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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Senator Claims Video Games Are “Bigger Problem” Than Guns

January 31, 2013
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Senator Claims Video Games Are “Bigger Problem” Than Guns

The Senate Judiciary Committee began holding hearings regarding gun violence on Wednesday. During a day of heated and frequently preposterous commentary, the most ridiculous statement came from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-KY), who told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that violent video games are a “bigger problem” than guns are. When Todd asked Alexander whether he would support…

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NCAC Defends Video Games in Massachusetts

January 31, 2013
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NCAC Defends Video Games in Massachusetts

In the wake of the Newtown shootings and after receiving a complaint from one set of parents, the state of Massachusetts removed arcade games that use light-guns from state-managed rest stops along the Massachusetts Turnpike. In response, the National Coalition Against Censorship wrote a letter to Richard Davey, Secreary and CEO of the Massachusetts...

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NCAC Film Contest Lets Kids Fight Censorship

January 30, 2013
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Each year, the National Coalition Against Censorship — a frequent CBLDF partner and organizers of the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project — produces the Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. We recently came across the website for the 2012 semifinalists and found some pretty amazing youth-made videos condemning book banning. In defending...

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Controversial Artwork Back on Display in Newark Library

January 29, 2013
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Controversial Artwork Back on Display in Newark Library

A controversial charcoal drawing that was covered up for more than a month is back on display in the Newark, New Jersey, public library. Kara Walker’s work “The Moral Arc of History Ideally Bends Towards Justice But Just As Soon As Not Curves Back...

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Light-gun Games Too Dangerous for Massachusetts Rest Stops

January 28, 2013
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Light-gun Games Too Dangerous for Massachusetts Rest Stops

After the parents of a 12-year-old boy complained, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation decided to remove arcade games that utilize light guns from state-run rest stops. Parents Andrew and Tracy Hyams spoke with The Boston Globe about their objection to the light-gun games: “People have the freedom to have whatever video games in their own…

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Tales From the Code: The Near Extinction of Sheena

January 25, 2013
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Tales From the Code: The Near Extinction of Sheena

The comic books of the Golden Age represented little more than escapism for millions of readers. And no one provided escape better than Sheena Queen of the Jungle, whose exotic adventures and good girl art titillated male readers and spawned an entire genre of Jungle Girls. However,...

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Suspended Student Poet Allowed Back to School

January 25, 2013
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Suspended Student Poet Allowed Back to School

We have a quick update on Courtni Webb, the San Francisco high school student who was suspended from school last month after a teacher found a poem that mentioned the Newtown shootings in her private notebook. According to a blog post from the National Coalition Against Censorship, Courtni’s suspension was lifted yesterday and...

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Be A Valentine’s Hero! Give A Personalized Gift Benefiting CBLDF!

January 24, 2013
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This Valentines Day, surprise your sweetie with a signed or personalized gift that protects the freedom to read! From now until February 4th, the CBLDF is offering our donors the opportunity to receive graphic novels personalized by Brian K. Vaughan, Craig Thompson, Brian Wood, Cliff Chiang, Terry Moore, Jeffrey Brown, and Paul Pope!

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California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

January 23, 2013
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California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

Remember the 16-year-old from New Jersey who was arrested last month after a teacher reported his notebook doodles of “what appeared to be weapons?” Now the same sort of hypervigilance on the part of school officials has caused another teen in San Francisco to be ...

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KOTAKU Takes a Look at 25 Years of Research on Violent Video Games

January 22, 2013
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KOTAKU Takes a Look at 25 Years of Research on Violent Video Games

After the violence in Newtown — and really, any violent mass shooting these days — it didn’t take long before pundits were blaming violent video games for the violence. As happened with comic books in the 1950s, video games have become a scapegoat for deeper societal problems. Senator Jay Rockefeller proposed a bill mandating that...

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How You Can Report a Library Challenge to ALA

January 21, 2013
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Like CBLDF, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom is a resource that librarians can call upon for help when facing a book challenge. The OIF maintains a confidential database of information about library challenges, which helps them identify the most frequently challenged books. For the most part, they gather this information from...

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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

January 18, 2013
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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

A recent snippet in Comic Book Resources’ column “Comic Book Legends Revealed” brought to our attention a 1903 tale of attempted cartoon censorship and political intrigue in Pennsylvania. We’ve found some more background info in an article by Steven Piott from the...

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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

January 18, 2013
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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

Yesterday, President Obama issued his list of recommendations for Congress and executive actions he plans to take in order to address gun violence in the United States. As anticipated, video games received only a minor mention in the 13-page document, even though Vice President Biden devoted an entire day to meetings with entertainment...

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Jennifer L. Holm Talks CBLDF

January 17, 2013
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Jennifer L. Holm Talks CBLDF

CBLDF was delighted last week to announce that celebrated children’s author Jennifer L. Holm was joining our Board of Directors, and Holm took a moment out of her busy schedule to talk to Graphic Novel Reporter‘s John Hogan about CBLDF and her plans for her tenure as a board member. Holm is a bestselling...

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Frequently Challenged Alexie Novel Stays on District Reading List

January 17, 2013
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Frequently Challenged Alexie Novel Stays on District Reading List

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is no stranger to library and school challenges, and it survived another one this week in the author’s home state of Washington. The West Valley School District Instructional Materials Committee in Yakima, Washington, reviewed...

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