SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

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 ...

Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

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. ...

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...

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 ...

Explore Comics Censored in China

January 15, 2014
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Explore Comics Censored in China

We’ve told you before about a few examples of memes, cartoons, and other images being censored on China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo. An army of 150 censors police Weibo’s 500 million users, deleting anything they find that might displease the government. But because images are more difficult than keywords to detect...

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Teachers: Don’t Miss These 2013 Graphic Novels

January 14, 2014
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Teachers: Don’t Miss These 2013 Graphic Novels

One of our missions here at CBLDF is promoting the use of comics and graphic novels in schools — hence our publications Raising a Reader! How Comic & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! and CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction,...

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Cartoonist Challenges Authority in Tunisia

January 14, 2014
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Tunisian blogger and cartoonist _Z_ didn’t sit back when he saw his government catering to the wealthy elite at the risk of the general public and fragile ecosystem in Tunis. Not long after _Z_ began his crusade against government corruption, authorities tried to shut him down. Fortunately, _Z_ and his followers proved more technically savvy...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Squish

January 10, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Squish

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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NY District Court Upholds Government’s Right to Search Laptops at the Border

January 9, 2014
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NY District Court Upholds Government’s Right to Search Laptops at the Border

In 2010, a graduate student named Pascal Abidor was traveling from Canada to New York when he was removed from his train and detained by American border agents. In addition to being handcuffed and questioned, his laptop was also seized. Abidor brought suit on the grounds that the seizure of his laptop was an...

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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

January 8, 2014
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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

In January 2013, a months-long dispute over Patricia Polacco’s In Our Mothers’ House was finally resolved when the Davis School District in Farmington, Utah, returned the picture book to open library shelves. Since April 2012, the book about a lesbian couple and their children had...

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BOOM! Studios Welcomes 2014 as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

January 8, 2014
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BOOM! Studios Welcomes 2014 as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced today that BOOM! Studios has joined the organization as their newest corporate member! BOOM! Studios Founder & Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie says, “The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a vital champion for the rights we as...

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Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

January 7, 2014
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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!...

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The Color Purple Remains in North Carolina Classrooms

January 6, 2014
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The Color Purple Remains in North Carolina Classrooms

Throughout December, a parent in Brunswick County, North Carolina, waged a war against Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple. That war has been lost with the recent decision by the school board to retain the book in 11th and 12th grade advanced placement...

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Massachusetts Library Stands by Tintin

January 3, 2014
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Massachusetts Library Stands by Tintin

Yesterday, library officials with the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, refused to reshelve — and thus restrict access to — several Tintin titles after a group of parents filed a complaint about racist caricatures in the books. Scott Merzbach covered the story for the Daily Hampshire...

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Censorship 2013: Student Protest Saves Persepolis in Chicago Public Schools

January 3, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Student Protest Saves Persepolis in Chicago Public Schools

When a blogger leaked a March 14 email from the principal of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, Illinois, students in the district took immediate action. Within hours of discovering the email, students used social media to organize a protest that put hundreds of them...

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Censorship 2013: Is Apple the New Face of Comics Censorship?

January 2, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Is Apple the New Face of Comics Censorship?

More people read comics digitally every year, but for Apple users, freedom of choice has been limited. Publishers and creators in the digital realm have been stymied by censorship arising from Apple’s inconsistent enforcement of content policies, which resulted in some of the more high-profile bans...

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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

January 1, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

Early in 2013, a library sciences researcher at the University of Illinois proved what many of us already thought: Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist behind the anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent, fabricated much of his evidence against comics. The discovery brings to light how fallacious...

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Last Chance To Protect The Freedom To Read Comics!

December 31, 2013
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Last Chance To Protect The Freedom To Read Comics!

Today is the last day to contribute to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in 2013. If you’ve already contributed to CBLDF this year, we thank you – you’re making our work possible.  If you haven’t yet made a contribution, we humbly ask you to please ...

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Censorship 2013: Missouri Man Goes to Prison for Comics

December 31, 2013
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Censorship 2013: Missouri Man Goes to Prison for Comics

Comics are still in the cross hairs in battle against censorship. This is most evident in the case of Christjan Bee, a Missouri man who will spend three years in federal prison because of the comics he possessed. Bee was prosecuted under the PROTECT Act (Section 1466A...

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