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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

BOOM! Studios Partners with Humble Bundle to Benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the launch today of the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Jaime Hernandez Launches CBLDF’s 2013 Membership Program!

January 11, 2013
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Legendary cartoonist Jaime Hernandez rings in 2013 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by providing the art for this year's membership program!

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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

January 10, 2013
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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

Last week we told you about a community organization in the town of Southington, Connecticut, that planned to collect and burn violent video games and other entertainment media. But yesterday, after much coverage from blogs and the press, SouthingtonSOS announced that it will not go...

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Celebrated Children’s Book Author Jennifer L. Holm Joins CBLDF Board of Directors

January 10, 2013
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Celebrated Children’s Book Author Jennifer L. Holm Joins CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the addition of bestselling author and three-time Newbery honoree Jennifer L. Holm to its Board of Directors.  Best known in the comics world as the co-author with her brother Matthew Holm of the popular young readers graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish, she joins the...

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Vice President to Meet with Entertainment Execs About “Culture of Violence”

January 9, 2013
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Vice President to Meet with Entertainment Execs About “Culture of Violence”

In the midst of talks regarding gun control, the government has taken steps to address a “culture of violence” that many have blamed for the recent spate of gun violence. According to an article in Variety, Vice President Joe Biden has invited the leaders of various entertainment and video game businesses to Washington DC...

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Political Cartoonists in Egypt Face Growing Attacks

January 8, 2013
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Political Cartoonists in Egypt Face Growing Attacks

There is perhaps no singular instance that better describes the increasing pressure felt by political cartoonists in Egypt than the case of cartoonist Doaa El-Adl and Naguib Sawiris, the owner of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, who are being sued by the National Centre for Defence of Freedoms for drawing and publishing a cartoon the...

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Library Director Who Banned NEONOMICON Defends Decision

January 7, 2013
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Library Director Who Banned NEONOMICON Defends Decision

Late last year, after several months of deliberation, Alan Moore’s graphic novel Neonomicon was removed from the Greenville County, South Carolina, public library system based on a unilateral decision by library director Beverly James. The ban went against a recommendation from the library’s own...

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Connecticut Town To Destroy Video Games And Violent Media

January 4, 2013
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Connecticut Town To Destroy Video Games And Violent Media

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a community organization in the nearby town of Southington is organizing a buyback program to collect video games, DVDs, and CDs deemed to be violent. According to gaming site Polygon,...

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Student’s Arrest for Doodles Echoes 2004 CBLDF Case

January 3, 2013
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Student’s Arrest for Doodles Echoes 2004 CBLDF Case

Shortly after the Newtown shootings, a New Jersey high school student found himself in juvenile detention because of doodles in his notebook. This arrest has a disturbing familiarity for CBLDF: In 2004, we helped successfully clear a high school student who had been unjustly...

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SPX Contributes $10,000 To CBLDF, Raising A Total of $25,000 For Free Speech!

January 2, 2013
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SPX Contributes $10,000 To CBLDF, Raising A Total of $25,000 For Free Speech!

The CBLDF is honored to acknowledge the contribution of $10,000 from the Small Press Expo, a non-profit organization that hosts the iconic art comics festival every September.  The SPX contribution, coupled with the $15,000 the CBLDF was able to raise at this year’s event brings the total fundraising generated...

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2012: The Year in Censorship

January 1, 2013
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2012: The Year in Censorship

Now that 2012 has wrapped up and we’re taking our first steps into 2013, let’s pause a moment to take a look at the path behind us. As we look at some of our top censorship stories from 2012, it’s apparent that our important work...

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Last Chance To Make A Tax-Deductible 2012 Donation to CBLDF!

December 28, 2012
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Time is running out to make a tax deductible contribution to the CBLDF in 2012!  With censorship incidents on the rise, including comics bans in schools & libraries, the CBLDF’s work is urgently needed and we can’t do it without your support.  Please donate...

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Doodles Lead to New Jersey Student’s Arrest

December 28, 2012
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Doodles Lead to New Jersey Student’s Arrest

When a 16-year-old New Jersey boy doodled in his notebook on Tuesday, December 18, he probably didn’t expect to be arrested by the end of the day. However, when school officials saw the sketches, which they state appeared to be of weapons, and the boy “demonstrated behavior that caused them to be concerned,” the...

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Evidence Does Not Support Link Between Video Games and Violent Crime

December 27, 2012
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Evidence Does Not Support Link Between Video Games and Violent Crime

With Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D – WV) announcement that he is drafting a bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences research the effect of video games on children, several sources have been examining the current research on video games and violent gun murders. Even though pundits and politicians have vehemently endorsed a link...

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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox on the Fund and His Love of Comics

December 26, 2012
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CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox on the Fund and His Love of Comics

Recently, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox took a moment out of his busy schedule planning the Fund’s fundraising efforts and convention appearances to talk to The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon about CBLDF and his upbringing as one of four or five comics fans in rural Tennessee. During the interview, Cox described what makes a good…

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Unwrap a Gift From CBLDF!

December 25, 2012
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Unwrap a Gift From CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF blogger Joe Sergi, our resident comics censorship historian, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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