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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

BOOM! Studios Partners with Humble Bundle to Benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the launch today of the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Join CBLDF Tonight for ComicsPRO Auction!

February 22, 2013
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Join CBLDF Tonight for ComicsPRO Auction!

Tnight, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to present the Second Annual ComicsPRO Live Auction, which takes place at 8:30 pm during the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia! With a mix of original art, vintage prints, and surprise...

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Meet Matt Wagner & Get The Red-Hot Nowhere Men #1 Liberty Variant From CBLDF!

February 21, 2013
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Meet Matt Wagner & Get The Red-Hot Nowhere Men #1 Liberty Variant From CBLDF!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to kick off their year of protecting the freedom to read comics by bringing out their best for Wizard World Portland Comic Con!  Matt Wagner, the legendary creator of GRENDEL, MAGE & THE TOWER CHRONICLES will...

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Recalls Persecution of Comics When Defending Movies

February 21, 2013
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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Recalls Persecution of Comics When Defending Movies

Twenty-three months ago, former United States Senator Chris Dodd was not what anyone, himself included, would call a movie buff. After taking a position as CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), however, Dodd has undergone something akin to a religious conversion when it...

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Obscenity Case Files: Lenny Bruce

February 20, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Lenny Bruce

In his song Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan sings: They said that he was sick ’cause he didn’t play by the rules He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants...

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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

February 20, 2013
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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

Since Adam Lanza’s December 12 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, video games and their putative connection to violent behavior have been much discussed in the media and by government officials. Now a new profile of Lanza and his mother Nancy from the Hartford Courant reports that police are investigating whether...

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Bob Corn-Revere Wins Key Free Speech Case

February 19, 2013
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Bob Corn-Revere Wins Key Free Speech Case

Earlier this month, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that found former Valdosta State University (VSU) president, Ronald M. Zaccari, personally liable for violating the rights of former VSU student, Hayden Barnes, when Zaccari expelled Barnes over a visual image. Barnes was represented by esteemed First Amendment attorney Bob Corn-Revere, who...

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Video Games: The Latest Scapegoat

February 18, 2013
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Video Games: The Latest Scapegoat

Within hours of the Newtown shootings, video games were targeted as a cause of the violence. It wasn’t the first time video games were blamed, and we don’t expect it to be the last. Much like the arguments against comics in the 1950s, much of the “evidence” against video games is specious. Let’s take a...

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NOWHERE MEN #1 Launches CBLDF LIBERTY VARIANT Program At Wizard World Portland!

February 15, 2013
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NOWHERE MEN #1 Launches CBLDF LIBERTY VARIANT Program At Wizard World Portland!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce LIBERTY VARIANT — a new fundraising program bringing special editions of the hottest new comics to reward the organization’s supporters at conventions across the United States. Image Comics is kicking off the program by contributing a...

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Mike Diana on Art, BOILED ANGEL, and More

February 15, 2013
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Mike Diana on Art, BOILED ANGEL, and More

In 1994, Mike Diana became the first American artist to be convicted of obscenity for his zine Boiled Angel. London’s Orbital Comics began an exhibition of Diana’s work on Valentine’s Day, so Bleeding Cool shared a fascinating podcast they recorded with Diana last...

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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

February 14, 2013
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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

It’s Valentine’s Day, so love is in the air. What better time to talk about the history of romance comics? After the war, when the sales of the superhero and crime comics began to wane, romance comics filled the gap. Soon, the market was filled with hundred of...

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ComicsPRO and CBLDF Team-Up for Second Annual Live Auction!

February 14, 2013
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ComicsPRO and CBLDF Team-Up for Second Annual Live Auction!

On February 22nd, at 8:30 pm, at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to present the Second Annual ComicsPRO Live Auction! With a mix of original art, vintage prints, and surprise donations from our publishing partners, this Retailer Auction promises to…

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PAUL POPE Visits the CBLDF Offices

February 13, 2013
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PAUL POPE Visits the CBLDF Offices

Superstar artist Paul Pope stopped by the CBLDF offices recently, and during his visit he signed and sketched in a few books to help raise funds for our ongoing Free Speech work. With the re-release of his ONE TRICK RIP-OFF hardcover from Image Comics and the upcoming release of the long-awaited BATTLING BOY, Mr. Pope...

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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

February 13, 2013
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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

If you’ve been reading the CBLDF blog for a while, you are undoubtedly familiar with Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist whose 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent claimed that comics transformed innocent children into depraved juvenile delinquents, making Wertham almost single-handedly responsible for decades of...

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

February 11, 2013
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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

As you may have noticed, we’ve been closely following the debate in Congress and the media over violent video games. Too often, elected officials such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-KY) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) have made fallacious claims linking video games to violent behavior, despite...

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THE POPULARITY PAPERS Stays in District Libraries

February 11, 2013
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THE POPULARITY PAPERS Stays in District Libraries

Last week, CBLDF and the Kids’ Right to Read Project defended two books in the Prosser, Washington, school district: A Child Called “It” and The Popularity Papers. At the time of reporting, the review board had elected to retain A Child Called “It” but...

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