SDCC 2016: All Things CBLDF!

Comic-Con kicks of Wednesday with Preview Night, and CBLDF is ready to rumble! Kick Comic-Con off is style at our Comic-Con Welcome Party, bid on original artwork at the Comic-Con Art Auction, catch a CBLDF panel every day of con, and take home awesome convention exclusives! You’ll find us a ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the sixth issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings en ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

GET CAUGHT READING Comic Books, Challenged Books and other Must Reads!

April 30, 2015
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GET CAUGHT READING Comic Books, Challenged Books and other Must Reads!

What do Archie, Fone Bone, Hip Hop Family Tree, Usagi Yojimbo and the Peanuts gang have in common? These comic book icons have all been “caught reading.” This year, Get Caught Reading is highlighting an important, and sometimes overlooked, category for readers of all ages...

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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

April 30, 2015
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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

Victory by default in Brunswick County, NC! About a week after local resident Frankie Wood challenged Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the second school in as many years, the principal informed her that the challenge would not be considered due to a district policy limiting how often the...

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Humble Bundle Supports Children’s Book Week!

April 29, 2015
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Humble Bundle Supports Children’s Book Week!

In celebration of Children’s Book Week this year, Humble Bundle and the Children’s Book Council have combined forces to get kids excited about reading. The result is the Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting Children’s Book Week packed with popular titles from a variety of...

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In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

April 29, 2015
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Raising a Reader

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic…

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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

April 28, 2015
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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

While recently looking into the cases that landed three comics on the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we came across a veritable treasure trove of challenges that had flown under our radar: the Texas ACLU’s Annual Banned Books Report....

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Australia Presents Cartoonist’s Work in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

April 28, 2015
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In the aftermath of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in early January, Australian cartoonist David Pope drew his now infamous cartoon entitled “He Drew First” as a tribute to those most impacted by the devastating event. Earlier this month, Australia’s foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, as a further sign of support and solidarity,...

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

April 27, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

In advance of a school board meeting in Waterloo, Iowa this evening, CBLDF has joined with five other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to send a letter urging that the board follow district policy regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The...

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Children’s Book Week: Comic Book Shops Participate Around the Country!

April 27, 2015
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Children’s Book Week: Comic Book Shops Participate Around the Country!

On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day! Comic book shops...

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Book Trailer Banned From Facebook for Biblical Nudity

April 27, 2015
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The heated debate over Facebook’s vague and seemingly selective nudity guidelines has been reignited with the banning of the promotional book trailer for Michal Lemberger’s After Abel and Other Stories — a trailer that includes various medieval and Renaissance artwork depicting nude women. The book, which rewrites famous biblical stories from the perspectives of the…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

April 24, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by...

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Fear for Reputation Leads Queen’s University to Cancel Charlie Hebdo Conference

April 24, 2015
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Earlier this week, it was sadly announced that Queen’s University Belfast would be canceling an academic conference on the Charlie Hebdo attacks over security concerns as well as the potentially negative reputation that the University would garner by holding such a symposium. The point of the conference was not only to discuss the attacks that...

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the...

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Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Censorship Law

April 23, 2015
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In late March, free speech scored a victory overseas when the Indian Supreme Court officials annulled Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2008, ensuring greater freedom of expression for Indian citizens in online communications. Section 66A not only grossly violated citizens’ ability to access and distribute information on the internet, but its subjective…

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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only...

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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

April 22, 2015
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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

Two long-time CBLDF supporters, Last Gasp Publishing and Humble Bundle, have partnered for the ultimate digital collection of underground comix artists and anthologies — the Humble Underground Book Bundle! Now they’ve added even more titles to an already amazing bundle! You can...

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