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 ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 ...

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 ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

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 ...

Thai Cartoonist Threatened by Military

October 8, 2015
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Thai Cartoonist Threatened by Military

Earlier this week, Thai cartoonist Sakda Sae Iew (also known as Sia) and other journalists were taken into military custody by the Royal Thai Army to discuss problems with their subversive works and “adjust their political attitudes” — discussions that have led Sia to limit voluntarily the work that he publishes. Citing “factual” concerns...

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Government Attempt to Shut Down Free Press Group in Ecuador Fails

October 8, 2015
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The latest target in Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s campaign against free speech is the non-governmental organization Fundamedios. Citing legal violations for publishing political blog posts that might suggest participation in partisan politics, the government is attempting to shut down the organization. In response, several global free speech groups have protested, temporarily halting the...

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NYCC 2015: Celebrate CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015 Tonight!

October 8, 2015
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NYCC 2015: Celebrate CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015 Tonight!

New York Comic-Con is has commenced, and CBLDF is ready to welcome fans to NYC with the CBLDF NYCC Welcome Party and the CBLDF Liberty Annual Signing and Release Party! First, join CBLDF at Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway, New York, New York) on Thursday, October...

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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Malaysian Court Rules on Sedition Act

October 7, 2015
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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Malaysian Court Rules on Sedition Act

After months of delay, it looks like Malaysian cartoonist Zunar will finally get his day in court next month as he faces nine sedition charges which could bring up to 43 years in prison. That’s not particularly good news, however; the...

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TONIGHT in NYC: Batman: Black and White Opening Reception with Chip Kidd!

October 7, 2015
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TONIGHT in NYC: Batman: Black and White Opening Reception with Chip Kidd!

Tonight in NYC, the Society of Illustrators and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are celebrating the Dark Knight with a free opening reception, featuring the inimitable Chip Kidd and other special guests! Celebrate the current Society of Illustrators exhibit “Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers.” The exhibit collects Batman: Black and...

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Don’t Miss CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015, in Stores NOW!

October 7, 2015
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Don’t Miss CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015, in Stores NOW!

The 2015 LIBERTY ANNUAL is here! In stores today, it’s adults only, extremely silly, and featuring the likes of John Arcudi, Jeffrey Brown, Derek Charm, Tyler Crook, Vanesa Del Rey, Evan Dorkin, Nate Doyle, Duncan Fegredo, Bob Fingerman, Tom Fowler, Sina Grace, Gabriel Hardman, Eric Powell, R. Sikoryak, Gabe Soria, Art Spiegelman, Fred Van Lente,...

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Join CBLDF at New York Comic-Con for Parties, Signings, Panels & More!

October 6, 2015
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This Thursday, CBLDF joins comics fans and creators from around the world in our home base of New York City for New York Comic-Con! October 8-11, you’ll find us at booth #1764 in the Javits Center with exclusive CBLDF merchandise and apparel, signed graphic novels, prints, and more! PANELS CBLDF Presents: Banned Comics! Friday, October...

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High School Reading Assignments Challenged in Illinois, New Jersey

October 5, 2015
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High School Reading Assignments Challenged in Illinois, New Jersey

Banned Books Week is barely over, but book challenges continue around the country! Today we got word that Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was pulled from a high school English...

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Join Paul Levitz, Neal Adams, & Dale Cendali in NYC for PROTECTING SUPERHEROES: Copyright & Comic Book Characters

October 5, 2015
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Join Paul Levitz, Neal Adams, & Dale Cendali in NYC for PROTECTING SUPERHEROES: Copyright & Comic Book Characters

Comic books have existed for decades, but in recent years they have come to the foreground of the public’s imagination. Along with comic books’ growing success and popularity, the intellectual property rights associated with the them have become increasingly important and complicated. This panel will explore the...

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Banned Books Week News Roundup

October 2, 2015
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Banned Books Week News Roundup

Banned Books Week is almost over, and once again it’s been a great success! Let’s take a look at CBLDF and Banned Books Week in the news: Banned Books Week: How comics are fighting a hail of critical fire: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein sits down with...

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CBLDF Celebrates Independent Comics This Weekend at APE!

October 2, 2015
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CBLDF Celebrates Independent Comics This Weekend at APE!

Join CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez this weekend in San Jose, California, for the 2015 edition of the Alternative Press Expo! The premiere independent comics event in Northern California, Gomez will be on hand Saturday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. to talk about the state of censorship...

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12 Attacks on Free Speech Around the World for Banned Books Week 2015

October 2, 2015
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12 Attacks on Free Speech Around the World for Banned Books Week 2015

In the United States, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week and our First Amendment right to freedom of speech, but artists around the world continue to be censored and banned and sometimes even imprisoned or killed. From political cartoonists to comic book creators and YA authors, challenges abound abroad. As we celebrate the right to read…

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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

October 1, 2015
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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

  A London gallery hosting an annual freedom of expression exhibit last week pulled a series of satirical photo dioramas after police raised concerns about “potentially inflammatory content” that could anger Islamic State or other extremists. The photos by pseudonymous artist Mimsy feature plush woodland creatures threatened by black-clad...

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RETAILERS! Time to Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership!

October 1, 2015
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RETAILERS! Time to Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF offers special premiums — including gorgeous variant covers for some of...

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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

October 1, 2015
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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

This year, CBLDF and its partners in anti-censorship advocacy have seen a dramatic increase in book challenges compared to last year. Fortunately, in most of those cases we and local free speech fighters have prevailed! Here are some free speech victories to savor this Banned Books Week.

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