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 ...

Elmhurst Residents’ Crusade Against M-Rated Video Games Continues

May 2, 2013
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Elmhurst Residents’ Crusade Against M-Rated Video Games Continues

The recent unanimous decision by the board of the Elmhurst, Illinois, public library to keep M-rated video games available for checkout has not deterred those who want them removed. In an article on Chicago-area news site mysuburbanlife.com, Jim Schuetz and John Nester...

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New Jersey Ponders Restricting Video Games

May 1, 2013
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New Jersey Ponders Restricting Video Games

Despite a 2011 Supreme Court decision that struck down a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, New Jersey lawmakers are now considering similar legislation. In an apparent attempt to skirt the Supreme Court finding that games are First Amendment-protected free speech, the proposed...

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Appeal Against Tunisian Blasphemy Conviction for Sharing Cartoons Fails

April 30, 2013
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Last year, Tunisian citizens Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji were sentenced in their home country to 7.5 years prison for blasphemy. The two were convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad after they shared cartoons depicting Muhammad and criticizing Islam on their Facebook pages. Last week, Tunisian courts were supposed to hear an appeal in the...

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Defending the Freedom to Read by Reporting Challenges

April 29, 2013
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Defending the Freedom to Read by Reporting Challenges

Last week, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom offered “Defend the Freedom to Read: Reporting Challenges,” a free webinar presented by OIF Assistant Director Angela Maycock. The webinar is now available online. ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom tracks library challenges around the country, and...

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Portland Stumps for CBLDF This Weekend at STUMPTOWN COMICS FEST

April 26, 2013
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Portland Stumps for CBLDF This Weekend at STUMPTOWN COMICS FEST

This weekend, CBLDF will be headed to Portland, Oregon, for the Stumptown Comics Fest, a celebration of comics and the cartoonists who make them! You’ll find CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein manning booth D01 alongside an abundance of signed premiums from Daniel Clowes,  Art Spiegelman,...

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IDW Becomes a Corporate Member of CBLDF!

April 26, 2013
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IDW Becomes a Corporate Member of CBLDF!

At yesterday’s Diamond Retailer Summit, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced that IDW Publishing has joined the organization as their newest Corporate Member! IDW has risen to become one of the industry’s leading publishers, widely celebrated for its best-selling licensed comics, creator-owned titles and revolutionary art...

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CBLDF Heads to Chicago for C2E2!

April 26, 2013
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CBLDF Heads to Chicago for C2E2!

C2E2 — Chicago’s premier premier pop culture event — is back, and CBLDF is along for the ride! Throughout the weekend, you’ll find exclusive premiums — including the Liberty Variant of Revival #9, which features a gorgeous cover by Tim Seeley, and the Liberty...

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COMIC MEGA STORE Publication Suspended Due to Obscenity Investigation

April 25, 2013
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Anime News Network reports that publication of the adult manga magazine Comic Mega Store has been indefinitely suspended due to a police investigation for obscenity. The magazine was clearly marked 18+, but apparently still ran afoul of Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, which forbids the distribution, sale, or public...

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Obscenity Case Files: United States v. One Book Called “Ulysses”

April 24, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: United States v. One Book Called “Ulysses”

James Augusta Aloysius Joyce is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century. His book Ulysses has been called one of the most challenging and rewarding novels ever written and is considered to be one of the most important works...

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New Zealand Man Jailed for Watching Anime

April 23, 2013
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Ronald Clark, a man from Auckland, New Zealand, has been sentenced to three months jail and may be further sentenced to 10 years of supervision and penalties. His crime: watching Japanese anime featuring pixies, elves, trolls, and other fantasy characters engaged in sexual acts. In New Zealand, drawn depictions of underage characters engaged in sexual…

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Susan Alston Recalls Early Days of CBLDF

April 23, 2013
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Susan Alston Recalls Early Days of CBLDF

Susan Alston has a long history with CBLDF. The Fund’s first Executive Director, a former Board of Directors member, and now a member of the CBLDF Advisory Board, Alston has watched the Fund grow from a tiny operation that ran out of her Northampton garage into a New York City-based organization that has become a...

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Revival Raises Money for CBLDF With New Liberty Variant at C2E2!

April 22, 2013
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Revival Raises Money for CBLDF With New Liberty Variant at C2E2!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Image Comics are thrilled to announce that Revival #9 will be the next issue joining the prestigious CBLDF Liberty Variant program! Premiering this week at C2E2, this CBLDF Liberty Variant edition of the latest...

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MAKE GOOD ART Poster Benefits CBLDF

April 22, 2013
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MAKE GOOD ART Poster Benefits CBLDF

In a recent post on his personal blog, CBLDF Advisory Board member Chip Kidd related a pretty cool story about an Australian cartoonist, Neil Gaiman, and a poster of Gaiman’s famous speech about making good art. Kidd writes: Back in May of 2012 [cartoonist Gavin Aung Than] had...

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A Librarian Considers Persepolis

April 19, 2013
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A Librarian Considers Persepolis

Last month a Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) directive seemed to require that copies of Marjane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis be removed from classrooms and school libraries. A later memo clarified that the book was allowed to remain in libraries; the concerns about its content — specifically, visual...

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Vader’s Lil Princess Signed by Jeffrey Brown — Now With Sketches!

April 19, 2013
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Vader’s Lil Princess Signed by Jeffrey Brown — Now With Sketches!

A few days ago, we launched a very cool fundraiser with creator supporter Jeffrey Brown. By donating here, you could request a personalized copy of his upcoming release Vader’s Little Princess, the follow-up to the smash hit Darth Vader and Son. Since the offer went...

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