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. ...

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 ...

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...

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!...

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 ...

TFAW Supports CBLDF’s Annual SDCC Auction

June 11, 2013
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TFAW Supports CBLDF’s Annual SDCC Auction

For the fifth year in a row, Things From Another World (TFAW.com) is proud to partner with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their annual CBLDF Auction at San Diego Comic-Con! With the help of creators including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Tim...

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Illinois School District Lifts Ban on The Perks of Being a Wallflower

June 11, 2013
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Illinois School District Lifts Ban on The Perks of Being a Wallflower

In a victory for free speech, the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, school board reversed course, rescinding a ban on acclaimed novel Perks of Being a Wallflower! With a vote of 6 to 1, the Glen Ellyn school board returned the book to classrooms, thanks in large part to...

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KentCAF to Host Musical Benefit with P. CRAIG RUSSELL for CBLDF!

June 10, 2013
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KentCAF to Host Musical Benefit with P. CRAIG RUSSELL for CBLDF!

October 18 – 19, 2013, will see the inaugural edition of the Kent Comic Arts Festival in Kent, Ohio. In addition to celebrating graphic storytelling, the festival will also feature a special piano musicale from guest P. Craig Russell, who is donating the proceeds to...

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Court Rules That California Prisoner Can Keep His Werewolf Erotica

June 7, 2013
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When Andres Martinez ordered The Silver Crown by Mathilde Madden, he expected an erotic novel about werewolves. What he didn’t expect is for the book to be seized and labeled obscene by government officials. Why was the book kept from Martinez? He’s a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, and as such, the...

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Embattled Mexican American Studies Program Finds Another Way

June 7, 2013
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Despite a federal court ruling that upheld the law that led to the dissolution of Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program, reports continue to indicate some version of the program may be reinstated in Tucson classrooms. Two former instructors for the embattled program have taken matters into their own hands: They recently announced...

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Greenest Night Isn’t Over — Exclusive Items Now Available in Rewards Zone

June 6, 2013
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Greenest Night Isn’t Over — Exclusive Items Now Available in Rewards Zone

Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern was a huge success for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Thanks to all the fans and comic book industry professionals that joined us at the Avalon Bardot Theatre in Hollywood, California, on May 25th, we had a great time celebrating Ge0ff Johns’ incredible 9-year run of groundbreaking Green Lantern comics,...

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CBLDF Returns to HEROES CON This Weekend!

June 6, 2013
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CBLDF Returns to HEROES CON This Weekend!

CBLDF is excited to return to the great state of North Carolina to attend Heroes Con, hosted by our friends at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte. Heroes Con takes place June 7-9 at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College Street). CBLDF...

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Help Defend The Perks of Being a Wallflower

June 5, 2013
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Help Defend The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A few weeks ago, the school board in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, voted 4-2 to remove The Perks of Being a Wallflower from district classrooms. The school board is reviewing their decision on June 10, and we need your help defending the book! The Perks of Being...

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The Washington Post Forbids Fake F-word in Funnies

June 4, 2013
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The Washington Post Forbids Fake F-word in Funnies

Recently, The Washington Post opted not to print the above Barney & Clyde comic strip due to its very tame pun on a certain four-letter swear word. Creator Gene Weingarten, who also happens to be the Post’s own humor columnist, was more bemused than angry at the editorial decision, noting that...

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Support CBLDF by Bidding on Signed and Rare Comics and Prints!

June 4, 2013
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Support CBLDF by Bidding on Signed and Rare Comics and Prints!

Last week we told you about Giving Works, the ambitious new fundraising initiative by eBay that allows eBay sellers to give a portion of their proceeds to several charitable organizations, including Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Today, we’d like to highlight somenew and exciting items that just became available from CBLDF itself!...

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Ukrainian Political Cartoons Displayed Despite Administration Objections

June 3, 2013
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An art exhibition of cartoons addressing Ukrainian corruption, and other political issues, was displayed in Kyiv’s Mykhailivska Square by the Institute for World Policy on May 18th, 2013, despite objections and censorship demands by the city officials. PASOS.org translated the article about the attempted censorship from the Ukrainian website for IWP, who wrote: The officials...

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Australian Student Newspaper Forced to Pull Satirical Islam Cartoon

June 3, 2013
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Australian Student Newspaper Forced to Pull Satirical Islam Cartoon

What are the limits on religious satire? Recently, Woroni, the student newspaper of the Australian National University, was forced by the school to remove and apologize for a cartoon that satirized Islam. If the Woroni case were a routine matter of censorship, this story would be troubling enough,...

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Greenest Night Shines A Light On The Power of Creativity!

May 31, 2013
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Greenest Night Shines A Light On The Power of Creativity!

Last Friday, CBLDF hosted Greenest Night: A Celebration of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern in Hollywood, California, at the Avalon Bardot Theatre, where fans from all over the United States joined comics royalty to toast Johns’ franchise-defining nine year run on the series. The centerpiece of the emotional...

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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Denver Comic Con This Weekend!

May 31, 2013
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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Denver Comic Con This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF heads to the Mile High City for Denver Comic Con! You’ll find us at booth # 323, sharing rarefied air with comics superstars like Matt Wagner, Jeffrey Brown, Fiona Staples, and many, many more! (For the full guest list visit the...

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Opposition to Proposed Revision of Japanese Child Pornography Law Grows

May 31, 2013
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Opposition to Proposed Revision of Japanese Child Pornography Law Grows

Last week, we reported on a proposed revision to a Japanese child pornography law that leaves many innocent people vulnerable to prosecution due to vague legal definitions that could criminalize even the most innocuous image. In response, the Japan Cartoonists Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers...

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