Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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...

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 ...

CBLDF Defends Comics at the Alternative Press Expo!

October 11, 2013
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CBLDF Defends Comics at the Alternative Press Expo!

This weekend, CBLDF returns to San Francisco for the Alternative Press Expo, the West Coast’s celebration of independent and self-published comics! CBLDF will be on hand at booth 318 with exclusive signed premiums, panels, and more! Join us Saturday, October at 2:00 p.m. for a special signing...

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The Real Panels That Inspired Wertham’s Attacks on Comics

October 11, 2013
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The Real Panels That Inspired Wertham’s Attacks on Comics

Designer Michael Dooley recently reexamined some of the comics titles attacked by Fredric Wertham in his 1954 “expose” on comics, Seduction of the Innocent. Wertham’s condemnation of comics led to decades of self-censorship by the comics industry. In examining the titles that Wertham targeted, Dooley noted variability in the quality of the books, but also…

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CBLDF at NYCC – Panels, Parties, Manga, Exclusives & More!

October 10, 2013
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CBLDF at NYCC – Panels, Parties, Manga, Exclusives & More!

This weekend, the comics world converges on New York City for New York Comic-Con, which goes down October 10 – 13 at the Javits Center. CBLDF will be at booth #965 throughout the show, and we’ll have parties, panels, signings, and more! All proceeds from the show will benefit CBLDF’s important work defending the...

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Manga Freedom Events In NYC

October 10, 2013
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Manga Freedom Events In NYC

CBLDF continues our efforts for manga freedom by providing special events with translator and manga expert Dan Kanemitsu throughout NYCC weekend including a lecture at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Saturday and appearances at the CBLDF booth.  Kanemitsu is a well-known expert on changes in Japanese law...

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Jeff Smith on Why He Joined the CBLDF Board

October 10, 2013
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Jeff Smith on Why He Joined the CBLDF Board

Last week, CBLDF announced that acclaimed creator Jeff Smith was named to the CBLDF Board of Directors. The creator behind the perennially popular Bone series is no stranger to censorship — a parent in Minnesota tried to get Bone banned from her...

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Barefoot Gen Translator Disinvited from Speaking at Japanese School

October 9, 2013
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Barefoot Gen Translator Disinvited from Speaking at Japanese School

A little more than a month after Keiji Nakazawa’s manga classic Barefoot Gen was restored to school libraries in the Japanese city of Matsue, an English-language translator of the series has been abruptly disinvited from speaking at a junior high school in...

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Understanding Your Rights FAQ – What Do Obscenity & Related Laws Mean?

October 9, 2013
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Understanding Your Rights FAQ – What Do Obscenity & Related Laws Mean?

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund frequently receives questions from our community about one’s rights relating to comics, so we have created this column – “Understanding Your Rights” as a series of FAQs to help clearly explain these concepts.  Today’s column arises from questions about the legality...

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Obscenity Case Files: Jenkins v. Georgia

October 9, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Jenkins v. Georgia

In 1972, a movie theater manager in Albany, Georgia, was convicted under a Georgia statute for the crime of distributing obscene material for showing the film Carnal Knowledge. The conviction took place during an odd limbo period between the decisions of Memoirs v. Massachusetts and Miller v. California. In Jenkins v. Georgia, the...

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Tenlegs and Midtown Comics Sponsor NYCC Charity Event Benefiting CBLDF

October 8, 2013
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Tenlegs and Midtown Comics Sponsor NYCC Charity Event Benefiting CBLDF

NYC-based online artist community Tenlegs, found at Tenlegs.com, announced that it will co-sponsor the SonicBoomBox New York Comic Con After Party in conjunction with Midtown Comics and other sponsors. Held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at The Hudson Bond, the after party will be geared...

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NYCC, The Panels: Secret Origins of Comics Censorship! Raising a Reader!

October 7, 2013
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NYCC, The Panels: Secret Origins of Comics Censorship! Raising a Reader!

New York Comic-Con starts this Thursday, and CBLDF will be along for the ride, first with our NYCC Welcome Party, and then with our panels — CBLDF will reveal the secret origins of comics censorship and how you can use comics to make kids...

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Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat’s NYCC Welcome Party & CBLDF Member Drive

October 4, 2013
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Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat’s NYCC Welcome Party & CBLDF Member Drive

Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat kick NYCC off with a big bang on Thursday, October 10! Come join comics’ greatest creators and Be Counted as a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the Smithfield in the heart of NYC! This party...

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Persecuted Cartoonists Converse About Censorship

October 4, 2013
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Persecuted Cartoonists Converse About Censorship

Cartoonists Rights Network International recently shared in interview between Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and Singaporean cartoonist Leslie Chew — both of whom have been arrested and persecuted in their home countries for their political cartoons. Zunar visited Singapore and interviewed Chew for the CRNI website. Zunar was awarded the Cartoonists Rights Network International’s annual Award for…

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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Graphic Novels in Classrooms

October 4, 2013
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Dr. Meryl Jaffe has graciously donated her time to write our ongoing series Using Graphic Novels in Education. So far, she has provided teaching tips and Common Core State Standards correlations for Persepolis, American Born Chinese, The Silence of Our Friends, and Barefoot Gen. Dr. Jaffe recently participated in a webinar...

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Early Reviews Are In: Get Your Copy of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now!

October 3, 2013
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Early Reviews Are In: Get Your Copy of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now!

CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual hit shelves yesterday, and early reviews are already singing its praises! When you buy a copy, not only do you get some of the best creators in comics — edited by Dark Horse Comics Editor-in Chief Scott Allie, it features original work...

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Laptop Searches at the U.S. Border Continue to Cause Concern

October 2, 2013
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Laptop Searches at the U.S. Border Continue to Cause Concern

Imagine going on a relaxing vacation out of the country with friends or family, but upon your return to the United States, your laptop is taken from you by border security for what seems to be no reason at all. Frighteningly enough, this is a problem that is becoming more frequent. As we have seen...

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