Don’t Miss CBLDF Defender, in Stores TODAY!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issu ...

Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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...

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 ...

Cannes Winner Based on Graphic Novel Won’t Play in Idaho

October 18, 2013
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Cannes Winner Based on Graphic Novel Won’t Play in Idaho

Idaho residents anxious to see the film Blue is the Warmest Color, the 2013 winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or that is based on a French graphic novel, will likely have to travel out of state or wait for...

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DC Entertainment Co-Publisher JIM LEE Illustrates THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 Cover Available Exclusively to CBLDF Retailer Members!

October 18, 2013
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DC Entertainment Co-Publisher JIM LEE Illustrates THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 Cover Available Exclusively to CBLDF Retailer Members!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release the Jim Lee variant cover to THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1, drawn by DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and CBLDF Advisory Board member Jim Lee!  This cover is available exclusively to retailers who join the organization during CBLDF’s Retailer Membership...

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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

October 17, 2013
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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

After a convoluted series of events spanning at least a decade, the school board in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana last week removed Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird from classrooms throughout the district. After some parents of high school students recently complained...

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EXCLUSIVE: Neil Gaiman Talks to CBLDF About Neverwhere Ban

October 17, 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Neil Gaiman Talks to CBLDF About Neverwhere Ban

Yesterday, CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project sent a letter to the Superintendent of Alamogordo Public Schools to defend Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which has been removed from shelves for review after a parent protested a passage in the book. CBLDF reached out to Mr. Gaiman to get his thoughts on the ban: I’m obviously disappointed...

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CBLDF Defends Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere In New Mexico Challenge

October 16, 2013
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CBLDF Defends Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere In New Mexico Challenge

This week, CBLDF took a leadership role in a coalition of anti-censorship advocates — including the National Coalition Against Censorship,  American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, and the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom — to defend Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere, which...

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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Stays in NC Library

October 15, 2013
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Stays in NC Library

In September, CBLDF joined the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter to the Currituck County High School Board of Education in defense of A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, a critically-acclaimed novel by Tanya Lee Stone. The school...

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More Details Emerge in Neverwhere Challenge

October 14, 2013
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More Details Emerge in Neverwhere Challenge

Last week, CBLDF learned that Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere was under attack at Alamogordo High School in New Mexico. A parent filed a complaint over the book, claiming the content was “rated R” and inappropriate for her 15-year-old daughter. The book was subsequently removed for review. Over the...

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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Banned in New Mexico School District

October 11, 2013
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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Banned in New Mexico School District

Yesterday, the Alamogordo High School removed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from shelves after parent Nancy Wilmott complained over content she deemed innapropriate for her 15-year-old daughter. The book has been on district required reading lists since 2004, but it has not been challenged before Wilmott took exception...

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CBLDF Defends Comics at the Alternative Press Expo!

October 11, 2013
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CBLDF Defends Comics at the Alternative Press Expo!

This weekend, CBLDF returns to San Francisco for the Alternative Press Expo, the West Coast’s celebration of independent and self-published comics! CBLDF will be on hand at booth 318 with exclusive signed premiums, panels, and more! Join us Saturday, October at 2:00 p.m. for a special signing...

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The Real Panels That Inspired Wertham’s Attacks on Comics

October 11, 2013
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The Real Panels That Inspired Wertham’s Attacks on Comics

Designer Michael Dooley recently reexamined some of the comics titles attacked by Fredric Wertham in his 1954 “expose” on comics, Seduction of the Innocent. Wertham’s condemnation of comics led to decades of self-censorship by the comics industry. In examining the titles that Wertham targeted, Dooley noted variability in the quality of the books, but also…

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CBLDF at NYCC – Panels, Parties, Manga, Exclusives & More!

October 10, 2013
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CBLDF at NYCC – Panels, Parties, Manga, Exclusives & More!

This weekend, the comics world converges on New York City for New York Comic-Con, which goes down October 10 – 13 at the Javits Center. CBLDF will be at booth #965 throughout the show, and we’ll have parties, panels, signings, and more! All proceeds from the show will benefit CBLDF’s important work defending the...

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Manga Freedom Events In NYC

October 10, 2013
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Manga Freedom Events In NYC

CBLDF continues our efforts for manga freedom by providing special events with translator and manga expert Dan Kanemitsu throughout NYCC weekend including a lecture at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Saturday and appearances at the CBLDF booth.  Kanemitsu is a well-known expert on changes in Japanese law...

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Jeff Smith on Why He Joined the CBLDF Board

October 10, 2013
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Jeff Smith on Why He Joined the CBLDF Board

Last week, CBLDF announced that acclaimed creator Jeff Smith was named to the CBLDF Board of Directors. The creator behind the perennially popular Bone series is no stranger to censorship — a parent in Minnesota tried to get Bone banned from her...

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Barefoot Gen Translator Disinvited from Speaking at Japanese School

October 9, 2013
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Barefoot Gen Translator Disinvited from Speaking at Japanese School

A little more than a month after Keiji Nakazawa’s manga classic Barefoot Gen was restored to school libraries in the Japanese city of Matsue, an English-language translator of the series has been abruptly disinvited from speaking at a junior high school in...

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Understanding Your Rights FAQ – What Do Obscenity & Related Laws Mean?

October 9, 2013
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Understanding Your Rights FAQ – What Do Obscenity & Related Laws Mean?

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund frequently receives questions from our community about one’s rights relating to comics, so we have created this column – “Understanding Your Rights” as a series of FAQs to help clearly explain these concepts.  Today’s column arises from questions about the legality...

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