CBLDF Podcast Episode 24: JEFFREY BROWN

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Jeffrey Brown about his work, and the changes (and lack of changes) in his art and his interests over the years. We discuss as many aspects of his career as we could fit into 45 minutes, with is really just the tip of the iceberg. Brown is an enormously pr ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

Radio Free Comix: The CBLDF Podcast

In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the audio-sphere! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF Podcast will be a monthly event, from our keyboards to your ...

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 ...

Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide...

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Babymouse Creators Talk About the Power of Comics for Young Readers

May 24, 2016
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Award-winning creators and free speech advocates Jennifer and Matthew Holm are very familiar with the positive and lasting impact that graphic novels can have on young children learning to read. In a recent interview with the School Library Journal the sibling team talk about not only what inspired them to create books like ...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

May 24, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the school district in Henning, Minnesota, to restore Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer to library...

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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

May 23, 2016
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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #6, Featuring NOELLE STEVENSON, FOCs Today!

Look behind the scenes of the runaway hits Lumberjanes and Nimona with an in-depth interview with Noelle Stevenson! CBLDF talks to Noelle and more in the latest issue of CBLDF Defender, out June 15, 2016. Retailers, FOC is today (APR161497), so now’s the time to stock up on this issue! Cartoonists are behind bars for making comics — CBLDF...

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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

May 23, 2016
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Unveiled A Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Cover Offers Glimpse into Horror Comics Recent Past

Anti-violence advocacy groups may have pressured the comic book adventures of everyone’s favorite worst nightmare Freddy Krueger out of publication in the early 1990s, but the unveiling of a relic from the recent past by Joe Jusko offers us a unique glance at a time when no form of media was safe from public...

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Utah Responds to Brewvies Deadpool Lawsuit

May 20, 2016
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Utah Responds to Brewvies Deadpool Lawsuit

“The statutory regulation does not violate the First Amendment.” So claims the state of Utah in response to the lawsuit that the Brewvies theater in Salt Lake City has brought against the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for trying to enforce the Utah ...

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: The CBLDF ARCHIVES Moving Sale!

May 19, 2016
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: The CBLDF ARCHIVES Moving Sale!

As part of our cross-country move from New York City to Portland, Oregon, we’ve opened our archives for some great original art, sketches, and rarely seen or out of production prints! Be sure to see the other pieces in this collection for more amazing ONE-OF-A-KIND rarities.  

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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

May 19, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

Iran’s House of Cartoon is currently hosting a deliberately provocative Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which organizers say is intended in part to test the boundaries of free expression in the opposite extreme...

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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

May 19, 2016
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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene is celebrating the lasting legacy of EC Comics, both on and off the page, in a new exhibit called Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics. Featuring one of the largest collections of original comic art, attendees can get a glimpse at...

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The Dynamite Comics Essential Garth Ennis Bundle EXPANDS to Benefit CBLDF!

May 18, 2016
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The Dynamite Comics Essential Garth Ennis Bundle EXPANDS to Benefit CBLDF!

  As the world awaits the premiere of the adaptation of Garth Ennis’ seminal Vertigo series, Preacher, on AMC, Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of the acclaimed writer’s work at the publisher. Today, we launch the second week of the bundle...

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Zunar Accused of “Economic Sabotage” Over Geneva Exhibit

May 18, 2016
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In response to the cartoonist’s recent exhibition of his political cartoons in Geneva, a member of the Malaysian government is now accusing Zunar of committing “economic sabotage” and plotting to “topple the prime minister.” The exhibit Cartooning for Peace celebrates World Press Freedom Day and honors the two recent recipients of the 2016...

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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

May 17, 2016
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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

Michigan’s Forest Hills Public School District is standing by a book about a boy who likes to wear dresses, despite one parent’s complaint that it does not present a “normal way” of life. A teacher read ...

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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

May 17, 2016
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MOCA Exhibit Under Fire for “Anti-Christian” Paintings

An art exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art turned controversial and sparked discussions of censorship this past week when a commissioner determined that some of the art in the exhibit was “offensive,” “obscene,” and “anti-Christian.” Entitled Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, the exhibit is being put on in collaboration with the popular...

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Ecuadorian Artist’s Exhibit Censored by Government

May 16, 2016
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"Violencia de Genero en Ecuador" by Vilma Vargas

An art exhibit whose central theme is freedom of expression is facing a censorship attempt by the House of Ecuadorian Culture out of concern that it might become a “forum for opinion and political criticism.” Vilma Vargas has built a career out of producing political cartoons. For over 20 years, the Ecuadorian artist has tackled...

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Image to Publish CBLDF’s She Changed Comics

May 13, 2016
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Image to Publish CBLDF’s She Changed Comics

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will tell that story in SHE CHANGED COMICS, a full-color, 160-page book coming out...

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