CBLDF Podcast Episode 20: Ed Luce

In this episode, we speak with cartoonist Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) about coming to comics from fine arts, educating a new generation, and life in the Oaf-O-Verse. We discuss his early inspirations, and how he has managed to find broad appeal with what was once considering niche content. Topics includ ...

NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #2, Featuring Marc Andreyko & Gene Luen Yang!

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 ...

Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from...

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Myanmar Activist Imprisoned for Mocking Military’s Masculinity

December 30, 2015
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Chaw Sandi Tun

Myanmar political activitist Chaw Sandi Tun has been sentenced to a six-month prison term for posting a satirical cartoon that criticized the country’s military on Facebook. Tun — a former member of the Maubin District Students’ Union and active demonstrator against new educational laws — was arrested in October for allegedly posting a photo...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Efforts to Defend Books in 2015

December 29, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Efforts to Defend Books in 2015

Whether we were defending graphic novels or children’s books, defending books in elementary schools or colleges, 2015 proved to be a challenging year for free speech. CBLDF frequently joined coalitions to tackle book challenges and much more in 2015! Absolutely True Diary...

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10 Comics CBLDF Defended in 2015

December 28, 2015
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10 Comics CBLDF Defended in 2015

  Although comics have never been a bigger part of mainstream pop culture, they sustained more censorship attacks in 2015 than at any other time this century. CBLDF was on the case, fighting back by providing expert support to keep comics available for everyone.   Defending Comics...

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Remember CBLDF in Your Year-End Giving — Become a Member Today!

December 28, 2015
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Remember CBLDF in Your Year-End Giving — Become a Member Today!

All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. This year saw the most attacks on the freedom to read comics in a generation, including calls to ban graphic novels in schools and libraries, threatened legal actions, and unconstitutional legislation that endangers the...

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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

December 24, 2015
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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF contributor and comics censorship historian Joe Sergi, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present,...

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Please Consider CBLDF In Your Holiday Giving

December 23, 2015
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LibbySquared

All year round, CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read.  If you’re doing your charitable giving for the year over this holiday weekend, we ask you to please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to perform this important work.  This year saw the most attacks on the...

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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with an EVEN MORE Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

December 23, 2015
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Humble Celebrates 10 Years of BOOM! with an EVEN MORE Massive Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

For the past ten years, BOOM! has assembled quite the portfolio of comics, so as a way of commemorating their arrival into the double digits, Humble has assembled their digital comics into a bundle! And now, anyone who beats the average price gets to add...

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Graphic Novelist Leila Abdelrazaq Detained, Questioned by Border Patrol Over Sketchbook

December 23, 2015
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Graphic Novelist Leila Abdelrazaq Detained, Questioned by Border Patrol Over Sketchbook

Graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq, who recently won critical praise for her book Baddawi, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona for three hours last week after they spotted Arabic writing in her sketchbook. Abdelrazaq, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, was...

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Will Eisner and the Mysterious Origin of the Graphic Novel

December 23, 2015
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Levitz Will Eisner

This year as part of our Spirit of Giving fundraiser, CBLDF is proud to offer a signed edition of board member Paul Levitz’s newest biography on comics luminary Will Eisner, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (you can still get a copy here). To celebrate Will Eisner and his lasting impact on...

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Chicago School Librarian’s Job Saved by Student Protest, Anonymous Donation

December 22, 2015
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Chicago School Librarian’s Job Saved by Student Protest, Anonymous Donation

Score another win for student activists in Chicago Public Schools, who last week helped to avert the dismissal of their beloved librarian due to budget cuts. Sara Sayigh, librarian at the South Side’s DuSable Campus, had been slated to lose her job at the end of this month but was saved by an anonymous...

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Lebanese Editors Use Government Censorship to Make More Comics

December 22, 2015
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Samandal covers

Earlier this year, three editors/artists for the independent Lebanese magazine Samandal were found guilty of belittling Christianity, “inciting sectarian strife,” and propagating “defamation and slander” leading to a total of  $60,000 in fines. In a recent interview with The Comics Journal, four of the publication’s editors (three of whom have been directly...

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Charlie Hebdo Editor’s Posthumous Free Expression Manifesto Out Next Month

December 21, 2015
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Charlie Hebdo Editor’s Posthumous Free Expression Manifesto Out Next Month

Nearly a year after the attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people including five cartoonists, a manifesto on freedom of expression that editor Stéphane Charbonnier (widely known as Charb) completed shortly before his death will be published in the U.S. next month. The book, already published in France...

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Administrators Shut Down Virginia Schools After Muslim Indoctrination Claim

December 21, 2015
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calligraphy

Schools were closed in Augusta County, Virginia on Friday after one parent cried “Muslim indoctrination” over a 9th grade history assignment. When Kimberly Herndon learned that her son who attends Rivershead High School would be copying the Islamic phrase known as the Shahada as part of an exercise to demonstrate the “artistic complexity of [Arabic]...

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Bid on Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

December 18, 2015
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Bid on Neil Gaiman Rarities to Benefit CBLDF!

It’s no secret that Neil Gaiman is one of the biggest defenders of the freedom to read, and he’s been an invaluable supporter of CBLDF’s mission to defend free speech. This week, CBLDF is delighted to auction a collection of Neil Gaiman rarities — many from his own personal collection — to raise funds for...

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