Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the fifth 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 en ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

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 Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

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 ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

VICTORY in Florida: School Board Votes Unanimously to Keep History Textbooks

March 5, 2015
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On Monday, CBLDF joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. The school board convened this week to decide the fate of the books and voted unanimously to keep them in classrooms. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to...

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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

March 5, 2015
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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

Amid all the voices directed against comic books during the Forties and Fifties, one of the strongest in their defense was that of Lev Gleason. Gleason had instituted an editorial code of ethics in his own successful line of comics and was president of the first...

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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

March 4, 2015
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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

In light of the devastating news last week that Islamic State extremists apparently burned part or all of the public library collection in the Iraqi city of Mosul, CBLDF general counsel Robert Corn-Revere contributed a comprehensive overview of book burnings throughout history...

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

March 3, 2015
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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

The Kansas Senate last week passed a bill that could send teachers to jail if they expose students to material deemed “harmful to minors.” While proponents say the intention is to shield children from pornography, critics fear that the overbroad statute could criminalize many...

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Painting Pulled from Library for Depicting Mother Teresa

March 3, 2015
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In Trumbull, Connecticut, a painting depicting Mother Teresa alongside Margaret Sanger, whose advocacy for birth control led to the formation of Planned Parenthood, has been taken down due to supposed copyright infringement. The call to remove the painting from Trumbull Library came after Library Director Susan Horton received complaints from Brian Gannon, a priest at...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending History Books in Florida

March 2, 2015
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History curricula are under fire around the country, from Jefferson County, Colorado, to a recent attack in Florida. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books in used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the...

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Retailers: Last Day to Order CBLDF Defender, Our New Quarterly News Magazine!

March 2, 2015
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to soon be launching our inaugural issue of CBLDF Defender, a free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features that...

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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

February 27, 2015
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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

The critically acclaimed comic collection Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez is being called “child porn” by the mother of a high school student in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and the book may have already been removed from a library collection in defiance of school district...

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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

February 27, 2015
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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

Just in time for Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release a new printing of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!, CBLDF’s signature resource...

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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

February 27, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

In 2006, Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was arrested and imprisoned for three months for drawing a children’s cartoon. In his memoir An Iranian Metamorphosis, he tells the surreal tale of his detention and eventual exile from his native country — an extreme example...

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Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Blank Space and CBLDF Call For Entries For Oslo Exhibition & Fundraiser

February 27, 2015
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Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Blank Space and CBLDF Call For Entries For Oslo Exhibition & Fundraiser

In 2015, the power of comics as free expression is not an abstract notion, it’s a matter of life and death. Blank Space, in collaboration with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is inviting cartoonists to create short comics commenting on the struggle for free expression...

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Pennsylvania School District Rejects Pre-Approval Policy

February 26, 2015
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The Lampeter-Strasburg, Pennsylvania, school board made the right decision this past Tuesday when they formally announced that they would not adopt a parental notification/approval policy regarding the inclusion of certain, potentially “controversial,” books in their classrooms. Instead, if needed, teachers could notify parents after the presentation of the materials to keep them abreast of their...

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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

February 25, 2015
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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

This week our neighbors to the north are celebrating Freedom to Read Week! Much like Banned Books Week in the U.S., this is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under...

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

February 25, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

Following the recent revelation of new details regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 classroom ban of Persepolis, CBLDF got in touch with Library & Information Science graduate student Jarrett Dapier, who used the Freedom of Information Act to secure the release of emails among CPS...

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Tanzania Bans Newspaper Over “Disrespectful” Cartoon

February 24, 2015
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The Tanzanian government has banned the Nairobi newspaper, The EastAfrican, from newsstands. Although the publicized reason for the ban is that the newspaper was being distributed within Tanzania without proper legal registration as required by a 1976 law, several individuals and advocacy groups note that the call to stop distribution came after a particularly...

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