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...

Junior High School Teacher Fired for Students’ Political Cartoons

September 4, 2012
By
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....

Read more »

Wagner In Israel: The Unofficial Ban

September 3, 2012
By

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,…

Read more »

Unshelved Celebrates Virtual Read-Out

August 31, 2012
By

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...

Read more »

Comics Struggle to Gain a Foothold in Iran

August 31, 2012
By
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...

Read more »

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

August 28, 2012
By

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,...

Read more »

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

August 27, 2012
By
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....

Read more »

Ukraine’s National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality Sets Its Sight on SpongeBob

August 27, 2012
By
Ukraine’s National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality Sets Its Sight on SpongeBob

Are SpongeBob SquarePants, Walt Disney, the Teletubbies, Shrek, and the town of South Park, Colorado, banding together to corrupt the youth of the Ukraine? That’s what Ukraine’s National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality is now investigating. According to the Wall Street Journal, a “fringe...

Read more »

This Weekend: Join CBLDF & Get Darth Vader & Son Signed by Jeffrey Brown!

August 24, 2012
By
This Weekend: Join CBLDF & Get Darth Vader & Son Signed by Jeffrey Brown!

This weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to thank supporters joining or renewing their membership at the $50 level with a copy of Darth Vader & Son, signed with a sketch by Jeffrey Brown! Get this amazing gift here! Earlier this month,...

Read more »

Amazing August Auction Continues!

August 24, 2012
By

As August rolls on, so does the CBLDF’s current fundraising auctions! Tons of original comic art, action figures, statues and much more! (Check them out here!) This auction rounds up a wide variety of great stuff donated to the CBLDF over the years; now is your chance to dip into our archives and leave the...

Read more »

David Hadju Reads from The Ten-Cent Plague

August 24, 2012
By

David Hadju’s 2008 book, The Ten-Cent Plague, portrays the conflict and backlash surrounding the extraordinary popularity of dark horror and noir comics in post-World War II America. He describes the work as a “war story” between two generations, and two cultures. CBLDF web research ninjas recently came across a video of Hadju speaking about...

Read more »

Tales from the Code: How Much Did Things Change After the Enactment of the Comics Code of 1954?

August 23, 2012
By
Tales from the Code: How Much Did Things Change After the Enactment of the Comics Code of 1954?

The year was 1954. An unknown group named Bill Haley and the Comets records “Rock Around the Clock.” President Eisenhower informs and warns concerned Americans about the falling domino principle of communism as tensions rise in a little-known country named...

Read more »

Stanford University Hosts “When Artists Attack the King” Exhibition

August 22, 2012
By
Stanford University Hosts “When Artists Attack the King” Exhibition

If you live near or are visiting Stanford University in the near future, you should take advantage of a free exhibition of various works by 19th century French caricaturist Honore Daumier. Daumier’s works often reflected political and social satire, and he often faced legal persecution as a result of his caricatures. Stanford University’s Cantor...

Read more »

Facebook and ACLU Challenge the Ruling That “Likes” Are Not Free Speech

August 21, 2012
By

What if “liking” a page on Facebook could cost you your job? A judge in Virginia ruled last spring that Facebook “likes” are not protected under the First Amendment. According to U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, “merely 'liking' a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”

Read more »

South African Scuffle Over Controversial Portrait Spurs Debate, Censorship

August 20, 2012
By
South African Scuffle Over Controversial Portrait Spurs Debate, Censorship

How far should newspaper editorial go to protect their free speech in the face of business-crippling boycott? What dangerous precedents are set by self-censorship? Ferial Haffajee, editor of the South African City Press, faced these concerns at their most difficult earlier this year, and spoke to University of Cape Town students on the perils...

Read more »

This Weekend: Mike & Laura Allred & Chris Roberson Thank CBLDF Members With Signed iZombie vol. 1

August 17, 2012
By
This Weekend: Mike & Laura Allred & Chris Roberson Thank CBLDF Members With Signed iZombie vol. 1

This weekend only, CBLDF thanks members who join or renew at the $100 Advocate level with a copy of the trade paperback edition of iZombie volume 1, signed by the full creative team of writer Chris Roberson and artists Mike & Laura Allred! This special weekend only...

Read more »