Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous co ...

CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

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 ...

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 ...

Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle Week 2 Features More Amazing Titles!

July 2, 2014
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Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle Week 2 Features More Amazing Titles!

The Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle features 118 issues across 17 comic book titles and it has already raised thousands of dollars for charity. As we enter week 2 of the offering, three amazing new titles have been added to the bundle, which benefits CBLDF,...

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Celebrate Independence Day with Signed Comics!

July 1, 2014
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Celebrate Independence Day with Signed Comics!

Few things are more American than our right to free speech. With Independence Day fast approaching, consider supporting CBLDF’s fight on behalf of the First Amendment rights of the comics community by visiting our Rewards Zone! We just added some amazing new signed premiums: SPOTLIGHT ITEM:...

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

July 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

Following last week’s news that John Green’s Paper Towns was removed from a summer reading list in Pasco County, Florida without due process, CBLDF yesterday joined a coalition calling on the school district to restore the book and to follow its own policies...

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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

June 30, 2014
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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

Yet another school district, in Delaware this time, has removed a book from a summer reading list without following its own procedure for reviewing challenged materials. The Cape-Gazette newspaper reported today that the Cape Henlopen school board voted on June 12 to remove Emily M....

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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

June 30, 2014
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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member...

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Join CBLDF This Weekend in Las Vegas for ALA Annual!

June 27, 2014
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Join CBLDF This Weekend in Las Vegas for ALA Annual!

This weekend, CBLDF is headed to Las Vegas to join thousands of librarians for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. From June 27 – 30, you’ll find CBLDF at booth 2014 in the Graphic Novel – Gaming pavilion. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will...

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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

June 27, 2014
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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

As you may have heard, this week the Supreme Court unanimously decided that police must obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of someone they arrest. What does this mean for comics fans and professionals? We’re glad you asked! First, a little background...

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

June 27, 2014
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Bone for Banned Books Week

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 scoop about what comics are banned, how to report...

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Emma Rios, Frank Quitely & More Team Up with TFAW to Donate to the CBLDF SDCC Auction

June 26, 2014
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Emma Rios, Frank Quitely & More Team Up with TFAW to Donate to the CBLDF SDCC Auction

Since 2009, Things From Another World (TFAW) has proudly teamed up with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to solicit donations of original art for their annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con, helping to raise more than $100,000 to support the First Amendment rights of the comics community. But wait: this year should be...

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Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle Rewards Fans to Benefit CBLDF!

June 25, 2014
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To celebrate their first decade of comic book publishing, Dynamite Entertainment launches its first ever Humble Bundle promotion which will allow fans to purchase over 120 digital comics books and graphic novels (the largest Humble Bumble comics collection in history) at a cost of each person’s...

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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

June 25, 2014
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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

Florida seems to be the place for unilateral book bans this summer. A few weeks after a Pensacola high school principal cancelled an entire summer reading program rather than let students read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, now a Tampa-area school district has removed...

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The Sims Prove That LGBT Characters Are Family-Friendly

June 25, 2014
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The Sims Prove That LGBT Characters Are Family-Friendly

For a long time, the common wisdom among publishers, movie studios, and other gatekeepers of content has held that LGBT characters are verboten in mainstream all-ages material. LGBT content is a frequent target of censors, and as we saw in a recent column by...

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AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Under Fire for Anonymous Online Posts

June 24, 2014
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AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Under Fire for Anonymous Online Posts

In stating that Tucson’s banned Mexican American Studies program “contained content promoting resentment toward a race or class of people” and that “materials repeatedly reference white people as being ‘oppressors….’ in violation of state law,” Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal’s bias against Mexican American’s has been obvious, but the recent discovery of Huppenthal’s...

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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

June 24, 2014
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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

Pakistani political cartoonist Sabir Nazar is lucky. He’s currently in Washington, DC for a six-month fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, just as extremist attacks against journalists are ramping up in his home country. A few days ago he talked to Public Radio International’s Carol Hills about the difficulty of carving out a...

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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

June 20, 2014
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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

In a few days we will mark the 11th anniversary since the Supreme Court decided in United States v. American Library Association that filtering of Internet access on school and library computers does not infringe on free speech rights. The case resulted from...

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