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 ...

CBLDF Names Members of Advisory Board

April 5, 2013
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CBLDF Names Members of Advisory Board

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to name the members of its newly formed advisory board, a body designed to assist the organization in advancing its mission to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics art form. Co-Chaired by CBLDF Founder Denis Kitchen...

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The Increase of Artistic Self-Censorship in Russia

April 5, 2013
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The Increase of Artistic Self-Censorship in Russia

When an artist is censored by a government agency or political group, the immediate focus is on the individual case: Who is being censored, who is doing the censoring, and what are the reasons for the censorship? An unseen consequence of any act of censorship,...

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Political Cartoons: Fuel For Revolution or a Reflection of the Fire?

April 4, 2013
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Political Cartoons: Fuel For Revolution or a Reflection of the Fire?

What do editorial cartoons do? Are they really the mind-changing propaganda that censors fear? Or do they simply mirror the ideas, events, and trends already taking place? Cartoon Movement recently published a translated interview with Ilan Danjoux, author of Political Cartoons and the...

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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

April 4, 2013
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Students, Teachers, Iranian-born Artist React to PERSEPOLIS Ban

Two weeks after the news broke that Chicago Public Schools officials had removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir Persepolis from 7th grade classrooms and placed it “under review” for use in 8th-10th grades, reactions continue to pour in from various sources. Read on for a selection of viewpoints on Persepolis and the...

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Griffith, Tamaki, Dorkin, Fingerman Sign With CBLDF at MoCCA Arts Festival!

April 3, 2013
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Griffith, Tamaki, Dorkin, Fingerman Sign With CBLDF at MoCCA Arts Festival!

This weekend, CBLDF is exhibiting at the MoCCA Arts Festival, the premiere alternative comic and cartoon fest in NYC that celebrates a diverse group of creators, from individuals just beginning to show and sell their work to living legends of the industry. CBLDF will be...

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Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

April 2, 2013
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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.  This week the CBLDF has also contributed an...

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Chip Kidd Takes Action to FREE PERSEPOLIS

April 1, 2013
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Chip Kidd Takes Action to FREE PERSEPOLIS

Chip Kidd — designer extraordinaire, writer, comics devotee, and CBLDF supporter — has added his voice to the cacophony decrying  the attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis in Chicago schools. Recently, Kidd compiled a series of #FreePersepolis memes, calling on people to share them on...

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Last Weekend to Get Personalized Exclusives from Jaime Hernandez and Brian Wood

March 29, 2013
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Last Weekend to Get Personalized Exclusives from Jaime Hernandez and Brian Wood

Two legendary creators are graciously donating their time to CBLDF: Love & Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez and bestselling creator Brian Wood! Both are personalizing exclusive premiums for the Fund, and this is the last weekend to get these exclusives — the drive ends at midnight EDT this Sunday, March 31. ...

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IRONY: Lane Tech Had Banned Book Club Before PERSEPOLIS Ban

March 29, 2013
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IRONY: Lane Tech Had Banned Book Club Before PERSEPOLIS Ban

A recent Chicago Tribune article caught our eye. The topic: 451 Degrees, a book club that reads exclusively banned books. What’s ironic about this particular club is that it exists at Lane Tech College Prep, the school at...

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CBLDF Brings Signings, Live Art, Exclusives & More To WonderCon!

March 28, 2013
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CBLDF Brings Signings, Live Art, Exclusives & More To WonderCon!

Jim Lee, Jeff Smith, Frank Cho, Philip Tan, and Terry Moore are among the pros helping the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund bring exclusives, signings, and first class programs to Southern California this weekend for WonderCon! Come visit us at booth #909 for limited quantities of the...

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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

March 28, 2013
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Vancouver Mom Offended by Museum’s “Whale Bone Porn”

Here’s a new twist on the sadly familiar refrain of one person demanding that a cultural institution remove images she considers inappropriate: A mother from Vancouver, British Columbia says that a local museum is displaying “whale bone porn,” which has left her “disturbed and troubled.”

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Obscenity Case Files: Pope v. Illinois

March 27, 2013
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Miller v. California set the standard for identifying obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment. However, some portions of the standards set by Miller are clearer than others. In this edition of the Obscenity Case Files, we’ll take a look at the Pope Decision, which clarified who or what determines which works...

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BPAL Supports CBLDF with CORALINE Inspired Fragrances

March 27, 2013
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BPAL Supports CBLDF with CORALINE Inspired Fragrances

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has been a long-time supporter of CBLDF. This week saw the release of another series of fragrances to benefit our work protecting free speech. This series is inspired by Neil Gaiman’s award-winning bestseller Coraline! Here’s the rundown on these limited and exclusive fragrances, currently available on the BPAL website: ...

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Bob Fingerman’s Time and Place

March 26, 2013
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Bob Fingerman’s Time and Place

Bob Fingerman’s contributions to the world of comics have been many and varied. Fingerman toiled in the disparate realms of kiddy satire, men’s magazines, sci-fi, and illustration, producing work regularly for Cracked, Al Goldstein’s infamous tabloid Screw, Penthouse Hot Talk, Heavy Metal, National...

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Salon Indicts Law Enforcement and Media Prejudice Against “Gamers”

March 25, 2013
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After what he is calling an “egregious” and biased report from New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on the Sandy Hook shootings, Salon.com’s Andrew Leonard fired back with a scathing indictment of the ongoing effort to blame video games and other mass media for outbreaks of extreme violence. In his article, Lupica addresses...

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