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 ...

Alabama Lawmaker, Board of Ed Members Call for Ban on Bluest Eye

September 5, 2013
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Alabama Lawmaker, Board of Ed Members Call for Ban on Bluest Eye

Only a few months after Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye was challenged in an Adams County, Colorado, school district, an Alabama state senator is calling the book “just completely objectionable” and says that it should be removed from classrooms and school...

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Finland Censors Anti-Censorship Site

September 4, 2013
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Finland Censors Anti-Censorship Site

On August 28, the Supreme Administrative Court in Finland ruled that Finnish police adding a prominent anti-censorship website to its blacklist was a perfectly reasonable, not in any way illegal thing to do. Except was it? The site in question, lapsiporno.info (which translates to “child porn...

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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

September 4, 2013
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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

Our monthly column Using Graphic Novels in Education provides some great tips for using graphic novels in the classroom, but how can you use comics to get your kids reading from a young age? CBLDF’s publication for parents and teachers – Raising a Reader! How...

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CBLDF Returns to Baltimore Comic Con, Joined by BRIAN WOOD!

September 4, 2013
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CBLDF Returns to Baltimore Comic Con, Joined by BRIAN WOOD!

The Baltimore Comic makes its annual appearance at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend, and CBLDF will be there at booth #1601 with a slew of signed premiums! CBLDF is also proud to present Brian Wood, who will be signing in our booth on both Saturday and Sunday! Of...

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Back to School with Comics: Using Graphic Novels in Education

September 3, 2013
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Back to School with Comics: Using Graphic Novels in Education

School season has begun again! As kids return to classrooms, it’s a great time to encourage literacy by using graphic novels. Using Graphic Novels in Education is an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Silence of Our Friends

August 30, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Silence of Our Friends

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such...

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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

August 30, 2013
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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

Russian authorities confiscated politically-charged paintings on Monday from a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg. As a result of the seizure, the artist fled the country and the exhibit was shut down. The paintings — one of which depicts Russia’s President Vladmir Putin decked out in...

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Libraries Remind Parents of Responsibilities

August 29, 2013
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Libraries Remind Parents of Responsibilities

Frequently, when a book or other material is targeted for removal from a public library, it’s because a minor managed to access something that does not meet the approval of his or her parents or guardians. Although most libraries do their utmost to make clear that it’s not the responsibility of their staff...

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2013 RETAILER MEMBERSHIP Incentive Spotlight: Mighty Avengers #1 Comics Code Variant!

August 29, 2013
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2013 RETAILER MEMBERSHIP Incentive Spotlight: Mighty Avengers #1 Comics Code Variant!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors helps CBLDF round up our Retail Members. Comic stores have historically been terrific and loyal supporters of the Fund, and Diamond makes it easy for shops to renew their annual memberships, using Previews ordering forms (online and otherwise) as a membership drive. Every year since this program started, CBLDF has...

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“The Day the Saucers Came” Now Available on eBay!

August 29, 2013
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“The Day the Saucers Came” Now Available on eBay!

Today, we are auctioning our final FIVE prints of “The Day the Saucers Came.”  This extremely limited poster is signed and remarked by CBLDF supporter and bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The poster art is by Jouni Koponen and includes everything from zombies and UFOs to giants and fairies. This 10″ x 28″ poster is the...

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Barefoot Gen Ban Lifted

August 28, 2013
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Barefoot Gen Ban Lifted

In a victory for free speech, the Matsue City school board overturned an order that banned renown anti-war manga Barefoot Gen from school libraries. Keiji Nakazawa’s celebrated series was removed from shelves after a complainant — one who does not even live in the prefecture...

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South Korean Child Pornography Law Targets Drawings, Animation

August 28, 2013
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South Korean Child Pornography Law Targets Drawings, Animation

In 2011, the National Assembly of South Korea revised laws surrounding child pornography to cover materials featuring “creations of persons who can be perceived as minors” in sexual situations, expanding the definition of illegal practices to include the perceptions of viewers on the age of the...

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Violent Content Research Act Raises Free Speech Concerns

August 27, 2013
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Violent Content Research Act Raises Free Speech Concerns

Video games, the latest scapegoat in the war against gun violence, are being faced with yet another attempt to stifle their First Amendment rights. As a result of the Sandy Hook massacre and other recent tragedies, a new act is being proposed to require more study of the alleged link between video games and...

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Signed Poster Day on eBay!

August 26, 2013
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Signed Poster Day on eBay!

Today, we continue our series of eBay auctions with SIGNED POSTER DAY! Signed Poster Day begins with this Heroes for Hire poster, donated and signed by artist Khary Randolph (X-Men, Hellboy). With help from Emilio Lopez, Randolph’s reimagines the fan-favorite Marvel Comics duo of Luke “Power Man” Cage and Iron Fist as...

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The Inconvenience of Barefoot Gen

August 26, 2013
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The Inconvenience of Barefoot Gen

Translator and manga industry expert Dan Kanemitsu submitted the following opinion piece on the recent ban of Barefoot Gen from the perspective of being close to the ground in recent battles involving manga regulation in Japan. In December of 2010, Tokyo was buzzing over the revision...

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