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 ...

Filtering Software Promotes Censorship in RI Schools

March 21, 2013
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Filtering Software Promotes Censorship in RI Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island recently published a report documenting how the implementation of flawed internet filtering software in Rhode Island public schools has denied the state’s teachers and students access to educational information. In its report, entitled “Access Denied: How Internet Filtering...

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GLORY Concludes With CBLDF Liberty Variant

March 20, 2013
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GLORY Concludes With CBLDF Liberty Variant

With GLORY #34, Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell bring their cosmic opus to a shattering conclusion! To celebrate, Image Comics has created a special CBLDF Liberty Variant that will premiere this March at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con and WonderCon! Hot on the heels of...

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Missing the Point on PERSEPOLIS

March 20, 2013
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Missing the Point on PERSEPOLIS

The attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from Chicago schools awoke immediate protest among students, teachers, parents, and free speech advocates such as CBLDF. The circumstances behind the ban are still unclear, but a recent opinion article in The Atlantic gives a teacher’s perspective to...

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WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on PERSEPOLIS Ban

March 19, 2013
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WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on PERSEPOLIS Ban

Last night, WTTW's Chicago Tonight aired a 15-minute segment, trying to get to the real story about the reported Persepolis ban. Barbara Jones, Executive Director of ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom, joined Lane Tech students and a representative from the Chicago Teachers Union to talk about the ban. Click through for video of the segment.

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Furor Continues Over PERSEPOLIS Removal

March 18, 2013
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Furor Continues Over PERSEPOLIS Removal

Friday saw the quick action of CBLDF and other free speech advocates in defense of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which was reportedly removed from the classrooms and library of Lane Tech College Prep in the Chicago public school district at the order of Chicago Public Schools, which oversees the district. CBLDF joined the Kids’ Right to…

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CBLDF Rises To Defense of Persepolis

March 15, 2013
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Earlier today, educators, students, free speech advocates, and fans of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis were thrown into turmoil with reports that the book had been banned from Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep. In response to the reports, CBLDF joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and the National...

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UPDATED: Persepolis Reportedly Banned In Chicago School

March 15, 2013
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UPDATED: Persepolis Reportedly Banned In Chicago School

UPDATE: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has responded to reports that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis has been banned from Lane Tech College Prep and other Chicago-area schools. Byrd-Bennett stated that the book is not appropriate for seventh graders — an age group in whose curriculum CPS previously included...

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Jaime Hernandez Personalizes Exclusive Print For CBLDF Members — Limited Time!

March 15, 2013
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Jaime Hernandez Personalizes Exclusive Print For CBLDF Members — Limited Time!

Jaime Hernandez, the legendary co-creator of Love & Rockets, takes the next step in CBLDF’s 2013 membership program by personalizing an exclusive letterpress print of his Lady Liberty mascot to members who join CBLDF by March 31! This gorgeous letterpress print is available in a very...

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Get on Board THE MASSIVE With a Brian Wood Virtual Signing!

March 15, 2013
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Get on Board THE MASSIVE With a Brian Wood Virtual Signing!

March 20th marks the launch of The Massive Volume 1, from Dark Horse Comics and New York Times best-selling author Brian Wood. To commemorate this release, Mr. Wood will be doing a virtual signing with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund from now until March 31st! What...

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Columnist Endorses Censorship After Zombie Binge

March 14, 2013
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Columnist Endorses Censorship After Zombie Binge

Steven J. Moss writes for The Potrero View, a tiny independent community publication that has seen distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 40 years. As with any news and opinion publication, it enjoys the protection of the First Amendment. This makes Moss’s...

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Ninth Circuit Limits Search of Electronic Devices at U.S. Borders

March 13, 2013
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Ninth Circuit Limits Search of Electronic Devices at U.S. Borders

Due to concerns over national security, government agents at the United States border have traditionally had greater leeway in regards to an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights, but recently there have been growing concerns that such leeway has been stretched to...

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Paris Museum Runs Afoul of Facebook Content Policies

March 13, 2013
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Paris Museum Runs Afoul of Facebook Content Policies

French museum Jeu de Paume found itself the latest example of artistic institutions shut down by Facebook content policies for the photographic presence of that most dastardly body part, the female nipple. According to Gizmodo, the artwork, by early 20th...

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

March 12, 2013
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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

Regular CBLDF readers probably recall Joe Sergi’s post from last year about the birth of official comics censorship in Australia, where the gruesome crimes of Lone Avenger creator Len Lawson cast a pall over the entire industry for decades. Now Australian comics blogger...

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ComiscPRO Auction Ends Today!

March 12, 2013
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Bid now on some spectacular limited edition ComicsPRO comic books! These variant edition comic books — including hit titles like Nowhere Men, Nova, The Sixth Gun, The Black Beetle, and more — are given exclusively to members of the Comics Professional Retail Organization, which means these books are produced in extremely limited quantities. You can…

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Court Upholds Law that Led to Tucson Book Ban

March 11, 2013
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The Huffington Post reports that a federal court judge has upheld most of the provisions Arizona’s HB 2281, “a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.” The law led to the dissolution of Tucson’s...

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