Now Available: CBLDF Defender #8!

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

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 ...

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!

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 ...

Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

October 29, 2015
By
Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

A searing new 143-page report from Human Rights Watch is shining a spotlight on the Malaysian government’s selective use of vague laws to suppress speech it doesn’t like — notably from cartoonist Zunar, who next week ...

Read more »

New Information Implicates Sri Lankan Government in Cartoonist’s Abduction

October 29, 2015
By
Prageeth Eknaligoda

On January 10, 2010, Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared from his place of work under mysterious circumstances. His family and many others believe that he was abducted by the government in retaliation for voicing his dissent with the then administration’s human rights violations. Although the five-year disappearance of Eknaligoda has been shrouded in a…

Read more »

Humble Bundle and Dynamite Launch Army of Darkness Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF

October 28, 2015
By
Humble Bundle and Dynamite Launch Army of Darkness Comics Bundle for Charity, Including CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment has unleashed the Army of Darkness comics into one giant-size Humble Bundle featuring more issues than you can shake a boomstick at. Based on the 1992 cult classic movie from visionary director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) starring Bruce Campbell as “Ash,” this collection of comics...

Read more »

Udderly Gigantic: Top Cow Adds Even More Titles To Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

October 28, 2015
By
Udderly Gigantic: Top Cow Adds Even More Titles To Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

Humble Comics Bundle: Udderly Gigantic Top Cow Collection launched last week with over $600 of Top Cow comics available at a pay-­what­-you­-want price. This week, the bundle is even more gigantic with the addition of eight more amazing titles! In celebration of the Top Cow Talent Hunt...

Read more »

CBLDF Signs on to Protest Illinois Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

October 28, 2015
By
CBLDF Signs on to Protest Illinois Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

CBLDF today joined with other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter of protest to the principal of Mattoon High School in Mattoon, IL, who ignored school district...

Read more »

Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

October 27, 2015
By
Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

Fans of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are setting up collection points for donated LEGO bricks around the world after the Danish company refused to fulfill a bulk order for his upcoming show in Australia. In response to inquiries, a LEGO group spokesperson said...

Read more »

Reasons Why Every Child Should Read Comics

October 26, 2015
By
cbldf_web_kelly_2

Both parents and teachers know that it can sometimes be a challenge to find ways to inspire their children and students to read. “Each year, I have had a number of students who claim to hate reading,” writes teacher Creed Anthony in a recent article on Brilliant or Insane. In response to such a statement,...

Read more »

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales

October 26, 2015
By
Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales

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...

Read more »

Exclusive Signed and Sketched Premiums from NYCC Now in the CBLDF Rewards Zone!

October 23, 2015
By
Exclusive Signed and Sketched Premiums from NYCC Now in the CBLDF Rewards Zone!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund travels internationally to spread awareness of censorship and inform people how they can too can defend First Amendment rights. This month, CBLDF was able to attend our own local show, New York City Comic Con, where creators from around the globe came to visit our home base in NYC. Many…

Read more »

Why Are Young Adult Books Banned Airs This Weekend on Book TV!

October 23, 2015
By
Why Are Young Adult Books Banned Airs This Weekend on Book TV!

Why are Young Adult books banned? That’s the question on the minds of Young Adult authors David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing; Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas...

Read more »

Adding The Color of Earth to Your Library or Classroom Collection

October 23, 2015
By
colorofearth

The Color of Earth trilogy (First Second) by popular Korean manwha creator Kim Dong Hwa is hugely popular in his home country and has been positively received in many schools and libraries in the United States, but it has faced some opposition since its translation into English. In 2011, The Color of Earth held the...

Read more »

Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

October 23, 2015
By
Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

In the final weeks before his trial on nine counts of sedition is set to begin in Malaysia, cartoonist Zunar will embark on a whirlwind European tour with several speaking engagements from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Although the events center on London,...

Read more »

Why Censorship Fails Every Time

October 22, 2015
By
(c) Wayne Times

It is a known fact that banning books doesn’t actually protect children, and censorship really does nothing more than highlight the fears of the adults who would have books pulled from schools and libraries. In a recent From the Square post on the NYUPress blog, columnist Philip Nel dissects these ideas to illustrate why...

Read more »

Tokyo Prison Under Fire for Banning Gay Manga

October 22, 2015
By
Tokyo Prison

The Tokyo Bar Association issued a sexual orientation discrimination warning to the Tokyo Detention House earlier this week when it was found out that they had been explicitly refusing an inmate access to manga which depicts homosexual sex acts — a refusal that is not upheld when inmates request materials portraying heterosexual sex acts. Asahi...

Read more »

Daryl Cagle to Speak on First Amendment and Cartooning TOMORROW in Murfreesboro, TN

October 21, 2015
By
Daryl Cagle to Speak on First Amendment and Cartooning TOMORROW in Murfreesboro, TN

Heads up for any readers in central Tennessee: tomorrow afternoon in Murfreesboro, editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle will present a free public lecture titled “First Amendment and Beyond: An Editorial Cartoonist’s Life.” Cagle’s talk–accompanied, he says, by “lots...

Read more »