SPRING INTO ACTION: CBLDF May Member Drive

This May, make a difference by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund during our SPRING INTO ACTION Membership Drive! Become a #comicdefender today, and help CBLDF reach our goal of signing up 500 new or renewing members in May. Your membership will help...

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

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 &a ...

Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

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 ...

Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

December 25, 2013
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Happy Holidays 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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Please Include CBLDF in Your Year-End Charitable Giving

December 24, 2013
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Please Include CBLDF in Your Year-End Charitable Giving

CBLDF is able to perform our important work thanks to the direct contributions of supporters like you. December is the Fund’s most important fundraising month because we receive more than a quarter of our annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters like...

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Petition Challenges School District’s Attempt to Ban Books

December 24, 2013
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A petition on Change.org came to CBLDF’s attention this week. The petition challenges a proposed policy in the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, that would require all teachers in the district “to read and check each [book] for violence, language, sexual intensity, etc. and whatever they deem as ‘inappropriate’ will be taken out...

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Tales From the Code: The Christmas Panic

December 23, 2013
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Tales From the Code: The Christmas Panic

It was “The Night Before Christmas.” At least that was the name of the story in Panic #1, a 1953 release from MC Gaines’ EC Comics. This story not only stirred controversy and was banned in the state of Massachusetts, but it also led to the arrests...

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Core Magazine Pleads Guilty in Japanese Obscenity Case

December 20, 2013
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Core Magazine Pleads Guilty in Japanese Obscenity Case

In July, three people, including Akira Ōta, who heads the editorial department at Core Magazine, were arrested in Japan amid accusations of obscenity. According to CBLDF’s source in Japan, the Core Magazine case went to court, and despite predictions of a court fight, the defendants pled guilty,...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

December 20, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

For the last month, a parent in Brunswick County, North Carolina, has been waging a war against Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter in support of...

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Book Challenges on the Rise in 2013

December 19, 2013
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Book Challenges on the Rise in 2013

2013 saw a significant increase in book challenges, especially in the last quarter: CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project just released a press release announcing a three-fold increase in challenges over the last three months, and a greater than 50% increase in...

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Student Newspaper Apologizes for Allegedly Racist Cartoon

December 19, 2013
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Student Newspaper Apologizes for Allegedly Racist Cartoon

Sports fans all over the country were baffled over Auburn University’s recent defeat of the University of Alabama in the Iron Bowl. As a result, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper, The Crimson White, published a satirical cartoon depicting an Auburn football player trampling past an Alabama football player with the caption “This is What...

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Knowledge Deleted: How a Louisiana Librarian Encouraged Teens to Make an Anti-Censorship Comic

December 18, 2013
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Knowledge Deleted: How a Louisiana Librarian Encouraged Teens to Make an Anti-Censorship Comic

Recently, an article from Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, caught our eye: During Banned Books Week earlier this year, the local public library used a grant from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund to run a three-day comic book workshop for teens. The six young participants planned, wrote, and illustrated their own comic called Knowledge...

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Please Include CBLDF in Your Year-End Charitable Giving

December 17, 2013
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Please Include CBLDF in Your Year-End Charitable Giving

CBLDF is able to perform our important work thanks to the direct contributions of supporters like you. December is the Fund’s most important fundraising month because we receive more than a quarter of our annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters like...

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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

December 17, 2013
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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

Indian blogs are reporting that two pieces by political cartoonist Manjul were repeatedly deleted from Twitter with no explanation over the weekend, but the cartoons have just as mysteriously been allowed to remain after he posted each of them a third time. Twitter has not responded to queries as of yet, but it appears the...

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Board Votes Unanimously to Keep The House of the Spirits After Appeal

December 16, 2013
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Board Votes Unanimously to Keep The House of the Spirits After Appeal

Recently, CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in defense of  Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits, which was challenged in North Carolina. A second review committee convened and unanimously voted to keep the book in classrooms. CBLDF joins coalition efforts...

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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Nonfiction Graphic Novels in the Classroom

December 13, 2013
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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Nonfiction Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Dr. Meryl Jaffe, the author of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! pamphlet and our ongoing Using Graphic Novels in Education column, recently led a webinar entitled “Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic...

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LAST DAY to Order Signed Gifts for Holiday Delivery!

December 12, 2013
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LAST DAY to Order Signed Gifts for Holiday Delivery!

This holiday season, make a difference by getting gifts for the comics fan in your life from CBLDF! Act now — today is your last chance to order signed graphic novels for holiday delivery! Comics’ greatest creators are contributing signed graphic novels to thank donors for supporting...

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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

December 12, 2013
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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case that has the potential to greatly clarify the free speech rights of students in public schools. While that is of course a very important issue not to be taken lightly, the actual area of contention...

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