The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

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 ...

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...

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!...

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 ...

School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

May 24, 2013
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School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

Last year, the school board in Erie, Illinois, voted to remove Todd Parr’s The Family Book and other GLBT-friendly resources from the curriculum despite a review committee’s recommendation that they be conserved. CBLDF joined with several other anti-censorship organizations in sending a letter of protest to Erie Superintendent Brad Cox and the...

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LAST CHANCE to Order Geoff Johns Greenest Night Tickets!

May 23, 2013
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LAST CHANCE to Order Geoff Johns Greenest Night Tickets!

Tomorrow night, comics fans and superstars will gather to celebrate the work of Geoff Johns. You still have a chance to join the celebration — and support CBLDF — but you better act fast! Ticket sales end at 5:00 p.m. EST Friday! Greenest Night:...

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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

May 22, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

When George Carlin recorded an expletive-laden 12-minute monologue before a live audience in a California theatre, he probably didn’t expect it to become the basis of a key Supreme Court decision. But in 1973, the monologue was aired as part of a...

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Submit Your Questions For Geoff Johns At Greenest Night!

May 22, 2013
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Submit Your Questions For Geoff Johns At Greenest Night!

Are you ready for this Friday’s GREENEST NIGHT?  Our event partner Comic Book Resources is getting in the spirit by asking fans like you to ask the questions you’d like to see Geoff Johns answer during the Q&A!  Ask your questions ...

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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

May 21, 2013
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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

In a meeting with religious leaders last week, Vice President Joe Biden stated that there is “no legal reason” that the government couldn’t impose extra taxes on entertainment media that depict violence such as movies and video games. Actually, there is a very good reason violent media can’t be taxed: the First...

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Bangladeshi Cartoonist Recounts Time in Prison

May 20, 2013
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Bangladeshi Cartoonist Recounts Time in Prison

In 2007, Arifur Rahman published a cartoon featuring a character called Mohammad Cat. The cartoon was published during the Islamic holy day of Ramadan, and its publication led to protests across Bangladesh. Rahman was arrested and sentenced to 6 months in prison for “harming religious sentiments.” Olivia Stransky with Sampsonia Way recently interviewed Rahman about...

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CBLDF Heads to Big Wow Comicfest This Weekend!

May 17, 2013
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CBLDF Heads to Big Wow Comicfest This Weekend!

This weekend, comics fans will gather in San Jose, California, for Big Wow Comicsfest, an ever-growing celebration of comics creators. CBLDF will be on hand in booth #234 with exclusive signed premiums, t-shirts, and more! Big Wow takes place May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention...

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Online Retailer Won’t Send Some Manga to Canada Because of Customs Seizures

May 17, 2013
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Online Retailer Won’t Send Some Manga to Canada Because of Customs Seizures

Canadian manga-lovers website Kuriousity posted a story this week about an online retailer that no longer sells Bond of Dreams, Bonds of Love, a yaoi (boy’s love) manga from SuBLime Manga, to Canadian residents. Lissa Patillo with Kuriousity writes that RightStuf.com posted the following warning on...

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Pulled from Illinois Junior High School

May 16, 2013
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Pulled from Illinois Junior High School

One of the most frequently banned and challenged books of the past decade has once again been pulled from public school classrooms after one set of parents objected to its content. Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which has met with critical acclaim...

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CBLDF To Honor Geoff Johns’ Iconic Green Lantern Run With ‘Greenest Night’ Event on May 24 In Hollywood!

May 15, 2013
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On Friday, May 24, come celebrate the creativity of Geoff Johns at Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern benefiting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  Join Johns’ at the Avalon Bardot Theater in Hollywood, CA for an intimate look back on...

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Northville’s Response to the Anne Frank Challenge

May 14, 2013
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Yesterday, we reported that the review committee at Northville Public Schools had elected to keep Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl in middle school classrooms, an important victory for the right to read. What follows is the letter Robert D.G. Behnke, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, sent to community members regarding the...

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Nebraska Library Won’t Remove Batman: The Killing Joke

May 14, 2013
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Nebraska Library Won’t Remove Batman: The Killing Joke

In a victory for free speech, the review committee for the Columbus, Nebraska, Public Library and denied a challenge from a patron who demanded the removal of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke from library shelves. Batman: The Killing Joke depicts Joker’s violent torture...

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Victory in Defense of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl

May 13, 2013
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Victory in Defense of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl

Two weeks ago, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund joined the Kids Right to Read Project and several other free speech organizations in signing a letter in defense of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. In a victory for free speech, the Michigan school...

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Cartoonists Resist Censorship Abroad

May 10, 2013
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Cartoonists Resist Censorship Abroad

This week, David Reed with the Missouri NPR affiliate KBIA 91.3 examined editorial cartoons and freedom of expression abroad during his Global Journalist radio show. Among the topics of discussion were Ali Ferzat and Aseem Trivedi, two editorial cartoonists who have been persecuted in their home countries. Ferzat, from Syria, was beaten and his...

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CBLDF Executive Director Speaking at This Weekend’s TCAF Librarian & Educator Day

May 9, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Speaking at This Weekend’s TCAF Librarian & Educator Day

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be participating in the second annual Librarian & Educator Day at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend! On Friday, May 10, you can join Brownstein and a panel of library all stars for Comics Defense 101, a discussion of...

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