Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

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

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

June 10, 2014
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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

Attention Father’s Day shoppers! From now through this Sunday, Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice (which we hope is CBLDF) for every eligible purchase made through the AmazonSmile program. Even after this promotion is over at 11:59...

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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

June 9, 2014
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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

In a letter sent today (below), members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project expressed concerns over the cancellation of Cory Doctorow’s novel Little Brother, as the assigned text for Booker T. Washington High School’s school-wide summer reading program. The letter points out that...

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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

June 9, 2014
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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

In a move reminiscent of South Carolina’s months-long battle over Fun Home at the College of Charleston, a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida last week cancelled a One School/One Book summer reading program because he thought Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother was...

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A Visit To Charles Vess’ Studio

June 6, 2014
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A Visit To Charles Vess’ Studio

Last month I got to travel to Abingdon, VA to present a lecture on the history of the Comics Code at the William King Museum, as part of their Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find exhibit.  While I was there, I had the privilege of visiting Charles Vess’...

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#YesAllWomen Editorial Cartoon Cut from New York Times

June 6, 2014
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#YesAllWomen Editorial Cartoon Cut from New York Times

Cartoonist (and frequent CBLDF supporter) Michael Kupperman took to the internet this week to decry the decision that The New York Times made in refusing to run his “See Something, Say Something” strip last Sunday. The strip, which is written by David Rees, normally runs every other Sunday on the Week in Review editorial page…

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Political Cartoons for Peace

June 6, 2014
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Political Cartoons for Peace

A globalization class at Lebanese American University hosted political cartoonist Hassan Bleibel as he paid a visit to illustrate the power of using art to tackle sensitive issues. The cartoonist is best known for his work at the Daily Star Al-Mostaqbal newspaper, where his work encountered challenges for its criticism on Israeli policies. Bleibel...

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North Carolina Woman May Not Pursue Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

June 5, 2014
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North Carolina Woman May Not Pursue Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

Earlier this week, news broke of yet another challenge brewing for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Frankie Wood of Brunswick County, North Carolina, who has no children in the local school district, was nevertheless circulating petitions in area churches...

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Judy Blume: Let Kids Choose What They Read

June 5, 2014
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Judy Blume: Let Kids Choose What They Read

After more than 40 years in the business, beloved children’s and YA author Judy Blume knows both young readers and the censorious impulses of some adults very well. Speaking recently at the annual Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales, she...

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Humble eBook Bundle IV Expands to Include Cory Doctorow, Alex Robinson, and More to Benefit CBLDF!

June 4, 2014
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Humble eBook Bundle IV Expands to Include Cory Doctorow, Alex Robinson, and More to Benefit CBLDF!

This week, Humble eBook Bundle IV has expanded to include four more amazing titles! For one more week, literature and graphic novel enthusiasts can pay what they want for up to nine thirteen exceptional eBooks in Humble eBook Bundle 4, all while supporting charity. All titles...

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Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrates Graphic Novels

June 4, 2014
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Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrates Graphic Novels

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year’s celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

June 3, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Following this week’s news of yet another challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF has once again joined with the other coalition members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to defend the book. Ahead of tonight’s school board...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 3: Vivek Tiwary Talks The Fifth Beatle

June 3, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 3: Vivek Tiwary Talks The Fifth Beatle

This week, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox engages in a lively discussion with writer and producer Vivek Tiwary, as he walks us through the creation of The Fifth Beatle and discusses how the life and times of Brian Epstein resonate with free expression struggles today....

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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

June 3, 2014
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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

We have nearly lost count of how many times Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged in schools across the United States, but it’s happening again in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Frankie Wood, a 73-year-old great-grandmother...

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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

May 30, 2014
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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

We talk a lot here about how comics and graphic novels can be incorporated into the K-12 curriculum. But as one college professor was pleased to discover this past semester, the post-secondary level is definitely not too late to win converts and get...

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British Education Secretary in Hot Water Over Alleged Ban of American Classics

May 30, 2014
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British Education Secretary in Hot Water Over Alleged Ban of American Classics

Educators in the United Kingdom and some authors — including Phillip Pullman and Nobel winner Toni Morrison — are upset over allegations that British Education Secretary Michael Gove is removing American classics and other non-British books from GCSE English syllabi. The GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education, is an exam taken by secondary students...

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