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 ...

Now Available: CBLDF Defender #7!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the seventh 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 ...

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 ...

CBLDF Announces 2016 Membership Incentives, Featuring Art by CRAIG THOMPSON!

CBLDF's work defending the right to read is more important than ever. But we can’t do it without your support! When you join CBLDF in 2016, we’ll thank you with the best incentives in the free speech community, including member exclusives with stunning art by acclaimed cartoonist Craig Thompson!

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 ...

Teachers Take Advantage of CBLDF’s Comics Connector!

August 5, 2015
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Earlier this year, CBLDF launched the Comics Connector program, which puts educators and librarians in direct contact with their local comics industry professionals. From comics creators to publishers, the program is designed to help teachers and librarians find people to lead lectures and workshops on materials that are quickly becoming more and more incorporated...

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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

August 4, 2015
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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

Whether you have a student who is a reluctant reader, a student who needs more support, or a student who will read anything you put in front of him or her, CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic...

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Retailers: Stock up on the Third Issue of CBLDF Defender, FOCs Today!

August 3, 2015
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Retailers: Stock up on the Third Issue of CBLDF Defender, FOCs Today!

The third issue of CBLDF Defender, a free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is on the horizon! Each issue of CBLDF Defender brings engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features...

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Cool Down in Hot Weather With the CBLDF T-Shirt BLOWOUT This August!

July 31, 2015
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Cool Down in Hot Weather With the CBLDF T-Shirt BLOWOUT This August!

This August is your chance to get the last of our classic t-shirts! We’re making room on our shelves for new designs by offering great deals to supporters. From August 1 to August 30, a $10 donation will earn you any of our...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Plain Janes

July 31, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Plain Janes

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...

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Children’s Books in Florida

July 30, 2015
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Today, CBLDF joined a Kids’ Right to Read-led coalition to defend two children’s books being challenged in Duval County, Florida, over concerns that the books promote Islam and are critical of the US’s role in the Middle East. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many...

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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

July 30, 2015
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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

Next week, a critically praised film adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl will land in U.S. cinemas with an R rating for “strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens.” But across the...

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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

July 29, 2015
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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

Based on a complaint from one parent, the principal of West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina has removed Courtney Summers’ novel Some Girls Are as an option on a summer reading list for freshman Honors English. Although Charleston County School...

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Salman Rushdie: The World Has “Learned the Wrong Lessons” from Charlie Hebdo

July 29, 2015
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In the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, some people continue to ask if free speech went too far. Award-winning author, Salman Rushdie, on the other hand says that the world has “learned the wrong lessons,” and out of fear we continue to stifle free speech. Last week the editor-in-chief at the Charlie Hebdo,…

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The Tweeks Tackle the Controversy Around This One Summer

July 28, 2015
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It’s week 3 of the ComicMix Challenged Challenge and in this episode twin teen geeks Maddy and Anya—the Tweeks—talk about the controversy surrounding Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer. A multi award-winning book and the first graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Honor, This One Summer has garnered significant critical acclaim since its release…

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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

July 28, 2015
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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

Despite last month’s Chinese ban on dozens of manga and anime series that were said to “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” social media users in China are easily circumventing the restrictions by sharing content online. According to a BBC News...

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Index on Censorship Provides Resources to Protect Artists in the UK

July 27, 2015
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US citizens are protected by the First Amendment, but in the UK there are several additional laws and practices that are designed to protect free speech but are often misinterpreted, leading to censorship. Whether you’re a British artist or an international artist exhibiting in the UK, these laws can be confusing. In order to help…

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Increasing Number of Americans Support Banning Books

July 24, 2015
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An early 2015 poll of more than 2,000 Americans has revealed a disturbing trend: Since 2011, the percentage of Americans who believe that there are books that should be banned has increased from 18% to 28%. Perhaps even more disturbing, only 48% of Americans stated that books should never be banned. The poll, which was…

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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

July 24, 2015
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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez collects the author’s “Heartbreak Soup” stories, which originally appeared in the Love and Rockets series, a collaboration with his brothers Jaime and Mario. The book, which has received widespread critical praise, focuses on the interconnected lives of characters from one family...

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Because of Arizona Ban, Ethnic Studies Programs Expand Around Country

July 23, 2015
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500 Years of Chicano History in pictures, one of the books removed from Tucson classrooms

Arizona legislators have long waged a battle against ethnic studies, culminating in a ban of Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. But in spite of — and really, because of — the ban, ethnic studies programs have expanded across the nation. Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112 is a law passed in 2010 by the Arizona…

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