CBLDF Presents: WILL EISNER’S Personal Library Collection Auction!

Will Eisner wasn’t just the godfather of comics, a creative force who changed the face of modern comics — he was also a staunch advocate for the freedom of expression. In celebration of Eisner’s indomitable talent and advocacy, CBLDF is delighted to offer up for auction books from ...

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!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Get Exclusive Neil Gaiman Recording With Your Year-End CBLDF Donation!

December 29, 2014
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Get Exclusive Neil Gaiman Recording With Your Year-End CBLDF Donation!

There’s still time to support CBLDF’s vital work in 2014! Make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount by midnight PST on December 31, and we’ll thank you with an exclusive download of Neil Gaiman: Live At the Aladdin, the classic CBLDF benefit reading featuring performances of “Chivalry”...

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Censorship 2014: CBLDF Leads the Way with Banned Books Week Handbook

December 29, 2014
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In late September, we take part in Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of reading. This year, the focus of Banned Books Week was comic books and graphic novels, so CBLDF led the way with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook and other resources to help educators, librarians, and retailers celebrate the right to read!…

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Turkish Government Takes Further Action Against Freedom of Speech

December 26, 2014
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In light of recent events, ranging from laws implemented to restrict internet freedom while tightening governmental control to a series of police arrests made on December 14th of journalists, screenwriters, and other media agents, there is an increasing level of concern over the state of Turkey democracy and its citizens’ freedom of expression. In...

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Happy Holidays One and All from CBLDF!

December 24, 2014
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Happy Holidays One and All from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF supporter and comics censorship historian Joe Sergi, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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“Allegedly Harmful” Memoir Goes to the UK Supreme Court

December 24, 2014
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In early October, the UK Court of Appeals issued an injunction that stopped publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that its content was “allegedly harmful” to the author’s 11-year old child. On December 9, the performing artist and father was granted permission to take his case to the UK Supreme Court...

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LAST DAY for the Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle!

December 24, 2014
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Humble Bundle and Dynamite Entertainment have teamed up for one of the biggest bundles ever offered — the Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle — but you better act fast! Your chance to pay what you want for 140+ comics and support charity (including CBLDF!) ends at 11:00 a.m. today! Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some...

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Indonesian Editor Could Face Jail Time for Cartoon

December 23, 2014
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An Indonesian newspaper editor could face up to five years in prison for blasphemy because of a political cartoon criticizing ISIS that his newspaper published in July. Some Indonesian fundamentalists complained that a modified ISIS flag bearing a pirate-style skull and crossbones along with phrases praising Allah and Mohamed was offensive to Muslims. Blasphemy...

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Northwest Press Defies Apple Censorship of LGBT Content

December 23, 2014
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With the recent rejection of the collected edition of the comic series Fearful Hunter from the Apple store, it looks like comic publisher Northwest Press has become another victim of Apple’s vague content policies. As Apple has become a major digital platform for comics, there has been ongoing controversy surrounding what Apple perceives as “appropriate”...

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Pyongyang Movie Production Cancelled As Hacker Fallout Continues

December 23, 2014
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Following the cancellation of The Interview last week, there is already a second casualty of Hollywood’s new deference to Kim Jong-un’s sensibilities: a movie based on Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Pyongyang that was to begin filming in March. The production was cancelled last week after 20th Century Fox pulled out of a distribution deal...

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Hanover, VA, High School Student Speaks Out About Academic Freedom

December 22, 2014
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In light of recent concerns regarding the “un-American” message and overall inclusion of the film Searching for the Roots of 9/11 in Hanover County, VA, academic curriculum, school officials have begun discussing the introduction of a policy that would remove the film and other “controversial” materials from the standard curriculum. Along with the film, five...

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Neil Gaiman on Censorship and the Perception of Comics as a “Gutter Medium”

December 19, 2014
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In the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, political cartoonist Martin Rowson interviewed long-time free speech advocate and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair Neil Gaiman on issues of censorship, comics as a gutter medium, and how graphic novels and literature are still thriving by shocking the mainstream today. With entertaining stories of their…

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Clooney Warns: Cancelling The Interview Sets a Bad Precedent

December 19, 2014
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As everyone surely knows by now, the film industry this week suffered a blow to free expression when Sony decided to cancel the Christmas Day opening of the comedy The Interview, after hackers with suspected links to North Korea threatened attacks on movie theaters due to the film’s depiction of a plot to kill dictator...

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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

December 19, 2014
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Three Questions with Gail Simone, Tim Seeley, Matt Wagner, & David Walker!

We’re an inquisitive crew here at CBLDF, so we sent some questions to a few of the creators included in the Dynamite Humble MEGA Holidays Bundle. Gail Simone (Red Sonja), Tim Seeley (Hack / Slash), Matt Wagner (Django / Zorro), and David Walker (Shaft) hit us back with some pretty amazing answers… ...

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DEFEND COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition!

December 19, 2014
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For the second year, CBLDF is proud to be participating in Free Comic Book Day with a special, all-ages edition of Defend Comics, our anthology of tales about free speech, censorship, and the right to read! This year’s comic features new stories from Gene Yang and Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese, Wonderland),…

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Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
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A moment of triumph this week for advocates of free speech and access to information has come in the form of the Gilbert Arizona school board opting to halt all actions to edit an honors biology textbook! In light of complaints from community members regarding two pages of the popular textbook, Campbell Biology: Concepts and…

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