Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the fifth 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 brings en ...

She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. With your help, CBLDF will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this fal ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

March 16, 2015
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French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

Recently, a Parisian court assented to hear the case of a French primary school teacher who is suing Facebook after his account was suspended in 2011 for posting an image of Gustave Courbet’s notorious painting L’Origine du monde, which shows a closeup of a woman’s...

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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Banned/Challenged and Pre-Code

March 13, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Banned/Challenged and Pre-Code

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. This week we spotlight some creators whose work has been most frequently banned and challenged, plus a few who started out in the Pre-Code Era. Follow our Tumblr every weekday for biographical snippets on female creators who have...

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Charlie Hebdo Exhibit Finally Finds Home in Finland Library

March 13, 2015
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Around the world, people have shown solidarity for the victims and survivors of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, but the Finnish Cartoon Society has had a much harder time finding a venue to host their own tribute exhibit “Minä olen Charlie” (“I am Charlie”). Due to security concerns as well as the recent attack at...

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Vote for ALA Conversation Starter Panel Discussing Graphic Novel Awards!

March 13, 2015
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Vote for ALA Conversation Starter Panel Discussing Graphic Novel Awards!

The ALA Annual Conference is coming to San Francisco, California, June 25-30, and librarians, educators, publishers, and special guests will mingle to talk about transforming our libraries! Among the events and panels is the Conversation Starter program: fast-paced, 45-minute sessions on the hottest issues. Voting...

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Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!

March 13, 2015
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Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!

On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading! Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers...

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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

March 12, 2015
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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

In Denmark, recent debates over whether the controversial political cartoons depicting Muhammad printed in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 should be included in Danish textbooks for educational purposes have raised concerns not only over the appropriateness of including such material in an educational setting, but more importantly how to teach them. In light of the…

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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

March 12, 2015
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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

In a recent article for Harper’s Magazine, Gabriel Thompson took an in-depth look at the fascinating history of one of the most controversial books in recent memory: The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell. The 1971 how-to manual for everything from bombs to drugs...

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CBLDF Celebrates Women By Supporting Their Work (And You Can Too!)

March 11, 2015
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CBLDF Celebrates Women By Supporting Their Work (And You Can Too!)

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women that spans government organizations, media and entertainment, education, and more! The comics industry is no exception to this communal undertaking, and CBLDF has done our part with daily articles summarizing the innumerable accomplishments and fascinating lives of women in comics. CBLDF wants to remind you that many...

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CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots – A Collection of Hard-to-Find Stories to Support a Good Cause!

March 11, 2015
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CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots – A Collection of Hard-to-Find Stories to Support a Good Cause!

Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) join forces once again to bring readers a...

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Entertainment Innovator Reginald Hudlin Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors

March 11, 2015
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Entertainment Innovator Reginald Hudlin Joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read, is proud to welcome Reginald Hudlin to its Board of Directors. Hudlin is an innovative force in modern black entertainment, having written or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang, and BeBe’s Kids, as well...

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Bonil Fined by His Government and Threatened by ISIS

March 10, 2015
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Earlier last month, political cartoonist, Bonil was charged with socioeconomic discrimination in his home country of Ecuador for his controversial cartoon mocking Afro-Ecuadorian legislative assemblyman, Agustin “Tin” Delgado. But Bonil hasn’t just been targeted by his home country — ISIS has also threatened him. Although the Ecuadorian government boasted the adoption of a more democratic...

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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

March 10, 2015
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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

Hot on the heels of last year’s Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, industry mainstay and Eisner Award administrator Jackie Estrada is gearing up for Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s – but she needs your help...

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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

March 9, 2015
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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

The celebrated mangaka and one of the founders of the “gekiga” school of alternative manga Yoshihiro Tatsumi has reportedly passed away at the age of 79. Tatsumi’s work was groundbreaking, boundary-pushing, and often breathtaking. He told stories that were haunting, and he explored complex topics such as...

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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

March 9, 2015
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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

Recently, we learned through a biased TV news report that Gilbert Hernandez’s acclaimed Hearthbreak Soup collection, Palomar, had been called “child porn” by a parent in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Today, CBLDF rose to the book’s defense by developing a letter with the Kids’ Right...

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When Satire Found a Home in Muslim Azerbaijan

March 9, 2015
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When Satire Found a Home in Muslim Azerbaijan

Long before Charlie Hebdo was skewering religious beliefs, politicians, and social issues from its home in France, the Muslim population of the Russian and Persian empires embraced satire in their own magazine, Molla Nasreddin, a weekly that was distributed 1906 – 1931. The paper was first printed in Georgia, but relocated to Azerbaijan in 1917.…

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