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 ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

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 ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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 ...

Why Censorship Fails Every Time

October 22, 2015
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It is a known fact that banning books doesn’t actually protect children, and censorship really does nothing more than highlight the fears of the adults who would have books pulled from schools and libraries. In a recent From the Square post on the NYUPress blog, columnist Philip Nel dissects these ideas to illustrate why...

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Tokyo Prison Under Fire for Banning Gay Manga

October 22, 2015
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The Tokyo Bar Association issued a sexual orientation discrimination warning to the Tokyo Detention House earlier this week when it was found out that they had been explicitly refusing an inmate access to manga which depicts homosexual sex acts — a refusal that is not upheld when inmates request materials portraying heterosexual sex acts. Asahi...

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Daryl Cagle to Speak on First Amendment and Cartooning TOMORROW in Murfreesboro, TN

October 21, 2015
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Daryl Cagle to Speak on First Amendment and Cartooning TOMORROW in Murfreesboro, TN

Heads up for any readers in central Tennessee: tomorrow afternoon in Murfreesboro, editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle will present a free public lecture titled “First Amendment and Beyond: An Editorial Cartoonist’s Life.” Cagle’s talk–accompanied, he says, by “lots...

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Top Cow Brings Over $600 Worth of Comics To Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

October 21, 2015
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Top Cow Brings Over $600 Worth of Comics To Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

  Humble Comics Bundle: Udderly Gigantic Top Cow Collection launches today with over $600 of Top Cow comics available at a pay-­what­-you­-want price. In celebration of the Top Cow Talent Hunt — a competition where the winners have their own Top Cow comic published — this bundle...

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6 Horror Comics You Must Read This October!

October 21, 2015
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6 Horror Comics You Must Read This October!

Scare yourself into the spirit of Halloween by reading some of your favorite frightening comics around the fire or under your covers! This week in the Rewards Zone, CBLDF Staff Picks collects dozens of horror and suspense reads as well as limited edition prints for all your haunted house decor needs – all signed...

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Myanmar Cartoonists Caution Future Generations About the Obstacles of Free Expression

October 20, 2015
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In an interview with Dateline Irrawaddy, Burmese cartoonists Maung Maung Aung and Win Aung discuss the history of cartoons in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and what it means to be a cartoonist in the current media landscape. They also address the responsibility cartoonists have to to the maintenance of free expression. This year marks the 100th...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 15: LIVE from Baltimore Comic Con With Ron Marz, Vivek Tiwary, and Dirk Wood!

October 20, 2015
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In this episode, we are LIVE from Charm City! CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Ron Marz (Witchblade, Green Lantern, Silver Surfer), and Dirk Wood (Vice President of Marketing, IDW Publishing) in a thrilling conversation! Topics: KISS, Mutant Turtles who are Teenage Ninjas, diversity...

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Batman Paints the Town Black and White in Society of Illustrators Exhibit

October 20, 2015
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Batman Paints the Town Black and White in Society of Illustrators Exhibit

Last week the New York Times featured an array of comic art exhibits currently running in NYC, and right at the top was CBLDF advisory board member Chip Kidd’s collection of Batman: Black and White sketch covers,...

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Country-Wide Ban Lifted from Award-Winning Book Into the River

October 19, 2015
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Into the River

An award-winning coming of age novel is back on shelves throughout New Zealand after the country’s Office of Film & Literature Classification lifted its temporary ban. Into the River by New Zealand native author Ted Dawe was banned in his home country last month when the group Family First challenged the inclusion of the book...

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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership to Score Exclusive Variants! FOC TODAY!

October 19, 2015
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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership to Score Exclusive Variants! FOC TODAY!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF offers special premiums — including gorgeous variant covers for some of...

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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

October 16, 2015
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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

John Green’s Looking for Alaska was briefly removed from middle school classroom reading collections in Lumberton Township, New Jersey, this week, but was soon reinstated by Superintendent Joe Langowski who ...

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Comics Creators Talk About Successful Library Events

October 16, 2015
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This One Summer

For librarians and teachers, comic books and graphic novels are no longer the dangerous fare that corrupted children’s minds and led to juvenile delinquency as a misguided psychologist, a Senate subcommittee, and the Comics Code would have had have us believe in the 1950s. Libraries and schools are now embracing the medium and finding ways...

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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership by 10/19 to Score Exclusive Variants!

October 16, 2015
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RETAILERS: Join CBLDF or Renew Your Membership by 10/19 to Score Exclusive Variants!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF offers special premiums — including gorgeous variant covers for some of...

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Adding Bone to Your Library or Classroom Collection

October 15, 2015
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Adding Bone to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Although considered a modern comics classic that’s delighted millions of readers all over the world, Jeff Smith’s multi-volume epic Bone is also one of the most commonly challenged series in American libraries and schools. According to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the books have faced ...

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“Death Note” Found in New Hampshire High School Causes Panic

October 15, 2015
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Parents of Nashua High School North in New Hampshire are raising concerns in their community and online after the discovery of a “death note” book, containing the names of 17 different students along with brief statements about how they wronged the unnamed author and the times and dates that each would die. The notebook,...

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