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 ...

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...

Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

October 1, 2012
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Zut Alors! Stockholm Library Briefly Bans Tintin

In the course of one day, a library in Sweden banned and then lifted the ban on Tintin comics. The comic series, by Belgian comic artist Georges Remi, is about the misadventures of a young reporter and his dog and is set in the early 20th...

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Virtual Read-Out: AND TANGO MAKES THREE

October 1, 2012
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It’s Banned Books Week, and bookstores, libraries, authors, and readers around the country are celebrating by participating in the Virtual Read-Out, an officially sponsored YouTube channel that compiles videos of people reading their favorite banned and challenged literature. Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella, Children’s Librarian with the Katonah Village Library, makes a passionate plea about the importance of...

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Join Comics Retailers for Banned Books Week

October 1, 2012
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Banned Books Week, the national celebration of the Freedom to Read is underway! Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, and we will be joined in the celebration by members of ComicsPRO, the comics retailer trade association who will be hosting displays and events to raise awareness of...

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SIDESCROLLERS: When One Citizen Takes Away the Rights of Parents

October 1, 2012
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SIDESCROLLERS: When One Citizen Takes Away the Rights of Parents

Banned Books Week is underway, and we’re taking the time to examine some of the books that have been challenged and banned in libraries and schools. To kick off the week, let’s take a look at SideScrollers, the most recent book to fall victim to...

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Bill Moyers Calls Out Book Censors for Banned Books Week

September 28, 2012
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Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the importance of the freedom to read. Both Bill and Judith Davidson...

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Banned and Challenged Comics REVEALED!

September 28, 2012
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Banned Books Week is upon us, and it’s telling that the event is more relevant than ever in its 30th year. Given their visual nature and the rampantly held misconception that comic books are for children, comics are among the most challenged and banned books in libraries and schools. Let’s take a look at some...

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ComicsPRO Retailers Celebrate Banned Books Week!

September 27, 2012
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ComicsPRO Retailers Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week, the national celebration of the Freedom to Read, starts this Sunday!  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, and will be joined in the celebration by members of ComicsPRO, the comics retailer trade association who...

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Support CBLDF At Wizard World Ohio Comic Con!

September 27, 2012
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Support CBLDF At Wizard World Ohio Comic Con!

This weekend come support the CBLDF at the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con!  CBLDF’s Columbus based volunteer crew will be at Booth 123 with t-shirts, signed graphic novels, a raffle, and other thank you items for folks supporting the Fund’s important Free Speech legal work.  This Sunday marks...

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Books Win Temporary Reprieve in Pennsylvania

September 26, 2012
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Books Win Temporary Reprieve in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania school district has retained two challenged titles — Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Curtiss Sittenfeld’s Prep — on its high school reading list. However, the reprieve may be temporary, as the books were retained based on a technicality. From the ...

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U.S. National Archives Holdings Provide New Insight Into 1954 Anti-Comics Hearings

September 25, 2012
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U.S. National Archives Holdings Provide New Insight Into 1954 Anti-Comics Hearings

Happy National Comic Book Day! In honor of the occasion, the U.S. National Archives shared some wonderful items from their collection on their Facebook page. All became federal records in 1954, when they were presented to a Senate subcommittee which was investigating whether comics led to juvenile delinquency. In addition to copies of...

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New York Free Speech Charities Team Up For Fifty Shades of Banned: A Celebration of Erotic Literature

September 25, 2012
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New York Free Speech Charities Team Up For  Fifty Shades of Banned: A Celebration of Erotic Literature

On October 2, celebrate Banned Books Week with an evening of stirring readings from erotic classics at Fifty Shades of Banned: A Celebration of Erotic Literature.  The event starts at 8 PM at the Village Pourhouse on 64 3rd Ave (11th Street Entrance, across...

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CBLDF Helps Defend Novels in Pennsylvania School District

September 24, 2012
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Last week, CBLDF led the charge to keep the graphic novel SideScrollers on a school reading list. CBLDF also lent its support to two novels being challenged as “pornographic” by individuals in the East Penn School District in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The letter, written by the Kids’ Right to Read Project (a joint...

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Meet Top Kids Graphic Novelists & CBLDF At Brooklyn Book Fest!

September 21, 2012
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Meet Top Kids Graphic Novelists & CBLDF At Brooklyn Book Fest!

This Sunday, CBLDF is proud to host signings by Toon Books graphic novelists Nadja Spiegelman & Trade Loeffler of the Zig & Wikki series and Geoffrey Hayes of the Benny & Penny series at our booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival!  The CBLDF will...

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Small Press Expo Shows Big Love For CBLDF!

September 21, 2012
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Small Press Expo Shows Big Love For CBLDF!

Last weekend’s Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland was a record-setting event!  Wall-to-wall attendance filled the exhibit hall on both days with some of the world’s greatest cartoonists and their readers who came out en masse. The CBLDF’s team was busy meeting supporters from doors open to tear down,...

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Frivolous Arrest of Cartoonist Fuels Effort to Repeal Indian Sedition Law

September 21, 2012
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Frivolous Arrest of Cartoonist Fuels Effort to Repeal Indian Sedition Law

Political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi’s arrest last week on sedition charges stirred up a renewed debate on the freedom of expression in India. The general consensus, even among Trivedi’s detractors, is that Trivedi’s arrest is an abuse of the law. It led to a call for the removal of the sedition law from India’s Penal...

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