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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

CBLDF Announces New Officers and Member of Board of Directors!

November 19, 2012
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CBLDF Announces New Officers and Member of Board of Directors!

New officers and a new member were elected to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Board of Directors at their last meeting. Milton Griepp — pop-culture business expert and founder of ICv2.com — was elected as Vice President after a long tenure as the organization’s...

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Alan Moore Leads List Of Creators Personalizing Gift Graphic Novels In CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Fundraiser!

November 16, 2012
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Celebrate The Spirit of Giving this holiday season by gifting signed and personalized graphic novels by famous authors from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  When you support the CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving drive between now and December 12, The Will &...

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Anti-Extremism Legislation in Russia Courts Censorship

November 16, 2012
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Anti-Extremism Legislation in Russia Courts Censorship

Russia faces increased scrutiny as enforcement of its anti-extremism laws skirts the line of censorship. Just last week, a librarian in Siberia was convicted in criminal proceedings for fulfilling a patron’s request for a banned book. No information was given on why the book was banned, and police did not reveal the title or...

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Utah Mom Sues to Return Book to Library Shelves

November 15, 2012
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Utah Mom Sues to Return Book to Library Shelves

Earlier this year Patricia Polacco’s picture book In Our Mothers’ House, which depicts a happy and racially mixed family headed by two lesbians, was placed under restricted access in a Davis, Utah, School District elementary library. The book was segregated behind the library counter,...

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A Librarian’s Thoughts on Protecting Intellectual Freedom

November 15, 2012
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A Librarian’s Thoughts on Protecting Intellectual Freedom

Last weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein attended the annual conference for the New York Library Association. Guest blogger Arthur Friedman attended the conference and shared his thoughts on the role of librarians in protecting intellectual freedom: Saratoga Springs, New York, welcomed the New York Library...

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SAGA #7 Paul Pope “Ghost Variant”, now available!

November 14, 2012
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SAGA #7 Paul Pope “Ghost Variant”, now available!

The Ghost arrives to support Free Speech! Read More below....

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NC Parents Fight for Children’s Right to Read

November 14, 2012
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NC Parents Fight for Children’s Right to Read

Books and graphic novels are persistently banned in schools and libraries across the country due to complaints from fundamentalist groups and overbearing parents who feel it their responsibility to suppress access to legal speech they find objectionable. A group of parents in Guilford County, North...

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EFF Wins Battle for Erotic Fiction Against Internet “Gatekeeper”

November 13, 2012
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EFF Wins Battle for Erotic Fiction Against Internet “Gatekeeper”

Securing a victory for constitutionally protected free speech, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has convinced online payment provider Stripe to overturn their earlier decision to suspend the account of the Nifty Archive Alliance, a “nonprofit entity that supports the Nifty Erotic Stories Archive, a free, volunteer-supported...

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List of Pics Too Hot for Campus Includes Cartoons and FIREFLY Poster

November 12, 2012
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List of Pics Too Hot for Campus Includes Cartoons and FIREFLY Poster

Greg Lukianoff is the President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization that fights for the individual rights of college students, including their right to free expression. Today on the Huffington Post, he released an amusing list of his ten favorite...

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The New York Times Highlights CBLDF as a Hero of Comics

November 9, 2012
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The New York Times Highlights CBLDF as a Hero of Comics

George Gustines with The New York Times recently took a moment to explore the charitable organizations that help support the comics industry. In his article, “In Comics World, Needy Have Heroes of Their Own,” Gustines describes three major charitable efforts on behalf of comics, including the Comic Book Legal...

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DOH! Channel 4 Censors “Gay” From The Simpsons

November 9, 2012
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DOH! Channel 4 Censors “Gay” From The Simpsons

British broadcaster Channel 4 recently censored the word “gay” during a recent airing of The Simpsons, according to an article from The Independent. The censored episode, which originally aired in 1994, was run during the midday Sunday programming on the channel and featured a burgeoning friendship between Homer Simpson and Ned Flanders. In the episode,...

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South African President Drops Defamation Suit Against Cartoonist

November 8, 2012
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South African President Drops Defamation Suit Against Cartoonist

South African President Jacob Zuma announced last week that he was dropping his lawsuit against cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, known by the pen-name Zapiro. Zuma brought the suit for defamation against Zapiro, along with Sunday Times publisher Avusa Media and editor Mondli Makhanya, for Zapiro’s cartoon “Lady Justice,”...

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Ben Katchor to Sign for CBLDF At Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival!

November 7, 2012
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Ben Katchor to Sign for CBLDF At Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival!

This Saturday, CBLDF will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival, where celebrated graphic novelist Ben Katchor will be signing books at 4:00 p.m. in support of our work. In addition to hosting Mr. Katchor, the Fund will have a terrific assortment of signed graphic novels,...

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CBLDF Wants Your Voice!

November 7, 2012
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CBLDF Wants Your Voice!

Are you an enthusiastic fan of manga and ready to have your say? Are you a devoted fan of comics with a talent for writing and an opinion about your right to read? Are you an educator or librarian who advocates for the First Amendment? Are you a journalism...

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KPFA’s Project Censored Talks Banned Books

November 6, 2012
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As we were wandering about the interwebs this morning, we came across a pretty amazing recording from Banned Books Week. Barbara Jones, who heads up ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, joined Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship; Acacia O’Connor, coordinator of the Kids’ Right to Read Project; and Tony...

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