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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Nipples: Facebook’s Least Favorite Body Part

September 13, 2012
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Nipples: Facebook’s Least Favorite Body Part

What does it take to get The New Yorker banned from Facebook, even for a few hours? Apparently a couple of dots. On the front of a pair of female breasts, of course. Specifically, the following cartoon: Facebook’s banning policies prohibit both “obvious sexual activity,” and “naked ‘private parts’,” which includes female —...

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A Moroccan Political Cartoonist Discusses the “Red Lines” of Censorship

September 13, 2012
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A Moroccan Political Cartoonist Discusses the “Red Lines” of Censorship

Despite describing his native Morocco as being “like a chained human being and there is a giant mosquito drinking its blood,” and believing that “political cartoons have no impact on Moroccan policies,” political cartoonist Tarek Benbaba is still motivated to keep drawing, to keep offering political commentary because “by making cartoons I feel I...

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Take a Look at the Covers for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012!

September 12, 2012
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Take a Look at the Covers for CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012!

October is on the horizon, and that means the 2012 edition of CBLDF Liberty Annual will soon be in your hands! Each year, Image Comics releases the Annual to benefit the First Amendment work of CBLDF. This year, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson took the editorial reins, compiling the best Annual yet. Earlier this week,...

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CBLDF Welcomes iVerse Media As Latest Corporate Member!

September 12, 2012
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CBLDF Welcomes iVerse Media As Latest Corporate Member!

Digital Content Distributor Joins the CBLDF’s Fight to Protect First Amendment Rights! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and digital comics innovator iVerse Media jointly announced today iVerse’s addition to the CBLDF’s growing roster of industry supporters.  As the organization’s newest corporate member, iVerse...

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Welcome to the New CBLDF.org!

September 10, 2012
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Today the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to unveil the new and radically improved CBLDF.org!  With a daily news blog and a rich and growing Resources section, we strive to make CBLDF.org your best tool for information about comics censorship. The new site...

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CBLDF Blasts Into Fall Convention Season At Baltimore Comic Con

September 8, 2012
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CBLDF Blasts Into Fall Convention Season At Baltimore Comic Con

This weekend the CBLDF is on the road to Baltimore for the Baltimore Comic Con! Come meet CBLDF Deputy Director at Booth 1402 where we’re offering a vast array of cool items to our supporters! At The Booth (1402): Show us your CBLDF Membership Card...

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Audio Of 1954 Juvenile Delinquency Hearings Resurfaces

September 8, 2012
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Audio Of 1954 Juvenile Delinquency Hearings Resurfaces

By Joe Izenman The 1954 Senate Subcommittee hearings examining the possible relationship between comics and juvenile delinquency remain the most significant moment in the history of comic book censorship. Centered on the testimony of Dr. Fredric Wertham, author of Seduction of...

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Russian Child-Protection Law Leads to Censorship of Animated Shows

September 6, 2012
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Russian Child-Protection Law Leads to Censorship of Animated Shows

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?” It’s the catchphrase of Helen Lovejoy, a character from The Simpsons. It also seems to be the rallying cry of the Russian Federation. Recent legislation intended to protect children from harmful information is now affecting programming on a national television channel. The Simpsons is one of the shows...

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Graphic Novel Removed from Connecticut School District’s Summer Reading List

September 5, 2012
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Graphic Novel Removed from Connecticut School District’s Summer Reading List

The video game-themed graphic novel Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux will be removed as an option on a Connecticut school district’s ninth grade summer reading list after a parent complained of profanity and sexual references in the book. The Enfield, Connecticut, Board of...

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Junior High School Teacher Fired for Students’ Political Cartoons

September 4, 2012
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Junior High School Teacher Fired for Students’ Political Cartoons

by Mark Bousquet An assignment asking junior high school students to create a political cartoon has resulted in the teacher being fired. Robert Duncan, a teacher at Boyet Junior High School in Slidell, Louisiana was fired earlier this month after a parent complained about artwork from the assignment Duncan had hung outside of his classroom....

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Wagner In Israel: The Unofficial Ban

September 3, 2012
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How much should artistic expression be curbed in the name of cultural sensitivity? How long should a dead creator’s works be judged, not on their merits, but on the political inclinations of their maker? The works of legendary opera composer Richard Wagner have not been performed in the state of Israel, or indeed even pre-Israel,…

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Unshelved Celebrates Virtual Read-Out

August 31, 2012
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Unshelved, a webcomic created by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, ran a series of comic strips this week to celebrate Banned Books Week’s Virtual Read-Out. According to the website’s About page, Ambaum and Barnes began publishing Unshelved, which focuses on the staff of a community library, in 2002. The strips, which began running...

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Comics Struggle to Gain a Foothold in Iran

August 31, 2012
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Comics Struggle to Gain a Foothold in Iran

Increasingly, young artists in Iran are expressing their love for comic books. Rather than imitate the work found in American and European comics, these artists want to put a uniquely Iranian stamp on their work. However, they find their voices constrained by the need to...

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Senate to Consider Bill Designed to Protect Journalists and ISPs from SLAPP Lawsuits

August 28, 2012
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A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, better known as a SLAPP lawsuit, is a legal action initiated by a party with the primary purpose of causing its opponent to succumb to the pressures of litigation. Often times, the party filing a SLAPP lawsuit is aware it is likely to lose its case, but files anyway,...

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American Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Presents Video Conference on Editorial Cartoons for Pakistani Journalists

August 27, 2012
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American Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Presents Video Conference on Editorial Cartoons for Pakistani Journalists

In mid-August, American cartoonist Daryl Cagle presented a video conference on for editorial cartoonists and journalists based in Lahore, Pakistan. Cagle discussed the impact of political cartoons in the US, and the lack of restrictions on the ideas that American cartoonists can express....

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