Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores TODAY!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

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 ...

Report Illustrates International Crackdown on Online Expression

November 21, 2013
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Report Illustrates International Crackdown on Online Expression

A new infographic from PEN, an international NGO that aids writers threatened with arrest, prosecution, or violence, shows that government repression of speech is increasingly focused online. PEN found 92 writers around the world currently imprisoned or in detention for something they published digitally — a figure that has more than doubled since...

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When Censorship Gets Ridiculous

November 21, 2013
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When Censorship Gets Ridiculous

Things can get pretty serious over here at CBLDF. Whether it’s fighting to keep literature accessible in schools and libraries, or cartoonists literally fearing for their lives, censorship can have powerful negative implications. Which is why, sometimes, it’s nice to take a step back to fathom just how ridiculous censorship can be. Luckily, humor-site Cracked.com has…

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THE FIFTH BEATLE Steps Into the Spotlight for Free Speech!

November 20, 2013
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THE FIFTH BEATLE Steps Into the Spotlight for Free Speech!

This week marks the release of The Fifth Beatle, a 10-year passion project for author and theatrical producer Vivek Tiwary. This book brings to light the untold true story of visionary manager Brian Epstein, a man who guided the Beatles into international...

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Student Defenders of Persepolis Recognized by Illinois Library Association

November 20, 2013
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Student Defenders of Persepolis Recognized by Illinois Library Association

The plaudits continue for Chicago high school students who loudly and effectively protested their school district’s muddled ban of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis last spring. At its recent annual conference, the Illinois Library Association presented this year’s Intellectual Freedom Award to...

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Study of 11,000 Children Finds that Video Games Have Little Effect on Behavior

November 19, 2013
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Study of 11,000 Children Finds that Video Games Have Little Effect on Behavior

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that there is not a strong link between video games and violent behavior, video games are still cited as a cause of mass shootings and other violence. A recent study of 11,000 children by the University of Glasgow stands as...

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Apple’s Ban of Sex Criminals Series Reveals Inconsistent Enforcement of Policy

November 18, 2013
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Apple’s Ban of Sex Criminals Series Reveals Inconsistent Enforcement of Policy

Earlier this month, CBLDF reported on the ban of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals #2 from Apple’s ioS marketplace. On Wednesday, series artist Zdarsky announced via Twitter than issue #3 was similarly rejected based on undisclosed violations of Apple’s content guidelines. As well, Apple...

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Jason Aaron, Jeff Lemire, & Rick Remender Join Spirit of Giving Personalized Graphic Novel Gift Drive!

November 15, 2013
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Jason Aaron, Jeff Lemire, & Rick Remender are the newest additions to CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday gift drive, where creators personalize graphic novels for CBLDF donors.  The campaign includes Evan Dorkin, Paul Levitz, Larry Marder, Alan Moore, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, Jeff...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Questioning Constitutionality of Massachusetts Bill

November 14, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Questioning Constitutionality of Massachusetts Bill

CBLDF has joined a coalition questioning the constitutionality of Senate Bill 168, a Massachusetts bill that targets video games. SB 168 calls for the study of various aspects of video games, including their benefits and potential educational application, whether they incite violent behavior or are addictive,...

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Palestinian Cartoonist Finds Refuge in Norway

November 14, 2013
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Palestinian Cartoonist Finds Refuge in Norway

Palestinian cartoonist Fabi Abou Hassan has long courted the ire of the Assad regime in Syria due to his scathing cartoon criticism of the regime. In recent years, Abou Hassan has been detained, arrested, and threatened, so Cartoonists Rights Network International and International Cities of Refuge Network coordinated efforts to move Abou Hassan from...

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Cartooning Legends Rally to Protect Freedom to Read at CBLDF Benefit Brunch!

November 13, 2013
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Cartooning Legends Rally to Protect Freedom to Read at CBLDF Benefit Brunch!

Last Sunday, cartooning legends assembled at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Kids Right to Read program. Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and CBLDF board member, hosted the event. He welcomed CBLDF supporters and guests of honor, including Mutts creator Patrick...

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Victory in NM: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Returned to Classrooms

November 13, 2013
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Victory in NM: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Returned to Classrooms

Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel Neverwhere has been returned to classrooms in Alamogordo, New Mexico, after the approval of a review committee and worldwide protest that included a letter signed by CBLDF! District spokesperson Doyle Styling talked to Karyn M. Peterson with the School Library Journal:...

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CBLDF Defends The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Montana Victory

November 12, 2013
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CBLDF Defends The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Montana Victory

A Billings, Montana, parent’s crusade against Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ended after a packed school board meeting last night, during which the school board elected to retain the novel in area classrooms. CBLDF joined the Kids Right to Read...

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Cartoonist Zunar Loses Appeal Over Wrongful Arrest

November 12, 2013
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Cartoonist Zunar Loses Appeal Over Wrongful Arrest

A Malaysian political cartoonist who was arrested and charged with sedition just before the publication of his 2010 book has lost an appeal of his suit against the government for wrongful arrest. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known by the pen name Zunar, recently reported on his blog that the Appeals Court...

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Get Personalized Holiday Gifts From Legendary Creators in CBLDF’s 2013 Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

November 8, 2013
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Alan Moore leads creators Evan Dorkin, Paul Levitz, Larry Marder, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, Jeff Smith, Vivek Tiwary, and Brian K. Vaughan in celebrating The Spirit of Giving this holiday season by signing and personalizing graphic novels for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund...

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Last Chance! Join The Creators of Bone, Mutts, Battling Boy & More At Sunday’s CBLDF Benefit Brunch!

November 7, 2013
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Last Chance! Join The Creators of Bone, Mutts, Battling Boy & More At Sunday’s CBLDF Benefit Brunch!

Get Your Tickets Before They’re Gone! This Sunday, November 10, Jeff Smith, creator of the graphic novel masterpiece Bone, will unveil his new series Tuki Save The Humans with a public performance at the Society of Illustrators in New York City during a brunch benefiting...

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