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 ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

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

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 ...

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. ...

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...

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 ...

Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

February 21, 2014
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Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

With publications like Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! and CBLDF Presents: Manga and our ongoing “Using Graphic Novels in Education” column, the Fund advocates for the use of comics to encourage literacy and...

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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

February 20, 2014
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Adult Swim’s 1-Hour Expansion Sparks Wrath of Watchdog Group

Alarmist watchdog group the Parents Television Council has turned its focus toward Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim after an announcement that as of March 31, the programming block would begin an hour earlier. The PTC is a “non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment,” which means that...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nat Turner

February 19, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nat Turner

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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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

February 18, 2014
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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

Since its first American publication on February 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the subject of praise and controversy. Following the adventures of Tom Sawyer’s lively comrade Huck Finn, the novel is among the first to be written in vernacular English...

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ReedPOP Protects the Freedom of Fandom as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

February 18, 2014
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ReedPOP Protects the Freedom of Fandom as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is pleased to announce that ReedPOP, the people who bring you pop culture’s greatest fan conventions including, New York Comic Con (NYCC), C2E2, PAX, and Star Wars Celebration, among others, is joining CBLDF as a Corporate Member!...

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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

February 17, 2014
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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

Last time we checked in with the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, some incredibly sharp students had organized a petition in protest of a new policy requiring teachers to flag any books in their classrooms with content that could be considered “mature,...

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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

February 14, 2014
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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

Like comic books in the past, video games have become the nation’s new whipping boy when it comes to finding something to blame for the horrific gun violence that seems to be popping up every few months. Despite loads of existing evidence showing that there is not a link between video games and violence,...

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Youth Fight Video Game Censorship in NCAC Film Contest

February 14, 2014
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Youth Fight Video Game Censorship in NCAC Film Contest

Each year, the National Coalition Against Censorship sponsors the Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. This week, NCAC released the videos for the 10 semifinalists, which run a gamut of film styles but all make powerful statements against censorship of protected speech. One of our favorite...

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Community Divided Over The House of the Spirits as Final Banning Decision Draws Near

February 13, 2014
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Community Divided Over The House of the Spirits as Final Banning Decision Draws Near

Back in November, CBLDF co-signed a letter defending Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits after an outraged parent filed complains against the book being taught in her son’s honors English class. After months of review, the Watauga county school board held a meeting Monday...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

February 12, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

It’s a miracle if a week goes by without a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Unfortunately, the novel has been challenged once again, this time in Sweet Home, Oregon. CBLDF has joined the CBLDF-sponsored Kid’s Right to Read Project...

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

February 11, 2014
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Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

Pastafarians, don your colanders! Posters depicting the satirical deity Flying Spaghetti Monster were recently banned from an activities fair at a public university in London because they could be “religiously offensive,” reports The Independent. On their recruitment posters, members of London South Bank...

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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

February 11, 2014
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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

The Comics Code Authority highlights one of the darkest periods of comic book history. As a direct result of criticism from the Senate, the Code was implemented by the comics industry, leading to years of self-censorship in an attempt to eliminate violence, obscenity and other material that was deemed unsuitable “for children.” While we can...

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Death Note Mixed Up in Concerns Over Troubled Arizona Teen

February 10, 2014
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Death Note Mixed Up in Concerns Over Troubled Arizona Teen

An eighth grade student at Florence Elementary School in Florence, AZ was removed from school after showing signs of depression and sending suicidal text messages post break-up with his girlfriend. What the local media chose to focus on was a copy of Tsugumi Obha’s popular manga...

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Retailers: Today Is FOC for Evil Empire CBLDF Comics Code Variant!

February 10, 2014
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Retailers: Today Is FOC for Evil Empire CBLDF Comics Code Variant!

Retailers Members are invaluable partners in the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s fight for the freedom to read! Retailer Members have the exclusive opportunity to pick of variant covers of hit titles in the CBLDF COMICS CODE VARIANT series, and today is final order cutoff for...

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Fighting Censorship Is (Big) Easy At Wizard New Orleans!

February 7, 2014
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Fighting Censorship Is (Big) Easy At Wizard New Orleans!

This weekend CBLDF kicks off the 2014 convention year at Wizard World New Orleans, where we’ll be releasing the Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant, and offering a host of new items including signed Neil Gaiman and Brian K. Vaughan books!  CBLDF will...

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