Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the second 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 will bring eng ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

February 11, 2014
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Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

Pastafarians, don your colanders! Posters depicting the satirical deity Flying Spaghetti Monster were recently banned from an activities fair at a public university in London because they could be “religiously offensive,” reports The Independent. On their recruitment posters, members of London South Bank...

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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

February 11, 2014
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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

The Comics Code Authority highlights one of the darkest periods of comic book history. As a direct result of criticism from the Senate, the Code was implemented by the comics industry, leading to years of self-censorship in an attempt to eliminate violence, obscenity and other material that was deemed unsuitable “for children.” While we can...

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Death Note Mixed Up in Concerns Over Troubled Arizona Teen

February 10, 2014
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Death Note Mixed Up in Concerns Over Troubled Arizona Teen

An eighth grade student at Florence Elementary School in Florence, AZ was removed from school after showing signs of depression and sending suicidal text messages post break-up with his girlfriend. What the local media chose to focus on was a copy of Tsugumi Obha’s popular manga...

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Retailers: Today Is FOC for Evil Empire CBLDF Comics Code Variant!

February 10, 2014
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Retailers: Today Is FOC for Evil Empire CBLDF Comics Code Variant!

Retailers Members are invaluable partners in the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s fight for the freedom to read! Retailer Members have the exclusive opportunity to pick of variant covers of hit titles in the CBLDF COMICS CODE VARIANT series, and today is final order cutoff for...

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Fighting Censorship Is (Big) Easy At Wizard New Orleans!

February 7, 2014
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Fighting Censorship Is (Big) Easy At Wizard New Orleans!

This weekend CBLDF kicks off the 2014 convention year at Wizard World New Orleans, where we’ll be releasing the Deadly Class #1 Liberty Variant, and offering a host of new items including signed Neil Gaiman and Brian K. Vaughan books!  CBLDF will...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One

February 7, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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CBLDF Presents: Liberty: Comics’ Greatest Creators Unite to Protect the Freedom to Read!

February 6, 2014
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CBLDF Presents: Liberty: Comics’ Greatest Creators Unite to Protect the Freedom to Read!

Celebrate creative freedom with the comic book industry’s top talents in LIBERTY, an anthology benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! This deluxe hardcover edition published by Image Comics collects LIBERTY ANNUAL 2008-2012, additional material not seen anywhere else, and a stunning new cover...

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Anime Series Changes Timeslots After Complaints to Japanese Watchdog Group

February 6, 2014
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Anime Series Changes Timeslots After Complaints to Japanese Watchdog Group

An anime series featuring erotically charged scenes between stepsiblings will be moved from 10:30 p.m. to the early morning hours on Japanese TV after the non-governmental Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO) launched an investigation into complaints about “heavy sexual content.” Two...

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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Speaks at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC

February 5, 2014
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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Speaks at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, the pen name of Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, was arrested for seidition in 2010, hours before a collection of his new political cartoons was published. Zunar faced down his government and successfully avoided the sedition charges and won compensation for books that government officials seized in a raid of his office. Unfortunately,...

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Should Graphic Novels Be Required Reading? We Say Yes!

February 4, 2014
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Should Graphic Novels Be Required Reading? We Say Yes!

It’s no secret that graphic novels are influential through all forms of media—just look at TV lineups and summer movie blockbusters. Recently, i09 hosted an open channel asking what graphic novels their commenters thought should be required reading in high schools. The idea of incorporating...

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Remembering Manga Researcher Timothy Perper

February 3, 2014
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Remembering Manga Researcher Timothy Perper

We are deeply saddened to hear that writer, manga researcher, and CBLDF supporter Timothy Perper passed away recently at age 74. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and present his full obituary below, as written by Dr. Perper’s wife, Martha...

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Print Magazine’s February Issue Focuses on Comics Censorship

January 31, 2014
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Print Magazine’s February Issue Focuses on Comics Censorship

The February 2014 issue of Print Magazine – the Sex & Design issue — is a natural fit for a discussion on comics censorship because sexual is content is the dominant reason comics are challenged and banned. In the issue, journalist Michael Dooley takes a look...

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Religious Satire Cartoon Sparks Death Threats

January 31, 2014
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Religious Satire Cartoon Sparks Death Threats

Earlier this month, Maajid Nawaz, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Killburn in the UK, tweeted a Jesus and Mo comic strip, sparking a petition to deselect him from the running. Nawaz has also received death threats and graphic tweets in response to the cartoon, which some consider to violate Islamic...

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Palestinian Cartoonist Threatened After Criticizing Militant Group

January 30, 2014
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Palestinian Cartoonist Threatened After Criticizing Militant Group

A Palestinian cartoonist who shared a drawing critical of militant group Al-Quds Brigades on her Facebook page has apologized and deleted the post after receiving death threats and harassment from supporters of the organization. Last week, in response to recent rocket attacks on Israel that are thought to have been launched by...

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Students Protest Draconian Classroom Library Policy in Pennsylvania

January 30, 2014
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Students Protest Draconian Classroom Library Policy in Pennsylvania

Recently, CBLDF joined a Kids’ Right to Read Project-led coalition protesting a proposed policy in the Muhlenberg School District in Pennsylvania that would require teachers to read every book in their classrooms and label or remove mature, sexual, violent or religiously offensive content. Apparently we...

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