Now Available: CBLDF Defender #6!

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

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 ...

Turkish Cartoonists Narrowly Avoid Prison

April 2, 2015
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Baruter & Aydogan

In an attempt to comment upon the repeated violations of free speech and the rise in governmental prosecution of journalists in Turkey, two Turkish cartoonists themselves narrowly avoided a prison sentence this past week for their cartoon on the cover of Penguen magazine — a publication know for its often scathing political satire. The cover published…

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Retailers: Stock up on the Latest Edition of Raising a Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read !

April 2, 2015
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Retailers: Stock up on the Latest Edition of 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 offering a proven resource to help you reach out to your community and create new repeat customers! Stock up now on bundles of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your...

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Clean Reader App Could Be Misused in Schools, Libraries

April 2, 2015
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Clean Reader App Could Be Misused in Schools, Libraries

By now many readers and fans of free speech have likely heard about the app called Clean Reader, which applies a filter to users’ ebooks and replaces certain potentially offensive words with supposedly milder terms. While many book lovers have understandably reacted with horror and...

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CBLDF Podcast BONUS EPISODE, featuring NEIL GAIMAN!

April 1, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast BONUS EPISODE, featuring NEIL GAIMAN!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender, we’ve uploaded a bonus episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, we speak to author and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair (as well as CBLDF Board of Directors Alumnus) Neil Gaiman! Neil is one of the most popular authors...

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Daredevil: Before and Beyond the Binge-Watch

April 1, 2015
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Daredevil: Before and Beyond the Binge-Watch

Are you one of the many who will be nestling into their couch for a thirteen hour stretch come April 10? Netflix’s new series Daredevil is set to premiere soon, and the internet is already buzzing with fan theories and suspicions. Whether you plan to savor the series and watch it episodically or binge in...

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Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores NOW!

April 1, 2015
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Defender #1

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, 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...

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Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

March 31, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

To wind up our Women Who Changed Free Expression series that ran throughout March, CBLDF Advisory Board member and Mechademia co-founder Frenchy Lunning provided this compendium of the female creators who transformed the manga landscape in the late 1960s. All our thanks to Frenchy! The 24 nengumi: The Female Progenitors of Shôjo Manga ...

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A Month of Women Who Changed Free Expression

March 31, 2015
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A Month of Women Who Changed Free Expression

On this final day of Women’s History Month, we bring together all 23 of our biographical profiles featuring women who changed free expression in comics from the Pre-Code era through the present day. We only have room for creator photos here, but you can find examples of their work in the daily posts that...

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Defend Comics at WonderCon This Weekend!

March 31, 2015
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Defend Comics at WonderCon This Weekend!

CBLDF is headed West again, this time to Anaheim for WonderCon! April 3 – 5, you’ll find us at booth #711 in the Anaheim Convention Center with an exclusive assortment of signed premiums, entertaining panels, the CBLDF convention survival kit (free for all current and new...

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Rio Rancho Parent Appeals Palomar Decision

March 30, 2015
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Rio Rancho Parent Appeals Palomar Decision

Last week’s good news that a Rio Rancho, New Mexico school district review committee voted to retain Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar in a high school library collection is today tempered by the additional information that the parent who challenged the book is appealing that decision...

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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

March 27, 2015
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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

In response to one New Mexico parent’s complaint that a highly-regarded graphic novel was “child porn,” a district review committee has voted to keep the book in a high school library. One month ago local TV news station KOAT reported that a Rio Rancho parent was...

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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

March 27, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. This week we spotlight creators who made the transition from underground to alternative comics in the 1980s and ’90s. Follow our Tumblr every weekday for biographical snippets on female creators who have changed the face of free expression...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

March 27, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Iranian Cartoonist Overcomes Censorship with Savvy Style

March 27, 2015
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Bozorghehr Hosseinpour

From government  imposed to self censorship, CBLDF has reported on the significant number of artists and cartoonists who face a variety of challenges when it comes to having their works published and shown. One Iranian cartoonist, though, seems to have found a way to bypass the notorious censorship policies in his home country of Iran...

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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

March 26, 2015
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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host — for the first time ever — a ten day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 75 digital Dynamite comics and...

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