Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the latest 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 e ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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 ...

NCAC Investigates the Prevalence and Impact of Trigger Warnings

December 14, 2015
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Trigger warnings have become one of the hottest topics in the media today, with most coverage painting a bleak picture of epidemic political correctness propagated by coddled millennials. Articles and blog posts declare that trigger warnings are devolving academia from a safe space for the discussion of difficult and challenging topics to one of sterile...

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Wasilla Library Challenge Highlights Importance of Age-Appropriate Shelving

December 11, 2015
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Wasilla Library Challenge Highlights Importance of Age-Appropriate Shelving

Back in September, a 10-year-old boy in Wasilla, Alaska pulled a young adult book called This Book is Gay off a shelf in the juvenile nonfiction section of the local public library. His mother, believing the book...

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VICTORY: Panel Votes To Keep The Muppets in Marshfield, WI

December 11, 2015
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Things are looking good for the Muppets in Marshfield, WI! On Wednesday, an eight member panel convened and unanimously voted to keep the United Nations picture book For Every Child a Better World, featuring Kermit the Frog, in Marshfield district elementary schools. Despite parent and school board member Mary Carney’s claims that the illustrations of...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nimona

December 11, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nimona

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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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending I Am Jazz

December 10, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending I Am Jazz

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship on a letter to the board of education in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, reminding administrators that a conservative group’s threat to sue the school over a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz “is based on a...

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VICTORY in Idaho: The Namesake Approved for Classrooms

December 10, 2015
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VICTORY in Idaho: The Namesake Approved for Classrooms

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has voted 5-0 to adopt a proposed curriculum that includes Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. High school teacher Kirsten Pomerantz had requested approval to use Lahiri’s award-winning novel about the immigration...

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Singapore Writers Say No to Governmental Funding of the Arts

December 10, 2015
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Singaporean author Jee Leong Koh and poet Alvin Pang refused to accept funding from the government-linked National Arts Council (NAC) after NAC CEO Kathy Lai and Chairman Professor Chan Heng Chee made comments the writers claim justify and defend governmental censorship. In an editorial piece entitled “The Tough Balancing Act of Arts Funding,” published in...

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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

December 9, 2015
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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

A parent and school board member in Marshfield, WI wants a United Nations-published picture book featuring Kermit the Frog removed from the district’s new kindergarten curriculum, claiming that the book about global poverty and conflict contains too...

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CBLDF Thanks Members With Vintage Gaiman, Moore, & Gibbons Podcast — Join Now!

December 8, 2015
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CBLDF members make our work possible! From now until the end of the year, we’re thanking all of our members for helping us do this work with a CBLDF-exclusive podcast featuring a vintage 1980s interview among Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Dave Gibbons as they discuss Watchmen, free expression, creativity, and the power of comics!...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Namesake in ID School District

December 7, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Namesake in ID School District

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and other freedom to read advocates to defend Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho school district. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these...

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LAST DAY for Personalized Graphic Novels from CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

December 7, 2015
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LAST DAY for Personalized Graphic Novels from CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

CBLDF has the best holiday gifts for the fan in your life in our Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser, but now’s the time to act — the campaign ends TODAY at midnight PST! You can get outstanding graphic novels personalized to the fan of your choice...

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Indian Newspaper Under Legal Fire For Publishing ISIS Cartoon

December 7, 2015
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A controversial cartoon printed in the Sunday edition of Indian newspaper Marathi Daily has put the owner, editor, and cartoonist in hot water with the Islamic community. Called “blasphemous” and religiously insensitive, the cartoon accompanied an article entitled “ISIS Money” and depicted the image of a piggybank with Urdu — the national language of Pakistan...

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Frank Miller, Phoebe Gloeckner, Goon, & The Fifth Beatle Join CBLDF Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

December 4, 2015
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Frank Miller, Phoebe Gloeckner, Goon, & The Fifth Beatle Join CBLDF Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

Frank Miller, Phoebe Gloeckner, Eric Powell, Vivek Tiwary, and Andrew Robinson have added their support to CBLDF’s SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Fundraiser! Plus, we have new items from Neil Gaiman and Alison Bechdel! Get the best gifts for the comics fans on your list with SIGNED items benefiting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Our supporters have offered a huge...

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VICTORY: Review Committee Votes to Keep Book in MN School District

December 4, 2015
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VICTORY: Review Committee Votes to Keep Book in MN School District

In a victory for the freedom to read, a review committee in Rosemount, Minnesota, has voted 7-4 to keep Gayle Forman’s Just One Day in district libraries. Ben and Kandi Lovin, parents of a sixth grader in Rosemount, Minnesota, demanded the removal of Just One Day, citing “a graphic...

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New Project Aims to Map Social Media Censorship

December 4, 2015
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New Project Aims to Map Social Media Censorship

Since our cultural communications have moved increasingly online, often to spaces controlled by large corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, free-speech advocates have watched in dismay as those entities have inconsistently enforced content policies. Unlike U.S. government entities such as public...

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