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...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

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 ...

BOOM! Studios Partners with Humble Bundle to Benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the launch today of the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Carol Tilley on Her Wertham Research

March 8, 2013
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Carol Tilley on Her Wertham Research

A couple of weeks ago, researcher Carol Tilley proved to the world what many already suspected: anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham lacked supporting scientific evidence for his conclusions and even fabricated some of his data. This week, Tilley wrote an eloquent article that reveals how she came to research Wertham and her own reservations about...

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Limited Edition ComicsPRO Comics Up for Bid!

March 7, 2013
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is fresh off our trip to Comics PRO (where we raised $20,000 in our live auction!), and we’re now auctioning some spectacular limited edition ComicsPRO comic books to our supporters! These variant edition comic books — including hit titles like Nowhere Men, Nova, The Sixth Gun, The Black Beetle,...

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Federal Judge Rules That Missouri Library Cannot Block Pagan Websites

March 7, 2013
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Early last year, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit charging the Salem Public Library with unconstitutional censorship for blocking internet access to information about minority religions in a case that called on the protections afforded to both religion and speech by the First Amendment. This week, a federal judge ruled that the practice...

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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

March 6, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

Before 1952, movies were not provided and protection from censorship under the Constitution. Things changed in 1952 thanks to Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and an amorous interlude between a wanderer named Saint Joseph and a disturbed peasant who believes herself to be the Virgin Mary. In the landmark...

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NJ Library Censors All Video Games

March 6, 2013
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NJ Library Censors All Video Games

Just a month ago, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in signing a letter opposing the banning of certain types of video games in the Paterson Free Public Library in Paterson New Jersey. Instead of banning only first-person shooters, the library has installed stronger computer filters for library patrons under age 12. NCAC...

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Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

March 5, 2013
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Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

Chalk up another win for video games: a former FBI profiler has added her voice to the chorus of researchers, psychiatrists, and other experts who have stated that video games do not cause violent behavior, though they may exacerbate underlying tendencies just as other types...

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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

March 4, 2013
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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

For the second year in a row, there is a bill in the Georgia legislature that proposes to outlaw using Photoshop or other digital imaging software to make someone appear to be nude or engaged in sexual activity. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 39 came to our...

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See CBLDF in Seattle This Weekend!

March 1, 2013
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See CBLDF in Seattle This Weekend!

This coming weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is exited to be exhibiting at one of our favorite shows of the year, EMERALD CITY COMIC CON is Seattle, Washington! Terrific things are happening at the CBLDF booth, #2518, and this is a great opportunity...

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ComicsPRO Auction Raises More Than $20,000 for CBLDF!

March 1, 2013
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ComicsPRO Auction Raises More Than $20,000 for CBLDF!

Thanks to the generosity of retailers, publishers, and creators at the ComicsPRO Annual meeting this past weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is kicking off 2013 with a $20,000 boost! Over the course of the Friday night live auction, comic shop owners and publishers set a fundraising record, topping last year’s total by more…

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The Most Controversial Comics

February 28, 2013
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The Most Controversial Comics

Over at the Huffington Post, Max Allan Collins, the creator behind Road to Perdition, has shared a list of the most controversial comics. With the recent revelation that Fredric Wertham fabricated much of his evidence against comics in his damning tome Seduction of the...

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Bid on Exclusive Items from the CBLDF Archives!

February 27, 2013
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Convention season has begun again, which means we’ve been digging out our supplies and packing our bags with new merchandise and signed exclusives. In the process, we’ve come across some amazing finds in our archives. Now you have the chance to bid on some of our one-of-a-kind items, most of which is signed and sketched...

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CBLDF Showcases Creators at Emerald City Comic Con

February 27, 2013
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CBLDF Showcases Creators at Emerald City Comic Con

This coming weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is exited to be exhibiting at one of our favorite shows of the year, EMERALD CITY COMIC CON is Seattle, Washington! Terrific things are happening at the CBLDF booth, #2518, and this is a great opportunity...

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Cuban Cartoonists: “Of course there is censorship.”

February 26, 2013
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Cuban Cartoonists: “Of course there is censorship.”

As we were traversing the interwebs today, we ran across an enlightening interview on Cartoon Movement, a website dedicated to political cartoons and comics journalism around the world. The interview is with three Cuban cartoonists, who shared their perspectives on censorship and the role cartoonists play in a nation’s political and social evolution. When asked...

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Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels, Free Speech

February 25, 2013
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Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels, Free Speech

Each year, the week of March 6 brings us Will Eisner Week, “an annual celebration promoting graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner,” the father of the graphic novel. Will Eisner Week kicks off this Friday and runs through March...

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Support CBLDF in Portland This Weekend!

February 22, 2013
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Support CBLDF in Portland This Weekend!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to kick off our year of protecting the freedom to read comics by bringing out their best for Wizard World Portland Comic Con! Matt Wagner, the legendary creator of Grendel, Mage, and The Tower Chronicles will...

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