CBLDF Podcast Episode 14: Raina Telgemeier and Alex Segura!

To celebrate today’s launch of CBLDF Defender #3, we have a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast! In this episode, CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez speaks to cartoonist Raina Telegemeier (Drama, Smile, Sisters), and CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox talks with Archie Comics Senior Vice Presi ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chinese Same-Sex Slash Fic Targeted in Porn Crackdown

April 24, 2014
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Chinese Same-Sex Slash Fic Targeted in Porn Crackdown

China’s cyberpolice do not only target political dissidents; they also have the Sisyphean task of scrubbing the Internet of pornography. In the latest crackdown on “all online texts, pictures, videos and advertisements with pornographic content,” however, the government has ensnared some rather unlikely...

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Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

April 23, 2014
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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...

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New Jersey Professor Suspended for “Threatening” Photo of Game of Thrones T-Shirt

April 22, 2014
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New Jersey Professor Suspended for “Threatening” Photo of Game of Thrones T-Shirt

Any good citizen of Westeros knows that the night is dark and full of terrors — particularly if you’re part of House Bergen Community College in New Jersey, where simply posting photos of a “threatening” t-shirt can land you in the dungeon. This may sound like the plot of some terrible Game of Thrones fan...

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60 Years Ago Today: The US Senate Puts Comics on Trial!

April 22, 2014
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60 Years Ago Today: The US Senate Puts Comics on Trial!

What a difference 60 years can make. On this day, in 1954, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency was closing out a second day of hearings. These two days would prove a pivotal period in comics history, leading to decades of self-censorship that...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an UNPLEASANT Age

April 21, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an UNPLEASANT Age

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...

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Support the Right to Read with CBLDF at WonderCon!

April 18, 2014
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Support the Right to Read with CBLDF at WonderCon!

This weekend, CBLDF head’s to the West Coast for WonderCon! WonderCon takes place in the Anaheim Convention Center (800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802) April 18 – 20, 2014. CBLDF will be at booth #509 with a scarce few copies of our variant of STARLIGHT #1, which debuted in...

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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

April 17, 2014
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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is no stranger to controversy. The beautifully composed Eisner-winning graphic novel, detailing Bechdel’s personal journey with sexual orientation, family, and self-image, has been the subject of two bans from South Carolina and Utah colleges. Citing the material as “pornographic” and “shocking,”...

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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

April 16, 2014
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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

With Laurie Halse Anderson’s frequently-challenged YA novel Speak reaching its 15th anniversary this year, the author is marking the occasion with a campaign called #Speak4RAINN15 which aims to raise $30,000 for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Recently she also sat down...

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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

April 16, 2014
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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

In a week that has brought us ALA’s latest list of the ten most banned books (which inexplicably included Jeff Smith’s Bone!), we’re heartened to find that reason has ruled the day in Brainerd, Minnesota: The Brainerd school board voted to keep John Steinbeck’s Of...

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it...

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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

April 15, 2014
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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

Indie artist/writer PAUL POPE is getting ready to celebrate his next project, the new edition of ESCAPO (Z2 Comics , Summer 2014).  His book preview event will be a full on mash-up of comics and music fans rockin’ out. Exclusive memorabilia by Paul...

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year...

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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

April 11, 2014
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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

Last weekend the CBLDF had a spectacular time at the MoCCA Festival here in NYC, presented by the Society of Illustrators.  It was CBLDF’s privilege to host signings with Guests of Honor Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Fiona Staples, and Robert Williams, all of whom signed extra...

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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 11, 2014
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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 3 marked the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s arrest in New York on obscenity charges. His crime? Using phrases such as “jack me off,” “nice tits,” and “go come in a chicken” in his stand up routine. Within the year, he was convicted of obscenity,...

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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

April 10, 2014
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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

Despite overwhelming evidence otherwise, violent video games have long been a scapegoat for politicians, pundits, and more when discussing the causes of real world violence. Two recent studies have added to the evidence that strongly contradicts the idea that the violence in video games correlates to real world violence. In the first study, scientists at…

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