Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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 ...

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 ...

14 Scandalous Books That Changed the Face of Controversy

November 10, 2015
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(c) Wayne Times

Long before video games and comic books became the targets of censors, Americans had to settle for censoring plain old books. “In the era before TV and movies completely overtook literature as the popular entertainment du jour… novels caused their fair share of scandals,” writes Alex Heimbach for Bustle. “In the U.S., books with explicit...

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Literature Committee Rejects The Namesake in Idaho High School Curriculum

November 9, 2015
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Namesake

The Ad Hoc Literature Committee in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has issued a formal rejection of a teacher’s recommendations to include award-winning Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake in the district’s high school curriculum. Citing explicit sexual references and language, the committee, which is comprised of parents and other residents of the community, voted 4-2 against...

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Join CBLDF this Weekend at Comic Arts Brooklyn!

November 6, 2015
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Join CBLDF this Weekend at Comic Arts Brooklyn!

This weekend, join CBLDF for Comic Arts Brooklyn, a free annual celebration of comics and cartoon art presented by Desert Island! On Saturday, November 7, join CBLDF from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Gymnasium (12 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211) for exhibits...

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CBLDF Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech

November 6, 2015
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CBLDF Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech

This week, CBLDF joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision that gives celebrities veto power over creative works featuring depictions of them and to untangle inconsistencies with how lower courts...

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Sandman: Overture Signed by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams For CBLDF Donors!

November 6, 2015
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Sandman: Overture Signed by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams For CBLDF Donors!

Twenty-five years since The Sandman first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe edition! Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams have both signed this special edition on an exclusive oversized bookplate, featuring art by Williams! Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies,...

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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

November 6, 2015
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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, which was set to begin today, has been delayed yet again as he and two other defendants launched another challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, a vestige of Malaysia’s colonial past....

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Lebanese Comics Collective Counters Government Censure with Crowdfunding Campaign

November 6, 2015
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Lebanese Comics Collective Counters Government Censure with Crowdfunding Campaign

The Lebanese indie comics collective Samandal, financially crippled after three of its editors were fined a total of $60,000 for charges that include “inciting sectarian strife” and “denigrating religion” through comics, this week turned to ...

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Middle School Censorship Plan Leaves New Jersey Community Torn

November 5, 2015
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Looking for Alaska

As a result of controversy surrounding Superintendent Joe Langowski’s knee-jerk decision to temporarily pull John Green’s Looking for Alaska from Lumberton Township, New Jersey, classrooms, the school board met to discuss the institution of some kind of rating system that would identify and segregate books that have “mature themes,” effectively establishing a subjective system...

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CBLDF Joins First Amendment Lawsuit that Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

November 4, 2015
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CBLDF Joins First Amendment Lawsuit that Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law

Booksellers and publishers filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. The lawsuit was brought by Media Coalition and the American Civil Liberties...

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Humble Bundle Books Goes Nuts for Charles Schulz’s Peanuts to Benefit Charity, Including CBLDF

November 4, 2015
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Humble Bundle Books Goes Nuts for Charles Schulz’s Peanuts to Benefit Charity, Including CBLDF

Kick off the holiday season by paying what you want for hundreds of pages of one of the most beloved comics of all time — Charles Schulz’s Peanuts — with the Humble Comics Bundle: Peanuts. Collecting over $170 worth of Peanuts comics from BOOM! Studios and...

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Humble Bundle and Dynamite Add More Army of Darkness Comics for Charity, Including CBLDF

November 4, 2015
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Humble Bundle and Dynamite Add More Army of Darkness Comics for Charity, Including CBLDF

Last week, Dynamite Entertainment unleashed dozens of Army of Darkness comics into one giant-size Humble Bundle featuring more issues than you can shake a boomstick at. This week, there’s even more sugar for your pay-what-you-want dollar with the addition of three more titles! As of today, Army...

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61 Years After the Comics Code

November 3, 2015
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61 Years After the Comics Code

Last week marked the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Comics Code Authority (CCA) and the implementation of the infamous series of rules, regulations, and guidelines that changed the entire face of the comic book industry. The Comics Code and the Comics Code Seal of Approval may now be defunct, but they had...

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Suppressed 1978 Judge Dredd Stories to be Republished Next Year

November 2, 2015
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Suppressed 1978 Judge Dredd Stories to be Republished Next Year

Two legendary Judge Dredd storylines that were suppressed by their original publisher in 1978 amid concerns about copyright infringement will finally see the light of day again, after a recent change in...

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RETAILERS: Stock Up on CBLDF Defender #4, Featuring FRANK MILLER! FOCs Today!

November 2, 2015
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RETAILERS: Stock Up on CBLDF Defender #4, Featuring FRANK MILLER! FOCs Today!

The holidays are coming, and with that, the fourth issue of CBLDF Defender, our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! Retailers, now’s your chance to stock up — FOC is TODAY! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings...

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New Benefit Comics: Back To The Future, Paper Girls, Spider-Man 2099!

October 30, 2015
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New Benefit Comics: Back To The Future, Paper Girls, Spider-Man 2099!

CBLDF is happy to thank you for supporting CBLDF today with three incredible and exclusive offerings: Back to the Future #1 Zbox “Grays Almanac” Retailers Exclusive Variant, Paper Girls #1, Signed by Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared Fletcher!, and Spider-Man 2099...

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