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 ...

CBLDF Launches Banned Books Week at the Brooklyn Books Festival!

September 20, 2013
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CBLDF Launches Banned Books Week at the Brooklyn Books Festival!

Celebrate the start of Banned Books Week by supporting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the Brooklyn Books Festival, this Sunday, September 22, at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza! CBLDF will be on hand with signed premiums and a special signing with Gene Yang! The Brooklyn Book...

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Charles Brownstein on CBLDF Presents Manga

September 20, 2013
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Charles Brownstein on CBLDF Presents Manga

Brigid Alverson with MTV Geek recently sat down with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to discuss CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, a definitive handbook about manga for teachers, parents, librarians, and anyone who has an interest in the category. Alverson started the interview...

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Banned Books Week: Resources for Educators and Librarians

September 20, 2013
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Banned Books Week: Resources for Educators and Librarians

Banned Books Week starts this weekend, and one way to help prevent challenges and bans is to make sure you’re informed! CBLDF has a number of resources that inform librarians and educators about comic books and graphic novels, and ways to prevent and react to challenges. Let’s take a look! ...

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Melinda Gebbie Discusses Lost Girls, Censorship at Edinburgh Book Fest

September 19, 2013
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Melinda Gebbie Discusses Lost Girls, Censorship at Edinburgh Book Fest

Lost Girls, the unabashedly pornographic update on characters from children’s literature classics as imagined by Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore, is without a doubt one of the most provocative graphic novels published in recent memory. In recounting the sexual awakenings of Wendy, Dorothy, and...

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CBLDF Talks Banned Comics at Berkeley Public Library

September 19, 2013
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CBLDF Talks Banned Comics at Berkeley Public Library

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, join CBLDF at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Berkeley Public Library South Branch (1901 Russell, Berkeley, CA) for “Banned Comics in America,” a presentation by CBLDF Web Editor Betsy Gomez. A warm-up for Banned Books Week, which starts...

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Banned Books Week Heroes Unveiled During Virtual Read-out

September 18, 2013
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Banned Books Week Heroes Unveiled During Virtual Read-out

Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read...

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North Carolina School System Bans Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

September 18, 2013
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North Carolina School System Bans Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Give the rate at which schools are banning books this week, you wouldn’t think Banned Books Week is just around the corner. However, it’s happened again, this time in Randolph County, North Carolina. On Monday night, the Randolph County Board of Education voted 5-2 to...

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Arizona High School Pulls Acclaimed Book Over Sexual Content

September 18, 2013
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Arizona High School Pulls Acclaimed Book Over Sexual Content

The Sierra Vista, Arizona, school district pulled copies of Dreaming in Cuban, the National Book Award finalist written by Cristina Garcia, from classrooms after a parent complained about sexual content in the book. The book was removed from classrooms when parent Debbie Stoner pulled her son from...

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In Wake of Tragic Shooting, Video Games Blamed

September 17, 2013
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The country is still reeling from the tragic shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard, and in the short span of time that has followed, video games quickly became a focus of discussion, with outlets such as Fox News and The Telegraph blaring headlines that implicate video games in gunman Aaron Alexis’s violent attack. An...

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Radical Voices Continue to Call for Censorship in Barefoot Gen Debate

September 17, 2013
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Radical Voices Continue to Call for Censorship in Barefoot Gen Debate

After debate that focused more on procedure than on free expression, a ban placed on anti-war manga Barefoot Gen was lifted recently in Japan, once again allowing the return of the book to school libraries in Matsue City. Unfortunately, controversy still exists regarding the book...

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Ten Years of CIPA: Free Speech and Library Internet Filters

September 16, 2013
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Ten Years of CIPA: Free Speech and Library Internet Filters

The issue of Internet filtering in school and public libraries has been getting a lot of attention lately, as we mark ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act was instituted. Unfortunately, the news is not good: Filtering software remains largely ineffective,...

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New Signed Graphic Novels for Fall!

September 13, 2013
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New Signed Graphic Novels for Fall!

The days are getting shorter and cooler. What better way to pass the time than in your favorite cozy corner with a graphic novel signed by your favorite creator?! We have some amazing new additions to the Rewards Zone! Let’s check them out… CHANNEL ZERO...

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Support CBLDF At SPX With Exclusive Gene Yang & Liza Donnelly Appearances and Auction!

September 13, 2013
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Support CBLDF At SPX With Exclusive Gene Yang & Liza Donnelly Appearances and Auction!

This weekend, CBLDF is heading to SPX 2013, America’s premiere literary and arts comics festival. The festival, which is held in part to benefit the CBLDF, kicks off on Saturday morning and runs a stellar exhibit hall and programming schedule through Sunday.  Gene Luen Yang...

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Support Free Speech at TFAW’S CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Signing!

September 12, 2013
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Support Free Speech at TFAW’S CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Signing!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has fought for the First Amendment Rights of the comics community since 1986. Now here’s your chance to join the fight for free speech at Things From Another World’s CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 signing and membership drive October 9 at the Portland...

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Tokyo Olympics Emboldens Censors

September 12, 2013
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Tokyo Olympics Emboldens Censors

Japan will host the 2020 summer Olympics, and this world stage puts Japan in a spotlight that may ultimately harm the free expression of manga and anime in the country. Any nation that hosts an Olympic event works to put their best foot forward, but some...

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