Celebrate Diversity with CBLDF Defender #5, in Stores Today!

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

She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. With your help, CBLDF will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this fal ...

Banned Books Week Spotlights Diversity in 2016

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity, the event’s national coalition announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from Septe ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

Leading the Fight for Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2015

Although comics have never been a bigger part of  mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone! CBLDF is at the forefront of defendin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Graphic Novels Recognized at ALA Youth Media Awards

February 3, 2015
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Graphic Novels Recognized at ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2015 honorees of its Youth Media Awards yesterday, and graphic novels scored big! In a pair of comic firsts, Cece Bell’s El Deafo made the shortlist for the Newbery Medal and This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki...

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Angoulême Honors Fallen Charlie Hebdo Staff with “Charlie Freedom of Speech” Award

February 3, 2015
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The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has left the comics world shaken, but it has also motivated cartoonists around the world to stand in solidarity with creators’ fundamental right to free expression. This past week, was another demonstration of the strength of cartooning community took place at the 42nd Angoulême International...

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CBLDF Member Stores Premiere Nameless #1 Hickman Variant!

February 2, 2015
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CBLDF Member Stores Premiere Nameless #1 Hickman Variant!

Part of the benefit of being a CBLDF Retail Member is the opportunity to carry some of the coolest — and rarest — variant covers on the shelves! To kick off the CBLDF variant cover series in 2015, we have a gorgeous Jonathan Hickman cover for...

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The French Contradiction: Free Speech for Some But Not Others?

February 2, 2015
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The French Contradiction: Free Speech for Some But Not Others?

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, many free-speech-loving Americans have been confused to say the least by the French government’s seeming hypocrisy in dealing with controversial expression. How could officials support the right to caricature Mohammed and other religious figures, but then arrest people for speech judged to be...

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Gilbert School Board Keeps Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the Reading List

January 30, 2015
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Gilbert, Arizona, public school system is once again in the news for a book challenge. This time it is Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize winning seminal novel Beloved. The Gilbert school board recently received more than 100 letters from members of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children urging the district to pull the title from...

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A Closer Look at the 2015 Member Premiums!

January 30, 2015
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A Closer Look at the 2015 Member Premiums!

This month, we launched our new Member Campaign for 2015, featuring art by the great Michael Cho. You can check out all the various levels here, but we wanted to give our donors and prospective members a closer look at some of the cool...

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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

January 29, 2015
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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

Malaysian police carried out another raid of cartoonist Zunar’s office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, seizing about 150 books despite having obtained no warrant for the search. Zunar himself is currently abroad in London, but has once again been summoned to a police station for questioning on sedition charges upon his return to Malaysia. The...

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The Humble Archie Comics Bundle Adds More Titles for Charity!

January 28, 2015
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The Humble Archie Comics Bundle Adds More Titles for Charity!

Last week, Archie Comics made its Humble Bundle debut with some of today’s most talked about titles featured in the latest comic book bundle.As we enter week two of the bundle, we’re exciting to announce the addition of seven titles! In addition to being the home to...

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Security Concern Leads to Self-Censorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum

January 28, 2015
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In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, it is understandable that cartoonists, journalists, and even the general public would fear possible violent repercussion for expressing themselves, especially when it comes to talking about aspects of the Muslim religion in countries where the Muslim religion is a fundamental part of the community. Caution is understandable for people...

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Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

January 27, 2015
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Censorship Gone Awry in Cabbagetown Coffee Shop

At first glance, it appeared that a downtown Toronto coffee shop, Jet Fuel Coffee, was propagating anti-Semitic sentiment by hanging a series of art pieces entitled “The Jew Funnies” on their walls. Taking offense to the art, a man entered the store and began removing two of the pieces, forcibly attempting to drive off with...

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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

January 27, 2015
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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

Citing a “misunderstanding,” the Long Beach, California public library yesterday invited local artist Lethia Cobbs to return a doll that a library employee had told her to remove from her artwork earlier this month. The piece includes a white police officer standing over an armless–literally “unarmed”–black man lying on the ground. The police tableau...

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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

January 26, 2015
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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

Over the past several months, CBLDF has been the lucky beneficiary of several comics-themed Humble Bundles. Thanks to all the publishers, distributors, and readers who have chosen to share the proceeds with us! Don’t miss the latest package, the Humble Archie Comics Bundle, over here. Of...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

January 23, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

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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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal...

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Video Game Hotline Miami 2 Refused Rating, Banned from Australia

January 23, 2015
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The sequel in the popular top-down shooter series, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, has joined a list of other video games in Australia that have been refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board due to its depictions of extreme physical and an instance of sexual violence. Originally scheduled for release early this year...

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