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 ...

Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

March 11, 2014
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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Avoids Trial — For Now

A few months ago, we told you about the ongoing battle over freedom of the press in Ecuador. The government of President Rafael Correa was using new media regulations to intimidate political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who was told that he could be brought to trial for a cartoon critical of Correa. Recently...

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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

March 11, 2014
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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

The South Carolina House of Representatives doubled down on censorship yesterday, refusing to erase budget cuts that seek to punish two public colleges for assigning books that deal with LGBT issues. Democratic Reps. James Smith and Gilda Cobb-Hunter attempted to restore the funding...

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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

March 10, 2014
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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

Free expression rights for public school students were resoundingly reaffirmed today, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Pennsylvania school district’s argument that it could prohibit students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that read “I ♥ boobies!” The court denied the appeal of B.H. v. Easton Area School District...

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Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, and Image Comics Thank CBLDF’s UK Supporters at London Super Comic-Con!

March 7, 2014
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Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, and Image Comics Thank CBLDF’s UK Supporters at London Super Comic-Con!

Next week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will make its first ever UK appearance at the London Super Comic Con, occurring March 15 and 16, where supporters will receive exclusive thank you gifts from Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, and Image Comics. CBLDF’s presence expands the...

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ComicsPRO 2014: Retailers Support Free Speech with CBLDF!

March 7, 2014
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ComicsPRO 2014: Retailers Support Free Speech with CBLDF!

Last weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was thrilled to participate in the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia where we made announcements about our 2014 program work and revealed the editor of this year’s Liberty Annual! ComicsPRO continues to be the most important ongoing advocate for comics retailers, and we are always...

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Ultraman Loses Battle Against Malaysian Government

March 7, 2014
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Ultraman Loses Battle Against Malaysian Government

Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry has banned the Malay language edition of popular Japanese comic Ultraman, The Ultrapower stating that the book contains “elements that can undermine public security and societal morals,” according to the Associated Press. The specific element in question was use of the word...

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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

March 7, 2014
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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

Lawmakers in the Kansas Senate are considering a draconian new bill that would make it easier to prosecute educators and other school officials for using “offensive” materials in classrooms and libraries. Senate Bill 401 was proposed in response to controversy that erupted in January after a...

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Japanese Vandal Targets Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl

March 6, 2014
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Japanese Vandal Targets Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl

An insidious sort of censorship is taking place in Japan: Someone has vandalized hundreds of copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl at public libraries throughout Tokyo. The vandalism began early last year, with a copy The Diary of a Young Girl, but it has...

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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

March 5, 2014
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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

Amongst all the stories of parents blaming books, video games, movies, and TV for corrupting their children, it can sometimes be easy to forget that these are only the loudest and most sensational voices; there are still plenty of parents who take responsibility for...

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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

March 4, 2014
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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

The president of Georgia’s Kennesaw State University set a poor precedent for free expression in the school’s new art museum last week when he ordered an exhibit censored before the building had even opened to the public. During a walkthrough prior to the opening of the inaugural exhibit, President Daniel Papp encountered...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

March 4, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

This week, a coalition of free speech advocates, media organizations, booksellers, librarians, and publishers — including CBLDF and Dark Horse Comics — submitted an amicus brief (friend-of-the-court brief) in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The brief urges the United States Supreme...

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VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA: The House of the Spirits Survives Final Challenge

March 3, 2014
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VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA: The House of the Spirits Survives Final Challenge

On Thursday, February 27, nearly 200 people packed Courtroom 1 in the Watauga Country Courthouse to find out the fate of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. With a vote of 3-2, the school board elected to keep the book in sophomore honors English classrooms...

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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

February 28, 2014
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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

Last week, a South Carolina House of Representatives committee approved a punitive funding cut for the College of Charleston because the school selected Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for an optional summer reading program. Now, both the author and regular South Carolinians are speaking...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: King

February 28, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: King

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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South Park Video Game Sticks it to Censors Over Alien Probing

February 28, 2014
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South Park Video Game Sticks it to Censors Over Alien Probing

The the oft-delayed and highly anticipated role-playing video game South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally hitting the shelves next week. However, a leaked reviewer’s guide for European journalists has revealed that the version of the game that publisher Ubisoft will release on March...

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