Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, stickers, buttons and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to rea ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cartoonists Discuss Taboos and Censorship in Italian Media

July 15, 2016
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Cartoonists Discuss Taboos and Censorship in Italian Media

At the Cartoon Movement website, more than 400 political cartoonists from around the world have the chance to share their work internationally and build a community across borders. After remarking what seemed a high proportion of Italians among the contributors’ ranks, the editors of the Cartoon Movement blog...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Autograph Sessions

July 15, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Autograph Sessions

CBLDF already has amazing signed premiums, but you can also come by booth #1918 to meet some of the spectacular creators who make your favorite comics and help us fight for the freedom to read! THURSDAY 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Jody Houser (Faith) FRIDAY ...

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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

July 14, 2016
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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

A Malaysian Member of Parliament is under investigation for sedition after he allegedly shared a cartoon that offended some members of the majority party on Facebook. After heated demonstrations against Nga Kor...

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SDCC 2016: The CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by IDW Publishing & San Diego Comic Art Gallery

July 14, 2016
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SDCC 2016: The CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by IDW Publishing & San Diego Comic Art Gallery

Join William Gibson, Gabriel Rodriguez, and IDW Publishing to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Auction, happening Saturday, July 23, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB. The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with keynote remarks by science fiction visionary William Gibson, whose IDW series Archangel launches at IDW Booth 743 during the...

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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

July 13, 2016
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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

Without a doubt, the current world hot spot for underground and experimental comics is the Middle East and North Africa–a fact that might surprise many Americans. From Egypt’s Tok Tok to Lebanon’s Samandal to Nadia Khiari’s radical cartoon cat Willis...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!

July 13, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!

Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Panels

July 13, 2016
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It’s time for Comic-Con, and that means it’s time for CBLDF to lay down some education with panels at both the convention center and the San Diego Central Library! Whether you’re looking for the latest censorship news, tips for using comics in education, information about censorship and the law, or the always exciting CBLDF Live...

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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

July 12, 2016
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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

A two-judge panel at the Madras High Court in India last week rejected petitions to ban author Perumal Murugan’s novel One Part Woman, which has been the target of public protests including a...

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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Exclusives and the Convention Survival Kit

July 11, 2016
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SDCC 2016: CBLDF Exclusives and the Convention Survival Kit

Comic-Con 2016 is almost here! We’ve been busy at CBLDF HQ, and we’ve got something for your SDCC shopping list: CBLDF EXCLUSIVES! All proceeds from our exclusives benefit CBLDF’s important First Amendment work, so you aren’t just getting something cool and rare — you’re helping us continue the fight! Come by booth #1918 to pick...

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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

July 11, 2016
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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

In just the latest in a string of media clampdowns in Turkey, last week a reporter for Dicle News Agency was detained and questioned at a police checkpoint and for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with...

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SDCC 2016: Valiant and CBLDF Reveal FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Acclaimed Artist Ronald Wimberly — Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con!

July 8, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Valiant and CBLDF Reveal FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Acclaimed Artist Ronald Wimberly — Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con!

As revealed today at the A.V. Club, Valiant is proud to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) with the FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant – a limited edition release of the FIRST ISSUE of Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s history-making ongoing series! Featuring a brand-new cover by Glyph Comics Award-winning artist Ronald...

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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

July 8, 2016
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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

A North Carolina lawyer who has previously advocated for censorship in his local school district was last week approved by the legislature to serve a four-year term on the State Board of Education. Most notably, J. Todd Chasteen was...

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as...

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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

July 7, 2016
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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

Thousands of Hong Kong residents joined pro-democracy demonstrations last weekend, following local bookstore manager Lam Wing Kee’s revelation that he was involuntarily detained for eight months on the Chinese mainland as authorities there sought information about customers and the books he sold them....

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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

July 7, 2016
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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes is no stranger to the violent and sometimes highly personal backlash and criticism her works incite. In a recent editorial piece for the Columbia Journal Review, Telnaes discusses how social media has become a tool of intimidation and the potential harbinger of self-censorship, fundamentally changing the landscape of editorial...

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