The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

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 ...

Susan Alston Recalls Early Days of CBLDF

April 23, 2013
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Susan Alston Recalls Early Days of CBLDF

Susan Alston has a long history with CBLDF. The Fund’s first Executive Director, a former Board of Directors member, and now a member of the CBLDF Advisory Board, Alston has watched the Fund grow from a tiny operation that ran out of her Northampton garage into a New York City-based organization that has become a...

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Revival Raises Money for CBLDF With New Liberty Variant at C2E2!

April 22, 2013
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Revival Raises Money for CBLDF With New Liberty Variant at C2E2!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Image Comics are thrilled to announce that Revival #9 will be the next issue joining the prestigious CBLDF Liberty Variant program! Premiering this week at C2E2, this CBLDF Liberty Variant edition of the latest...

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MAKE GOOD ART Poster Benefits CBLDF

April 22, 2013
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MAKE GOOD ART Poster Benefits CBLDF

In a recent post on his personal blog, CBLDF Advisory Board member Chip Kidd related a pretty cool story about an Australian cartoonist, Neil Gaiman, and a poster of Gaiman’s famous speech about making good art. Kidd writes: Back in May of 2012 [cartoonist Gavin Aung Than] had...

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A Librarian Considers Persepolis

April 19, 2013
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A Librarian Considers Persepolis

Last month a Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) directive seemed to require that copies of Marjane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis be removed from classrooms and school libraries. A later memo clarified that the book was allowed to remain in libraries; the concerns about its content — specifically, visual...

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Vader’s Lil Princess Signed by Jeffrey Brown — Now With Sketches!

April 19, 2013
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Vader’s Lil Princess Signed by Jeffrey Brown — Now With Sketches!

A few days ago, we launched a very cool fundraiser with creator supporter Jeffrey Brown. By donating here, you could request a personalized copy of his upcoming release Vader’s Little Princess, the follow-up to the smash hit Darth Vader and Son. Since the offer went...

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Illinois Library Board Votes to Keep M-Rated Games

April 19, 2013
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Here’s some good news on the video-games-and-violence front: Earlier this week, the board of the Elmhurst, Illinois, public library unanimously voted to keep M-rated games in the collection, despite a challenge from a small number of citizens who wanted them banned. In contrast to the library in Paterson, New Jersey, which last...

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CBLDF Board Member Dale Cendali Named One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

April 18, 2013
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CBLDF Board Member Dale Cendali Named One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

Congratulations to CBLDF Board of Directors Secretary Dale Cendali, who was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal! In their synopsis about Cendali, The National Law Journal describes just a few of her diverse accomplishments: When it comes to...

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Party with CBLDF and Threadless During C2E2!

April 17, 2013
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Party with CBLDF and Threadless During C2E2!

C2E2 is just around the corner, so now’s the time to make your party plans! Your favorite t-shirt guru and ours, Threadless, is throwing CBLDF the biggest party of the weekend. If you aren’t at Threadless HQ (1260 W. Madison Street, Chicago) on Saturday night, April...

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What the Saga #12 Controversy Says About Self-Censorship

April 17, 2013
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What the Saga #12 Controversy Says About Self-Censorship

Last week, comics fans and internet denizens raged at Apple over the alleged ban of Saga #12, presumably over graphic images of homosexual sex. The truth proved to be more complicated — and potentially more concerning — than many were led to believe. Apple didn’t decline to...

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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

April 16, 2013
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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

National Library Week is here, and that means it’s time for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to release its annual list of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in public libraries and schools in the previous year....

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Holding Strong Against the Rise of Censorship in Egypt and Tunisia

April 16, 2013
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Holding Strong Against the Rise of Censorship in Egypt and Tunisia

Despite legislation protecting free expression, an Egyptian satirist and Tunisian rapper find themselves caught in a wave of rising post-Arab Spring censorship. Political cartoons have been an ongoing target, and now Bassem Youssef and Weld El 15 have both been forced to appear...

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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

April 15, 2013
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Jefferson Center Issues 2013 Muzzle Awards

The annual Muzzle Awards are out! The Muzzles, presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, recognize the very worst offenders against free expression in the past year. This year’s list, in no particular order, includes: The Annville-Cleona, Pensylvania, school...

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Jeffrey Brown Personalizes Vader’s Little Princess For CBLDF Donors!

April 12, 2013
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The best gift book in the galaxy is now personalized for you!  When you donate $25 to CBLDF by April 25, Jeffrey Brown will PERSONALIZE a copy of Vader’s Little Princess to you or the person of your choice!  Get yours! In this irresistibly...

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Salt Lake City Gets Nerdy for CBLDF During SLC Nerd!

April 12, 2013
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Salt Lake City Gets Nerdy for CBLDF During SLC Nerd!

On Saturday, April 20, Salt Lake City will play host to a community festival for all things nerdy, from science to science fiction during SLC Nerd! Amidst music, gaming, cosplay, and more, SLC Nerd will hold the Comic Book Legal Defense  Fund Charity auction, featuring...

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CBLDF Executive Director Helps Keep Toronto Reading

April 12, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Helps Keep Toronto Reading

Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the North York Central Library in Toronto (5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9) for Keep Toronto Reading: Graphically Speaking — Dirty Comics, a spirited discussion and Q&A about comics censorship. From the...

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