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 ...

TUSD’s Lift of Book Ban Draws Ire of Arizona Department of Education

November 1, 2013
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TUSD’s Lift of Book Ban Draws Ire of Arizona Department of Education

After nearly two years of being banned from classrooms, the school board for the Tucson Unified School District voted to allow seven Mexican American Studies books back into classrooms as supplemental materials. The move received an immediate negative response from the Arizona Department of Education. Alexis Huicochea with the Arizona Daily Star shared a statement...

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Chinese Cartoonist Stands Up to Censors

November 1, 2013
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Chinese Cartoonist Stands Up to Censors

China has long drawn fire for policies that lead to rampant censorship, whether government sanctioned or self-imposed. Recently, a cartoonist fell victim to the country’s crackdown on bloggers. In the last few months, hundreds of people have been detained for “rumor-mongering” and dissent against the government. Earlier this month, cartoonist Wang Liming was taken into…

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Last Day to BE COUNTED! Join CBLDF Today!

October 31, 2013
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Last Day to BE COUNTED! Join CBLDF Today!

In 2013, book censorship is on the rise. CBLDF is fighting back, but we can’t do it without you! From the attempted ban on Persepolis in the Chicago Public Schools last spring, to the current controversy over the removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere...

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Massachusetts Library Survey Reveals Challenges to Comics

October 31, 2013
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Massachusetts Library Survey Reveals Challenges to Comics

A recent exhaustive survey of challenges and bans of materials in Massachusetts public libraries has uncovered a few cases involving comics and graphic novels — as well as a major shortcoming in the state’s public records law, which allows libraries to dispose of...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Boxers & Saints

October 31, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Boxers & Saints

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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Second Issue of Sex Criminals Under Review at Apple

October 30, 2013
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Second Issue of Sex Criminals Under Review at Apple

The second issue of Matt Fraction’s acclaimed Image Comics title Sex Criminals is being held for questioning by Apple. Although the book is available elsewhere digitally and has been performing admirably in sales, it isn’t available through the iOS version of ComiXology. The ComiXology Android...

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Legendary Cartoonists Join Jeff Smith at CBLDF’s Nov. 10 Benefit Brunch – Get Your Tickets Now!

October 29, 2013
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Legendary Cartoonists Join Jeff Smith at CBLDF’s Nov. 10 Benefit Brunch – Get Your Tickets Now!

On November 10, legendary cartoonists Patrick McDonnell, Paul Pope, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder will attend a brunch hosted by Jeff Smith at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Kids’ Right...

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Retailer Membership Drive Ends TODAY!

October 28, 2013
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Retailer Membership Drive Ends TODAY!

Diamond has graciously solicited our Retailer Membership program, and today is FOC to join through the drive! We have some great items this year for stores that join (or re-join) the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, including this variant of MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 by Jason Latour: And this extremely limited...

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CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now Available Direct from CBLDF!

October 28, 2013
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CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Now Available Direct from CBLDF!

CBLDF is proud to present the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013, edited by Dark Horse Comics Editor-in Chief Scott Allie and featuring original work from Richard Corben, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Art Baltazar, Franco, Paul Tobin, Emi Lenox, and many, many more… Visit the CBLDF Rewards Zone to pick among four amazing covers, including the...

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The Secret History of Comics Censorship

October 25, 2013
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The Secret History of Comics Censorship

Researcher Carol Tilley revealed to the world that much of Fredric Wertham’s data supporting the “dangers” of comics were largely fabricated. Her evidence? Wertham’s own notes and papers. Recently, Tilley joined CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and Abrams Comicarts editorial director Charles Kochman for “The Secret History of Comics Censorship,” a panel presented at NYCC...

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CBLDF Retailer Membership Drive Deadline is Monday! Don’t Miss Out!

October 25, 2013
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CBLDF Retailer Membership Drive Deadline is Monday! Don’t Miss Out!

It’s that time of year again, when Diamond graciously solicits our Retailer Membership program! We have some great items this year for stores that join (or re-join) the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, including this variant of MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 by Jason Latour:   And this extremely limited variant of THE...

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Popular Cartoon Runs Afoul of Chinese Censors

October 25, 2013
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Popular Cartoon Runs Afoul of Chinese Censors

Accusations of animated violence have led to censorship of one of China’s most popular children’s cartoons off air. The cartoon, Pleasant Goat and the Big Bad Wolf — sometimes billed as China’s version of Mickey Mouse, complete with some licencing agreements with Disney — is in...

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s New Perfume Benefits CBLDF

October 25, 2013
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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s New Perfume Benefits CBLDF

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has once again joined forces with Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere to produce an exclusive scent that benefits CBLDF’s important First Amendment work! BPAL’s All Hallow’s Apple perfume celebrates All Hallow’s Read, Gaiman’s annual initiative to encourage the exchange of scary books...

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Removal of Self-Published Content by Online Retailers Results in Petition

October 24, 2013
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In response to an alarming number of retail giants removing self-published material deemed “inappropriate” from their websites, a group of authors have come together to form a petition in support of the creators. While each privately owned company is entitled to determine and exercise their own policies, there are concerns over the vagueness of content...

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Tucson School District Lifts Ban on Mexican American Studies Books

October 23, 2013
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Tucson School District Lifts Ban on Mexican American Studies Books

Nearly two years ago, the Tucson school district dissolved the acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. In doing so, they removed seven books by Latino and Native writers from the curriculum. Last night, the TUSD school board voted 3-2 to allow the books as supplementary classroom materials. In response to the dissolution of the MAS program,...

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