NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Watching Big Brother: Chinese Cartoonist Watches Back

February 11, 2016
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Watch Big Brother

Prolific and controversial political cartoonist Badiucao has made a career out of tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. A new ebook Watching Big Brother: Political Cartoons by Badiucao collects his work and offers a glimpse into Badiucao’s perspective on the state of free speech in China. Born in Shanghai but now residing in Australia, Badiucao utilizes satire…

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DEADPOOL: Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the Merc With a Mouth!

February 10, 2016
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dpclassicliefeldormcguinness

The Deadpool movie hits theaters this Friday (but not in China!) in all his foul-mouthed glory, and CBLDF is ready to celebrate the freedom of speech with a special Rewards Zone collection featuring the Merc with a Mouth! Running the gamut of Deadpool’s comics appearances, you’ll find books signed by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld or...

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Dynamite Entertainment and Humble Pack Newest Bundle With the Biggest Names in Fiction for Charity, Including CBLDF!

February 10, 2016
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Dynamite Entertainment and Humble Pack Newest Bundle With the Biggest Names in Fiction for Charity, Including CBLDF!

Dynamite Entertainment again partners with Humble Bundle for one of the most jam-packed collections of comics and prose yet! This latest offering features some of the biggest authors in the publisher’s catalog, giving readers approximately $250 in content for a fraction of the cover price for fans...

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Virginia House Bill Could Legitimize A Way to Ban Sexually Explicit Content in Schools

February 10, 2016
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A controversial bill is going before the Virginia legislature that would allow parents to take a more active role in regulating their children’s education and give them the option to opt their children out of specific assignments that they might deem inappropriate. While parents should have the right to determine what their children read, the bill...

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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

February 10, 2016
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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

Less than a week after This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki was removed from three elementary schools in Seminole County, Florida, the critically acclaimed graphic novel is now under fire in the district’s high schools as well. A new report from...

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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

February 9, 2016
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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

This year’s Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the comics community, but one FIBD story has largely flown under the radar. That would be the decision not to give out a Freedom of...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Orrin C. Evans and All-Negro Comics

February 9, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Orrin C. Evans and All-Negro Comics

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  If you were to call...

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Deadline Approaching: Legal Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship

February 9, 2016
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Deadline Approaching: Legal Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship

Are you a current U.S. law student looking for a chance to go to Comic-Con? CBLDF’s Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship is your chance, but you need to act soon — deadline for entry is 2/29! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to...

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Retailers: The 2016 FCBD Edition of Defend Comics FOCs Today!

February 8, 2016
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Retailers: The 2016 FCBD Edition of Defend Comics FOCs Today!

Each year, Free Comic Book Day celebrates comics at stores around the country, and CBLDF is part of the action with Defend Comics. Retailers, orders are due today, so don’t forget to include oodles of this all-ages romp in your Diamond orders (order code JAN160021)! An all-star, all-ages spectacular...

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

February 5, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  In the 1940s and 1950s, Clarence Matthew Baker — best known as Matt...

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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

February 5, 2016
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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently had the opportunity to tour the current exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. Impressed by the visit, he wrote it up for ...

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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

February 5, 2016
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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

From schools and libraries in the United States to the countries of Italy and Singapore, LGBT children’s books are a frequent target of challenges and bans. The Advocate has pulled together a list of LGBT picture books that every child should read, including those that stirred controversy in some communities. Let’s take a look at a...

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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

February 4, 2016
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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, which last year made history as the first graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Honor and subsequently was the graphic novel that CBLDF had to defend most frequently in 2015, has...

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Brazilian Cartoonist Dares Others to “Follow Me at Your Own Risk”

February 4, 2016
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Latuff

“Follow me at your own risk.” This is the disclaimer Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff now displays as part of his Twitter bio in response to the recent ban of his website by the Turkish government. The artist recently sat down with Today’s Zaman to talk about the necessity of his craft and how...

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Oni Press Joins the Fight for Free Speech As CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

February 4, 2016
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Oni Press Joins the Fight for Free Speech As CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome Oni Press, Portland, Oregon’s premiere independent comic book publisher, as the organization’s newest corporate member! Building on a long history of support for the organization, Oni Press joins CBLDF with a renewed dedication to creators’ right...

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