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. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

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

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...

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...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! 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!...

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 ...

SDCC 2013: Friday Events with CBLDF

July 19, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Friday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF: Raising a Reader Friday, July 19 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of...

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The Bluest Eye Challenged in Colorado School District

July 19, 2013
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The Bluest Eye Challenged in Colorado School District

One of the most frequently challenged and banned books of the past decade is again under fire, as some parents in Adams County, Colorado, have launched an online petition asking their school district to remove Toni Morrison’s The Bluest...

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Canadian “Anti-comics” Law Used to Prosecute Website Owner

July 18, 2013
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A 1949 law passed to prevent the corrupting influence of comic books is being used in Edmonton, Canada, to prosecute the owner of a website that posted a video showing the alleged murder and dismemberment of Chinese exchange student Jun Lin. Daniel Schwartz with CBC News describes the “corrupting morals” law that is being used...

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SDCC 2013: Thursday Events with CBLDF

July 18, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Thursday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF: Banned Comics! Thursday, July 18 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States; learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and...

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SDCC 2013: Everything CBLDF!

July 17, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Everything CBLDF!

It’s here! Comic-Con International 2013 launches with tonight’s Preview Night, and CBLDF is joining the fun with exclusives galore at Booth #1920! We also have the best party of the show, the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party and a spectacular assortment of panels and signings! Finally, don’t miss your...

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Infographic Reveals the Reasons Comics Are Challenged

July 16, 2013
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Infographic Reveals the Reasons Comics Are Challenged

Designer Tim Leong — who will be joining CBLDF throughout Comic-Con for signings of his new book Super Graphic — has assembled an amazing new infographic that reveals the reasons why comic books and graphic novels are challenged and banned in libraries. The reasons for challenging comic books run the gamut from anti-family to...

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CBLDF Releases RAISING A READER, a Resource for Parents and Educators

July 15, 2013
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CBLDF Releases RAISING A READER, a Resource for Parents and Educators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release “Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!,” a new resource for parents and educators about the learning benefits of comics! This new resource is written by Dr. Meryl...

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Combined School/Public Libraries Can Succeed–With Careful Planning

July 12, 2013
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Combined School/Public Libraries Can Succeed–With Careful Planning

Last week, the ongoing saga of the Morristown Branch of the Shelby County Public Library caught our attention. Located inside Morristown Junior-Senior High School, the branch serves both the students of the school and the small community of Morristown, Indiana, population 1,216. Such cooperative endeavors between school and public libraries are ...

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SDCC 2013: CBLDF Hosts Signings at Booth 1920!

July 11, 2013
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SDCC 2013: CBLDF Hosts Signings at Booth 1920!

Comic Con International is a busy week for the CBLDF. Aside from the excellent programs, panels, and evening events we have going on, we will also be hosting a full slate of signings and booth appearances. Please stop by and say “hi” throughout the weekend; everyone appearing in our booth is braving...

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SDCC 2013: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, Sponsored by Image Comics, comiXology, and Aces Weekly!

July 11, 2013
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SDCC 2013: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, Sponsored by Image Comics, comiXology, and Aces Weekly!

Start your Comic-Con with the greatest stars in comics at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics, comiXology, and Aces Weekly, with special gallery displays from TFAW.com and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun...

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SDCC 2013: CBLDF Live Art Auction — Items from Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Charlie Adlard & More! Introduced by Cory Doctorow!

July 11, 2013
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SDCC 2013: CBLDF Live Art Auction — Items from Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Charlie Adlard & More! Introduced by Cory Doctorow!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund hosts its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con — the CBLDF Live Art Auction, happening on Saturday, July 20! Author and activist Cory Doctorow kicks off this year’s auction with a special introduction. Then, the bidding for a treasure...

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Exit Wounds Artwork Defaced by Student at German University

July 10, 2013
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Exit Wounds Artwork Defaced by Student at German University

As the world becomes a more globalized place, artists have the ability to reach a wider and more diverse audience than ever before, but with that new, larger audience comes the ability to offend, as well as inspire, a greater number of people. A recent...

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SDCC 2013: Exclusive Adventure Time and Quantum & Woody Variants Top CBLDF’s Awesome Debut Premiums!

July 10, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Exclusive Adventure Time and Quantum & Woody Variants Top CBLDF’s Awesome Debut Premiums!

Next week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund arrives in San Diego for Comic-Con International with a bunch of exciting new fundraising premiums! Let's take a look at some of the exciting new items you'll find at booth #1920...

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Japanese Researcher Declares Manga and Anime Good for Children

July 9, 2013
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Japanese Researcher Declares Manga and Anime Good for Children

How many times did your parents tell you to stop reading comic books or watching cartoons so you can read a “real book”? One researcher in Japan is telling parents to stop denying manga and anime to their children because he argues these media can help...

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SDCC 2013: The CBLDF Panels!

July 9, 2013
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SDCC 2013: The CBLDF Panels!

Comic-Con International: San Diego is just around the corner, and CBLDF is ready to lay down some education with panels about comics censorship, banned comics, using comics to raise a reader, and the attacks on manga! Don't forget our ever-popular live art jam! Details follow...

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