Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

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 ...

Obscenity Case Files: Stanley v. Georgia

September 6, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Stanley v. Georgia

In previous editions of Obscenity Case Files we looked at cases involving mailing obscene circulars and stores selling obscene books, but we have yet to explore the private possession of obscene materials in one’s own home. In Stanley v. Georgia (1969), the Supreme Court held that...

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Cartoon Movement Gives Voice to Cartoonists Worldwide

September 6, 2013
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Cartoon Movement Gives Voice to Cartoonists Worldwide

Cartoon Movement is an international platform for cartoonists, editors, and fans of editorial cartooning and political satire to come together as a community. Founded in 2010 by Dutch journalists Thomas Loudon and Arend Jan van den Beld, the website unites cartoonists across the globe and promotes a financially stable future for cartoonists. Additionally, Cartoon...

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Have Lunch with Brian Wood in Baltimore!

September 5, 2013
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Have Lunch with Brian Wood in Baltimore!

Are you heading to Baltimore Comic Con this weekend? Or do you just live in the Baltimore/DC area? Want to have lunch with one of the top talents in Comics? You can! And you can support the CBLDF at the same time! With a donation to CBLDF, you can...

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Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

September 5, 2013
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Banned Books Week is coming! The 2013 celebration of the freedom to read will be held from September 22 – September 28. Keep reading to learn more about how you can be involved! Doing a Banned Books Week event or display? Let us know by...

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Back to School with Comics: CBLDF Presents Manga

September 5, 2013
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Back to School with Comics: CBLDF Presents Manga

Manga is worldwide phenomenon: One of the most widely read types of literature in its home country of Japan, it has crossed the world to become a very popular category here in the United States. With burgeoning collections in libraries and bookstores around the U.S., manga has...

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Alabama Lawmaker, Board of Ed Members Call for Ban on Bluest Eye

September 5, 2013
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Alabama Lawmaker, Board of Ed Members Call for Ban on Bluest Eye

Only a few months after Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye was challenged in an Adams County, Colorado, school district, an Alabama state senator is calling the book “just completely objectionable” and says that it should be removed from classrooms and school...

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Finland Censors Anti-Censorship Site

September 4, 2013
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Finland Censors Anti-Censorship Site

On August 28, the Supreme Administrative Court in Finland ruled that Finnish police adding a prominent anti-censorship website to its blacklist was a perfectly reasonable, not in any way illegal thing to do. Except was it? The site in question, lapsiporno.info (which translates to “child porn...

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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

September 4, 2013
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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

Our monthly column Using Graphic Novels in Education provides some great tips for using graphic novels in the classroom, but how can you use comics to get your kids reading from a young age? CBLDF’s publication for parents and teachers – Raising a Reader! How...

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CBLDF Returns to Baltimore Comic Con, Joined by BRIAN WOOD!

September 4, 2013
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CBLDF Returns to Baltimore Comic Con, Joined by BRIAN WOOD!

The Baltimore Comic makes its annual appearance at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend, and CBLDF will be there at booth #1601 with a slew of signed premiums! CBLDF is also proud to present Brian Wood, who will be signing in our booth on both Saturday and Sunday! Of...

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Back to School with Comics: Using Graphic Novels in Education

September 3, 2013
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Back to School with Comics: Using Graphic Novels in Education

School season has begun again! As kids return to classrooms, it’s a great time to encourage literacy by using graphic novels. Using Graphic Novels in Education is an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column,...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Silence of Our Friends

August 30, 2013
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Silence of Our Friends

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such...

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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

August 30, 2013
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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

Russian authorities confiscated politically-charged paintings on Monday from a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg. As a result of the seizure, the artist fled the country and the exhibit was shut down. The paintings — one of which depicts Russia’s President Vladmir Putin decked out in...

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Libraries Remind Parents of Responsibilities

August 29, 2013
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Libraries Remind Parents of Responsibilities

Frequently, when a book or other material is targeted for removal from a public library, it’s because a minor managed to access something that does not meet the approval of his or her parents or guardians. Although most libraries do their utmost to make clear that it’s not the responsibility of their staff...

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2013 RETAILER MEMBERSHIP Incentive Spotlight: Mighty Avengers #1 Comics Code Variant!

August 29, 2013
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2013 RETAILER MEMBERSHIP Incentive Spotlight: Mighty Avengers #1 Comics Code Variant!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors helps CBLDF round up our Retail Members. Comic stores have historically been terrific and loyal supporters of the Fund, and Diamond makes it easy for shops to renew their annual memberships, using Previews ordering forms (online and otherwise) as a membership drive. Every year since this program started, CBLDF has...

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“The Day the Saucers Came” Now Available on eBay!

August 29, 2013
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“The Day the Saucers Came” Now Available on eBay!

Today, we are auctioning our final FIVE prints of “The Day the Saucers Came.”  This extremely limited poster is signed and remarked by CBLDF supporter and bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The poster art is by Jouni Koponen and includes everything from zombies and UFOs to giants and fairies. This 10″ x 28″ poster is the...

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