CBLDF Podcast Episode 24: JEFFREY BROWN

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Jeffrey Brown about his work, and the changes (and lack of changes) in his art and his interests over the years. We discuss as many aspects of his career as we could fit into 45 minutes, with is really just the tip of the iceberg. Brown is an enormously pr ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Retailers: CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP FOCs Today!

June 20, 2016
By
Retailers: CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP FOCs Today!

If you’re a retailer, it’s time to order the trade paperback edition of CBLDF’s seminal collection of comics about the freedom to read, CBLDF Presents: Liberty (Diamond ID: MAY160672)! FOC is TODAY, so get your orders in now! Celebrate creative freedom with the industry’s top...

Read more »

Retailers: Time to Stock Up on CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP!

June 17, 2016
By
Retailers: Time to Stock Up on CBLDF Presents: Liberty TP!

If you’re a retailer, it’s time to order the trade paperback edition of CBLDF’s seminal collection of comics about the freedom to read, CBLDF Presents: Liberty (Diamond ID: MAY160672)! FOC is Monday, so get your orders in now! Celebrate creative freedom with the...

Read more »

Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

June 17, 2016
By
Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. EMA that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Like every relatively new medium before them — comics in the 1950s, film in the 1930s...

Read more »

Free Speech in a Connected World

June 17, 2016
By
Free Speech Principles

In a recent sit-down with Index on Censorship, Timothy Garton Ash, author and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, talked about his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World and the increasing need for freedom of expression in a world that is shrinking day-by-day due to technological advancements. Garton Ash has dedicated...

Read more »

Take PRIDE in Challenged and Banned LGBTQ Comics

June 17, 2016
By
Take PRIDE in Challenged and Banned LGBTQ Comics

June is Pride month, so celebrate with challenged and banned LGBTQ comics! As the recent murders in Orlando demonstrate, the LGBTQ community is still facing profound adversity. That adversity extends to censorship and challenges to books featuring LGBTQ characters and/or books by members of the LGBTQ community. Here are some of the most frequently challenged books in libraries and schools……

Read more »

Orijit Sen Pushes Indian Graphic Novels Forward

June 16, 2016
By
Orijit Sen Pushes Indian Graphic Novels Forward

Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen first came to our attention late last year, when his illustration “The Punjaban” was repeatedly removed from Facebook because it showed a partially nude woman, despite the social media giant’s claim that it...

Read more »

Author Urges Students to Challenge Book Bans

June 16, 2016
By
(c) Wayne Times

In a recent editorial piece on The Huffington Post, author and high school teacher Peter Brown Hoffmeister discusses the hot topic of banning books and explores the dangerous implications and imminent pitfalls of censoring the materials teenagers have access to in schools. Whether it be award-winning books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, acclaimed...

Read more »

Indian Cartoonist Censored in City-Wide Clean-Up

June 15, 2016
By
Acharya 2

Under the pretense of a city-wide beautification effort, Indian political cartoonist Satish Acharya has had one of his recent cartoons removed from a public display in Kundapura. Acharya is a self-taught cartoonist who tackles a variety of topics, including political corruption and social issues in India. His most recent piece, pulled from a billboard in...

Read more »

Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

June 14, 2016
By
Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

The school district in Round Rock, Texas has issued an evasive response to author Phil Bildner’s allegation that his disinvitation from eight schools he had been slated to visit there this fall was due to his previous recommendation that students read the novel George...

Read more »

Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

June 13, 2016
By
Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

Over 1,300 Swedish fans of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe have signed a petition objecting to dialogue changes in the Swedish-language version of a recent episode that effaced a same-sex flirtation...

Read more »

Author of Drug Addiction Book Disinvited from Vermont School

June 10, 2016
By
Author of Drug Addiction Book Disinvited from Vermont School

Children’s author Kate Messner was disinvited from an unidentified elementary school in South Burlington, Vermont, this week, less than 24 hours before she was scheduled to speak to students about her new book The Seventh...

Read more »

Japanese Artist Rokudenashiko: “My Body is Not an Obscenity”

June 10, 2016
By
Rokudenashiko

Japanese cartoonist Rokudenashiko recently celebrated the release of her new book What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by challenging claims by the Japanese government that her art, and subsequently her body, is obscene. In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the artist, whose real name is...

Read more »

How Czech Underground Comic Art Beat Communism

June 10, 2016
By
Kaja Saudek

An art display at the Batalion Bar and Museum in Prague is celebrating underground comic artist Kaja Saudek and tells the tale of his first-hand experiences with censorship in the 1960s and ultimate triumph over a Cold War communist government that heavily regulated free expression. Kaja Saudek, called the “the king of Czech...

Read more »

Organizations Urge U.N. To Take Action Against Free Speech Violations in Turkey

June 9, 2016
By
twitter-erdogan-censorship-2

Several free speech organizations recently submitted a formal statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling for action to be taken to fix the “major deterioration” of free expression in Turkey. Earlier this month groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PEN International, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to…

Read more »

LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

June 8, 2016
By
LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

Zan Christensen, the founder of LGBT comics publisher Northwest Press, is no stranger to corporate censorship of the books he submits to digital publishing platforms. But after Apple’s iBookstore rejected all three of Northwest’s most...

Read more »