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. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

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...

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!...

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 ...

Author Responds to Attempts to Ban The Perks of Being a Wallflower

August 12, 2013
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Author Responds to Attempts to Ban The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Recently, two attempts have been made to remove Stephen Chbosky’s acclaimed The Perks of Being a Wallflower from schools. This is nothing new for the novel, which has made ALA’s most challenged books list several times. The National Coalition Against Censorship, which includes CBLDF...

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Syria Continues Campaign Against Dissenting Artists

August 9, 2013
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Syria Continues Campaign Against Dissenting Artists

A cartoonist who co-signed a 2011 document calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and his government was arrested in late July, one more in an ongoing string of arrests, harassment, and disappearances of dissenting Syrian cartoonists. Cartoonists Rights Network International reports: [A]nother Syrian cartoonist, Youssef Abdelke, was arrested on Thursday, 18 July...

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Join CBLDF in the Windy City for Wizard World Chicago!

August 8, 2013
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Join CBLDF in the Windy City for Wizard World Chicago!

While CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is headed to Japan, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox is headed a bit closer to home this weekend: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! You’ll find CBLDF at booth #1141 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, where we...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Visit Tokyo for Manga Freedom Speaking Tour

August 7, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Visit Tokyo for Manga Freedom Speaking Tour

This weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will literally travel to the other side of the world — to Tokyo, Japan — for a series of lectures and meetings on manga and free expression, hosted by Comic Market (Comiket), Comitia, the Institute for Contents...

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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

August 7, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

In 1966, eleven years after the decision in Roth v. United States held that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment and attempted to define obscene speech, came the landmark case of Memoirs v. Massachusetts. This case is about a book, originally published in 1748, that explores the sexual exploits of a...

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Content-Based Taxation in New York

August 6, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Content-Based Taxation in New York

CBLDF and other members of the Media Coalition have joined forces to file an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, asking them to review a lower court’s decision in New Loudon Corp. v. State of N.Y. Tax Appeals Tribunal. The appeals court upheld a decision that...

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HarperCollins India and the Pixelated Penises

August 5, 2013
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HarperCollins India and the Pixelated Penises

When Canadian comics artist Chester Brown’s graphic novel memoir Paying For It – about his encounters with 23 different prostitutes — was first published in 2011, it received generally favorable reviews and was widely applauded for its honesty. But in the upcoming edition to be released...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye and Speak

August 2, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye and Speak

This week, CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project sent two letters on behalf of challenged books: One defends the use of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in schools in Colorado, and the second defends Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, which is being challenged in Florida. The...

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Removed From Queens Reading List

August 2, 2013
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Removed From Queens Reading List

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which CBLDF has defended from challenges in the past, was apparently removed from a sixth-grade reading list in Queens, New York, earlier this week after complaints from parents. Unfortunately the few...

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Stokoe, Roy, and Graham Deliver the Goods!

August 1, 2013
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Stokoe, Roy, and Graham Deliver the Goods!

From the Great White North, hidden deep within the mysterious world of our northern neighbor Canada, three outstanding artists recently took time to sketch some bookplates for CBLDF, and the results were spectacular. Brandon Graham and Simon Roy’s work on Prophet has been...

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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

August 1, 2013
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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

Sedition charges against Singapore cartoonist Leslie Chew, have been dropped. Back in May, we reported that Chew had been arrested for alleged racial insensitivity and sedition as a result of a complaint about one of his Facebook comic strips called Demon-cratic Singapore. Chun Han Wong writes for The Wall Street Journal‘s Southeast Asia blog,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese

July 31, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such...

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Jennifer L. Holm and Meryl Jaffe on RAISING A READER

July 30, 2013
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Jennifer L. Holm and Meryl Jaffe on RAISING A READER

During SDCC, CBLDF Board Member Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse) and Raising a Reader writer Meryl Jaffe sat down with GeekRoom’s Tom Misuraca to talk about CBLDF’s new resource and how comics can be used to inspire kids to read. Jaffe’s enthusiasm for graphic novels as teaching...

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South Carolina Group Challenges Fun Home as Pornographic

July 29, 2013
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South Carolina Group Challenges Fun Home as Pornographic

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home has been challenged once again, this time for it’s inclusion on a freshman recommended reading list at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina. The conservative religious group opposed to the book has labeled it “pornographic.” CofC participates in an annual...

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SDCC 2013: THANK YOU!

July 26, 2013
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SDCC 2013: THANK YOU!

CBLDF has another Comic-Con International under our belts, and what a show it was! We had a great showing at the biggest comic book convention of them all, and there are a lot of people to thank for their support: The sponsors of the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome...

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