SDCC 2016: All Things CBLDF!

Comic-Con kicks of Wednesday with Preview Night, and CBLDF is ready to rumble! Kick Comic-Con off is style at our Comic-Con Welcome Party, bid on original artwork at the Comic-Con Art Auction, catch a CBLDF panel every day of con, and take home awesome convention exclusives! You’ll find us a ...

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 ...

Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

June 10, 2015
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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

A parents’ group in Collier County, Florida is taking aim at four books in school libraries that they describe as “highly inappropriate [and] essentially pornographic.” Members of the organization known as Parents ROCK want Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Beloved, Cristina Garcia’s...

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Comix Legend Bill Griffith on Breaking Taboos in the Industry

June 10, 2015
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“Are we having fun yet?” In the late 1960s, the Underground Comix Movement emerged, and alongside it, the likes of R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Art Spiegelman, and more, including Bill Griffith — creator of Zippy the Pinhead and practicing advocate for freedom of expression. From the zines of San Francisco to the illustrious pages of…

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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

June 9, 2015
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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

The Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home won five Tony Awards including Best Musical on Sunday night, continuing a string of successes that contradict the opposition the book has met in some quarters such as the South Carolina legislature. Last year, some South Carolina lawmakers proposed punitive budget cuts against the...

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Financial Setback Doesn’t Stop Sonny Liew Graphic Novel from Selling Out

June 9, 2015
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Financial Setback Doesn’t Stop Sonny Liew Graphic Novel from Selling Out

“The retelling of Singapore’s history in the work potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the government and its public institutions, and thus breaches our funding guidelines.” This guideline was what led the National Arts Council (NAC) of Singapore to withdraw a grant issued...

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RETAILERS: Stock up on Punks: The Comic Book – CBLDF Special, FOCs TODAY!

June 8, 2015
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RETAILERS: Stock up on Punks: The Comic Book – CBLDF Special, FOCs TODAY!

On July 1, every rule of the Comics Code will be broken in the 32 pages of Punks: The Comic Book — CBLDF Special! Retailers act now to place your orders because it final order cut-off is today (Diamond order code: FEB150507)! Joshua Hale Fialkov and Kody...

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“I Am A Champion for My Kids”: Teacher Battles Burdensome Notification Policy

June 8, 2015
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“I Am A Champion for My Kids”: Teacher Battles Burdensome Notification Policy

The North Carolina third-grade teacher who came under fire from some parents for reading the picture book King & King to his class is continuing to forcefully protest the suggestion that he should provide advance notice before sharing age-appropriate LGBTQ-themed materials with his students. In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer...

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Get Ready for Comic-Con with Raina Telgemeier at the San Diego Central Library!

June 5, 2015
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Get Ready for Comic-Con with Raina Telgemeier at the San Diego Central Library!

Raina Telgemeier, the best-selling author of Smile, Sisters, and Drama is coming to the San Diego Central Library, in downtown San Diego, on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00 PM for “An Evening With Raina,” a free event to help you get ready for Comic-Con International!  Raina’s all-ages graphic novels...

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Statewide Reading Program Prompts Discussion of LGBTQ Censorship

June 5, 2015
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Schools around the state of Vermont are celebrating the freedom to read by participating in a statewide reading program that this year picked Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a book that serves as an allegory for censorship. Some schools have taken it a step further, using the program as a starting point...

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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

June 5, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming, also known as Rebel Pepper, is stranded in Japan on a temporary visa and turning to online supporters for financial help after his social media and retail sites were shut down, likely on orders from the Chinese government....

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Join CBLDF at Hometown Show Special Edition NYC!

June 4, 2015
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This weekend, join the CBLDF at our hometown show Special Edition NYC!Visit booth #1027 for signed and sketched premiums, donated by both New York City native creators and comic artists around the globe. Stop by and we can tell you how your donation will help defend free speech while earning you exclusive premiums, only...

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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

June 4, 2015
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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

Despite a school-level review committee’s recent decision that The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is appropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, the Buncombe County, North Carolina, parent and former school board member who wants it out of the classroom is ...

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Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Facebook Threats Case

June 3, 2015
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Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Facebook Threats Case

The Supreme Court this week reversed the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who made obliquely threatening statements toward his estranged wife and others on Facebook, saying that courts must take into account the defendant’s state of mind at the time of writing and whether he...

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VICTORY: Censors Fail in Of Mice and Men Challenge

June 3, 2015
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In a 4-1 vote, the Coeur d’Alene School Board rejected a review committee’s recommendation to restrict John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men. Early last week, an ad hoc review committee comprised of both parents and community members came together to protest the inclusion of the 1937 novel in 9th grade classrooms, citing the...

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Neil Gaiman Responds to One Million Moms’ Lucifer Shenanigans

June 3, 2015
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The American Family Association’s One Million Moms is raising hoopla yet again, this time protesting the release of Fox’s upcoming series Lucifer. The show, which is based on the character Neil Gaiman introduced in his critically acclaimed comic Sandman, follows the bored Lord of Hell as he leaves the underworld and discovers a new hobby...

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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

June 2, 2015
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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, who was charged with “insulting members of parliament through paintings” for a caricature she drew lampooning debate on a bill that would outlaw some forms of contraception, has reportedly been sentenced to 12 years and nine months...

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