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...

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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CBLDF Gives Thanks in This Season of Giving

December 25, 2012
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CBLDF Gives Thanks in This Season of Giving

As 2012 comes to a close, the CBLDF team would like to offer a huge thanks to our members for their support throughout the year. Because of our members and supporters, CBLDF was able to make important strides in protecting the First Amendment rights of...

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Library Censorship in 2012

December 24, 2012
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Library Censorship in 2012

One would think that now that we’re well into the 21st Century, censorship would no longer be a problem. However, defending graphic novels and novels against library and school challenges remains a key part of CBLDF’s mission. In the last year alone, we have played a role in defending dozens of books in libraries and...

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New Legislation Mandates Investigation of Video Games and Violent Behavior

December 21, 2012
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In the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D – WV), has introduced a bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences investigate the effect of violent video games on children. Rockefeller’s bill comes in the wake of reports that shooter Adam Lanza was an avid player of video games....

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French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Sued Over Mohammed Cartoons

December 20, 2012
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News outlets have reported this month that the notoriously controversial French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo is being sued by a pair of Arab rights organizations over caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which were published in September. In the wake of widespread protest and unrest over the film The Innocence of Muslims, the magazine ...

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Graphic Novels Have Droves of Reluctant Readers Running to School Library

December 19, 2012
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Graphic Novels Have Droves of Reluctant Readers Running to School Library

Even as comics and graphic novels have moved out of their niche market and into the mainstream of publishing over the last twenty years or so, they have admittedly been slow to catch on in some libraries. In many cases, the resistance comes not from...

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Cincinnati-Area’s Arcadian Comics & Games Sponsors CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser

December 18, 2012
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Cincinnati-Area’s Arcadian Comics & Games Sponsors CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser

If you live near Cincinnati, Ohio (or are visiting the area for the holidays), check out Arcadian Comics & Games on December 22, 2012, for their CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser! What better way to wrap up the year than to spend an evening noshing, mingling...

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What Is the Advisory Board? CBLDF Executive Director Explains

December 17, 2012
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What Is the Advisory Board? CBLDF Executive Director Explains

Last week, CBLDF announced the launch of our new Advisory Board, which will be chaired by CBLDF founder Denis Kitchen and and longtime supporter Neil Gaiman. In the wake of the announcment, The Comics Reporter‘s Tom Spurgeon reached out to CBLDF Executive Director...

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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

December 14, 2012
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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

Throughout history, state and federal governments have utilized popular culture to spread their message. Given the effectiveness and popularity of sequential art, it should be no surprise that comics would be enlisted into the cause. And much like Marvel’s merry mutants, comics protected a world that feared and...

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CBLDF Closes Con Year At Locust Moon Comics Festival!

December 14, 2012
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CBLDF Closes Con Year At Locust Moon Comics Festival!

CBLDF marks the close of the 2012 Convention Calendar at the inaugural Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadephia this Sunday!  Hosted by Locust Moon Comics, Philadelphia’s destination shop for comics from handcrafted zines to luxury hardcovers and everything in between, the Locust Moon Comics Festival will welcome guests...

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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

December 13, 2012
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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

Many of the traits now attributed to Santa Claus in English-speaking countries — jolliness, rotundity, eight tiny reindeer, a penchant for sleigh travel and chimney diving — have their origin in the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. In a new picture book version “edited…for...

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DEFEND COMICS with CBLDF’s Free Minicomic!

December 12, 2012
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As the year wraps up, CBLDF’s annual minicomic, Defend Comics, is making its way to mailboxes and digital devices everywhere! An amazing crew of artists illustrated this all-new — and FREE — minicomic! Check out what the CBLDF’s been up to courtesy of Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse), Bob Fingerman...

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Last Day For Holiday Delivery! Don’t Miss Out On Signed Gifts from Alan Moore & Other Greats!

December 12, 2012
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Last Day For Holiday Delivery! Don’t Miss Out On Signed Gifts from Alan Moore & Other Greats!

You can still get signed books from creators including Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Art Spiegelman, Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, Chip Kidd, Jeffrey Brown, Scott McCloud and more for the fan in your life, but don’t delay – today is the...

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CBLDF Establishes Advisory Board: Denis Kitchen and Neil Gaiman Named Co-Chairs

December 11, 2012
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CBLDF Establishes Advisory Board: Denis Kitchen and Neil Gaiman Named Co-Chairs

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the establishment of a formal advisory board to assist the organization in advancing its mission to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics art form. The advisory board will be co-chaired by CBLDF founder...

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CBLDF Annual Report

December 10, 2012
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It’s been a spectacular year for CBLDF, with victory in the Ryan Matheson case, clearing the name of an American citizen who was arrested for the comics on his laptop; a $60,000 donation from the Gaiman Foundation to pay for an expanded education...

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