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 ...

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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Apple Bans SAGA #12 Because of Gay Sexual Content

April 9, 2013
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Apple Bans SAGA #12 Because of Gay Sexual Content

Earlier today word spread that Apple is refusing to offer the most recent issue of SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples within iOS Apps.  Vaughan issued the following statement regarding the ban: As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a...

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Marjane Satrapi Wants to Know What CPS Fears About Persepolis

April 9, 2013
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Marjane Satrapi Wants to Know What CPS Fears About Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi wrote Persepolis not just to share her personal experiences growing up in Iran but also to make human the people of a country that has been otherwise vilified around the globe. Satrapi recently spoke with Khury Petersen-Smith with the SocialistWorker.org. In the interview, Satrapi...

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TONIGHT: The Trial of Zap Comix Presentation in NYC

April 8, 2013
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TONIGHT: The Trial of Zap Comix Presentation in NYC

Tonight in NYC, see Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund present “The Trial of Zap Comix:  Comics, Counterculture & Obscenity in NYC” at the NY Comics & Picture Story Symposium. This presentation explores People v. Kirkpatrick a significant 1970 case where Manhattan bookstore...

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CBLDF Names Members of Advisory Board

April 5, 2013
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CBLDF Names Members of Advisory Board

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to name the members of its newly formed advisory board, a body designed to assist the organization in advancing its mission to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics art form. Co-Chaired by CBLDF Founder Denis Kitchen...

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The Increase of Artistic Self-Censorship in Russia

April 5, 2013
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The Increase of Artistic Self-Censorship in Russia

When an artist is censored by a government agency or political group, the immediate focus is on the individual case: Who is being censored, who is doing the censoring, and what are the reasons for the censorship? An unseen consequence of any act of censorship,...

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Political Cartoons: Fuel For Revolution or a Reflection of the Fire?

April 4, 2013
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Political Cartoons: Fuel For Revolution or a Reflection of the Fire?

What do editorial cartoons do? Are they really the mind-changing propaganda that censors fear? Or do they simply mirror the ideas, events, and trends already taking place? Cartoon Movement recently published a translated interview with Ilan Danjoux, author of Political Cartoons and the...

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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

April 4, 2013
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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

Two weeks after the news broke that Chicago Public Schools officials had removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir Persepolis from 7th grade classrooms and placed it “under review” for use in 8th-10th grades, reactions continue to pour in from various sources. Read on for a selection of viewpoints on Persepolis and the...

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