Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the second issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring eng ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

April 11, 2014
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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

Last weekend the CBLDF had a spectacular time at the MoCCA Festival here in NYC, presented by the Society of Illustrators.  It was CBLDF’s privilege to host signings with Guests of Honor Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Fiona Staples, and Robert Williams, all of whom signed extra...

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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 11, 2014
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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 3 marked the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s arrest in New York on obscenity charges. His crime? Using phrases such as “jack me off,” “nice tits,” and “go come in a chicken” in his stand up routine. Within the year, he was convicted of obscenity,...

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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

April 10, 2014
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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

Despite overwhelming evidence otherwise, violent video games have long been a scapegoat for politicians, pundits, and more when discussing the causes of real world violence. Two recent studies have added to the evidence that strongly contradicts the idea that the violence in video games correlates to real world violence. In the first study, scientists at…

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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

April 10, 2014
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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the past year. This year the...

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use...

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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

April 9, 2014
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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

On April 3, 2014, Revolution News published an article containing three Carlos Latuff political cartoons. One cartoon in particular caused the article to be removed from Facebook, where the news site shared a link to the posting. The cartoon featured a caricature of Death resurrecting nazi fascism from the grave, referencing a recent scandal...

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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

April 8, 2014
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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

Heads up! CBLDF fave Carol Tilley, the University of Illinois professor and researcher who last year proved that anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham fabricated evidence for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, has a couple of upcoming appearances that may interest...

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a...

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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

April 4, 2014
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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

Last Sunday, Washington Post readers might have been surprised to find a rerun of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip in the print edition of the paper. The paper decided to pull the strip over the use of one word: “midget.” In the strip, Rat and Goat discuss terms that were once acceptable, such…

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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

April 4, 2014
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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, today is a nation-wide day of...

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CBLDF Hosts Amazing Creators at MoCCA Arts Festival!

April 3, 2014
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CBLDF Hosts Amazing Creators at MoCCA Arts Festival!

This weekend, CBLDF will be exhibiting at the MoCCA Arts Festival, where we’ll be hosting signings with guests of honor Alison Bechdel, Robert Williams, Fiona Staples, and Howard Cruse. Running Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5, the MoCCA Arts Festival is presented by the Society of Illustrators...

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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

April 3, 2014
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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

When we heard on Tuesday that Reddit’s r/Books group was banning discussions of certain popular books, we knew better than to raise the alarm right away. The ban went into effect on April 1, after all, even though it was announced a few...

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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

April 2, 2014
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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsoring partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, an effort founded and supervised by the National Coalition Against Censorship as part of its Youth Free Expression Project. NCAC is currently seeking a new Program Associate to...

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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

April 2, 2014
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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

Continuing our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund makes the move into the AUDIO-SPHERE! Available streaming below or downloadable via iTunes, we’re delighted to introduce the CBLDF Podcast! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival...

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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a...

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