Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. Thanks to donors like you, CBLDF was at the forefront, protecting our community from an increasing tempo of challenges to comics and other expressive material. From deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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: 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 ...

Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

September 9, 2016
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Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

Two school board candidates in Collier County, Florida who supported an effort to ban four books from high school libraries last year have been defeated at the polls by two other candidates who favor intellectual freedom. The...

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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

September 9, 2016
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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

The United States wasn’t the only country that harbored a crusade against comics this past century. Germany, too, has had its own sordid history with the medium, complete with public fears over an alleged increase in juvenile delinquency and subsequent censorship laws designed to curb youth consumption of what the Nazi party called during World...

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Exclusive Faith Variant & Autographed Valiant Essentials Support CBLDF!

September 9, 2016
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Exclusive Faith Variant & Autographed Valiant Essentials Support CBLDF!

Check out the newest addition to our collection of Valiant titles, the SDCC Exclusive Faith#1, by donating here! Only 500 copies of this book were made, and our quantities are very limited, but we’re happy to share them with our donors now! In addition to this exclusive CBLDF variant, we are also offering a ton...

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Daughter of Detained Hong Kong Publisher Campaigns for His Release

September 8, 2016
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Daughter of Detained Hong Kong Publisher Campaigns for His Release

The daughter of Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong-based publisher who has been detained in an undisclosed location on the Chinese mainland for almost a year, is hoping to promote international awareness of his case with a recent...

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Columbia University Acquires Personal Archives of Seminal Comics Creator Howard Cruse

September 8, 2016
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Columbia University Acquires Personal Archives of Seminal Comics Creator Howard Cruse

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University recently welcomed a new addition to its prestigious collection of comic history artifacts: the personal archives of contemporary cartoonist and graphic novelist Howard Cruse. The collection which includes personal correspondences, audio and video interviews, as well as...

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Portland: Kick Off Rose City Comic Con in Style with CBLDF, Ninkasi Brewing, TFAW, and Wacom!

September 8, 2016
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Portland: Kick Off Rose City Comic Con in Style with CBLDF, Ninkasi Brewing, TFAW, and Wacom!

Co-hosted by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Ninkasi Brewing, Things From Another World, and Wacom Americas, this year’s Rose City Comic Con Kickoff Party...

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Stage Play Spotlights Alabama Librarian’s 1959 Defense of Children’s Book

September 8, 2016
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Stage Play Spotlights Alabama Librarian’s 1959 Defense of Children’s Book

An Alabama librarian who stood up to segregationists and censors in 1959 is featured in a new stage play based on the battle over Garth Williams’ picture book The Rabbits’ Wedding. Some Alabamans,...

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In Midst of Sedition Trial, Zunar Launches Outdoor Exhibition

September 7, 2016
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In Midst of Sedition Trial, Zunar Launches Outdoor Exhibition

In anticipation of the next step in his sedition trial, Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar has launched a daring open-air exhibition of his works in a busy urban area near Kuala Lumpur. Although he risks being...

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MADNESS: The Humble MAD Magazine Bundle Expands to Benefit CBLDF

September 7, 2016
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MADNESS: The Humble MAD Magazine Bundle Expands to Benefit CBLDF

      Humble Bundle goes totally MAD! Inspired by MAD’s gap-toothed grinning mascot Alfred E. Neuman, Humble Bundle has agreed to lower their usual high standards to present a one-of-a-kind bundle featuring 35 ridiculous issues and a 1-year digital subscription to MAD, the world’s best-selling magazine with that name! Check out the...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: HiLo by Judd Winick

September 7, 2016
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: HiLo by Judd Winick

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 use of...

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Artist Regains Access to Blog After Battle with Google

September 6, 2016
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Dennis Cooper

After an extended legal battle, author and artist Dennis Cooper has regained access to over 14 years’ worth of materials — including a work in-progress GIF novel — from his Blogger site which was abruptly shut down on June 27 by Google after they received reports that a 10 year old post may contain images...

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Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

September 5, 2016
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It’s Labor Day, a celebration of America’s workers and the unofficial end of the summer and start of the school year. It also means we’re only three weeks way from the annual celebration of the right to read, Banned Books Week! Join the fun September 25 – October 1, 2016, at libraries, schools, and stores...

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Saga, Lumberjanes, and More Harvey Award Nominated Books Benefit CBLDF!

September 2, 2016
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Saga, Lumberjanes, and More Harvey Award Nominated Books Benefit CBLDF!

The 2016 Harvey Award winners will be announced this Saturday, September 3 at Baltimore Comic Con! Support CBLDF by donating to get your very own copy of these excellent nominated books, signed by their creators! Among the nominees are critically acclaimed books including Saga, Lumberjanes, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards,...

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Celebrating Denis Kitchen

September 2, 2016
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(c) Peter Poplaski

In 1986, Denis Kitchen helped defend the First Amendment rights of comic shops and creators who had become the targets of censors in an increasingly hostile consumer environment, laying the groundwork for what would become the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Today, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the 70th birthday of the man who fought for...

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Oklahoma Man Claims Library Promo Image Violates Religious Freedom

September 2, 2016
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Oklahoma Man Claims Library Promo Image Violates Religious Freedom

An Oklahoma man has publicly objected to a promotional photo from his local library system that shows a Muslim woman wearing hijab and reading a book. Norman resident Chad Grensky alleges that the photo is an unconstitutional...

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