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. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

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...

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...

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!...

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 ...

Stokoe, Roy, and Graham Deliver the Goods!

August 1, 2013
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Stokoe, Roy, and Graham Deliver the Goods!

From the Great White North, hidden deep within the mysterious world of our northern neighbor Canada, three outstanding artists recently took time to sketch some bookplates for CBLDF, and the results were spectacular. Brandon Graham and Simon Roy’s work on Prophet has been...

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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

August 1, 2013
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Singapore’s State Prosecutor Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist

Sedition charges against Singapore cartoonist Leslie Chew, have been dropped. Back in May, we reported that Chew had been arrested for alleged racial insensitivity and sedition as a result of a complaint about one of his Facebook comic strips called Demon-cratic Singapore. Chun Han Wong writes for The Wall Street Journal‘s Southeast Asia blog,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese

July 31, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such...

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Jennifer L. Holm and Meryl Jaffe on RAISING A READER

July 30, 2013
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Jennifer L. Holm and Meryl Jaffe on RAISING A READER

During SDCC, CBLDF Board Member Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse) and Raising a Reader writer Meryl Jaffe sat down with GeekRoom’s Tom Misuraca to talk about CBLDF’s new resource and how comics can be used to inspire kids to read. Jaffe’s enthusiasm for graphic novels as teaching...

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South Carolina Group Challenges Fun Home as Pornographic

July 29, 2013
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South Carolina Group Challenges Fun Home as Pornographic

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home has been challenged once again, this time for it’s inclusion on a freshman recommended reading list at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina. The conservative religious group opposed to the book has labeled it “pornographic.” CofC participates in an annual...

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SDCC 2013: THANK YOU!

July 26, 2013
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SDCC 2013: THANK YOU!

CBLDF has another Comic-Con International under our belts, and what a show it was! We had a great showing at the biggest comic book convention of them all, and there are a lot of people to thank for their support: The sponsors of the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome...

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Artists Take On Banned Books for CBLDF

July 26, 2013
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Artists Take On Banned Books for CBLDF

“Draw your favorite character from a banned book” were the marching orders for artists at this year’s CBLDF Banned Comics Jam. A Comic-Con tradition, at each year’s Banned Comics Jam creators reveal their creative processes and share their stories about censorship. It’s an opportunity to get an intimate look at how these artists make the...

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Japanese Editor Arrested for Distributing Obscene Images

July 26, 2013
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Three people, including Akira Ōta, who heads the editorial department at Core Magazine, have been arrested in Japan amid accusations of obscenity. Those arrested are being accused of selling magazines and manga that had sexual content which was insufficiently censored, a violation of Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, which forbids obscene content. Ōta denies...

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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

July 25, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

It may come as a surprise, but the freedom of speech laid out by the First Amendment doesn’t actually include all forms of speech. Roth v. United States is a landmark case that held that obscene speech was a category that did not fall under the umbrella of First Amendment protection. This case also clumsily...

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Now Available in the Rewards Zone: SDCC 2013 Premiums!

July 25, 2013
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Now Available in the Rewards Zone: SDCC 2013 Premiums!

The CBLDF Team just got back from a hugely successful (and deliriously fun) trip to San Diego for Comic-Con International, but we’re not going to let a little jet-lag stop us from making the premiums we debuted at SDCC 2013 available for your generous donations! If you visit the CBLDF Rewards Zone, you’ll now...

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Adult Anxieties Over Young Adult Fiction Endure

July 24, 2013
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Adult Anxieties Over Young Adult Fiction Endure

Every once in a while, some blogger or columnist garners a lot of pageviews by rekindling the simmering debate as to whether Young Adult fiction has become “too dark.” Two years ago, for example, this hand-wringing column from the Wall Street Journal inspired...

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Challenged Again

July 23, 2013
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Challenged Again

If you’re experiencing déjà vu right now, don’t worry because we are too! Just over a month after The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was restored to classrooms in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the popular teen novel’s inclusion on a school...

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SDCC 2013: Sunday Events with CBLDF

July 21, 2013
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Panels CBLDF’s Banned Comics Jam! Sunday, July 21 • 12:15pm – 1:45pm • Room 5AB Celebrate Banned Comics with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and special guests who will create live art, paying homage to the cartoonists, authors...

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SDCC 2013: Saturday Events with CBLDF

July 20, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Saturday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF Presents: Defending Manga Saturday, July 20 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE For those in the know, manga is a powerful form of storytelling that has its roots in Japan but reaches out to speak to the inner life of...

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A Third of Americans Believe First Amendment Goes Too Far

July 19, 2013
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The Newseum Institute released the results of their annual survey about the First Amendment this week, revealing a disturbing statistic: 34% of the people surveyed believe the First Amendment goes too far. Sponsored by the First Amendment Center, the Newseum Institute has conducted the survey annually since 1997 to gauge public perception of the First...

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