The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

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 ...

Party with CBLDF and Threadless During C2E2!

April 17, 2013
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Party with CBLDF and Threadless During C2E2!

C2E2 is just around the corner, so now’s the time to make your party plans! Your favorite t-shirt guru and ours, Threadless, is throwing CBLDF the biggest party of the weekend. If you aren’t at Threadless HQ (1260 W. Madison Street, Chicago) on Saturday night, April...

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What the Saga #12 Controversy Says About Self-Censorship

April 17, 2013
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What the Saga #12 Controversy Says About Self-Censorship

Last week, comics fans and internet denizens raged at Apple over the alleged ban of Saga #12, presumably over graphic images of homosexual sex. The truth proved to be more complicated — and potentially more concerning — than many were led to believe. Apple didn’t decline to...

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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

April 16, 2013
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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

National Library Week is here, and that means it’s time for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to release its annual list of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in public libraries and schools in the previous year....

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Holding Strong Against the Rise of Censorship in Egypt and Tunisia

April 16, 2013
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Holding Strong Against the Rise of Censorship in Egypt and Tunisia

Despite legislation protecting free expression, an Egyptian satirist and Tunisian rapper find themselves caught in a wave of rising post-Arab Spring censorship. Political cartoons have been an ongoing target, and now Bassem Youssef and Weld El 15 have both been forced to appear...

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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

April 15, 2013
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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

The annual Muzzle Awards are out! The Muzzles, presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, recognize the very worst offenders against free expression in the past year. This year’s list, in no particular order, includes: The Annville-Cleona, Pensylvania, school...

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Jeffrey Brown Personalizes Vader’s Little Princess For CBLDF Donors!

April 12, 2013
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The best gift book in the galaxy is now personalized for you!  When you donate $25 to CBLDF by April 25, Jeffrey Brown will PERSONALIZE a copy of Vader’s Little Princess to you or the person of your choice!  Get yours! In this irresistibly...

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Salt Lake City Gets Nerdy for CBLDF During SLC Nerd!

April 12, 2013
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Salt Lake City Gets Nerdy for CBLDF During SLC Nerd!

On Saturday, April 20, Salt Lake City will play host to a community festival for all things nerdy, from science to science fiction during SLC Nerd! Amidst music, gaming, cosplay, and more, SLC Nerd will hold the Comic Book Legal Defense  Fund Charity auction, featuring...

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CBLDF Executive Director Helps Keep Toronto Reading

April 12, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Helps Keep Toronto Reading

Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the North York Central Library in Toronto (5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9) for Keep Toronto Reading: Graphically Speaking — Dirty Comics, a spirited discussion and Q&A about comics censorship. From the...

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CBLDF’s Spring Harvest — Signed Comics From Great Creators Just for You!

April 11, 2013
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CBLDF’s Spring Harvest — Signed Comics From Great Creators Just for You!

CBLDF is back from the first round of spring conventions, and we’re proud to bring our supporters some spectacular signed comics from the creators who appeared at our tables to aid our efforts protecting the freedom to read! Check out amazing offerings from Matt Wagner, Brian Wood, Bob Fingerman,...

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Sen. Feinstein the Latest Congressperson to Pin Blame on Video Games

April 11, 2013
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Sen. Feinstein the Latest Congressperson to Pin Blame on Video Games

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has joined an ever-lengthening list of politicians seeking to pin blame for outbursts of youth violence on the media’s favorite scapegoat, video games. Though also author of the most recent legislation to tackle an assault weapons ban, Anime News Network...

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Obscenity Case Files: “I know it when I see it”

April 11, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: “I know it when I see it”

In the last edition of the Obscenity Case Files series, we discussed the Pope v. Illinois decision and how it impacted the Miller Test for identifying obscene material, which is not protected by the First Amendment. In this edition, we’ll take a look at Jacobellis v. Ohio,...

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CBLDF Raises New Defense of Persepolis

April 10, 2013
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CBLDF Raises New Defense of Persepolis

Chicago Public Schools may think their letter regarding the attempted ban of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis provides an adequate defense for their actions, but today’s letter from the Kids Right to Read Project unquestionably eviscerates CPS’s argument. CBLDF is a sponsor...

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ComiXology Chief: “Apple Didn’t Ban Saga #12.” Comic Available on iOS

April 10, 2013
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ComiXology Chief: “Apple Didn’t Ban Saga #12.” Comic Available on iOS

After a day of controversy about Saga #12 being banned in the Apple iOS environment, word comes from comiXology CEO David Steinberger that the issue is now available and that Apple did not in fact ban the comic, but that comiXology did not make the issue...

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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

April 10, 2013
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Apple Goes on Censorship Spree

Once again, European attitudes towards nudity and sex have clashed with an American business behemoth. Last time, it was Facebook and Paris’ Jeu de Paume museum; this time, it’s Apple and a French distributor of e-comics. Izneo is a digital platform for comics...

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Why SAGA #12 Is Protected By the First Amendment

April 10, 2013
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Why SAGA #12 Is Protected By the First Amendment

Earlier this week controversy spread over the temporary ban of Saga #12 on comiXology’s iOS app because of two small depictions of gay sexual content within the context of a larger sequence of images. The images in question appear on the faceplate of the character Prince...

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