Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

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

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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!

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 ...

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 ...

Young Adult Novel Banned from Distribution in New Zealand

September 14, 2015
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Young Adult Novel Banned from Distribution in New Zealand

After a series of back-and-forth censor board reviews, the award-winning young adult novel Into the River by New Zealand writer Ted Dawe is now completely banned in the author’s native country, pending yet another review that will likely come next month. Currently any individual,...

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Fight the War on Naughtiness: Stock Up on CBLDF Liberty Annual, FOCS 9/14!

September 11, 2015
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Fight the War on Naughtiness: Stock Up on CBLDF Liberty Annual, FOCS 9/14!

The 2015 LIBERTY ANNUAL is almost here! Shipping October 7th, it’s adults only, extremely silly, and featuring the likes of John Arcudi, Jeffrey Brown, Derek Charm, Tyler Crook, Vanesa Del Rey, Evan Dorkin, Nate Doyle, Duncan Fegredo, Bob Fingerman, Tom Fowler, Sina Grace, Gabriel Hardman, Eric Powell, R. Sikoryak, Gabe Soria, Art Spiegelman, Fred Van...

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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

September 11, 2015
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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

When political cartoonists from around the country and the world gathered in Columbus, Ohio last week for the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, many of them were thinking of a colleague who couldn’t attend. At a ...

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Tennessee Parent Confuses “Gynecology with Pornography”

September 11, 2015
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Upset over the graphic nature of a passage in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a parent in Knoxville, Tennessee is taking her complaint to the district level and attempting to have the book removed from all local county schools. The New York Times bestselling biography of Henrietta Lacks—an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells…

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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

September 10, 2015
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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

Shortly after some Duke University freshmen made news by publicly opting out of reading Fun Home for an all-class summer reading program, another new student at the public university just down the road is also...

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Former Librarian Counters Some Girls Are Ban in SC with Huge Book Drive

September 10, 2015
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When former librarian Kelly Jensen heard about the removal of Some Girls Are from an optional high school summer reading list in Charleston, South Carolina, she took the knee-jerk reaction to appease an upset parent as a call to action. Working closely with her community and even the author of the novel herself, Jensen collected...

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Latest Humble Bundle Features Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

September 9, 2015
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Latest Humble Bundle Features Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

Humble Bundle is teaming up with international bestselling author Neil Gaiman to make some of his rarest and most sought after works available digitally for the first time ever. The works featured here range from books published early in Gaiman’s career turned collector’s item, never collected...

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Banned Books Week 2015: Free Posters and Resources!

September 9, 2015
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Banned Books Week 2015: Free Posters and Resources!

Banned Books Week 2015 is coming up September 27 – October 3. As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF is proud to offer free print resources for libraries, educators, and retailers who want to join the celebration! First up, we...

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NC School Board Changes Policy to Keep Challenged Books in Classrooms

September 8, 2015
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Earlier this summer, a unanimous vote successfully kept Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in Buncombe County, North Carolina, classrooms and initiated a necessary discussion about whether existing school policy about how to handle challenged books should be changed. In a board meeting last Thursday, that conversation concluded, and it was decided that teachers could continue...

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Captain Underpants Creator Urges Parents to Make a Change For Banned Books Week

September 8, 2015
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In 2012, Captain Underpants topped the American Library Association’s most frequently banned book list for its “unsuitable” content. It popped again as the #1 most banned book in 2013 for offensive language and violence. In light of the numerous challenges that his popular children’s series has faced, creator Dav Pilkey recently contributed an...

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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

September 7, 2015
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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. Vacations are over and school has started once again, but CBLDF didn’t get to take a break this summer. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a new trend: Censors are as active — if not more so — during the summer months!...

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Newspaper Comics Stuck “Between a Crock and a Hard Place”

September 4, 2015
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Newspaper Comics Stuck “Between a Crock and a Hard Place”

Nearly everyone can agree that most newspaper comics have a certain stodgy aura, particularly compared to the dynamism and diversity of their cousins in book form. In a three-part extravaganza this week, the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna has been...

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Banned Books Week 2015: Tell CBLDF About Your Plans to Celebrate the Right to Read!

September 4, 2015
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Banned Books Week 2015: Tell CBLDF About Your Plans to Celebrate the Right to Read!

Banned Books Week 2015 is coming up September 27 – October 3. As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF wants to hear from librarians, retailers, educators, publishers, and others about any events or displays they may be planning! This year,...

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Cartoonist Bonil Keeps Up Fight Against Government Censorship

September 4, 2015
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From exorbitant fines to charges of “socioeconomic discrimination” to threats from ISIS, cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, best known by his pen-name Bonil, and his work have been frequent targets of the Ecuadorian government. As we learn in a recent interview with Sampsonia Way, he continues to fight for his and all cartoonists’ right...

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Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Gear Bundle Helps You Celebrate This September!

September 3, 2015
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Libraries, schools, and bookshops around the nation will be celebrating the freedom to read September 27 - October 8. The seven day celebration of the freedom to read will focus on Young Adult books, including the many young adult comics challenged in schools! That’s why the CBLDF is proud to present the BANNED BOOKS WEEK...

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