Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

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

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

March 28, 2014
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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

On April 4, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, April 4 is a...

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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

March 28, 2014
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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

In this day and age, you’d think that politicians would recognize that technology-savvy users will always find a way around attempts to ban popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Turkey’s attempt to block the latter certainly backfired, and cartoonists have been on the...

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NYC: Don’t Miss Paul Pope’s CBLDF Party This Saturday!

March 27, 2014
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NYC: Don’t Miss Paul Pope’s CBLDF Party This Saturday!

Saturday night, March 29, Paul Pope will unveil his new mural at Brooklyn’s The Diamond!  Pope will be on hand spinning a live DJ set, and will be joined on the steel wheels by Ted McGrath.  There’ll be a raffle to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund too,...

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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

March 27, 2014
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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

Until recently, most of us here at CBLDF could only claim to know State Senator Leland Yee of California as the man behind the law struck down by the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA. As of this week, however, the world knows Yee as one of the people arrested in a series...

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CBLDF Brings the REAL HEROES to Emerald City with Exclusive Variant!

March 26, 2014
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CBLDF Brings the REAL HEROES to Emerald City with Exclusive Variant!

This weekend the CBLDF makes a return to one of our favorite shows of the year, Emerald City Comic Con. To celebrate this event, we have partnered once again with our friends at Image Comics to present an exclusive CBLDF Liberty Variant for their newest...

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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

March 25, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

We’re slowly getting more details on last week’s news that Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen had been banned from yet another Japanese school district. According to major sources including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Izumisano City officials planned to return the...

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Paul Pope and The Diamond Team Up For Free Speech!

March 24, 2014
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Paul Pope and The Diamond Team Up For Free Speech!

On Saturday, March 29, Paul Pope will unveil his new mural at Brooklyn’s The Diamond with a special live DJ set and raffle to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! The party starts at 8:00 p.m., and a raffle, featuring prizes of signed graphic novels, gift certificates...

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher...

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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

March 21, 2014
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Apple Rejects French Book Based on Cover, Not Content

Apple’s notoriously inconsistent digital publishing policy has been applied to yet another title, this time targeting Bénédicte Martin’s novel La Femme due to its “inappropriate” cover. Apple has established a troubling history of restricting books from their iOS marketplace, with last year’s Sex Criminals...

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Meet Alison Bechdel & Howard Cruse Hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4!

March 21, 2014
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Meet Alison Bechdel & Howard Cruse Hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4!

Meet Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse at a special pre-MoCCA reception hosted by Chip Kidd on April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  This cocktail reception is hosted at Chip’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where you’ll be able to view his incredible collection of original art from...

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Barefoot Gen Banned in Japanese City

March 20, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Banned in Japanese City

A mayor in Izumisano City in the Osaka Prefecture, Japan, has demanded that all copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s internationally renowned manga Barefoot Gen be removed from elementary and junior high schools in the district. Izumisano City’s mayor, Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu, felt compelled to review the manga after it...

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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

March 20, 2014
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Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru

After creating and sharing cartoons critical of a controversial “godman” or guru, Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra has recently found herself on the receiving end of harassment and threats of violence via social media, according to Cartoon Movement. Kanika was inspired to create her cartoon character Karnika Kahen last year after guru Asaram...

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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

March 19, 2014
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SC Legislator Excoriates Student Government for Defending Fun Home and Academic Freedom

Following the South Carolina House of Representatives vote last week to exact punitive budget cuts from two public colleges that chose LGBT-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home–for campus reading programs, we noticed a revealing story that illustrates at least one...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

March 18, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

Last week, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a budget that punitively cut the budgets of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books into elective reading programs. CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates to urge the South Carolina Senate to reject...

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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

March 17, 2014
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Kennesaw State Announces Plan to Restore Censored Exhibit

Good news from Kennesaw State University in Georgia! Two weeks after President Daniel Papp ordered the censorship of an exhibit in the university’s brand-new art museum because it was “not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere of the museum’s opening,” KSU announced Friday that the installation by Ruth Stanford will be fully...

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