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 ...

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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Spiegelman New Statesman Cover Pulled Amid Dispute Over Mohammed Comic

June 2, 2015
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Spiegelman New Statesman Cover Pulled Amid Dispute Over Mohammed Comic

The most recent issue of the UK’s New Statesman magazine, on the theme of “Saying the Unsayable,” was originally slated to feature a cover by Art Spiegelman. But the legendary creator of Maus pulled the cover “at the very last minute” by his...

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Censorship by Financial Sabotage: Cartoonist Sonny Liew Loses Singapore Arts Grant

June 1, 2015
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Due to unease over the book’s controversial content, the National Arts Council in Singapore has withdrawn its grant to aid in the publication on Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. The book, which was released in Malaysia this past month and is slated for release in the United States and other...

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Iran Combats ISIS With Cartoon Contest

May 29, 2015
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“Taking the war to the next level.” This is what Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian-America Journalist, posted on her twitter with regard to the anti-ISIS cartoon contest that Iran has launched. Organized by Iran’s House of Cartoon, the Daesh Cartoon & Caricature Contest has collected more than 800 cartoons from around the world, each attacking the...

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Cartoonists Tell Azerbaijan to #FreeKhadija

May 29, 2015
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Cartoonists Tell Azerbaijan to #FreeKhadija

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been a thorn in the side of Azerbaijan’s government for years. Her reporting has exposed high-level corruption and nepotism in President Ilham Aliyev’s administration, so it’s sadly unsurprising that she was arrested on spurious charges last December and is still being held without trial. Now cartoonists around the world...

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New Law Would Censor the Internet in South Africa

May 28, 2015
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New Law Would Censor the Internet in South Africa

Right now, South Africa’s government is considering a new and highly controversial digital content law that, if passed unaltered, would essentially authorize widespread censorship of the internet. The Online Regulation Policy drafted by the Film and Publication Board of South Africa calls for stricter regulation...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

May 28, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates to protest an Idaho school district review committee’s recommendation that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men be restricted in the 9th grade curriculum. Some parents and review committee...

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OUT TODAY: CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots!

May 27, 2015
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OUT TODAY: CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots!

It’s new comic book day, and while you’re visiting your local comic book shop, don’t miss CBLDF Presents:...

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Iranians Embrace Ebooks to Combat Censorship

May 27, 2015
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Tehran Book Fair

In Iran, ordinary words like “kiss,” “dance,” and “wine” can be cause for a printed book to be vetted and censored. Laws that would prohibit the publication of words such as these as well as legally empower the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance to make arbitrary editorial decisions regardless of context have made Iran...

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Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

May 26, 2015
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Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

As Florida governor Rick Scott’s office last year searched for a justification to bar a Satanic holiday display from the capitol building in Tallahassee for the second year in a row, state lawyers proposed blanket restrictions on expression in public buildings, the Tampa Tribune reported...

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Comic Artist Tackles Censorship in Singapore

May 26, 2015
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Comic artist Sonny Liew has done work for the biggest publishers in the industry, but now he is tackling a very important, highly personal, and potentially controversial project — a graphic novel depicting some of Singapore’s most controversial events. From Marvel’s Spider-Man to Flight from Image Comics to his collaboration with Gene Luen Yang on…

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Comics Make Great Summer Reads for Kids and Teens!

May 25, 2015
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Comics Make Great Summer Reads for Kids and Teens!

As the school year winds down, kids across the country are looking forward to lazy days ahead. Summer is an ideal time to introduce young readers to some new comics, which develop both verbal and visual literacy but are also just plain fun to...

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed to July

May 22, 2015
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Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to face nine sedition counts this week, but at the last minute a court postponed the start of his trial to July 7 due to a separate pending legal challenge to the country’s entire Sedition Act. In a statement on Facebook, Zunar said the trial could be delayed...

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New York Venue Censors Neil LaBute’s Anti-Censorship Monologue

May 22, 2015
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Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Portrait Studio - Day 6

The New York theater scene is known for putting on some of the most controversial plays, but not when it comes to the monologue Mohammed Gets a Boner. The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Greenwich Village made a recent decision to cancel Playwrights for a Cause, a benefit supporting the National Coalition Against...

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