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 ...

Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat’s NYCC Welcome Party & CBLDF Member Drive

October 4, 2013
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Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat’s NYCC Welcome Party & CBLDF Member Drive

Dynamite Entertainment & The Beat kick NYCC off with a big bang on Thursday, October 10! Come join comics’ greatest creators and Be Counted as a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the Smithfield in the heart of NYC! This party...

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Persecuted Cartoonists Converse About Censorship

October 4, 2013
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Persecuted Cartoonists Converse About Censorship

Cartoonists Rights Network International recently shared in interview between Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and Singaporean cartoonist Leslie Chew — both of whom have been arrested and persecuted in their home countries for their political cartoons. Zunar visited Singapore and interviewed Chew for the CRNI website. Zunar was awarded the Cartoonists Rights Network International’s annual Award for…

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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Graphic Novels in Classrooms

October 4, 2013
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Dr. Meryl Jaffe has graciously donated her time to write our ongoing series Using Graphic Novels in Education. So far, she has provided teaching tips and Common Core State Standards correlations for Persepolis, American Born Chinese, The Silence of Our Friends, and Barefoot Gen. Dr. Jaffe recently participated in a webinar...

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Early Reviews Are In: Get Your Copy of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now!

October 3, 2013
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Early Reviews Are In: Get Your Copy of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now!

CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual hit shelves yesterday, and early reviews are already singing its praises! When you buy a copy, not only do you get some of the best creators in comics — edited by Dark Horse Comics Editor-in Chief Scott Allie, it features original work...

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Laptop Searches at the U.S. Border Continue to Cause Concern

October 2, 2013
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Laptop Searches at the U.S. Border Continue to Cause Concern

Imagine going on a relaxing vacation out of the country with friends or family, but upon your return to the United States, your laptop is taken from you by border security for what seems to be no reason at all. Frighteningly enough, this is a problem that is becoming more frequent. As we have seen...

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Jeff Smith Named To CBLDF Board of Directors

October 1, 2013
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Jeff Smith Named To CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund proudly announces that Jeff Smith, the celebrated creator of Bone and RASL has been unanimously elected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. Smith joins fellow authors Larry Marder, Jennifer L. Holm, and Paul Levitz, as well...

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BE COUNTED: Gene Yang Celebrates Banned Books Week

September 30, 2013
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BE COUNTED: Gene Yang Celebrates Banned Books Week

Last week, people around the country celebrate Banned Books Week. Gene Luen Yang was among the celebrants, and he took a moment to create original art for a guest post on poet E. Kristin Anderson’s blog. Check out the art below and join Yang...

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Get Amazing Manga Gifts At Kinokuniya NYC’s CBLDF Member Drive This Saturday!

September 27, 2013
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Get Amazing Manga Gifts At Kinokuniya NYC’s CBLDF Member Drive This Saturday!

New York manga fans are invited to celebrate Banned Books Week tomorrow at Kinokuniya Bookstore (across from Bryant Park) where the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be holding a membership drive featuring incredible manga gifts including original art from manga-ka, advance copies of new manga, rare Attack on Titan merch, and more!  Festivities run...

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Rainbow Rowell Talks to CBLDF About the Attack on Eleanor & Park

September 27, 2013
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Rainbow Rowell Talks to CBLDF About the Attack on Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell, author of the best-selling young adult novel Eleanor & Park, spoke with CBLDF regarding the recent controversy she faced when two parents managed to gain the support of a Minnesota school district and library board to cancel planned speaking engagements due to her “dangerously obscene” book. Eleanor & Park was released in early…

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Banned Books Week Goes to College

September 27, 2013
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Banned Books Week Goes to College

Hi, CBLDF fans! This week I’m taking a break from writing about censorship and free speech elsewhere to tell you how we recognize Banned Books Week in the university library where I’m a Reference librarian. Now in its 31st year, the annual celebration of...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Barefoot Gen

September 26, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Barefoot Gen

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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Banned Books Week: Teens Lead Protests Against Book Bans

September 26, 2013
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Banned Books Week: Teens Lead Protests Against Book Bans

Lately, most of the books being attacked by censors are meant for young adult audiences. Many adults argue that the books meant for teens facilitate unsavory behaviors — teenage drinking, underage sex, and more. But teens have proven to be key players in protests against book bans. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Almost simultaneous with a…

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Ban on Ralph Ellison’s Invisble Man Rescinded in North Carolina

September 26, 2013
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Ban on Ralph Ellison’s Invisble Man Rescinded in North Carolina

Earlier this week, CBLDF protested the ban of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man by the Randolph County Board of Education in North Carolina. After the protest that erupted in response to the ban, the school board staged a special meeting on Wednesday to review the decision, ultimately...

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Banned Books Week: CBLDF Defends Dozens of Books in 2012-13

September 25, 2013
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Banned Books Week: CBLDF Defends Dozens of Books in 2012-13

This week alone, CBLDF signed three letters defending banned books and the authors of challenged books. Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read, but a look back at all of the books we helped protect since last year’s Banned Books Week is an object lesson in why we still need to...

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Banned Books Week: Charles Brownstein Talks CBLDF with Project Censored

September 25, 2013
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Banned Books Week: Charles Brownstein Talks CBLDF with Project Censored

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein joined the hosts of KPFA’s Project Censored, a weekly radio show out of Berkeley, California, that focuses on censorship issues around the nation. Last Friday’s show was dedicated to Banned Books Week. The full episode description from Project Censored: Banned Books...

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