Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

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!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only...

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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

April 22, 2015
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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

Two long-time CBLDF supporters, Last Gasp Publishing and Humble Bundle, have partnered for the ultimate digital collection of underground comix artists and anthologies — the Humble Underground Book Bundle! Now they’ve added even more titles to an already amazing bundle! You can...

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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

April 22, 2015
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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in...

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Françoise Mouly: Kids’ Comics Deserve Respect

April 22, 2015
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From her underground work, including co-founding RAW magazine, to her current role as comics publisher at Toon Books and as cover art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly has become a venerable force in the comics industry and mainstream press especially with regard to her work fighting for the legitimization of comics as...

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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

April 21, 2015
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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the...

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A Look Back on the Controversy of Mortal Kombat

April 21, 2015
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The newest addition to the popular video game series, Mortal Kombat X, hit retail shelves last week and along with discussions of the 10th edition’s newest — and already controversial — violent game play also came reminiscences of the game’s very contentious history. From the complicated and mixed reception that the franchise has faced within…

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Zunar Remains Defiant Before Trial

April 21, 2015
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Zunar Remains Defiant Before Trial

Facing trial next month on nine counts of sedition which could carry a sentence of up to 43 years, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been making the English-language media rounds with a profile from news agency AFP and an interview with Al Jazeera....

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CBLDF will C U at C2E2!

April 20, 2015
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CBLDF will C U at C2E2!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to arrive in the City of Broad Shoulders, to exhibit at C2E2! We will be in booth 309, with a ton of great stuff new for 2015, including the complimentary first issue of...

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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

April 20, 2015
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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

From events like the attack on Charlie Hebdo to the governmental persecution of cartoonists around the world, in light of what seems to be a disturbing increase in attacks on free speech a series of questions continue to come up in both the mainstream media and...

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Last Week’s MoCCA Fest Leaves CBLDF with New Premiums for Supporters

April 18, 2015
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MoCCA Fest 2015 gathered together creators and fans of comics, both internationally and as far away as Brooklyn. Three levels (not including the rooftop lounge) brimmed with artists and micro-publishers promoting new and original works.  CBLDF was in the mix, receiving tremendous support from attendees and exhibitors alike. One Comic Defender even made us customized…

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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

April 17, 2015
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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

American political satirist and cartoonist Garry Trudeau is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work, and in his recent article published in The Atlantic, he invited further controversy with inflammatory comments equating the editorial decisions at the Charlie Hebdo office to hate speech and what...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 12: Emerald City LIVE! With Josh Fialkov, Ed Luce, and Dirk Wood!

April 17, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 12: Emerald City LIVE! With Josh Fialkov, Ed Luce, and Dirk Wood!

In this episode, we come to you from Seattle, Washington, with a live recording from Emerald City Comic Con! Our panel includes Josh Fialkov (Elk’s Run, Punks, The Bunker, Ultimate FF), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), and IDW Publishing’s VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood. We discuss: Libraries,...

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga...

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week Throughout May with Kids Comics Blog Tour!

April 16, 2015
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week Throughout May with Kids Comics Blog Tour!

On May 2, Free Comic Book Day will kick of the 96th annual Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. To celebrate, our friends at First Second have organized “Five Questions with Kids Comics Authors,” a...

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Is the Games Press to Blame in Video Game Persecution?

April 16, 2015
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Is the Games Press to Blame in Video Game Persecution?

For over a decade now, video games have become one of the central figures in the continuing debate over what should be considered speech protected by the First Amendment, especially when it comes to speech consumed by children. In a recent episode of The Point on...

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