Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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 ...

Join the CBLDF Website Team!

May 30, 2013
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Join the CBLDF Website Team!

CBLDF is looking for writers of all stripes, from talented newcomers to experienced journalists, to add to our roster of bloggers. Whether you can commit to an article a week, an article a month, or an article a year, we want your voice! CBLDF is looking for...

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Egyptian Woman Cartoonist Won’t Be Silenced

May 30, 2013
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Egyptian Woman Cartoonist Won’t Be Silenced

Two years ago, when the Egyptian people joined together to overthrow the government of Hosni Mubarak, women were an important part of the movement. The future looked bright as they anticipated gaining more rights under a new constitution. But since that time, the fragmentation of secular and moderate groups and the dominance of...

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eBay Giving Works Benefits CBLDF!

May 29, 2013
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eBay Giving Works Benefits CBLDF!

If you’re reading this, chances are you already know about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Rewards Zone. A host of rewards are offered to thank our generous contributors, including apparel, posters, signed books, and even fragrances. We’re frequently updating our inventory with...

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CRNI Aids Cartoonists in Danger

May 29, 2013
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CRNI Aids Cartoonists in Danger

Around the world, particularly in developing countries with low literacy rates, political cartoons serve an important function in public debate. But too often, cartoonists who defy secular or religious authorities face intimidation, arrest, violent attacks, and even death. Cartoonists Rights Network International, a nonprofit organization that aids cartoonists in danger, was co-founded...

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Iranian Cartoonist Continues to Speak Out From Exile

May 28, 2013
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Iranian Cartoonist Continues to Speak Out From Exile

In 2009, Iran errupted into violent protest over the results of an election that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by a landslide, leading many to believe that he had stolen the election. As the streets filled with protestors, riot police, and teargas, cartoonists and journalists in the country were doing their part to criticize the government’s response...

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The Cases That Define Obscene or Protected Speech

May 27, 2013
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Much of the groundwork for CBLDF’s mission was laid in a series of pivotal legal cases, many of which predate CBLDF’s founding in 1986. These cases helped define what constituted obscene speech and what types of speech are granted First Amendment protection, and they influence our work today. Let’s take a look at some of...

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Vague Legal Definitions Threaten Japanese Comic Readers

May 24, 2013
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For the second time in four years, members of the Japanese Diet (legislature) are attempting to revise the nation’s flawed child pornography law. While initial revision proposals offered some hope that the problems with the law would be fixed, the current proposal does little to address loopholes and overly broad language that could leave innocent...

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School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

May 24, 2013
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School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

Last year, the school board in Erie, Illinois, voted to remove Todd Parr’s The Family Book and other GLBT-friendly resources from the curriculum despite a review committee’s recommendation that they be conserved. CBLDF joined with several other anti-censorship organizations in sending a letter of protest to Erie Superintendent Brad Cox and the...

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LAST CHANCE to Order Geoff Johns Greenest Night Tickets!

May 23, 2013
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LAST CHANCE to Order Geoff Johns Greenest Night Tickets!

Tomorrow night, comics fans and superstars will gather to celebrate the work of Geoff Johns. You still have a chance to join the celebration — and support CBLDF — but you better act fast! Ticket sales end at 5:00 p.m. EST Friday! Greenest Night:...

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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

May 22, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

When George Carlin recorded an expletive-laden 12-minute monologue before a live audience in a California theatre, he probably didn’t expect it to become the basis of a key Supreme Court decision. But in 1973, the monologue was aired as part of a...

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Submit Your Questions For Geoff Johns At Greenest Night!

May 22, 2013
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Submit Your Questions For Geoff Johns At Greenest Night!

Are you ready for this Friday’s GREENEST NIGHT?  Our event partner Comic Book Resources is getting in the spirit by asking fans like you to ask the questions you’d like to see Geoff Johns answer during the Q&A!  Ask your questions ...

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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

May 21, 2013
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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

In a meeting with religious leaders last week, Vice President Joe Biden stated that there is “no legal reason” that the government couldn’t impose extra taxes on entertainment media that depict violence such as movies and video games. Actually, there is a very good reason violent media can’t be taxed: the First...

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Bangladeshi Cartoonist Recounts Time in Prison

May 20, 2013
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Bangladeshi Cartoonist Recounts Time in Prison

In 2007, Arifur Rahman published a cartoon featuring a character called Mohammad Cat. The cartoon was published during the Islamic holy day of Ramadan, and its publication led to protests across Bangladesh. Rahman was arrested and sentenced to 6 months in prison for “harming religious sentiments.” Olivia Stransky with Sampsonia Way recently interviewed Rahman about...

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CBLDF Heads to Big Wow Comicfest This Weekend!

May 17, 2013
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CBLDF Heads to Big Wow Comicfest This Weekend!

This weekend, comics fans will gather in San Jose, California, for Big Wow Comicsfest, an ever-growing celebration of comics creators. CBLDF will be on hand in booth #234 with exclusive signed premiums, t-shirts, and more! Big Wow takes place May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention...

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Online Retailer Won’t Send Some Manga to Canada Because of Customs Seizures

May 17, 2013
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Online Retailer Won’t Send Some Manga to Canada Because of Customs Seizures

Canadian manga-lovers website Kuriousity posted a story this week about an online retailer that no longer sells Bond of Dreams, Bonds of Love, a yaoi (boy’s love) manga from SuBLime Manga, to Canadian residents. Lissa Patillo with Kuriousity writes that RightStuf.com posted the following warning on...

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