! The comics retailer trade association has...

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Alan Moore, America’s Most Challenged

October 3, 2012
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Alan Moore, America’s Most Challenged

Alan Moore is a legend of the comic book industry, recognized as one of its best writers. He has won numerous awards for his works, including for his run on Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, among others. Widely acclaimed both within the industry and without, Moore’s work...

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The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster’s NIGHTS OF HORROR

October 3, 2012
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The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster’s NIGHTS OF HORROR

In 1938, Superman took flight from the drawing board of a teenage boy named Joe Shuster into the pages of Action Comics. However, by 1954 Joe had fallen on hard times: He was no longer drawing...

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Virtual Read-Out: KING & KING

October 3, 2012
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Here’s another selection from the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out, an officially sponsored YouTube channel that compiles videos of people reading their favorite banned and challenged literature. In this one, college student Rachel reads an excerpt from King & King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland. The children’s book about a prince whose true...

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The Mayor Who Failed to Censor Comics

October 3, 2012
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The Mayor Who Failed to Censor Comics

A historical milepost article on The Columbus Dispatch website, an Ohio-based periodical, revisits September 28, 1954, when the city’s mayor composed a panel to review the censorship of comics. In assembling the panel, Columbus mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner noted that the FBI and behavioral psychiatrists, such as Fredric Wertham (known for the persecution of comic books in...

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George R.R. Martin Supports CBLDF For Banned Books Week!

October 2, 2012
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George R.R. Martin, the celebrated creator of GAME OF THRONES and WILD CARDS  is celebrating Banned Books Week by supporting the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  This is his special message about what he’s doing to help, and how you can...

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LGBT Graphic Novels Face Frequent Challenges

October 2, 2012
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LGBT Graphic Novels Face Frequent Challenges

Regular CBLDF readers are probably already aware that comics and graphic novels are frequently challenged or banned for content that would pass without comment in an all-text novel. Would-be censors, often clinging to the notion that any book with lots of pictures must be for children, tend to flip...

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TONIGHT IN NYC: Fifty Shades of Banned!

October 2, 2012
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TONIGHT IN NYC: Fifty Shades of Banned!

If you’re near New York, you can celebrate Banned Books Week with an evening of stirring readings from erotic classics at Fifty Shades of Banned: A Celebration of Erotic Literature. The event starts tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Village Pourhouse on 64 3rd...

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Shop the CBLDF Donation Center During Banned Books Week!

October 2, 2012
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Shop the CBLDF Donation Center During Banned Books Week!

If you’re having a hard time finding a copy of a banned comic, looking for the perfect t-shirt to declare that you read banned comics, or if you need a print or poster to declare your love for the freedom to read, the...

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Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

October 1, 2012
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Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

In the course of one day, a library in Sweden banned and then lifted the ban on Tintin comics. The comic series, by Belgian comic artist Georges Remi, is about the misadventures of a young reporter and his dog and is set in the early 20th...

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