SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

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 ...

Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

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 ...

Print Magazine’s February Issue Focuses on Comics Censorship

January 31, 2014
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Print Magazine’s February Issue Focuses on Comics Censorship

The February 2014 issue of Print Magazine – the Sex & Design issue — is a natural fit for a discussion on comics censorship because sexual is content is the dominant reason comics are challenged and banned. In the issue, journalist Michael Dooley takes a look...

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Religious Satire Cartoon Sparks Death Threats

January 31, 2014
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Religious Satire Cartoon Sparks Death Threats

Earlier this month, Maajid Nawaz, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Killburn in the UK, tweeted a Jesus and Mo comic strip, sparking a petition to deselect him from the running. Nawaz has also received death threats and graphic tweets in response to the cartoon, which some consider to violate Islamic...

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Palestinian Cartoonist Threatened After Criticizing Militant Group

January 30, 2014
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Palestinian Cartoonist Threatened After Criticizing Militant Group

A Palestinian cartoonist who shared a drawing critical of militant group Al-Quds Brigades on her Facebook page has apologized and deleted the post after receiving death threats and harassment from supporters of the organization. Last week, in response to recent rocket attacks on Israel that are thought to have been launched by...

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Students Protest Draconian Classroom Library Policy in Pennsylvania

January 30, 2014
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Students Protest Draconian Classroom Library Policy in Pennsylvania

Recently, CBLDF joined a Kids’ Right to Read Project-led coalition protesting a proposed policy in the Muhlenberg School District in Pennsylvania that would require teachers to read every book in their classrooms and label or remove mature, sexual, violent or religiously offensive content. Apparently we...

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Graphic Novels, Challenged Books Score Big in ALA Awards

January 28, 2014
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Graphic Novels, Challenged Books Score Big in ALA Awards

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards for 2014 were presented at the organization’s Midwinter Conference yesterday, and we were pleased to see challenged books and graphic novels figuring prominently among them! The complete roundup of winners and runners-up (Honor Books) is ...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: SideScrollers

January 24, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: SideScrollers

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...

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British Library Exhibition Will Feature Comics and “Naughtiness”

January 24, 2014
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British Library Exhibition Will Feature Comics and “Naughtiness”

Exciting news! This summer, the British Library in London will be holding the largest exhibition of landmark and historical comics ever presented in the UK. The show, called Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, will run from May 2 through...

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Support CBLDF At Wizard World Portland!

January 23, 2014
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Support CBLDF At Wizard World Portland!

This weekend CBLDF kicks off the 2014 convention year at Wizard World Portland, where we’ll be premiering the Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant, and giving a presentation on the birth of the Comics Code!  CBLDF will be set up at booth 646...

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When Creative Expression Has Consequences, Is Censorship Far Behind?

January 23, 2014
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When Creative Expression Has Consequences, Is Censorship Far Behind?

The climate of the video gaming industry has long been riddled with controversy on the content of various titles: Are they too violent? Are they capitalizing on war as a form of entertainment? Are they objectifying women? While these may be important questions consumers should ask themselves when choosing a videogame, it seems that some...

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Anti-Video Game Propaganda Removed by South Australian Government

January 22, 2014
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Anti-Video Game Propaganda Removed by South Australian Government

The video game industry scored one for free speech recently when it convinced the South Australian government to remove misleading anti-video game billboards. Despite research to the contrary, these billboards attempted to claim that video games are are a gateway to gambling. These billboards...

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CBLDF & Image Comics Kick Off 2014 Convention Year With Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant!

January 21, 2014
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CBLDF & Image Comics Kick Off 2014 Convention Year With Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to team up with Image Comics to launch our 2014 convention program with the release of the CBLDF Exclusive Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant, featuring a stunning variant cover by Nic Klein premiering this weekend at...

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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

January 21, 2014
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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

Some troubling media regulations that were passed in Ecuador last year are apparently being employed against political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who may face trial over a panel that ran in the newspaper El Universo and offended President Rafael Correa. Bonilla told Agence France-Presse that he does not yet know the exact...

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Remembering MLK: The Silence of Our Friends

January 20, 2014
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Remembering MLK: The Silence of Our Friends

Martin Luther King, Jr., used his right to free speech to fight one of the most important battles in American history, often — and ultimately — at great personal risk. In an era when many thought African Americans should not be afforded the same rights as white Americans, King raised his voice and encouraged others...

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Libyan Cartoonist Faces Sinister Form of Censorship

January 17, 2014
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Libyan Cartoonist Faces Sinister Form of Censorship

The work of Libyan cartoonist Nabil Fannoush is generally well-received in his home country. However, he still faces enough hostility from fundamentalist elements in his country that his editors have advised him to stay in Canada, where he currently resides. Tjeerd Royaards recently interviewed Fannoush for Cartoon Movement. Fannoush cites the hostile environment...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

January 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

This week, CBLDF joined the other sponsoring members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to support students’ and teachers’ free expression rights in two separate but similar cases that would restrict the right to read. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom...

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