The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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: 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 ...

From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

August 10, 2018
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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

Germany announced that they will lift the across-the-board ban on swastikas in video games in favor of a more nuanced approach, similar to that of how they handle Nazi imagery in movies. The shift in policy signals an appreciation for video games as culturally important works. Felix Falk, managing director of The German...

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Signed by Bruce Timm & More Signed DC GNs Benefit CBLDF!

August 9, 2018
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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Signed by Bruce Timm & More Signed DC GNs Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF supporters have the chance to donate and grab a copy of the classic Batman Adventures: Mad Love HC, signed by Bruce Timm! We’re also offering Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale HC, signed by Tim Sale; DC Universe by Neil Gaiman TP, signed by Neil Gaiman; Batman by Brian...

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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

August 9, 2018
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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

Image teams with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for powerful anti-censorship variants this September This September, Image Comics fights censorship with a powerful line of variant covers to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education. All...

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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

August 8, 2018
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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

With the heat on full blast outside, and the thoughts of fall looming, graphic novels can be a great way to relax at the end of the summer. Whether you read solo, with you family, as part of a book club, or aloud to your dog, make sure to add these challenged and banned comics...

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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

August 7, 2018
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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

Freedom Forum Institute released the results from their annual State of the First Amendment survey, and 40% of participants could not name even one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Out of the...

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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

August 6, 2018
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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

Author’s Note: Thanks to Carlotta at 360 Amsterdam and employees of the Anne Frank Fonds working at the Anne Frank House, who answered my many questions. All mistakes are the authors. “I live in a crazy time” –Anne Frank The Year was 1942. Walt Disney’s...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 28: Ronald Wimberly

August 3, 2018
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 28: Ronald Wimberly

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist/writer/editor/designer RONALD WIMBERLY about his career and current work, including the new magazine LAAB, his webcomic/essay LIGHTEN UP, and his upcoming book SUNSET PARK. We discuss his inspirations, his thoughts on politics, art, and activism, and a dozen other...

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SDCC 2018 Exclusive BPAL Scents Benefit CBLDF!

August 2, 2018
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SDCC 2018 Exclusive BPAL Scents Benefit CBLDF!

Now that we’re back in the office from San Diego, CBLDF is giving donors the chance to grab a vial of P%$S or SH%T! These new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Expletive scents were made exclusively to benefit CBLDF, previously only available at our 2018 Comic-Con Welcome Party! Supplies are very limited, so...

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American Gods, Sandman, & More GNs signed by Neil Gaiman Benefit CBLDF!

August 2, 2018
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American Gods, Sandman, & More GNs signed by Neil Gaiman Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is rewarding your donations with some incredible graphic novels signed by Neil Gaiman, including American Gods Volume One HC; Sandman: Overture Deluxe HC, Neverwhere: Illustrated Ed. HC; View From the Cheap Seats HC; Death Deluxe HC; Complete Graveyard Book HC; and DC Universe by Neil Gaiman TP! We’ve also...

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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

August 1, 2018
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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been in the news a lot recently for failures of protecting free speech. A popular book by a world-famous author being label indecent. Children’s books being removed to a “closed section.” Freedom of the...

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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

July 31, 2018
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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has finally been acquitted of the sedition charges leveled at him in 2015 by Malaysia’s previous ruling party. The nine charges stemmed, not from his political cartoons, but for his tweets about the corruption of the government, as well as the trumped-up sodomy charges that led to Anwar Ibrahim being jailed. Since…

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Anne Ishii, Bara Manga Renaissance Woman, Appointed Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative

July 30, 2018
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Anne Ishii, Bara Manga Renaissance Woman, Appointed Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative

Asian Arts Initiative announced recently that Anne Ishii will be joining the organization as their new Executive Director. Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) is dedicated to creating community through the power of art. Founded in 1993 in response to the growing racial tension between African-American and Asian-American communities, AAI advances understanding through art and...

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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

July 27, 2018
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AARGH!: Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia

It started, as too many things do, with a children’s book that some people found offensive, and ended with a piece of legislation called Clause 28 that made it illegal to “promote the teaching in...

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Gear Up & Support Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Exclusive Merch!

July 26, 2018
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Gear Up & Support Free Speech With Brand-New CBLDF Exclusive Merch!

For a very limited time, CBLDF supporters have the chance to get 2018 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives! We have the commemorative shirts with art by Michael Cho and popular totes that tell you just what to do with all your comic books.  Plus, this week we are offering other brand-new merchandise, including t-shirts, enamel pins,...

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Teaching Comics and Censorship: The National Archives and the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings

July 26, 2018
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Teaching Comics and Censorship: The National Archives and the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings

“If the mothers of our beloved country would unite to have these pernicious comic books banned I am sure it would be a great step forward in the control of the young, especially the young boys.” – Eugenia Y Genovar, Letter to Senator Hendrickson, November 24, 1953 Teaching Comics and...

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