CBLDF Podcast Episode 25: R SIKORYAK

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist R Sikoryak about his latest book, The Unquotable Trump, from Drawn & Quarterly. We discuss his career, his thoughts on activism, the variety of places he’s been published, and the wide world of literature and comics he has managed to mush together ...

NOW IN STORES: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4, Featuring Scott Snyder!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the last issue of 2017, we share Batman scribe Scott Snyder’s inspiring keynote address! CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4 features an iconic cover of Batman by frequent Snyder collaborator Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn). In the issu ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

August 1, 2016
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Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

Authorities raided the Hong Kong Book Fair just as it was wrapping up last week, seizing more than 1400 copies of 300 different titles suspected to be obscene or indecent under local law. One unidentified comic was among the books seized, but the...

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University of Cape Town Incites Controversy by Rescinding Flemming Rose Lecture Invitation

August 1, 2016
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Flemming Rose

Out of fear of that his speech might provoke the audience and incite violence, the University of Cape Town has withdrawn their invitation to Danish editor Flemming Rose to speak at the TB Davie Lecture organized by the Academic Freedom Committee. Rose, who is best known for his involvement in the publication of the controversial Prophet...

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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

July 29, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

Chinese cartoonist Badiucao has no qualms about tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. As a result, he’s become skilled at eluding the authorities that would censor him. In a recent interview with Cartoonists Rights Network International, Badiucao speaks about the lengths he goes to in order to protect his identity and safety in...

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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

July 29, 2016
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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

“Yes, for those of you wondering, today’s Pearls strip got pulled,” writes Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis in a Wednesday Facebook post.  Since this announcement, Pastis has been trying to share the cartoon on Facebook but the only thing that appears when he posts the image is a black box. Whether this...

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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

July 29, 2016
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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

The Turkish government’s media crackdown continues this week, thinly justified as a “cleansing” after the failed coup attempt of July 15-16. In the past few days, more than 130 press outlets have been shut down and arrest warrants issued for 89...

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New Bill Stops Promotes Free Press in New Jersey Schools

July 28, 2016
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New Voices New Jersey

New Jersey is considering a bill that will not only allow student journalists the right to exercise editorial control over content in school publications, but halt censorship from officials who might deem certain materials to be too controversial. The bill, which was re-introduced on June 30 is part of the broader New Voices of New Jersey...

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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

July 27, 2016
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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

In the immediate wake of the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising, the Egyptian graphic designer and comic creator who goes by Ganzeer gained notoriety as a street artist, painting murals of protesters who had died in the struggle. But...

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Portland: Enjoy a Live Music Celebration of Geek Culture This Friday to Benefit CBLDF!

July 26, 2016
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Portland: Enjoy a Live Music Celebration of Geek Culture This Friday to Benefit CBLDF!

Hello, Portland! This Friday, join the PDX Broadsides and the Wesley Crushers for a live music celebration of geek culture to benefit CBLDF! The festivities kick off at 7:00 p.m. at NXT Industries (1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd). The evening will be hosted by Alison...

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Virginia Lawmaker Demands Warning Labels on Summer Reading Lists

July 25, 2016
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Virginia Lawmaker Demands Warning Labels on Summer Reading Lists

Virginia state senator Amanda Chase is continuing a censorship crusade against certain books in her local school district, now pushing for future summer reading lists to include warnings for parents on books that may be controversial. The concept...

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SDCC 2016: Sunday — Live Art Jam and Your Last Chance for Exclusives!

July 24, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Sunday — Live Art Jam and Your Last Chance for Exclusives!

And just like that, Comic-Con comes to an end: Today is the last day of the show, and you last chance to get CBLDF exclusives (providing we haven’t sold out)! You can also take in our always-entertaining Live Art Jam — and take some of the pieces home — and meet Fabio Moon and Gabriel...

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SDCC 2016: Saturday with CBLDF — It’s Auction Time!

July 23, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Saturday with CBLDF — It’s Auction Time!

We’re halfway through Comic-Con, but the fun has just started — today, CBLDF has our annual Comic-Con Auction, where you can bid on amazing new art for your walls after taking in a keynote by William Gibson and live art by Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Get your education on with our Saturday panels, and...

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Brownstein Featured on Products of the Mind Podcast

July 22, 2016
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Brownstein Featured on Products of the Mind Podcast

This week, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein sat down with business law strategist David Lizerbram for the latest episode of the Products of the Mind podcast. In the 50-minute interview, the two discuss Brownstein’s comics background, landmark free-speech cases, book challenges in school libraries, and more! Lizerbram’s...

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SDCC 2016: Friday with CBLDF — Panels and More!

July 22, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Friday with CBLDF — Panels and More!

Comic-Con Day Two: CBLDF is doubling up on the panel action, with panels at both the San Diego convention center and the San Diego Central Library! And don’t miss a signing with Ronald Wimberly (The Prince of Cats) and our exclusives and signed premiums galore at booth #1918, all in support of our important First Amendment work!…

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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

July 21, 2016
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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

The already dire situation for freedom of expression and other basic human rights in Turkey has sharply worsened since last week’s failed military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. In just the past few days, 10,000...

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VIZ Media Joins CBLDF As Corporate Member, Co-Releases Manga Book Club Resource!

July 21, 2016
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VIZ Media Joins CBLDF As Corporate Member, Co-Releases Manga Book Club Resource!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the premier publisher, distributor and licensor of Japanese and global content in North America, as the organization’s newest corporate member! VIZ Media additionally supports CBLDF by this week co-releasing the Manga Book Club...

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