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 ...

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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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

November 13, 2015
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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

Malaysia’s highest court this week upheld a lower court’s lifting of a ban on two cartoon books by Zunar, Perak Darul Kartun and 1 Funny Malaysia. The five-judge panel of the Federal Court ...

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Russia Charges Librarian with “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” Through Books

November 13, 2015
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Russia Charges Librarian with “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” Through Books

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine manifested in particularly chilling fashion last month, as the director of a Ukrainian-language library in Moscow was detained by Russian authorities and charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” through books in the library’s collection. If convicted, Natalia Sharina could be sentenced to four years in prison. Russian authorities raided the Library…

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Egyptian Novelist Sent to Court for Racy Excerpt

November 13, 2015
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Ahmed Naji

Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji faces up to two years in prison and a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $1,245) for the publication of an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life, which an Egyptian prosecutor considers too racy and a detriment to public health. In an article for ArabLit.org, Elisabetta Rossi explains that...

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UPDATED: Michigan Superintendent Notifies Parents of Gay Character in Captain Underpants Book

November 12, 2015
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UPDATED: Michigan Superintendent Notifies Parents of Gay Character in Captain Underpants Book

A few weeks after the Parent-Teacher Organization at an elementary school in Monroe, Michigan banned the latest Captain Underpants book from a school book fair...

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San Francisco Artist Takes Matters Into His Own Hands After Being Censored

November 12, 2015
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San Francisco, California, artist and SF State associate professor Victor De La Rosa took matters into his own hands by hanging four woven tapestries at a Mission District station after Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stalled for months to do so themselves over controversy surrounding the subject matter of one of the pieces. The collection,…

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Good Grief! Humble Bundle Books Adds More Titles to Peanuts Bundle to Benefit Charity, Including CBLDF

November 11, 2015
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Good Grief! Humble Bundle Books Adds More Titles to Peanuts Bundle to Benefit Charity, Including CBLDF

Last week, Humble helped kick off the holiday season with the Humble Comics Bundle: Peanuts. This week, the holiday season is even sweeter with the addition of two more titles to this exciting collection! Collecting Peanuts comics from BOOM! Studios and Fantagraphics, readers will find classic...

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NCAC Celebrates 2015 Free Speech Heroes

November 11, 2015
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2015 was a busy year for free speech. To celebrate, our frequent partner in protecting free expression, the National Coalition Against Censorship (CBLDF is a sponsor of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project), looks back on 15 heroes who faced down censorship around the world. Let’s take a closer look at some of the...

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Chinese Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line with Subversively Cute Art

November 10, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line with Subversively Cute Art

Unsurprisingly, independent political cartoonists are few and far between in China. The country’s best-known cartoonist, Rebel Pepper, has been exiled in Japan for over a year due to implicit threats from his own government. But his experience has not deterred Bai Budan, another...

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14 Scandalous Books That Changed the Face of Controversy

November 10, 2015
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Long before video games and comic books became the targets of censors, Americans had to settle for censoring plain old books. “In the era before TV and movies completely overtook literature as the popular entertainment du jour… novels caused their fair share of scandals,” writes Alex Heimbach for Bustle. “In the U.S., books with explicit...

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Literature Committee Rejects The Namesake in Idaho High School Curriculum

November 9, 2015
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Namesake

The Ad Hoc Literature Committee in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has issued a formal rejection of a teacher’s recommendations to include award-winning Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake in the district’s high school curriculum. Citing explicit sexual references and language, the committee, which is comprised of parents and other residents of the community, voted 4-2 against...

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Join CBLDF this Weekend at Comic Arts Brooklyn!

November 6, 2015
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Join CBLDF this Weekend at Comic Arts Brooklyn!

This weekend, join CBLDF for Comic Arts Brooklyn, a free annual celebration of comics and cartoon art presented by Desert Island! On Saturday, November 7, join CBLDF from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Gymnasium (12 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211) for exhibits...

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