CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

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 ...

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 ...

Game Panics Through the Ages

May 19, 2014
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Game Panics Through the Ages

In the 1940s and ‘50s, comic books were the scapegoat of choice for politicians, parents, and “experts” like Fredric Wertham, who sought something to blame for increasing juvenile delinquency and violence. Of course, that line of argument was cut short when the industry self-imposed...

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CBLDF Joins the Fans and Artists at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend

May 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins the Fans and Artists at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend

This weekend, CBLDF heads to the Bay Area to join fans from throughout Northern California at Big Wow ComicFest! You can find us at booth #1014 with an assortment of signed graphic novels, CBLDF-exclusive variants, and more, the proceeds of which benefit our important work defending...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Color of Earth Trilogy

May 16, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Color of Earth Trilogy

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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MN Review Board Votes Unanimously to Keep Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You on Library Shelves

May 15, 2014
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MN Review Board Votes Unanimously to Keep Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You on Library Shelves

In an unqualified victory for the right to read, a book review committee in the Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan public school system in Minnesota has voted 10 – 0 to keep Barthe DeClements’s Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You in the district’s elementary school...

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Tokyo Government Declares Imōto Paradise! 2 Manga Unhealthy

May 15, 2014
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Tokyo Government Declares Imōto Paradise! 2 Manga Unhealthy

Under the guise of the revised (and ever more draconian) Youth Healthy Development Ordinance, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government this week declared that the manga Imōto Paradise! 2 was an “unhealthy publication.” Under the ordinance, such materials cannot be sold to individuals under the age of...

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CBLDF & Heritage Auctions Team Up, Offering Art by Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Charlie Adlard, & Paul Pope

May 14, 2014
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CBLDF & Heritage Auctions Team Up, Offering Art by Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Charlie Adlard, & Paul Pope

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to partner with Heritage Auctions to auction original art benefiting our important work protecting the freedom to read comics! CBLDF’s inaugural lot with Heritage is up for bid now, featuring original art from Jim Lee,...

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The Doctor Is In! Humble Bundle Launches The Humble Doctor Who Comics Bundle With Award-Winning Publisher IDW

May 14, 2014
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The Doctor Is In! Humble Bundle Launches The Humble Doctor Who Comics Bundle With Award-Winning Publisher IDW

Humble Bundle, the pay-what-you-want plus charity digital platform, and award-winning publisher IDW Publishing have teamed up to launch the Humble Doctor Who Comics Bundle today. Customers can pay what they want for up to 14 digital collections of Doctor...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Challenged Book in Minnesota

May 14, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Challenged Book in Minnesota

Today, a review committee in Rosemount, Minnesota will decide the fate of Barthe DeClements’s Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You, which was challenged by a district parent, who filed a complaint about language in the book. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against...

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Fukushima Residents, Government Criticize Manga’s Depiction of Health Effects From Radiation (Maybe)

May 13, 2014
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Fukushima Residents, Government Criticize Manga’s Depiction of Health Effects From Radiation (Maybe)

Over the past few weeks, the popular Japanese cooking manga Oishinbo has come under fire from residents and government officials of Fukushima Prefecture, who say that it inaccurately depicts the effect of radiation exposure on visitors to the nuclear plant there that was damaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Characters in...

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As SC Senate Debates Budget, Possible Compromise Emerges Over Fun Home Funding

May 12, 2014
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As SC Senate Debates Budget, Possible Compromise Emerges Over Fun Home Funding

Last week, South Carolina state senator Brad Hutto led an hours-long filibuster to prevent punitive budget cuts against two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books into elective reading programs. Hutto has hinted a compromise is in the works to try to preserve the budgets of the...

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BREAKING: Tennessee School Board Restores The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

May 9, 2014
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BREAKING: Tennessee School Board Restores The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Just a few days ago, the Wilson County School Board in Tennessee voted 3-1 to removed Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from the school system’s approved reading list over the use of the F-bomb. Just this afternoon, CBLDF learned that...

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CBLDF Celebrates Free Comic Book Day Acclaim with Fresh New Premiums

May 9, 2014
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CBLDF Celebrates Free Comic Book Day Acclaim with Fresh New Premiums

CBLDF is hot off Free Comic Book Day with a slew of great reviews for our FCBD releases, Help the CBLDF Defend Comics and Raising a Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! To celebrate, every order or membership for...

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Tennessee School Board Bans The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

May 9, 2014
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Tennessee School Board Bans The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

It’s not often that one word garners a book challenge, but in Wilson County, Tennessee, it appears all you need is the F-bomb to get a book banned. Earlier this week, the Wilson County School Board voted 3-1 to removed Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the...

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Writers Speak Out Loud as SC Senate Continues Debate Over Punitive Budget Cuts

May 8, 2014
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Writers Speak Out Loud as SC Senate Continues Debate Over Punitive Budget Cuts

As the debate rages on in South Carolina over a proposal that punitively cuts the budgets of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books — including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home — into elective reading programs rages, writers are taking a stand. The Hub City Writers Project...

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IRONY ALERT: Would-be Censor Arrested at School Board Meeting, Claims Violation of His First Amendment Rights

May 7, 2014
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IRONY ALERT: Would-be Censor Arrested at School Board Meeting, Claims Violation of His First Amendment Rights

At a meeting this past Monday, the school board in Gilford, New Hampshire addressed what was expected to be a routine complaint from parent William Baer about the content of a book that was assigned in his daughter’s high school Honors English class....

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