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!...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

Last Chance To Make A Tax-Deductible 2012 Donation to CBLDF!

December 28, 2012
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Time is running out to make a tax deductible contribution to the CBLDF in 2012!  With censorship incidents on the rise, including comics bans in schools & libraries, the CBLDF’s work is urgently needed and we can’t do it without your support.  Please donate...

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Doodles Lead to New Jersey Student’s Arrest

December 28, 2012
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Doodles Lead to New Jersey Student’s Arrest

When a 16-year-old New Jersey boy doodled in his notebook on Tuesday, December 18, he probably didn’t expect to be arrested by the end of the day. However, when school officials saw the sketches, which they state appeared to be of weapons, and the boy “demonstrated behavior that caused them to be concerned,” the...

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Evidence Does Not Support Link Between Video Games and Violent Crime

December 27, 2012
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Evidence Does Not Support Link Between Video Games and Violent Crime

With Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D – WV) announcement that he is drafting a bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences research the effect of video games on children, several sources have been examining the current research on video games and violent gun murders. Even though pundits and politicians have vehemently endorsed a link...

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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox on the Fund and His Love of Comics

December 26, 2012
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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox on the Fund and His Love of Comics

Recently, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox took a moment out of his busy schedule planning the Fund’s fundraising efforts and convention appearances to talk to The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon about CBLDF and his upbringing as one of four or five comics fans in rural Tennessee. During the interview, Cox described what makes a good…

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Unwrap a Gift From CBLDF!

December 25, 2012
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Unwrap a Gift From CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF blogger Joe Sergi, our resident comics censorship historian, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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CBLDF Gives Thanks in This Season of Giving

December 25, 2012
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CBLDF Gives Thanks in This Season of Giving

As 2012 comes to a close, the CBLDF team would like to offer a huge thanks to our members for their support throughout the year. Because of our members and supporters, CBLDF was able to make important strides in protecting the First Amendment rights of...

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Library Censorship in 2012

December 24, 2012
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Library Censorship in 2012

One would think that now that we’re well into the 21st Century, censorship would no longer be a problem. However, defending graphic novels and novels against library and school challenges remains a key part of CBLDF’s mission. In the last year alone, we have played a role in defending dozens of books in libraries and...

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New Legislation Mandates Investigation of Video Games and Violent Behavior

December 21, 2012
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In the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D – WV), has introduced a bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences investigate the effect of violent video games on children. Rockefeller’s bill comes in the wake of reports that shooter Adam Lanza was an avid player of video games....

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French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Sued Over Mohammed Cartoons

December 20, 2012
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News outlets have reported this month that the notoriously controversial French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo is being sued by a pair of Arab rights organizations over caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which were published in September. In the wake of widespread protest and unrest over the film The Innocence of Muslims, the magazine ...

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Graphic Novels Have Droves of Reluctant Readers Running to School Library

December 19, 2012
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Graphic Novels Have Droves of Reluctant Readers Running to School Library

Even as comics and graphic novels have moved out of their niche market and into the mainstream of publishing over the last twenty years or so, they have admittedly been slow to catch on in some libraries. In many cases, the resistance comes not from...

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Cincinnati-Area’s Arcadian Comics & Games Sponsors CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser

December 18, 2012
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Cincinnati-Area’s Arcadian Comics & Games Sponsors CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser

If you live near Cincinnati, Ohio (or are visiting the area for the holidays), check out Arcadian Comics & Games on December 22, 2012, for their CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser! What better way to wrap up the year than to spend an evening noshing, mingling...

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What Is the Advisory Board? CBLDF Executive Director Explains

December 17, 2012
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What Is the Advisory Board? CBLDF Executive Director Explains

Last week, CBLDF announced the launch of our new Advisory Board, which will be chaired by CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen and and longtime supporter Neil Gaiman. In the wake of the announcment, The Comics Reporter‘s Tom Spurgeon reached out to CBLDF Executive Director...

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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

December 14, 2012
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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

Throughout history, state and federal governments have utilized popular culture to spread their message. Given the effectiveness and popularity of sequential art, it should be no surprise that comics would be enlisted into the cause. And much like Marvel’s merry mutants, comics protected a world that feared and...

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CBLDF Closes Con Year At Locust Moon Comics Festival!

December 14, 2012
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CBLDF Closes Con Year At Locust Moon Comics Festival!

CBLDF marks the close of the 2012 Convention Calendar at the inaugural Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadephia this Sunday!  Hosted by Locust Moon Comics, Philadelphia’s destination shop for comics from handcrafted zines to luxury hardcovers and everything in between, the Locust Moon Comics Festival will welcome guests...

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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

December 13, 2012
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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

Many of the traits now attributed to Santa Claus in English-speaking countries — jolliness, rotundity, eight tiny reindeer, a penchant for sleigh travel and chimney diving — have their origin in the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. In a new picture book version “edited…for...

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