Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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 ...

Lebanese Editors Use Government Censorship to Make More Comics

December 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, three editors/artists for the independent Lebanese magazine Samandal were found guilty of belittling Christianity, “inciting sectarian strife,” and propagating “defamation and slander” leading to a total of  $60,000 in fines. In a recent interview with The Comics Journal, four of the publication’s editors (three of whom have been directly...

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Charlie Hebdo Editor’s Posthumous Free Expression Manifesto Out Next Month

December 21, 2015
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Charlie Hebdo Editor’s Posthumous Free Expression Manifesto Out Next Month

Nearly a year after the attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people including five cartoonists, a manifesto on freedom of expression that editor Stéphane Charbonnier (widely known as Charb) completed shortly before his death will be published in the U.S. next month. The book, already published in France...

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Administrators Shut Down Virginia Schools After Muslim Indoctrination Claim

December 21, 2015
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Schools were closed in Augusta County, Virginia on Friday after one parent cried “Muslim indoctrination” over a 9th grade history assignment. When Kimberly Herndon learned that her son who attends Rivershead High School would be copying the Islamic phrase known as the Shahada as part of an exercise to demonstrate the “artistic complexity of [Arabic]...

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Bid on Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

December 18, 2015
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Bid on Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

It’s no secret that Neil Gaiman is one of the biggest defenders of the freedom to read, and he’s been an invaluable supporter of CBLDF’s mission to defend free speech. This week, CBLDF is delighted to auction a collection of Neil Gaiman rarities — many from his own personal collection — to raise funds for...

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Author’s Conspiracy Theory Seminar Cancelled By Egyptian Government

December 18, 2015
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Freedom of expression is once again under attack in Egypt. Last week, pressure from authorities forced the shutdown of best-selling Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany’s monthly seminar “Conspiracy Theory between Reality and Illusion” at Jesuit’s Cultural Center in Alexandria. The move is intended to keep Aswany from discussing how the Egyptian government manipulates the public. Since...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition in Defending The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

December 18, 2015
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CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in defending Mark Twain’s seminal classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, after administrators pulled the book from the 11th grade curriculum after a group of students complained that it made them uncomfortable. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect...

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No One Expects the British Censors: How Monty Python Laughed in the Face of Censorship

December 18, 2015
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Did you know that someone was foolish enough to try to raise the brutal hand of censorship to Monty Python and the Holy Grail — one of the most iconic and most quoted films in cinematic history? Cinema Blend revealed a letter from producer Mark Forstater that tells the story of how the Monty...

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LAST DAY FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY — Get in the Spirit of Giving with Signed Graphic Novels!

December 17, 2015
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LAST DAY FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY — Get in the Spirit of Giving with Signed Graphic Novels!

CBLDF has the best holiday gifts for the fan in your life in our Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser! But you need to act now — today is the last day to get domestic delivery for Christmas! You can get outstanding graphic novels for the fan of your choice (don’t forget yourself!), signed by creators...

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CBLDF Board Member Reginald Hudlin Receives Critics Association’s Excellence Award

December 17, 2015
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CBLDF Board Member Reginald Hudlin Receives Critics Association’s Excellence Award

CBLDF board member and entertainment industry trailblazer Reginald Hudlin will be the first-ever recipient of the African-American Film Critics Association’s “Salute to Excellence Award” at the group’s upcoming awards ceremony in February. Hudlin is an innovative force in modern Black entertainment, having written or directed...

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Michigan Parents Worry Picture Book Will Indoctrinate Students to Islam

December 17, 2015
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Michigan Parents Worry Picture Book Will Indoctrinate Students to Islam

Some parents in Eau Claire, Michigan, are accusing the local school district of preaching Islam to students via the picture book Nasreen’s Secret School, which was also challenged earlier this year in Florida. The increased focus on the book is due to...

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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with a Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

December 16, 2015
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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with a Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

For the past ten years, BOOM! has assembled quite the portfolio of comics, so as a way of commemorating their arrival into the double digits, we’ve assembled their digital comics into a bundle! Customers can pay what they want for Irredeemable Vol. 1 – 2, Bee...

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Why Banning Extreme Manga Fails To Protect Children

December 16, 2015
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Recent media coverage of UN Special Envoy Maud de Boer-Buquicchio’s recommendations to Japan for combating child sexual abuse emphasized her assertion that the country should, “ban manga of extreme child pornographic content.” This recommendation is a wrong-minded and unfortunate distraction from the larger substance of her worthy efforts – ending the abuse and exploitation of real children. A glance…

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Lawyer Challenges Egyptian Constitution over Racy Excerpt

December 15, 2015
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This past weekend, Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji went to court to face charges that an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life violates decency laws. Naji is facing a two-year jail sentence and a 10,000 Egyptian pound ($1,245) fine, but Naji’s lawyer Nasser Amin isn’t making it easy for the prosecutors to defend...

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Palestinian Authority Issues Warrant for Cartoonist’s Arrest

December 15, 2015
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Palestinian Authority Issues Warrant for Cartoonist’s Arrest

Palestinian cartoonist Baha Yassin was caught up in complex internal politics this week, as the Palestinian Authority issued a warrant for his arrest due to his cartoons critical of the Fatah party. Yassin lives outside of Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, but could be arrested...

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

December 14, 2015
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and other freedom to read advocates to defend Todd Parr’s The Family Book in the Etiwanda, California school district. The parents of one formerly enrolled student want the book...

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