Now Available: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1, Featuring G. Willow Wilson!

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 ...

Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

November 24, 2015
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Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

In the past few months we’ve noticed an uptick in a different kind of censorship from what we usually see. Namely, a few schools across the country have assigned their students to read texts that were first edited by hand: words...

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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

November 24, 2015
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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

With his future hinging on a legal challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act, cartoonist Zunar is currently in the United States to accept an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists tonight....

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Algeria’s Tahar Djehiche Sentenced to Prison for Cartoon

November 23, 2015
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Algeria’s Tahar Djehiche Sentenced to Prison for Cartoon

In yet another chilling development for cartoonists’ freedom of expression worldwide, an Algerian appeals court this week convicted cartoonist Tahar Djehiche of insulting the country’s president and inciting mob violence via cartoon. He has appealed the verdict...

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Parents Demand Book Ban in Minnesota

November 23, 2015
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Parents Demand Book Ban in Minnesota

Parents of a sixth grader in Rosemount, Minnesota, are demanding the removal of Just One Day by Gayle Forman from all district libraries, citing “a graphic sex scene, underage drinking [and] date rape” as reasons for the removal. Erin Adler with the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune obtained...

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Get in The Spirit of Giving with Personalized Gifts: Star Wars, Avatar, BKV & More!

November 20, 2015
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CBLDF has the best holiday gifts for the fan in your life in our Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser! From now until December 7, you can get outstanding graphic novels personalized to the fan of your choice by creators like Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Jeff Lemire, Dave Gibbons, Gene Yang, and more, including...

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Two Federal Prisoners Face Additional Time for Possession of Comics

November 20, 2015
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Two Federal Prisoners Face Additional Time for Possession of Comics

Two men serving time for child pornography charges in a federal prison in Seagoville, Texas, are now facing additional obscenity charges over the possession of drawings depicting the sexual abuse of minors. Kevin Krause with The Dallas Morning News reports that Danny Borgos and John R....

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Help Dynamite Comics Creators Support CBLDF at New Jersey Comic Expo this Weekend!

November 20, 2015
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Help Dynamite Comics Creators Support CBLDF at New Jersey Comic Expo this Weekend!

This weekend, comics fans will flock to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center to celebrate comics at the New Jersey Comic Expo! CBLDF can’t make it, but Dynamite Entertainment is going to extra mile...

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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

November 20, 2015
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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

A review committee in Rumson, New Jersey found this week that Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden and Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal are appropriate for upper-level high school students and thus should remain on the reading list at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional...

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CBLDF Signs on to Protest Ohio Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

November 19, 2015
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CBLDF Signs on to Protest Ohio Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

For the second time in two months, CBLDF yesterday joined with other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter of protest to a school district...

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Amityville Graphic Novel Challenged in North Carolina School

November 19, 2015
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Amityville

A parent in Knightdale, North Carolina is calling for the removal of Amityville: Jr. Graphic Ghost Stories from all Wake County schools after her first grade son checked the book out of the Lake Myra Elementary School library earlier this week. Parent Kay Walker feels that the graphic novel, which retells the infamous story of...

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Comics Collector Donates Rare “Canadian Whites” to University

November 18, 2015
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Eddy Smet

From Nelvana of the Northern Lights, a female crime-buster who predates Wonder Woman, to a Nazi-fighting man from the sea called Iron Man, Canada’s comics history is rich, vibrant, and has a flavor wholly its own. Former award-winning math professor and comic shop owner Eddy Smet celebrates his home country’s comics heritage by continuing the...

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Another Cartoonist Arrested in Iran

November 18, 2015
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Another Cartoonist Arrested in Iran

Iranian authorities arrested another cartoonist this week, allegedly to make him serve out a previous sentence imposed two years ago because the state “had a different interpretation of his cartoons than he had,” according to his lawyer. Hadi Heidari previously served only one month of his year-long sentence, but it is unclear...

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Palestinian Cartoonist Under Fire for Controversial Conflict Cartoons

November 17, 2015
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Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh has quickly garnered domestic and international attention for his unabashed depictions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite accusations of inciting hatred with negative portrayals of Israelis and a five month sentence in an Israeli prison on charges of “contacts with an enemy organization,” Sabaaneh sees his work as an opportunity to...

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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

November 16, 2015
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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Shipler’s book The Working Poor: Invisible in America was one of seven that were briefly suspended en masse from the school district curriculum in the affluent Dallas enclave...

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World Cartoonists Respond to Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015
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World Cartoonists Respond to Paris Attacks

Since Friday night’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and injured 352, the international community has joined with France and its capital in demonstrations of mourning and solidarity. With much of the memorialization taking place on social media, cartoons are spreading like wildfire just as they did after the Charlie Hebdo...

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