Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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: 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 ...

Laurie Stone Responds to Censorship

October 28, 2016
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Laurie Stone Responds to Censorship

On October 9, author Laurie Stone was supposed to read an excerpt from her new book Life as an Animal for Columbia University’s student-run WKCR radio. But when the station demanded she excise material from the reading, she declined, leading to the cancellation of the...

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Remembering Lyn Chevli, A Woman Who Truly Changed Comics

October 28, 2016
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Remembering Lyn Chevli, A Woman Who Truly Changed Comics

Comics legend Lyn Chevli has passed away. Co-founder of Nanny Goat Productions, along with legend in her own right Joyce Farmer, Chevli is credited as the co-publisher of some of the most important feminist works of the underground comix era. She passed away on October 8 of age-related causes in Laguna Beach, California. She was...

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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

October 28, 2016
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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

Looking back on the anti-comics crusade of the 1950s, it is perhaps too easy to fall back on stereotypes: dull, repressed suburbanites trying to force their children to conform and read only what they considered to be...

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She Changed Comics Now Available to Benefit CBLDF!

October 28, 2016
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She Changed Comics Now Available to Benefit CBLDF!

She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics is now available to order through CBLDF! This book began as a CBLDF Kickstarter project, and because of its success, we are now able to share it with all of our supporters!

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Looking Back on Oklahoma’s War on Comics

October 27, 2016
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With the conclusion of Wizard World Tulsa, local news outlet Tulsa World took a look back on the war Tulsa and neighboring Oklahoma cities waged against comics in the mid-1950s. From book swaps exchanging comics for perceived “higher literature” and independent review committees organized by local communities to fines for selling “objectionable” comics in retail stores, Oklahoma and its concerned citizens...

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Chick Tracts: Comics in the Service of Censorship

October 26, 2016
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Chick Tracts: Comics in the Service of Censorship

Comics evangelist Jack T. Chick died this week at 92, leaving a complicated legacy of free speech in the service of censorship. Less than a decade after comics were burned and censored by those who saw them as the cause for all manner of juvenile delinquency and societal...

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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

October 25, 2016
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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

Even health education isn’t safe from Facebook’s arbitrary nudity policy. The Swedish Cancer Society, Cancerfonden, ran into trouble with the social media giant earlier this month when they posted an animated breast cancer awareness video. It was taken down due to accompanying visuals on how to conduct...

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Thai Authorities Crack Down on Royal Critics Online and Abroad

October 24, 2016
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Thai Authorities Crack Down on Royal Critics Online and Abroad

Thai authorities are scrambling to quash any perceived insult to their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej following his death on October 13, going so far as to scrub unfavorable results from Google services including the main search...

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Signed Brian K. Vaughan Books Benefit CBLDF!

October 21, 2016
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Signed Brian K. Vaughan Books Benefit CBLDF!

We have some great Brian K. Vaughan books available this week, including the beautiful Saga Volume One deluxe edition hardcover, Y: The Last Man Book One deluxe hardcover, and Paper Girls Volume One trade paperback! In addition to these great books, we are also currently offering CBLDF-exclusive Paper Girls pins!...

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Columbia University Cancels Reading After Author Refuses Censorship

October 21, 2016
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Due to concerns over maintaining the “values” of Columbia University and its radio station WKCR, a planned reading by author Laurie Stone was abruptly cancelled. A long time contributor to the Village Voice, a theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large for the radio show Fresh Air, and Nona Balakian prize winner, Stone has built a professional…

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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

October 20, 2016
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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

A recent high school graduate in Scotts Valley, California is hoping to “spark a conversation about art and censorship” at her alma mater after a parent complained about nudity in her senior art project and she was given the choice of censoring the work or removing it altogether. Madeline Volk, now a...

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Documentary The Trial of Mike Diana Coming in 2017

October 20, 2016
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Documentary The Trial of Mike Diana Coming in 2017

Over two decades after Boiled Angel creator Mike Diana became the first and only U.S. artist ever convicted of obscenity, an upcoming documentary aims to tell his story. Directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and funded...

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Serbian Cartoonist Suspects Government Pressure Led to Contract Cancellation

October 19, 2016
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Serbian Cartoonist Suspects Government Pressure Led to Contract Cancellation

A longtime editorial cartoonist for the Serbian daily newspaper Politika is airing his suspicion that the recent cancellation of his contract came about under pressure from Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic or other government officials. After a statement of denial from...

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Burmese Artists Explore Freedom of Expression

October 18, 2016
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Burmese Artists Explore Freedom of Expression

Although 2012 saw the abolition of pre-publication censorship in Burma, many still feel the influence of the decades-long political climate that silenced artists and closed bookstores. A recent set of interviews by DVB demonstrates that a new wave of Burmese artists aren’t standing by, instead testing their new artistic freedom and stepping up to fill a...

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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

October 17, 2016
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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

The Malaysian government’s censorship campaign against political cartoonist Zunar entered a new phase today: when he attempted to catch a flight to Singapore for a public forum, he discovered that he’s been barred from leaving the country...

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