CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance. Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

CBLDF Presents: Liberty Softcover Now Available!

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty softcover is now available on our online store! Support our mission to protect the First Amendment by ordering a copy of this captivating compilation, featuring cover artwork by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood)! If you’re looking for something a ...

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 ...

Egyptian Novelist Acquitted of “Harming Public Morality”

January 8, 2016
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Egyptian Novelist Acquitted of “Harming Public Morality”

Last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji and Tarek el-Taher, a newspaper editor who printed an excerpt from Naji’s book Use of Life, were acquitted on charges of “harming public morality.” The charges had been brought on behalf of a reader who...

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Five Hong Kong Booksellers Missing, Likely in Chinese Custody

January 8, 2016
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Five Hong Kong Booksellers Missing, Likely in Chinese Custody

Five employees of Hong Kong publisher and bookseller Mighty Current have gone missing in the past few months, and international publishing and free speech organizations are now demanding answers as to their whereabouts. Editor Lee Bo disappeared last Wednesday, approximately two months after Mighty Current co-owners Gui Minhai and Lu Bo...

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National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang Names Recommended Reading List

January 7, 2016
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National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang Names Recommended Reading List

Every two years since 2008, the Library of Congress has chosen a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. This year we have particular reason to celebrate the announcement because for the first time ever the honor and responsibility has been bestowed on a graphic novelist: Gene Luen Yang!

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Google Ideas Open Conversations About Censorship in New Web Series

January 7, 2016
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Censored Google Ideas

A new initiative from Google Ideas, simply called Censored, invites users to a series of conversations with people who are fighting for their right for free expression. In Part 01 of the series, “Painting over the Bullet Holes,” Google Ideas Chief of Staff Dan Keyserling introduces us to graffiti artist Shamsai Hassani from...

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Publishers Weekly Celebrates Decade of Growth in Comics

January 6, 2016
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Publishers Weekly Celebrates Decade of Growth in Comics

In the past decade, comics and graphic novels have transitioned from a niche market to a key component of many publishers’ business models. Previously pigeonholed as the exclusive province of adolescents (even if that was never true), comics have not only seen a resurgence...

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Russian Publishers Too Scared to Print Children’s Book About Animal Detectives

January 6, 2016
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Wolfs Den

Despite a vague federal law that professes to protect children from harmful information, Russian mother and author Anna Starobinets didn’t let censorship stand in her way when it came to publishing her newest children’s book, Beastly Crime Chronicles. In a recent editorial piece on The Guardian, Starobinets recounts her experience working with Russia’s largest publisher,...

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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

January 5, 2016
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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

Some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County, Florida, school libraries are behind two new bills in the state legislature that would...

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Sedition in 140 Characters or Less: Zunar on the Alarming State of Free Speech in Malaysia

January 5, 2016
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Zunar

“The Malaysian government has no sense of humor.” This is the polite way that cartoonist Zunar describes his home country’s current administration and their controversial and unjust treatment of free expression in a recent editorial piece he wrote for the Washington Post. The cartoonist is currently facing nine counts of sedition and a possible...

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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

January 4, 2016
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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

Last month, Indian graphic novelist and political cartoonist Orijit Sen’s cartoon “Punjaban” quickly became a viral hit after it was removed from Facebook when an anonymous user reported it for “containing nudity.” Despite the fact that an outpouring of support saw the cartoon reinstated, this is just one of many obstacles that Sen has had...

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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

January 1, 2016
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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

2015 wasn’t just a benchmark year for censorship in the United States, where we fought more challenges to graphic novels and books than we’ve ever seen. International censorship was on the rise, culminating in literal attacks on cartoonists around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the international stories CBLDF covered in 2015……

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CBLDF’s Education Work in 2015

December 31, 2015
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CBLDF’s Education Work in 2015

In addition to timely direct assistance and expert legal action, CBLDF maintains a deep, prevention-minded education program that helps fend off censorship crises at the start. We made vast strides in 2015 by launching a quarterly news magazine, publishing dozens of resource items for educators,...

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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2015

December 31, 2015
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CBLDF Takes Legal Action to Protect the Freedom to Read in 2015

Among the many tools in our kit is legal action. For individuals, much of our work is behind the scenes and intended to prevent cases from even reaching courts. To defend the First Amendment rights of the wider comics community, we frequently join legal opposition to...

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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015
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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our 15 most-read stories of the past year. In many cases we’ve also included links to follow-ups or other related stories. College Student Wants Graphic Novels Banned from Graphic Novel Course In June, CBLDF rose to...

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New Award Recognizes Diversity in Comics

December 30, 2015
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vla

The Virginia Library Association is celebrating great comics and graphic novels of 2015 with the development of a new award that honors works that embrace and support diversity. As noted on the VLA’s website, the purpose of the award is “To promote graphic novels dealing with subjects or characters of diversity as quality literature...

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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from...

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