Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Events!

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday and runs through October 1! Celebrate the freedom to read and this year’s theme of diversity with CBLDF during events in Portland, Las Vegas, and Ohio! Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. • U.S. Bank Room – Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, ...

Now Available: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2016!

Banned Books Week is happening September 25 – October 1, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cove ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 ...

Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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!

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 ...

Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon This Weekend!

June 18, 2015
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Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon This Weekend!

CBLDF is returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend for HeroesCon 2015! You can be a #comicdefender with CBLDF at booth 1222! Heroes Convention was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, the owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop....

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Police Brutality Project Pulled from School

June 18, 2015
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In what was later admitted to be a knee-jerk reaction, Clearview Regional High School students in Gloucester County, New Jersey, were forced to take down their project, which focused on police brutality statstics within their community. The project, which was done as part of an awareness campaign in a humanitarian studies class, faced backlash from...

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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

June 17, 2015
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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

A seventh grader in Griswold, Connecticut is suspended from school and under investigation by state police after he was found to have compiled a list of classmates in a “death note” booklet inspired by the manga and anime series. Although the boy is suspended through the...

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Dynamite and StoryBundle.com Celebrate Summer with First Ever Bundle of Digital Omnibus Editions, Benefiting CBLDF and Girls Write Now

June 17, 2015
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Dynamite and StoryBundle.com Celebrate Summer with First Ever Bundle of Digital Omnibus Editions, Benefiting CBLDF and Girls Write Now

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, the unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host a brand-new graphic novel promotion that will allow readers to purchase over 4,000 pages’ worth of digital Dynamite Entertainment stories with...

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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

June 17, 2015
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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

Just a few weeks after Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for drawing a cartoon of her country’s lawmakers, her defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi has now been arrested as well. The alleged crime: shaking his client’s hand, which authorities say constitutes adultery. Farghadani was first arrested...

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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

June 16, 2015
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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

Facing the wrath of the Internet, Crafton Hills College affirmed yesterday that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from its English 250 course as 20-year-old student Tara Shultz and her parents demanded last week. The Shultz family disagrees with the college’s...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

June 15, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

As a Buncombe County, North Carolina school district review committee prepares to make a recommendation to the school board on a challenge to The Kite Runner this week, CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free...

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Cartoonists #Draw4Atena

June 15, 2015
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Atena Farghadani and cartoon

Atena Farghadani, Iranian artist and activist sentenced earlier this month to nearly 13-year prison sentence for “insulting members of parliament through paintings” has found the support of the global cartoonist community with the #Draw4Atena campaign. Organized by Comic Riffs, artists around the world are lending their pen in non-violent support of the Farghadani after she…

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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

June 13, 2015
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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

A 20-year-old college student in Yucaipa, California is protesting the inclusion of four landmark graphic novels in an English class that she took during the recently-finished Spring 2015 semester at Crafton Hills College. According to the Redlands Daily Facts newspaper, Tara Shultz and her parents...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: El Deafo

June 12, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: El Deafo

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 censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon, June 19-21!

June 12, 2015
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Be a Free Speech Superhero with CBLDF At HeroesCon, June 19-21!

CBLDF is returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, June 19 – 21, 2015, where we are excited to be exhibiting at HeroesCon 2015 booth 1222! Heroes Convention was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, the owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find...

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High School Student Fights to Display Work on Body Shaming and Censorship

June 12, 2015
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High School Student Fights to Display Work on Body Shaming and Censorship

A high school senior in Glastonbury, Connecticut nearly saw her semester-long art project about body shaming and censorship of women’s bodies censored by school officials last week. But instead of giving up, she decided to fight for her creation–and won. Senior Emily Mann spent months working on a mixed-media project that tackles issues including...

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China Bans Anime and Manga from the Internet

June 11, 2015
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In order to protect the welfare of their children and curb a potential rise in juvenile delinquency, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has issued a list of 38 Japanese manga and anime that will no longer be allowed into the country. From Attack on Titan to Death Note, the Chinese ministry issued warnings to...

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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

June 10, 2015
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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

A parents’ group in Collier County, Florida is taking aim at four books in school libraries that they describe as “highly inappropriate [and] essentially pornographic.” Members of the organization known as Parents ROCK want Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Beloved, Cristina Garcia’s...

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Comix Legend Bill Griffith on Breaking Taboos in the Industry

June 10, 2015
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Zippy

“Are we having fun yet?” In the late 1960s, the Underground Comix Movement emerged, and alongside it, the likes of R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Art Spiegelman, and more, including Bill Griffith — creator of Zippy the Pinhead and practicing advocate for freedom of expression. From the zines of San Francisco to the illustrious pages of…

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