Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

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!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

Jeff Smith Celebrates the Freedom to Read Foundation

May 19, 2015
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Jeff Smith Celebrates the Freedom to Read Foundation

If you happen to be in New York City on May 29, consider joining CBLDF board member Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone and RASL, to celebrate the freedom to read! Smith will join bestselling young adult authors Carolyn Mackler​ (The Future of Us; The...

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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

May 18, 2015
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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

King & King, a frequently-challenged picture book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland about two princes who fall in love, is at the center of a controversy in rural Orange County, North Carolina. Third-grade teacher Omar Currie read the book to his class in order to put a stop to bullying against...

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Listen Up: Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship at TCAF!

May 18, 2015
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Listen Up: Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship at TCAF!

CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein spoke about intellectual freedom and comics censorship at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and we have recorded proof thanks to Jamie Coville! During the panel, “Protecting Comics: Graphic Novel Challenges in Today’s Libraries,” which was part of TCAF’s Librarian and Educator Day, Brownstein discussed...

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Multimedia Content!

May 15, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Multimedia Content!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our multimedia resources? Aside from regular news coverage here on CBLDF.org, we now produce a podcast and a free quarterly news magazine.  CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING...

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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

May 15, 2015
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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

A review committee in the Asheville, North Carolina, school system has deemed Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner “an appropriate curriculum resource and in alignment with the current state wide instructional standards,” but the book could be suspended again pending an expected appeal from the...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Beanworld

May 15, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Beanworld

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

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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

May 15, 2015
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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

City officials in San Bernardino, California, last week agreed to restore a painting of a nude fairy to its place in a public library exhibit after the National Coalition Against Censorship said its removal raised “serious constitutional concerns.” The painting by Rose Loya, called “Free Spirit Fairy,” is part of an exhibit from the Inland…

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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

May 14, 2015
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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

In the tumultuous years since the US-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically for everyone–including political cartoonists. In a recent interview from the online magazine Sampsonia Way, cartoonist Saad Murtadha discussed what’s changed, the difficulties he still faces, and his vision for the...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Joins Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

May 14, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Joins Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

Today, CBLDF is proud to announce that CBLDF Executive Director Charles Bownstein has been elected to a two-year term on the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Board of Trustees! FTRF “is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association....

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

May 14, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our education and history programs? CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING INTO ACTION and become a member of CBLDF today so we can do more work like this: The Comics...

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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

May 13, 2015
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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

Just over a week before Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition is slated to begin, a Malaysian court yesterday allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to move forward with a separate effort to ban two of his cartoon books which have been unbanned only since October 2014. Last year’s decision by a three-judge Court...

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LAST DAY: Support CBLDF with Humble Kids Comics Bundle!

May 13, 2015
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LAST DAY: Support CBLDF with Humble Kids Comics Bundle!

Children’s Book Week may have ended, but you still have time to get amazing digital kids comics from Humble Bundle! You need to act now, though, because the Humble Kids Comics Bundle ends TODAY at 11:00 a.m. PDT! The Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting...

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Michigan Town Moves “Orgy” Sculpture

May 12, 2015
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After receiving numerous complaints about a city-approved unity sculpture, local officials in the small town of Adrian Michigan have decided to move the piece to a less visible park in an attempt to curb controversy. The sculpture in question is Mark Chatterley’s piece entitled “Blue Human Condition,” which was unveiled in late April at Adrian…

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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

May 12, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

This week, SPRING INTO ACTION by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Donors joining this week will receive special thank you premiums that support CBLDF’s historical research and presentations, including a Skype visit with Fred Van Lente! All new and renewing members signing...

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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

May 11, 2015
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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

A Turkish newspaper columnist wrote last week that the state-run television broadcaster cancelled the popular children’s cartoon Pepee in 2013 because the main character proclaimed to his young audience that “theft, slander and lying are bad.” Some within then-Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s...

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