CBLDF Podcast Episode 25: R SIKORYAK

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist R Sikoryak about his latest book, The Unquotable Trump, from Drawn & Quarterly. We discuss his career, his thoughts on activism, the variety of places he’s been published, and the wide world of literature and comics he has managed to mush together ...

NOW IN STORES: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4, Featuring Scott Snyder!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the last issue of 2017, we share Batman scribe Scott Snyder’s inspiring keynote address! CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #4 features an iconic cover of Batman by frequent Snyder collaborator Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn). In the issu ...

OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

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 ...

How Czech Underground Comic Art Beat Communism

June 10, 2016
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Kaja Saudek

An art display at the Batalion Bar and Museum in Prague is celebrating underground comic artist Kaja Saudek and tells the tale of his first-hand experiences with censorship in the 1960s and ultimate triumph over a Cold War communist government that heavily regulated free expression. Kaja Saudek, called the “the king of Czech...

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Organizations Urge U.N. To Take Action Against Free Speech Violations in Turkey

June 9, 2016
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Several free speech organizations recently submitted a formal statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling for action to be taken to fix the “major deterioration” of free expression in Turkey. Earlier this month groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PEN International, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to…

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LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

June 8, 2016
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LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

Zan Christensen, the founder of LGBT comics publisher Northwest Press, is no stranger to corporate censorship of the books he submits to digital publishing platforms. But after Apple’s iBookstore rejected all three of Northwest’s most...

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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

June 8, 2016
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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

The Round Rock Independent School District in Texas has uninvited author Phil Bildner from all eight schools he was scheduled to visit there this fall, apparently because he recommended a book featuring a transgender protagonist when he visited the district last year. Bildner is well-known by teachers and...

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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

June 7, 2016
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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

The independent comics scene in Egypt is flourishing as more and more young adults find freedom of expression through the power of the pen. This is definitely the case for Cairo-based twin cartoonists Mohamed and Haitham El-Seht, who recently sat down with designboom to discuss how comics have empowered them to speak out about...

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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

June 6, 2016
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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza is facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak in clown makeup, an image that originally appeared online but has since proliferated in street art throughout the capital of Kuala Lumpur. After learning of those charges on Friday,...

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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

June 3, 2016
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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

To clear up confusion that came to light during a recent challenge to Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, school district officials in Pasco County, Florida plan to clarify...

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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

June 3, 2016
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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

With every new generation, there is a new form of media that becomes both actively embraced by American youth, as well as socially stigmatized and branded as “low class,” “obscene,” and “dangerous” by the morality police (aka grown ups). It happened to comics in the 1940s...

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Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

June 2, 2016
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Henning School Board Restores This One Summer to Library, with Restrictions

The school board in Henning, Minnesota voted 4-2 last night to allow Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer back on library shelves at the district’s single K-12 school–with a few conditions. The book must...

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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

June 2, 2016
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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

Hong Kong cartoonist Ar To is looking for a new publisher for his collection of political cartoons after his current publisher requested him to make changes to some of his more politically sensitive pieces. Ar To is well-known for his cartoons depicting anthropomorphized animals often criticizing the Hong Kong government. From President Xi Jinping to relations...

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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

June 2, 2016
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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

One of South Africa’s most well-known political cartoonists has become embroiled in controversy since the publication of a cartoon with what he said were unintended racist overtones. The cartoon by Zapiro, AKA Jonathan Shapiro, depicts the country’s top...

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Herblock Prize Recipient on Political Cartoons and Free Speech

June 1, 2016
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mark-fiore

Political cartoonist, self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” and recipient of the 2016 Herblock Prize, Mark Fiore recently sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the award as well as how he is using his craft to push the boundaries of freedom of expression. Fiore is best known for his unique animated political cartoons....

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

June 1, 2016
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 17: CHUCK PALAHNIUK

In this episode, we speak with author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Fight Club 2, Choke), who has just completed adapting Fight Club 2 as a graphic novel with artist Cameron Stewart. Topics: Kolchak the Night Stalker, EC Comics, radiation poisoning, and more! In support of our ongoing education...

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Grand Rapids Public Library Celebrates Local Cartoonist Celebrity Gert Van Houten

May 31, 2016
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Gert

Grand Rapids Public Library in Michigan celebrates working women this coming month with a series of discussions about notable female figures — including the maverick cartoonist Gertrude “Gert” Van Houten — who helped shape the political and editorial scene of the metropolitan area at the turn-of-the-century. From the women of Berkey & Gay, who helped…

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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

May 30, 2016
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Ten Challenged or Banned Comics for Your Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! With summer unofficially underway, here are some challenged and banned comics to read at the beach or on those lazy backyard hammock days. 1. Bone by Jeff Smith • Synopsis: Three creatures known as...

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