Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous co ...

CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Tango, Two Other Books Banned From Singapore Libraries

July 15, 2014
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Tango, Two Other Books Banned From Singapore Libraries

Last week Singapore’s National Library Board, a government agency that oversees public libraries in the city-state, announced that all copies of three children’s books that mention same-sex adoptive parents have been removed from library collections and will be destroyed. One of the books, And Tango Makes Three, is no stranger to censorship—in fact it...

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Militants Call for Death of The 99 Creator

July 14, 2014
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Militants Call for Death of The 99 Creator

Last week the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group better known as ISIS, took a brief timeout from overtaking cities in Iraq to call for the death of Kuwaiti-American comic creator Naif Al-Mutawa. They claimed on Twitter that his series The...

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COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014: CBLDF Exclusive JH Williams “It’s Not a Trick” Signed Print

July 14, 2014
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COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014: CBLDF Exclusive JH Williams “It’s Not a Trick” Signed Print

CBLDF is delighted to announce an exclusive signed print from the incomparable J.H. Williams and Todd Klein! This image first appeared in the 2011 CBLDF Liberty Annual and is now recreated exclusively for Comic-Con International 2014. This beautiful, full color, 22 x 17 inch print, has been numbered...

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Free Speech is Patriotic with This BONE Tee!

July 11, 2014
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Free Speech is Patriotic with This BONE Tee!

Comic-Con International is fast approaching, and you can show both your love of comics and your love of free speech with Comic-Con’s official 2014 CBLDF Bone t-shirt! Featuring the iconic image of Jeff Smith’s Bone waving the U.S. flag, this shirt loudly proclaims your support for the...

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John Green’s Looking for Alaska Under Attack in Wisconsin

July 11, 2014
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John Green’s Looking for Alaska Under Attack in Wisconsin

A parent in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has decided that John Green’s Looking for Alaska is not a book her high school daughter should read. She has also decided it isn’t fit for any student in the district, so she filed a complaint against the acclaimed and popular...

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Nationwide Advocates Rally in Defense of Cameron Post

July 10, 2014
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Nationwide Advocates Rally in Defense of Cameron Post

In the weeks since it became known that a Delaware school board removed emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post as an option on a summer reading list for incoming freshman, we’ve seen a fantastic and heartening response from the author, her readers, library...

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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

July 10, 2014
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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

In the first half of the 20th century public libraries were strictly for edification, not entertainment. Most librarians thought nothing of excluding or removing from their collections books that were considered too frivolous (comics chief among them, of course) or controversial. That attitude began to...

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Gabe Eltaeb’s Comic Kickoff Fundraiser to Benefit CBLDF!

July 9, 2014
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Gabe Eltaeb’s Comic Kickoff Fundraiser to Benefit CBLDF!

If you’re anything like us, you’re counting down the hours until the hullabaloo of Comic-Con International in San Diego. To get the Comic-Con party started, you can join artist Gabe Eltaeb and Jinx Comics on Wednesday, July 23, for a party benefiting CBLDF! Starting at 9:00 p.m....

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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

July 8, 2014
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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

Almost a year ago, Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand declined to add Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls to their collection, fearing prosecution under the country’s child pornography laws. The book was subsequently submitted for review by the New Zealand Office of Film...

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Only One More Day for the Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle!

July 8, 2014
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Only One More Day for the Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle!

The Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle features several dozen amazing books, and it has already raised thousands of dollars for charity. You have only one more day to name your price for the bundle, which benefits CBLDF, Doctors Without Borders, and Make-A-Wish! This offer ends...

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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

July 7, 2014
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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

A new manga series was cancelled last week just days before it was to debut online, apparently because the publisher was concerned it might clash with Tokyo’s Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. Creator Arisa Yamamoto said on her blog that editors of Comic Zenon, the...

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Gear Up for Banned Books Week with CBLDF

July 4, 2014
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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Gear Up for Banned Books Week with CBLDF

It’s Independence Day. In the midst of cookouts and fireworks, it’s a good time to reflect on the liberties we have — and often take for granted — including the right to free speech and the freedom to read anything we want. Unfortunately, some people try...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Chiggers

July 3, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Chiggers

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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CBLDF Podcast Episode 4: A Conversation With Babymouse Writer Jennifer L. Holm

July 3, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 4: A Conversation With Babymouse Writer Jennifer L. Holm

In this episode of the CBLDF Podcast, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox speaks to CBLDF Board Member and award-winning author Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse, Squish). Jenni is a one of the most important proponents of graphic novels for kids, and her books are wildly popular...

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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

July 2, 2014
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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

Yesterday we told you about the letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship, signed by CBLDF and other anti-censorship organizations, urging Florida’s Pasco County School District to restore Paper Towns by John Green to an eighth grade summer reading list. Now Pasco County Superintendent...

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