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 ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

April 27, 2016
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Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

A substitute teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan is out of a job after her lesson on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe unexpectedly fell afoul of a school district sex education policy last week. Allison Wint is not...

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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Asks Users to Report Theater Challenges

April 26, 2016
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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Asks Users to Report Theater Challenges

Our colleagues over at the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are building a new database of dramatic works challenged or censored in the United States, and they need your help! DLDF describes the new initiative at...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Looking for Alaska in Kentucky

April 26, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship urging Marion County, Kentucky, high school principal Mike Abbell to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska as part of the 12th grade English curriculum despite one parent’s complaint that the award-winning YA novel is “pornography” and “filth.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these...

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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

April 25, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf was among dozens of people arrested late last week in advance of planned street protests today. After being held overnight and released without charge early Friday morning, he said on Facebook...

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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

April 25, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

After nearly 18 months in prison for a cartoon depicting politicians as animals, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani will reportedly be released sometime next month. She had been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months,...

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She Changed Comics Adds BPAL Exclusive, Fun Home, Nimona, & More!

April 22, 2016
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There’s less than a week to go on the Kickstarter for She Changed Comics, CBLDF’s history of the women who changed free expression in comics. Thanks to your overwhelming support, we will be able to create this book and more, including education companion guides for middle school, high school, and higher education, a teaching tour, and...

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KIDS AND TEENS: Vote Now in the Children’s Choice Book Awards!

April 22, 2016
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KIDS AND TEENS: Vote Now in the Children’s Choice Book Awards!

Time is running out to vote in the Children’s Choice Book Awards! Kids from Kindergarten through Teen have until Monday, April 25 to vote for their favorite books published in 2015. Parents, teachers, librarians,...

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YALSA Gives Away 40 Sets of Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

April 22, 2016
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In celebration of the American Library Association’s National Library Week and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2016 Teens’ Top Ten, YALSA is giving away 40 sets of this year’s top ten titles. “The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous...

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Theater Takes Legal Action Over Utah Deadpool Censorship

April 21, 2016
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A movie theater in Utah faces a possible $25,000 fine for serving alcohol during a screening of fan-favorite Deadpool. Citing a law that prohibits the showing of simulated sex while serving alcohol, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control threatened to revoke Brewvies’ liquor license and issue a fine, but the theater hit back by suing the...

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Higher Ed Sweeps 2016 Muzzle Awards

April 21, 2016
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Higher Ed Sweeps 2016 Muzzle Awards

Every April the Virginia-based Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression bestows its Muzzle Awards, dishonoring “those individuals and institutions responsible for the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to free speech during the preceding year.” In a...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 16: Black Panther Artist BRIAN STELFREEZE

April 20, 2016
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In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez talks with artist Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men), hot off the launch of the what is likely the year’s biggest release: the new Black Panther series with author Ta-Nehisi Coates from Marvel Comics. Topics: Blaxploitation, self-censorship, costume design, and more! In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book...

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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

April 20, 2016
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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

Jarrett Dapier, the library science scholar whose Freedom of Information Act Request helped to uncover the truth about Chicago Public Schools administrators’ 2013 effort to ban Persepolis from classrooms and libraries, is receiving some...

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Bulgarian TV Network Drops Cartoonist Who Mocked Prime Minister

April 19, 2016
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Bulgarian TV Network Drops Cartoonist Who Mocked Prime Minister

Bulgarians are accusing the privately-owned TV network NOVA of bowing to government pressure last week when it removed all of cartoonist Chavdar Nikolov’s work from its website. Nikolov’s latest animated political cartoon had mocked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s...

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City Issues Apology for Women’s History Month Censorship

April 19, 2016
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Photographer Brooke Mason may have been at the center of a free speech controversy in West Hollywood, California, after three of her photographs were removed from a Women’s History Month-themed exhibition last month, but inclusion in a new exhibit and a formal apology from the city show that members of the WeHo community won’t...

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Petition Against School Play Backfires in New Jersey

April 18, 2016
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Parents in Cape May, New Jersey, protested the Middle Township High School reproduction of the Broadway musical Pippin, saying the usage of profanity and sexual innuendo is, what one person noted, moving kids away from an “ethical and moral lifestyle.” Moreover, they insisted that the school board take steps to make sure that plays such...

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