OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

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 ...

VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

April 4, 2016
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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

In a victory for the freedom to read, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill arose from one...

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NYC: Join CBLDF for MoCCA This Weekend!

April 1, 2016
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NYC: Join CBLDF for MoCCA This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF fights for free speech in its NYC stomping grounds during MoCCA Fest 2016! CBLDF will be hosting signings with Ariel Schrag and Phoebe Gloeckner at table E 160-163 ! Presented by the Society of Illustrators, MoCCA takes place April 2 – 3, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at...

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She Changed Comics: Manga and Women in Charge

April 1, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Manga and Women in Charge

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we celebrated women who changed free expression in comics. Please enjoy our final weekly compilation of biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Like these stories? Please back our Kickstarter to create She Changed Comics as...

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“Creative City” Censors Creativity Due to Pornography Concerns

April 1, 2016
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Due to complaints and misinterpretation as child pornography, the city of West Hollywood, California, forced the removal of three photographs by local female artist Brooke Mason from a Woman’s History Month-themed city-wide exhibition. The removal of the pieces has not only gotten the community up in arms, but has raised free speech concerns. In celebration of…

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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

April 1, 2016
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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

Riad Sattouf, Franco-Syrian creator of the universally lauded graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, is an uneasy symbol of the intercultural tensions currently roiling Europe and the Middle East. A longtime contributor to Charlie Hebdo and until 2014 the magazine’s only regular cartoonist of...

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Kanika Mishra: Social Media as a Vehicle for Free Speech and Empowerment

March 31, 2016
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Known for her cartoons on social and political issues in India—especially those that relate to Indian women—cartoonist Kanika Mishra has gained significant recognition for her use of social media as a vehicle for freedom of expression. Earlier this year, Mishra gave a talk at TEDxYouth@OIS, during which she spoke about the challenges that women face,...

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Cartoonist Gado Won’t Be Silenced by Kenyan Government

March 31, 2016
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Cartoonist Gado Won’t Be Silenced by Kenyan Government

In the aftermath of Kenyan cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa (better known as Gado) being fired from the Kenyan newspaper The Daily Nation earlier this month, fellow cartoonists, free speech advocates, and cartoonist rights activists are supporting the artist and condemning Kenyan press for undermining freedom of expression. Regarded by many to be the “most important” and “most syndicated” cartoonist in…

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Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

March 30, 2016
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Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

Several years ago, Buffy, Angel, and Spike left television behind and found a new home in the pages of comics. Humble Bundle has teamed up with Dark Horse and IDW to assemble those comics into a bundle with Humble Comics Bundle: Buffy, Angel, & Spike. Customers can...

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Krug Fund Offers Scholarships for Online Intellectual Freedom Course

March 30, 2016
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Krug Fund Offers Scholarships for Online Intellectual Freedom Course

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around...

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She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

March 29, 2016
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Women have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. With your help, CBLDF will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this fall! Please back this important project now on Kickstarter, where...

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Removal of Student Art Piece Incites Free Speech Concerns in Community

March 29, 2016
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A controversial piece pulled from a Denver, Colorado, student art exhibit earlier this month has incited concerns in the community about free speech violations and sending the wrong message to students when teaching art. The art exhibit, done as part of a Denver public school outreach program, asked students to “select a master work of...

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Egyptians Speak Out for Ahmed Naji and Free Expression

March 29, 2016
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Egyptians Speak Out for Ahmed Naji and Free Expression

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji remains in prison pending an appeal of his conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. A few brave government officials, including Minister of Culture Helmy al-Namnam, have ...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Lumberjanes

March 28, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Lumberjanes

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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She Changed Comics: Modern Age and Manga

March 25, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Modern Age and Manga

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. Check back here every week for biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Fiona Staples The...

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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

March 25, 2016
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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

Police associations and others successfully demanded the removal of a Denver 10th-grader’s artwork from a public building this week. The drawing shows a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood aiming a gun at an unarmed black youth with his hands up. The artwork was...

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