Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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: 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 ...

Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

November 11, 2016
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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

A bookstore in Saugerties, New York, was threatened with misdemeanor zoning violation charges over an anti-Trump window display.   Inquiring Minds Bookstore owner Brian Donoghue assembled the display to voice his concerns over statements made by Trump during his campaign. “I really felt I was in...

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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

November 11, 2016
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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

The mother of a seventh grader in Sullivan County, Tennessee this week filed a formal challenge to an entire world history textbook because she believes that some parts of the unit on religions amount to “Islamic indoctrination.”...

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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

November 10, 2016
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Vietnamese Creators Fight Against Outdated “Comics Are for Kids” Mentality

Vietnamese comic artists today are not only finding creative ways to combat censorship, but are also working to overcome many of the negative stereotypes still associated with the medium—most frequently, the fallacy that comics are for children and cannot be written for an adult readership. Tuoi Tre News spoke with a few creators about the...

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In Exile, Venezuelan Cartoonist Finds Space to Criticize Government Oppression

November 9, 2016
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In Exile, Venezuelan Cartoonist Finds Space to Criticize Government Oppression

Rayma Suprani has long been one of the best-known and most fearless political cartoonists in Venezuela, but for almost a year she and her work have only been “in” the country virtually, through social media. After El Universal,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Trickster

November 9, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Trickster

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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Young Readers on the Benefits of Challenged Books

November 9, 2016
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Although book challenges often come from parents and adults who claim to be looking out for the well-being of children in their communities, a recent project by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Joan Bertin and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Millie Davis collected messages from young readers about how challenged books opened their eyes...

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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

November 7, 2016
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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

After five days in detention, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and eight of his colleagues at Cumhuriyet newspaper were formally arrested and charged with supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement on Saturday. They are expected to remain in jail until their trial at an...

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Letter Asks Facebook to Quit Blocking Evidence of Human Rights Abuses

November 4, 2016
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Letter Asks Facebook to Quit Blocking Evidence of Human Rights Abuses

In light of repeated instances in which Facebook has blocked or removed posts documenting human rights violations, sometimes at the request of police or other authorities, more than 70 civil rights groups banded together this week to send a letter...

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Join CBLDF in Las Vegas This Saturday!

November 4, 2016
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Join CBLDF in Las Vegas This Saturday!

On Saturday, comics fans around Las Vegas will gather for the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, and CBLDF will be on hand at artist’s Alley table #40 with She Changed Comics and more! The Vegas Falley Comic Book Festival is a free event taking place 9:30 a.m. – 4:30...

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CBLDF Advisory: CA AB 1570

November 3, 2016
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California recently passed Assembly Bill No. 1570, a law that governs the sale of autographed items and is of concern to many of our members. CBLDF reached out to the lawmakers and our legal experts to produce the following advisory about how the new law could affect the comics industry in California. This advisory is...

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NOW IN STORES: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2016

November 2, 2016
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NOW IN STORES: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2016

Now in stores around the country: the 2016 edition of CBLDF Liberty Annual, our annual anthology celebrating the freedom to read comics! Shipping on the eve of the U.S. election, this year’s installment of CBLDF Liberty Annual is a call to optimism that celebrates...

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MA School Administrators Keep First French Kiss on Optional Reading List

November 2, 2016
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A complaint about “sexually explicit” content in First French Kiss, a book that was included on the Taunton, Massachusetts, high school’s optional summer reading list, was struck down when school officials opted to keep the book in the curriculum. First French Kiss and Other Traumas by Adam Bagdasarian is an anthology of stories that follow Will as he...

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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

November 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

Political cartoonist Musa Kart was among more than a dozen staff members arrested in yet another raid on a Turkish media outlet yesterday, the latest development in a government crackdown on the press...

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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

November 1, 2016
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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

After coming across one instance of pixelated genitals in the YA graphic novel Mangaman, a mother in Issaquah, Washington, plans to formally request that the book be removed and/or restricted in the library at her 14-year-old son’s high school. In observance of their challenge policy, Issaquah...

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CBLDF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Heritage Auctions

November 1, 2016
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CBLDF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Heritage Auctions

To celebrate its 30th anniversary of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Heritage Auctions are offering 11 important works at auction from the 1987 “A Benefit Portfolio in Defense of the First Amendment” that led to the creation of the non-profit organization. Developed in partnership with IDW Publishing, consulting supporter...

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