OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

June 2, 2016
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Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

The school board in Henning, Minnesota voted 4-2 last night to allow Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer back on library shelves at the district’s single K-12 school–with a few conditions. The book must...

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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

June 2, 2016
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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

Hong Kong cartoonist Ar To is looking for a new publisher for his collection of political cartoons after his current publisher requested him to make changes to some of his more politically sensitive pieces. Ar To is well-known for his cartoons depicting anthropomorphized animals often criticizing the Hong Kong government. From President Xi Jinping to relations...

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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

June 2, 2016
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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

One of South Africa’s most well-known political cartoonists has become embroiled in controversy since the publication of a cartoon with what he said were unintended racist overtones. The cartoon by Zapiro, AKA Jonathan Shapiro, depicts the country’s top...

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Herblock Prize Recipient on Political Cartoons and Free Speech

June 1, 2016
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Political cartoonist, self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” and recipient of the 2016 Herblock Prize, Mark Fiore recently sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the award as well as how he is using his craft to push the boundaries of freedom of expression. Fiore is best known for his unique animated political cartoons....

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

June 1, 2016
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

In this episode, we speak with author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Fight Club 2, Choke), who has just completed adapting Fight Club 2 as a graphic novel with artist Cameron Stewart. Topics: Kolchak the Night Stalker, EC Comics, radiation poisoning, and more! In support of our ongoing education...

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Grand Rapids Public Library Celebrates Local Cartoonist Celebrity Gert Van Houten

May 31, 2016
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Grand Rapids Public Library in Michigan celebrates working women this coming month with a series of discussions about notable female figures — including the maverick cartoonist Gertrude “Gert” Van Houten — who helped shape the political and editorial scene of the metropolitan area at the turn-of-the-century. From the women of Berkey & Gay, who helped…

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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

May 30, 2016
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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! With summer unofficially underway, here are some challenged and banned comics to read at the beach or on those lazy backyard hammock days. 1. Bone by Jeff Smith • Synopsis: Three creatures known as...

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

May 27, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

Pasco County, Florida superintendent of schools Kurt Browning has decided not to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower district-wide, following a review committee’s vote earlier this week...

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New Podcast Tackles Free Speech

May 26, 2016
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has launched a new bi-weekly podcast So to Speak dedicated to tackling and talking candidly about the subject of free speech. Since its founding in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

May 25, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Teaching the Holocaust with Comics

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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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide...

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Babymouse Creators Talk About the Power of Comics for Young Readers

May 24, 2016
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Award-winning creators and free speech advocates Jennifer and Matthew Holm are very familiar with the positive and lasting impact that graphic novels can have on young children learning to read. In a recent interview with the School Library Journal the sibling team talk about not only what inspired them to create books like ...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

May 24, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the school district in Henning, Minnesota, to restore Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer to library...

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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

May 23, 2016
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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

Look behind the scenes of the runaway hits Lumberjanes and Nimona with an in-depth interview with Noelle Stevenson! CBLDF talks to Noelle and more in the latest issue of CBLDF Defender, out June 15, 2016. Retailers, FOC is today (APR161497), so now’s the time to stock up on this issue! Cartoonists are behind bars for making comics — CBLDF...

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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

May 23, 2016
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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

Anti-violence advocacy groups may have pressured the comic book adventures of everyone’s favorite worst nightmare Freddy Krueger out of publication in the early 1990s, but the unveiling of a relic from the recent past by Joe Jusko offers us a unique glance at a time when no form of media was safe from public...

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