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...

Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle Rewards Fans to Benefit CBLDF!

To celebrate their first decade of comic book publishing, Dynamite Entertainment launches its first ever Humble Bundle promotion which will allow fans to purchase over 120 digital comics books and graphic novels (the largest Humble Bumble comics collection in history) at a cost of each person’ ...

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 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 ...

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...

California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

January 23, 2013
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California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

Remember the 16-year-old from New Jersey who was arrested last month after a teacher reported his notebook doodles of “what appeared to be weapons?” Now the same sort of hypervigilance on the part of school officials has caused another teen in San Francisco to be ...

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KOTAKU Takes a Look at 25 Years of Research on Violent Video Games

January 22, 2013
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KOTAKU Takes a Look at 25 Years of Research on Violent Video Games

After the violence in Newtown — and really, any violent mass shooting these days — it didn’t take long before pundits were blaming violent video games for the violence. As happened with comic books in the 1950s, video games have become a scapegoat for deeper societal problems. Senator Jay Rockefeller proposed a bill mandating that...

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How You Can Report a Library Challenge to ALA

January 21, 2013
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Like CBLDF, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom is a resource that librarians can call upon for help when facing a book challenge. The OIF maintains a confidential database of information about library challenges, which helps them identify the most frequently challenged books. For the most part, they gather this information from...

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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

January 18, 2013
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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

A recent snippet in Comic Book Resources’ column “Comic Book Legends Revealed” brought to our attention a 1903 tale of attempted cartoon censorship and political intrigue in Pennsylvania. We’ve found some more background info in an article by Steven Piott from the...

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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

January 18, 2013
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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

Yesterday, President Obama issued his list of recommendations for Congress and executive actions he plans to take in order to address gun violence in the United States. As anticipated, video games received only a minor mention in the 13-page document, even though Vice President Biden devoted an entire day to meetings with entertainment...

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Jennifer L. Holm Talks CBLDF

January 17, 2013
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Jennifer L. Holm Talks CBLDF

CBLDF was delighted last week to announce that celebrated children’s author Jennifer L. Holm was joining our Board of Directors, and Holm took a moment out of her busy schedule to talk to Graphic Novel Reporter‘s John Hogan about CBLDF and her plans for her tenure as a board member. Holm is a bestselling...

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Frequently Challenged Alexie Novel Stays on District Reading List

January 17, 2013
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Frequently Challenged Alexie Novel Stays on District Reading List

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is no stranger to library and school challenges, and it survived another one this week in the author’s home state of Washington. The West Valley School District Instructional Materials Committee in Yakima, Washington, reviewed...

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Veep’s Violent Media Debate Leading Nowhere

January 16, 2013
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Veep’s Violent Media Debate Leading Nowhere

This week, President Obama is expected to issue a list of recommendations for Congress and executive actions that he may take in an attempt to prevent mass shootings similar to the one that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14. These recommendations will...

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Utah School District Returns Book to Library Shelves

January 16, 2013
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Utah School District Returns Book to Library Shelves

Thanks to a Utah mother and the ACLU of Utah, In Our Mothers’ House, a children’s book featuring a racially diverse family led by lesbian parents, is back in the Davis, Utah, elementary school library without restriction. Earlier this year, the school district removed the...

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Move by Tucson School Board May Mean Overturn of Book Ban

January 15, 2013
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Move by Tucson School Board May Mean Overturn of Book Ban

Last week, the Tucson school board voted to rescind an objection to “culturally relevant coursework” as part of a plan to desegregate district schools. The move means that the district’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program may be reinstated, and with it, books that were forcibly removed from classrooms may be returned. Nearly a year ago,...

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RIP, Gordon Lee

January 14, 2013
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RIP, Gordon Lee

The CBLDF is sad to note the passing of Gordon Lee, owner of the Rome, GA comic book store Legends.  Lee successfully stood up to false charges of distributing harmful to minors materials in a case that CBLDF managed from 2005 through 2007....

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Rockefeller Bill Dead, But Not For Long

January 11, 2013
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Rockefeller Bill Dead, But Not For Long

When the 112th session of Congress ended on January 2, another thing ended with it: Jay Rockefeller’s (D – WV) bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences investigate the effect of violent video games on children. However, like any good zombie, the bill won’t stay dead for long: Rockefeller plans to reintroduce it...

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Jaime Hernandez Launches CBLDF’s 2013 Membership Program!

January 11, 2013
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Legendary cartoonist Jaime Hernandez rings in 2013 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by providing the art for this year's membership program!

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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

January 10, 2013
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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

Last week we told you about a community organization in the town of Southington, Connecticut, that planned to collect and burn violent video games and other entertainment media. But yesterday, after much coverage from blogs and the press, SouthingtonSOS announced that it will not go...

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Celebrated Children’s Book Author Jennifer L. Holm Joins CBLDF Board of Directors

January 10, 2013
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Celebrated Children’s Book Author Jennifer L. Holm Joins CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the addition of bestselling author and three-time Newbery honoree Jennifer L. Holm to its Board of Directors.  Best known in the comics world as the co-author with her brother Matthew Holm of the popular young readers graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish, she joins the...

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