NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the latest issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings e ...

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 ...

Profiles in Black Cartooning: Milestone Comics

February 29, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Milestone Comics

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  The push for...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Kyle Baker

February 26, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Kyle Baker

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!   Over a more...

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ALA Webinar Promises to Help Librarians Collaborate with Intellectual Freedom Advocates

February 26, 2016
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ALA Webinar Promises to Help Librarians Collaborate with Intellectual Freedom Advocates

On Monday, March 7, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m EST, librarians, educators, and community organizers are invited to join “Finding Intellectual Freedom Friends,” a webinar designed to help them connect with the wider free speech community. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is one of the featured speakers. Brownstein will...

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Carol Tilley Uncovers The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham

February 26, 2016
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Carol Tilley Uncovers The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham

A discovery in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum archives proves that fans didn’t necessarily wait for comics to go underground before vocalizing their distaste for the notorious Dr. Fredric Wertham. A 27-page comic book entitled The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham was uncovered by comics historian Carol Tilley, who wrote about...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Aaron McGruder

February 25, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Aaron McGruder

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!   What do...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Virginia Bill that Undermines Education

February 25, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship in opposing the implementation of a bill going before the Virginia legislature that would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” and “relies on a standard that is both over-inclusive and vague…. titles as varied, valuable, and time-honored as Anne Frank’s The Diary...

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Entries Due 2/29: Legal Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship

February 24, 2016
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Entries Due 2/29: Legal Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship

Are you a current U.S. law student looking for a chance to go to Comic-Con? CBLDF’s Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship is your chance, but you need to act soon — deadline for entry is 2/29! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to...

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$600,000 Added to Bounty on Author Salman Rushdie

February 24, 2016
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27 years after its release, Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses still incites outrage and controversy in Iran, with the recent addition of approximately $600,000 to the already $3.3 million bounty for the author’s death. To mark the 27 anniversary of the edict calling for Rushdie’s execution, 40 state-run media organizations announced last week at a digital media...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Barbara Brandon-Croft

February 23, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Barbara Brandon-Croft

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!   One of the...

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Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

February 23, 2016
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Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 25 – October 1, 2016, and will...

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Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for “Violating Public Modesty”

February 22, 2016
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Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for “Violating Public Modesty”

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison this weekend for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life, which was published in a state-owned newspaper two years ago. Naji was previously acquitted in January,...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Bertram A. Fitzgerald and Golden Legacy

February 22, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Bertram A. Fitzgerald and Golden Legacy

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!   This is...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Richard Eugene “Grass” Green

February 19, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Richard Eugene “Grass” Green

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!   Black History Month...

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Kashmiri Cartoonist Back on Facebook After Temporary Block

February 19, 2016
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Kashmiri Cartoonist Back on Facebook After Temporary Block

Facebook again waded into complex international politics last week when it temporarily blocked a Kashmiri cartoonist’s work commenting on the Indian government’s 2013 execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was convicted as an accessory to a 2001...

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Two Puppeteers at Center of Heated Free Speech Debate in Spain

February 19, 2016
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Two puppeteers in Madrid, Spain, are being charged with “glorifying terrorism” and have become the center of a heated debate on the state of free expression in the country. When Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez, puppet masters of the Puppets from Below theater group, put on their show “The Witch and…

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