CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Biology Textbook Too Factual, Violates Arizona Law?

December 5, 2014
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In late October, the Gilbert Arizona Public School’s governing board voted to have two pages from a widely used honors biology textbook removed on the grounds that its discussion of contraception and common birth control methods violated Arizona law. The state law being cited is 15-115: Preference for childbirth and adoption; allowable presentation. Signed...

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SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive Adds CBLDF-Exclusive Variants, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, & More!

December 4, 2014
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It’s WEEK FOUR of the SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive, and we once again have some very cool items to add to the campaign! Every week from now through December, CBLDF is proud to offer new exclusives, all benefiting the Fund! So far, the items listed have included a Comics Code Authority gift set,...

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Middle Eastern Comics Battle Terrorist Ideologies

December 3, 2014
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Aranim's manga-flavored One Thousand and One Nights

In light of increasingly successful terrorist recruitment tactics which are now drawing disaffected young people from around the world to join ISIL in the Middle East, one Jordanian man firmly believes that the solution may lie in comic books. For the past eight years, Suleiman Bakhit has dedicated his career to creating new Arab...

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TONIGHT! CBLDF Holiday Comic Swap in Brooklyn!

December 3, 2014
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TONIGHT! CBLDF Holiday Comic Swap in Brooklyn!

Kick off the holiday season with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at our Holiday Comic Swap on Wednesday, December 3, at the Owl Farm in Park Slope, Brooklyn!  Creators Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape From Special), and Benjamin Marra (Blades & Lazers) will be on...

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Support CBLDF on #GivingTuesday — Get All-Star Comics Anthology as Thanks!

December 2, 2014
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All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Our efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers. We can only do this work because of the generosity of of our supporters. Today, we’re...

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Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

December 2, 2014
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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. CBLDF works hard to stop censorship in...

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Malaysian Government Seeks Details on Zunar Customers

December 1, 2014
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The trouble continues for Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, who is now dealing with a government effort to intimidate customers who bought his most recent book, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar. Unlike most of the rest of Zunar’s books, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar has not yet been officially banned for sedition in Malaysia, but that didn’t stop police from…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Health Curriculum

December 1, 2014
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Al Snyder, a gay parent who was the plaintiff in the famous Snyder v. Phelps case of 2011, leads the protest against Fink's demands. (Source: delmarvanow.com)

A community in Delaware is reconsidering a recently adopted health curriculum over the complaints of school board member and local pastor Shaun Fink. Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the ACLU of Delaware, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ABFFE, ALA-OIF, PEN America, and SCBWI to demand that the school...

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Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

November 27, 2014
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It’s Thanksgiving, and while CBLDF would prefer to give thanks to the end of censorship entirely, we’re not so lucky. Regardless, we’ve seen several victories for the right to read this year, and we’re happy to include them on our list of things to be thankful for! Let’s take a look at a few of...

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CBLDF’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Features George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Much More!

November 26, 2014
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CBLDF’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Features George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Much More!

Every year, we like to take a look at the shelves here at CBLDF Central and see what awesome premiums would make good gifts for our gracious donors. Throughout the year, we are lucky to work with a bounty of talented artists and writers — Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Jeff Smith, Jules Feiffer,...

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Allegedly Harmful: UK Injunction Patrols the Fine Line Between Freedom of Speech and Child Welfare

November 26, 2014
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In early October the Court of Appeals in the UK issued an injunction, halting the publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that if distributed its “allegedly harmful” content could be “likely to exert a catastrophic effect on [the author's son's] self-esteem and…cause him enduring psychological harm.” In a time where everyone (including an...

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Highland Park Committee Reaffirms Art of Racing in the Rain

November 26, 2014
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In a report released this week, a 12-member review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recommended retaining Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain on the approved reading list for sophomores and above. Out of seven books that were temporarily suspended from the approved list in September, Stein’s...

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Celebrate the Holidays With CBLDF & MoCCA at Society of Illustrators on December 10!

November 25, 2014
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Join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art for a festive holiday celebration at Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, December 10, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.! Toast a year of outstanding comics with special guests including Paul Pope, Chip Kidd, Bob Fingerman, Gregory Benton, and New York’s finest cartoonists...

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Indie Comics Reborn in Egypt

November 25, 2014
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Egypt has no shortage of political cartoonists, although they must walk a fine line to get their work out to the widest possible audience. But in the past few years, the country has also seen a resurgence of independent long-form comics comparable to the heady early days of Mad magazine and the later underground...

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Did a Polish Town Ban Winnie the Pooh?

November 24, 2014
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This much is certain: council members in the Polish town of Tuszyn earlier this month declined to name a local playground after Winnie the Pooh. And yes, one member said the Bear of Very Little Brain is “half-naked,” while another called him a “hermaphrodite.” But now that the story has gone viral in...

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