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 ...

True Tales of Censorship: Craig Fisher and His Stay in The House of Spirits

February 27, 2014
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True Tales of Censorship: Craig Fisher and His Stay in The House of Spirits

Craig Fisher is an Associate Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he teaches film studies as well as comics classes. Although Fisher teaches some infamously challenged books in his courses, he had never experienced censorship first hand until last October,...

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Fate of The House of the Spirits to Be Decided This Week

February 26, 2014
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Fate of The House of the Spirits to Be Decided This Week

After months of contentious and sometimes divisive debate, the fate of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits is set to be decided tomorrow evening. The award-winning novel was challenged in Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, and this is the third (and hopefully final)...

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Sacrebleu! French Politician Attacks Picture Book

February 26, 2014
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Sacrebleu! French Politician Attacks Picture Book

A few weeks ago, France found itself in the midst of a rare controversy over a children’s picture book after a prominent politician said on television that it made his blood run cold. The work in question? Tous à poil, a celebration of...

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History Repeats Itself: How Korean Manwha Met the Same Fate as American Comics

February 25, 2014
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History Repeats Itself: How Korean Manwha Met the Same Fate as American Comics

For a time in the 1980s and ‘90s, South Korean manwha enjoyed the same success as their Japanese manga neighbors. Sadly, though, while manga continued to grow and make inroads internationally, print manwha were decimated at home amidst a panic strongly reminiscent of the 1950s backlash against comics in the U.S. In...

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Hot New Premiums in the CBLDF Reward Zone!

February 25, 2014
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Hot New Premiums in the CBLDF Reward Zone!

It’s been a few weeks since we have spotlighted some of the premium items in our online donation center, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy finding new thank you gifts  for people who donate. We have more premiums available than ever before, and here are just a few of the latest, many of...

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CBLDF Hosts 3rd Annual ComicsPRO Live Auction This Friday!

February 24, 2014
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to once again participate in the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting is one of the most important weekends of the year for the comics industry, playing host to publishers, distributors, retailers, and more. For those in...

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South Carolina Legislator Tries to Punish College for Fun Home Selection

February 21, 2014
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South Carolina Legislator Tries to Punish College for Fun Home Selection

Last summer, a conservative group in South Carolina got the vapors when Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was chosen as an optional summer reading book at the College of Charleston. The Palmetto Family Council proclaimed Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir “shocking” and compared it...

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Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

February 21, 2014
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Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

With publications like Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! and CBLDF Presents: Manga and our ongoing “Using Graphic Novels in Education” column, the Fund advocates for the use of comics to encourage literacy and...

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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

February 20, 2014
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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

Alarmist watchdog group the Parents Television Council has turned its focus toward Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim after an announcement that as of March 31, the programming block would begin an hour earlier. The PTC is a “non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment,” which means that...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nat Turner

February 19, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nat Turner

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 censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

February 18, 2014
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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

Since its first American publication on February 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the subject of praise and controversy. Following the adventures of Tom Sawyer’s lively comrade Huck Finn, the novel is among the first to be written in vernacular English...

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ReedPOP Protects the Freedom of Fandom as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

February 18, 2014
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ReedPOP Protects the Freedom of Fandom as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is pleased to announce that ReedPOP, the people who bring you pop culture’s greatest fan conventions including, New York Comic Con (NYCC), C2E2, PAX, and Star Wars Celebration, among others, is joining CBLDF as a Corporate Member!...

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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

February 17, 2014
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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

Last time we checked in with the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, some incredibly sharp students had organized a petition in protest of a new policy requiring teachers to flag any books in their classrooms with content that could be considered “mature,...

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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

February 14, 2014
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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

Like comic books in the past, video games have become the nation’s new whipping boy when it comes to finding something to blame for the horrific gun violence that seems to be popping up every few months. Despite loads of existing evidence showing that there is not a link between video games and violence,...

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Youth Fight Video Game Censorship in NCAC Film Contest

February 14, 2014
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Youth Fight Video Game Censorship in NCAC Film Contest

Each year, the National Coalition Against Censorship sponsors the Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. This week, NCAC released the videos for the 10 semifinalists, which run a gamut of film styles but all make powerful statements against censorship of protected speech. One of our favorite...

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