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 ...

Artists Take On Banned Books for CBLDF

July 26, 2013
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Artists Take On Banned Books for CBLDF

“Draw your favorite character from a banned book” were the marching orders for artists at this year’s CBLDF Banned Comics Jam. A Comic-Con tradition, at each year’s Banned Comics Jam creators reveal their creative processes and share their stories about censorship. It’s an opportunity to get an intimate look at how these artists make the...

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Japanese Editor Arrested for Distributing Obscene Images

July 26, 2013
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Three people, including Akira Ōta, who heads the editorial department at Core Magazine, have been arrested in Japan amid accusations of obscenity. Those arrested are being accused of selling magazines and manga that had sexual content which was insufficiently censored, a violation of Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, which forbids obscene content. Ōta denies...

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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

July 25, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

It may come as a surprise, but the freedom of speech laid out by the First Amendment doesn’t actually include all forms of speech. Roth v. United States is a landmark case that held that obscene speech was a category that did not fall under the umbrella of First Amendment protection. This case also clumsily...

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Now Available in the Rewards Zone: SDCC 2013 Premiums!

July 25, 2013
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Now Available in the Rewards Zone: SDCC 2013 Premiums!

The CBLDF Team just got back from a hugely successful (and deliriously fun) trip to San Diego for Comic-Con International, but we’re not going to let a little jet-lag stop us from making the premiums we debuted at SDCC 2013 available for your generous donations! If you visit the CBLDF Rewards Zone, you’ll now...

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Adult Anxieties Over Young Adult Fiction Endure

July 24, 2013
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Adult Anxieties Over Young Adult Fiction Endure

Every once in a while, some blogger or columnist garners a lot of pageviews by rekindling the simmering debate as to whether Young Adult fiction has become “too dark.” Two years ago, for example, this hand-wringing column from the Wall Street Journal inspired...

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Challenged Again

July 23, 2013
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Challenged Again

If you’re experiencing déjà vu right now, don’t worry because we are too! Just over a month after The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was restored to classrooms in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the popular teen novel’s inclusion on a school...

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SDCC 2013: Sunday Events with CBLDF

July 21, 2013
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Panels CBLDF’s Banned Comics Jam! Sunday, July 21 • 12:15pm – 1:45pm • Room 5AB Celebrate Banned Comics with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and special guests who will create live art, paying homage to the cartoonists, authors...

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SDCC 2013: Saturday Events with CBLDF

July 20, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Saturday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF Presents: Defending Manga Saturday, July 20 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE For those in the know, manga is a powerful form of storytelling that has its roots in Japan but reaches out to speak to the inner life of...

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A Third of Americans Believe First Amendment Goes Too Far

July 19, 2013
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The Newseum Institute released the results of their annual survey about the First Amendment this week, revealing a disturbing statistic: 34% of the people surveyed believe the First Amendment goes too far. Sponsored by the First Amendment Center, the Newseum Institute has conducted the survey annually since 1997 to gauge public perception of the First...

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SDCC 2013: Friday Events with CBLDF

July 19, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Friday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF: Raising a Reader Friday, July 19 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of...

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The Bluest Eye Challenged in Colorado School District

July 19, 2013
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The Bluest Eye Challenged in Colorado School District

One of the most frequently challenged and banned books of the past decade is again under fire, as some parents in Adams County, Colorado, have launched an online petition asking their school district to remove Toni Morrison’s The Bluest...

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Canadian “Anti-comics” Law Used to Prosecute Website Owner

July 18, 2013
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A 1949 law passed to prevent the corrupting influence of comic books is being used in Edmonton, Canada, to prosecute the owner of a website that posted a video showing the alleged murder and dismemberment of Chinese exchange student Jun Lin. Daniel Schwartz with CBC News describes the “corrupting morals” law that is being used...

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SDCC 2013: Thursday Events with CBLDF

July 18, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Thursday Events with CBLDF

Panels CBLDF: Banned Comics! Thursday, July 18 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States; learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and...

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SDCC 2013: Everything CBLDF!

July 17, 2013
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SDCC 2013: Everything CBLDF!

It’s here! Comic-Con International 2013 launches with tonight’s Preview Night, and CBLDF is joining the fun with exclusives galore at Booth #1920! We also have the best party of the show, the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party and a spectacular assortment of panels and signings! Finally, don’t miss your...

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Infographic Reveals the Reasons Comics Are Challenged

July 16, 2013
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Infographic Reveals the Reasons Comics Are Challenged

Designer Tim Leong — who will be joining CBLDF throughout Comic-Con for signings of his new book Super Graphic — has assembled an amazing new infographic that reveals the reasons why comic books and graphic novels are challenged and banned in libraries. The reasons for challenging comic books run the gamut from anti-family to...

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