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, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

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 ...

Comics on Texas ACLU List of 2015-16 School Bans and Challenges

September 28, 2016
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Comics on Texas ACLU List of 2015-16 School Bans and Challenges

At least five books were banned from Texas public and charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the annual report of banned and challenged books that was released by the state ACLU chapter this week. ...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Race

September 28, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Race

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics that deal with racial issues and feature racially diverse characters and creators. CBLDF hasn’t had to deal with overtly racist attacks...

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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Religion

September 28, 2016
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Diverse Comics for Classrooms and Libraries: Religion

Happy Banned Books Week! In this series, we compile a list of comics that have diverse content and creators for which we have developed resources. For this column, we take a look at comics that depict diverse religions or have been banned and challenged for religious reasons. The First Amendment doesn’t just protect speech—it also guarantees freedom…

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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

September 27, 2016
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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

One of the key legal cases in CBLDF’s history is that of Mike Diana, who in 1994 was actually banned from drawing for three years after a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, convicted him of obscenity for his...

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TODAY: CBLDF Talks Censorship and Diversity in Portland and Las Vegas

September 27, 2016
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TODAY: CBLDF Talks Censorship and Diversity in Portland and Las Vegas

Banned Books Week has begun! The week-long celebration of the freedom to read runs through October 1, and you can learn more about year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada! Banned Books Week: Diversity Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. Powell’s City of...

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Author Shares Cautionary Tale of Censorship for Banned Books Week

September 27, 2016
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Author Gayle Pitman has seen first-hand how far censors will go to have a book pulled from their community after her own book, This Day in June, became a target in Hood County, Texas. Pitman shares her story and a cautionary tale of the effects of censorship for Banned Books Week on the...

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Nahed Hattar Assassinated Before Start of Cartoon Blasphemy Trial in Jordan

September 26, 2016
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Nahed Hattar Assassinated Before Start of Cartoon Blasphemy Trial in Jordan

Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was facing a blasphemy charge for sharing a cartoon depicting God and an ISIS militant on Facebook, was assassinated outside an Amman courthouse yesterday before the start of his trial. The alleged shooter, Riad Abdullah...

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Out of Print Supports CBLDF During Banned Books Week!

September 26, 2016
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Out of Print Supports CBLDF During Banned Books Week!

Celebrate the freedom to read this Banned Books Week! Our friends at Out of Print are donating 10% of their online sales to the CBLDF during Banned Books Week. Check out their Banned Books collection and wear your support for free speech! If you spend more than...

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Today for Banned Books Week: Join CBLDF in Portland!

September 26, 2016
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Today for Banned Books Week: Join CBLDF in Portland!

Banned Books Week has begun! The week-long celebration of the freedom to read runs through October 1, and you can learn more about year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during “Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion & Respect,” a panel being offered today in Portland, Oregon! Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion...

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Banned & Challenged Diverse Comics

September 26, 2016
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Banned & Challenged Diverse Comics

Happy Banned Books Week! Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of their visual nature. Let’s take a look at just a few key cases involving diverse creators and content. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa Location of key challenge: Various Reason challenged: Nudity, sexual content, unsuited to...

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Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Events!

September 23, 2016
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Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Las Vegas, and Ohio! Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. • U.S. Bank Room – Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR  97205 Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion & Respect Why...

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MacArthur “Genius Grants” Recognize Sequential Artists

September 23, 2016
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MacArthur “Genius Grants” Recognize Sequential Artists

In the midst of his two-year term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, American Born Chinese creator Gene Luen Yang got another major honor this week: a MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the “genius award.” The five-year, $625,000 no-strings-attached grant is...

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Get Signed Banned Books From CBLDF!

September 23, 2016
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Get Signed Banned Books From CBLDF!

Celebrate Banned Books Week by getting your own copies of banned and challenged classics signed by their creators from CBLDF! Banned Books Week begins on Sunday, September 25th! Help us protect valuable and diverse comics by donating to receive some of our fantastic featured items! We’re proud to offer signed copies of banned classics 

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PEN America Report Analyzes Challenges for Diverse Youth Literature

September 22, 2016
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PEN America Report Analyzes Challenges for Diverse Youth Literature

Banned Books Week 2016 starts this Sunday, and this year’s theme celebrates diversity! A high proportion of frequently challenged and banned books are by or about people of color or LGBTQ individuals. In advance of the annual celebration of the freedom...

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CBLDF Resources: Banned Comics Case Studies

September 22, 2016
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CBLDF Resources: Banned Comics Case Studies

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1, which means you still have time to plan your Banned Books Week event! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF resources, including our Banned and Challenged...

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