CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

British Education Secretary in Hot Water Over Alleged Ban of American Classics

May 30, 2014
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British Education Secretary in Hot Water Over Alleged Ban of American Classics

Educators in the United Kingdom and some authors — including Phillip Pullman and Nobel winner Toni Morrison — are upset over allegations that British Education Secretary Michael Gove is removing American classics and other non-British books from GCSE English syllabi. The GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education, is an exam taken by secondary students...

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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

May 29, 2014
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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

There is a common refrain that we often hear when children’s books with age-appropriate LGBT themes are challenged in schools and libraries. While there are still plenty of detractors, who bluntly declare same-sex relationships to be “unnatural,” these days there seem to be a lot more people who believe they’ve found a middle...

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From Hell, March Lead Nine New Titles in Humble eBook Bundle 4 to Benefit CBLDF

May 28, 2014
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From Hell, March Lead Nine New Titles in Humble eBook Bundle 4 to Benefit CBLDF

For two weeks, literature and graphic novel enthusiasts can pay what they want for up to nine exceptional eBooks in Humble eBook Bundle 4, all while supporting charity. All titles are DRM-free and come in multiple formats to support many popular devices, including Kindle, iPad, Kobo, and...

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DCBS and TFAW Debut Exclusive Big Trouble in Little China Variants to Benefit CBLDF

May 28, 2014
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DCBS and TFAW Debut Exclusive Big Trouble in Little China Variants to Benefit CBLDF

Things From Another World (TFAW) and Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) are proud to announce their first joint variant: two exclusive editions of BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China #1, with an incredible interlocking cover by Gabriel Hardman (Deep Gravity, Planet of the Apes)! These collectible variants debut June 4,...

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Twitter Complies With Pakistan Censorship Requests

May 27, 2014
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Twitter Complies With Pakistan Censorship Requests

Not so long ago, Twitter stood out among social media companies for its defense of free speech. Unlike Facebook, which has a habit of blocking content first and asking questions never, Twitter and its chief lawyer Alexander Macgillivray tended to side with users against censorship requests in the US and abroad. But...

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Freedom to Read Under Attack in Schools

May 26, 2014
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Freedom to Read Under Attack in Schools

A recent spate of book challenges and bans highlight a growing concern that the freedom to read is under attack in our public schools. From middle schools to higher education, books have been attacked across the country. In many recent challenges, the book have been successfully...

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Oishinbo Manga Suspended Amidst Nuclear Furor

May 23, 2014
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Oishinbo Manga Suspended Amidst Nuclear Furor

The long-running manga Oishinbo, which raised a stir in recent weeks by suggesting a link between the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and health problems suffered by area residents, has suspended publication under heavy criticism from local Japanese governments and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. When the controversy began after the April 28...

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Today Only! Buy Your Special Edition: NYC Ticket to Benefit CBLDF!

May 23, 2014
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Today Only! Buy Your Special Edition: NYC Ticket to Benefit CBLDF!

Special Edition: NYC and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have teamed up to give fans an opportunity to experience an intimate comics-centric event while supporting the important work being done by the CBLDF. We are pleased to announce that, for every ticket purchased on...

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The Bluest Eye Restored to Durant High School Library

May 22, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Restored to Durant High School Library

Victory in Durant, Oklahoma! Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye has returned to library shelves at Durant High School after a review committee earlier this week denied a parent’s request to have the book removed. Michele Williams challenged the book’s presence in the...

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Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find During Superhero Saturday at the William King Museum of Art

May 21, 2014
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Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find During Superhero Saturday at the William King Museum of Art

This Saturday, May 24, the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, is hosting Superhero Saturday, a day of free programming and events to celebrate comics! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be on hand for a very special presentation about the censorship of comics. Superhero...

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Hertfordshire Libraries Restrict Comics Borrowing for Children and Teens

May 21, 2014
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Hertfordshire Libraries Restrict Comics Borrowing for Children and Teens

After a parent in the small English town of Harpenden complained that one of her children was able to access adult graphic novels in the local library, new borrowing restrictions for minors have been imposed across the entire Hertfordshire library system. Children and teens under 16 are now barred from checking out any...

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Trigger Warnings Proliferate on College Campuses

May 20, 2014
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Trigger Warnings Proliferate on College Campuses

Back in February, a Rutgers student posted a column on The Daily Targum discussing the potentially disturbing content found among novels required in course work for the literature and humanities departments. Instead of taking the approach some...

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Game Panics Through the Ages

May 19, 2014
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Game Panics Through the Ages

In the 1940s and ‘50s, comic books were the scapegoat of choice for politicians, parents, and “experts” like Fredric Wertham, who sought something to blame for increasing juvenile delinquency and violence. Of course, that line of argument was cut short when the industry self-imposed...

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CBLDF Joins the Fans and Artists at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend

May 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins the Fans and Artists at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend

This weekend, CBLDF heads to the Bay Area to join fans from throughout Northern California at Big Wow ComicFest! You can find us at booth #1014 with an assortment of signed graphic novels, CBLDF-exclusive variants, and more, the proceeds of which benefit our important work defending...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Color of Earth Trilogy

May 16, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Color of Earth Trilogy

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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