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. ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

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!...

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 ...

Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

July 3, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, but there are certain types of speech that fall outside of its protection. Obscenity is a type of unprotected speech, but what exactly is considered obscene in the eyes of the law? Courts have struggled to sort out this murky definition, and the landmark 1973 decision...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Speak on Comics Censorship at San Diego Law Library

July 3, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Speak on Comics Censorship at San Diego Law Library

On July 16, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m., CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be taking part in the San Diego Law Library’s Lindley Lecture on Law & Comics 2013, an annual event that coincides with Comic-Con International and examines legal issues related to comics....

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N.J. Proposal Calls for Distribution of Suspect Research on Video Games

July 2, 2013
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N.J. Proposal Calls for Distribution of Suspect Research on Video Games

Last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook elementary was a grim reminder that gun violence is an all too real issue that we are plagued with today. In addition to targeting gun control itself, both legislators and concerned citizens are constantly looking for other avenues to place blame. New...

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Rewards Zone Spotlight: CBLDF Exclusive Variant Covers

July 1, 2013
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Rewards Zone Spotlight: CBLDF Exclusive Variant Covers

Among the many valuable and unique items available in the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Rewards Zone are some rare, limited variant cover editions of single issues. Many of these are available exclusively through CBLDF, so they’re perfect for collectors! This week, we’d like to highlight the newly available CBLDF Liberty Variant...

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App Store Guidelines Stifle Development of Serious Games

July 1, 2013
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App Store Guidelines Stifle Development of Serious Games

Recently, there’s been some confusion over what is and is not allowed in Apple’s App Store according to its guidelines, with the fallout particularly affecting comics apps. French digital comics platform Izneo removed over half of their 4,000 titles after Apple notified them about unspecified...

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Last Weekend for Personalized Copies of SAGA!

June 28, 2013
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Last Weekend for Personalized Copies of SAGA!

Brian K. Vaughan, the creative mastermind behind the hit series Saga is showing his support for CBLDF by personalizing copies of Saga Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for CBLDF Supporters, but this weekend is your last chance to get your copy as this drive ends July...

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Valiant Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member, Debuts QUANTUM AND WOODY Liberty Variant

June 28, 2013
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Valiant Joins CBLDF as Corporate Member, Debuts QUANTUM AND WOODY Liberty Variant

Valiant Entertainment proclaimed a volley of  support for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund this week by becoming a both corporate member and announcing a CBLDF Liberty Variant of Quantum and Woody #1 with a cover by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and underground icon Tony Millionaire! The...

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CBLDF Goes Dowtown for Wizard World NYC This Weekend!

June 28, 2013
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CBLDF Goes Dowtown for Wizard World NYC This Weekend!

If you are planning on attending Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience this weekend, be sure to drop by CBLDF booth #125! We will be accepting donations for memberships and will have a booth full of awesome incentives, including t-shirts, signed graphic novels, rare variant covers,...

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Join CBLDF at the ALA Annual Conference this Weekend!

June 27, 2013
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Join CBLDF at the ALA Annual Conference this Weekend!

This weekend, librarians, writers, publishers, and bookworms descend on Chicago for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, and CBLDF will be at booth #2650 with signings from Raina Telgemeier and Larry Marder, as well as the launch of CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Persepolis

June 27, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Persepolis

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In our first column, we’ll take a closer look at Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Releases Authoritative Manga Guide for Librarians and Educators with Dark Horse!

June 26, 2013
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Releases Authoritative Manga Guide for Librarians and Educators with Dark Horse!

This summer, Dark Horse is proud to publish CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, an authoritative yet accessible handbook designed to help librarians, educators, and parents navigate the vast and popular field of manga. Prepared by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit...

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Retailer Supporter Heroes & Fantasies Honored on Cover of GI Joe

June 25, 2013
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Retailer Supporter Heroes & Fantasies Honored on Cover of GI Joe

At a private event last March, IDW presented a unique opportunity to retailers: the chance for their store to appear in an issue of GI Joe. The retailer donated the most to CBLDF would win the spot. Heroes & Fantasies in San Antonio, Texas, took...

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John Stossel Destroys Argument for Taxing Violent Media

June 24, 2013
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John Stossel Destroys Argument for Taxing Violent Media

Last month, Franklin Graham, in a meeting with other religious leaders and Vice President Joe Biden, brought up the idea of taxing violent media including video games. Even though numerous legal experts and anti-censorship organizations have shown that such a curb on free expression...

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In New Report, Media Coalition Explains Flaws in Link Between Gun Violence and New Media

June 24, 2013
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CBLDF is a member of the Media Coalition. Like CBLDF, the Media Coalition recognizes that the argument that video games cause violent behavior is specious, and this week saw the release of a report from Media Coalition that provides further evidence against the idea that media -- including video games -- and violence are connected.…

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CBLDF Retail Members Debut LAZARUS #1 Comics Code Variant Next Week!

June 21, 2013
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CBLDF Retail Members Debut LAZARUS #1 Comics Code Variant Next Week!

CBLDF is excited to launch a new program in cooperation with our Retail Member Stores: the CBLDF COMICS CODE VARIANT! These variant covers of today’s hottest books will include the infamous Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval and will only be available through CBLDF Retail...

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