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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

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.  Th ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

New Arizona Law: Schools and Libraries Comply or Lose Funding

July 4, 2012
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Public schools and libraries in Arizona will be at the mercy of a new law, effective August 1, that requires the institutions to block “obscene” materials on the internet or they will lose 10 percent of their funding, according to articles posted on the First Amendment Center and The Arizona Republic websites. From The...

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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

July 4, 2012
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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

Many people know about the great comic book scare in the late ’40s and early ’50s. You know the one that started with individuals like Dr. Fredric Wertham and Senator Robert C. Hendrickson and ended with the creation of the now defunct Comics Code Authority. But what many people aren’t aware of is that comics...

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TFAW Posts SDCC Auction Images: The Marvel Edition!

June 29, 2012
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TFAW Posts SDCC Auction Images: The Marvel Edition!

For the past three years, Things From Another World has played a pivotal role in collecting original artwork for CBLDF’s annual Comic-Con International charity auction, helping the Fund raise more than $75,000 in the process. If you head over to their blog, they posted The Marvel Edition of the auction preview: six amazing pieces of…

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CBLDF Contributes Additional $10,000 to Ryan Matheson’s $75,000 Legal Defense Costs Thanks To Donors!

June 28, 2012
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CBLDF Contributes Additional $10,000 to Ryan Matheson’s $75,000 Legal Defense Costs Thanks To Donors!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce that thanks to the support of its contributors, the organization has disbursed an additional $10,000 to Ryan Matheson to help pay off the $75,000 legal defense costs that he incurred defending himself against false charges brought by Canada Customs in a case involving manga comics…

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CBLDF Applauds Supreme Court’s Defense of Free Speech In Rejecting “Stolen Valor” Act

June 28, 2012
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The Supreme Court today held that the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about having received military honors, violates the free speech protections of the First Amendment. “Fundamental constitutional principles require that laws enacted to honor the brave must be consistent with the precepts of the Constitution for…

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LGBT Characters and the Comics Code Authority

June 28, 2012
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LGBT Characters and the Comics Code Authority

The last decade has seen a spate of LGBT characters introduced, ‘outed,’ or united in marriage with same-sex partners in mainstream comics. Unfortunately, these LGBT storylines have drawn criticism and calls for censorship from some quarters, particularly the group One Million Moms, a subsidiary of the American Family Association. The moms have pressured retailer Toys…

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New Hampshire Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of S.B. 175

June 28, 2012
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New Hampshire Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of S.B. 175

On June 12, 2012, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed S.B. 175, a senate bill that would have made it illegal to use an individual's likeness for 70 years after his or her death. This week, the New Hampshire Senate voted on the bill again in an attempt to override the governor's veto. Only 13…

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Chopped By The Cleaver: One Cartoonist’s Contributions to Libyan Revolution

June 27, 2012
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by Joe Izenman Freedom of speech is easy to take for granted in the United States. For all the effort we must spend protecting expression in some areas, political cartooning and the ability to poke fun at our own government officials are an accepted fact of life. So it is easy to forget that even…

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In Defense of Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON, NCAC Reminds People That Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids

June 26, 2012
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In Defense of Alan Moore’s NEONOMICON, NCAC Reminds People That Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids

by Mark Bousquet While the National Coalition Against Censorship's recent headline, "Graphic Novels and Comic Books, They’re Not Just for Kids" feels anachronistic to fans of the medium, a recent complaint filed against Alan Moore's Neonomicon (Avatar Press) at a public library in Greenville, South Carolina, reminds us that such reminders are still needed. Despite…

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Codifying Obscenity in Japan

June 26, 2012
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A 40-year-old man from Kobe, Japan was arrested by the Okayama Prefectural Police on Monday for allegedly selling obscene illustrations from his website. He reportedly plead guilty to the crime, saying that he was motivated by the desire for money. CBLDF blogger takes a look at the case and at the prosecution of obscenity in…

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Remembering Ray Bradbury: Author, Dreamer, and Champion of Free Speech

June 25, 2012
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Remembering Ray Bradbury: Author, Dreamer, and Champion of Free Speech

In losing Ray Bradbury, we lost not only a great author and spirit, but a man dedicated to the preservation of creative expression. In remembering Bradbury's contribution to speculative fiction, CBLDF blogger Joe Sergi takes a moment to talk about the time he met Bradbury at SDCC and to share the anti-censorship legacy Bradbury left…

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Is A Person’s Commercial Identity Inheritable? New Hampshire Legislature Says Yes, Governor Says No

June 22, 2012
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Is A Person’s Commercial Identity Inheritable? New Hampshire Legislature Says Yes, Governor Says No

On Wednesday, June 12, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed Senate Bill 175, which would have extended an individual's right to commercially control their own identity beyond their own death by making identity an inheritable commodity. As written, S.B. 175 states that "individuals who are domiciled in New Hampshire at the time of death retain…

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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

June 22, 2012
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‘Alarming’ Increase in Google Censorship Requests

The internet search engine Google has been subject to an "alarming" increase in requests to censor and block certain search results and content over the last six months of 2011, according to recent articles from the Huffington Post and The Washington Post. Blogger Justin Brown takes a look at the increase in censorship requests around…

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CBLDF Meets The Library World At The ALA Annual!

June 22, 2012
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CBLDF Meets The Library World At The ALA Annual!

This weekend, CBLDF President Larry Marder and Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be in Anaheim, California for the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The Fund will be set up on the Exhibit Hall floor handing out information about our work all weekend in Booth 786 in the Graphic Novel Pavilion! Come visit our table to…

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The CBLDF Hits North Carolina, Celebrates 30 years of HEROES CON!

June 20, 2012
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The CBLDF Hits North Carolina, Celebrates 30 years of HEROES CON!

by Alex Cox This weekend (June 22-24), CBLDF is excited to be attending HEROES CON 2012, joining an insane roster of writers, artists, and comic legends, all celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest regional shows in the comics world! Heroes Con is is a spectacular show; it is not only a labor…

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