Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Announces Christina Merkler as New President 

August 30, 2018 – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to announce that Christina Merkler has been named President of the CBLDF by unanimous vote of its board of directors. Merkler is the co-founder of Discount Comic Book Ser ...

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 ...

Don’t Miss This Week’s CBLDF Webinar About Comics Development!

August 13, 2019
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Don’t Miss This Week’s CBLDF Webinar About Comics Development!

This week CBLDF offers a free webinar that educators and librarians won’t want to miss! When developing a classroom or library comics collection, even the most eager and knowledgeable can come across unexpected barriers. Join CBLDF and a host of expert panelists including, Aron Nels Steinke, Jill Gerber, Michael Gianfrancesco, and Nora Flanagan to discuss strategies for overcoming barriers,...

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Listen to CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Discuss Censorship Trends (& Get More In-Depth Information)

August 12, 2019
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Listen to CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Discuss Censorship Trends (& Get More In-Depth Information)

Earlier this month, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein sat down with Barry Lynn, host of Culture Shocks on KCAA, NBC News Radio for Southern California. From the Comics Code to the recent Walking Dead ban, Charles and Barry explore the state of...

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RETAILERS: Don’t Miss CBLDF’s Read Banned Books! FOCs 8/12!

August 9, 2019
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RETAILERS: Don’t Miss CBLDF’s Read Banned Books! FOCs 8/12!

Local Comics Shops! Engage with your community during Banned Books week with the 2019 edition of the CBLDF’s Read Banned Books publication! Stock up now — it FOCs on Monday, August 12 (Diamond order code JUL191804)! Comics are the most banned books in...

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9 Great Graphic Novels to Gear Up for Back to School!

August 9, 2019
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9 Great Graphic Novels to Gear Up for Back to School!

As the summer winds down and the excitement of a new school year begins, some parents – plus aunts, uncles, grandparents, and babysitters – may worry about how to get kids/teens in their lives to switch gears back towards academics. Sure, people could enlist a strict regiment of daily algebra and spelling exams,...

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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

August 8, 2019
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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

Nobel Laureate and master author Toni Morrison passed away at 88 earlier this week. There have been many beautiful and thoughtful obituaries that examine her trailblazing life and life-changing words. Morrison’s books are critically respected the literary canon and successful in a commercial way...

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Support Free Speech & Smell Great with New, CBLDF Exclusive BPAL Scents!

August 8, 2019
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Support Free Speech & Smell Great with New, CBLDF Exclusive BPAL Scents!

This week CBLDF supporters have the chance to donate and receive new & exclusive premiums from our friends and longtime supporters at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! We’re offering a slew of their wonderful scents, including: British Invasion, High-Pitched Shriek, and Screamers–a brand-new set that debuted at CBLDF’s San Diego welcome...

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Think First Campaign Tries to Demystify First Amendment

August 7, 2019
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Think First Campaign Tries to Demystify First Amendment

Last year, a survey received national attention when 40% of respondents couldn’t name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment, and one one person out of 1009 could name all five. As a way to combat what is clearly a lack of...

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Engage, Prepare, and Protect Students’ First Amendment Rights with CBLDF’s Be Heard!

August 6, 2019
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Engage, Prepare, and Protect Students’ First Amendment Rights with CBLDF’s Be Heard!

Following recent tragic events across the country, and with the increased campaigning of the election cycle beginning, it is certain that this year will see more students, teachers, and communities creating and participating in protests to voice their concerns both locally and on the national stage. For educators interested in conveying both the knowledge of First...

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Retailer Spotlight: Bridge City Comics in Portland Oregon!

August 2, 2019
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Retailer Spotlight: Bridge City Comics in Portland Oregon!

Whether you’re looking to buy new comics, trade-in your used graphic novels, or join a killer book club, Bridge City in Portland has something for every type of fan. Located conveniently on Mississippi Ave, it’s the perfect place to drop in on a nice day of walking through the city perusing shops. Well lit with...

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Support CBLDF With Graphic Novels Signed by Neil Gaiman!

August 1, 2019
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Support CBLDF With Graphic Novels Signed by Neil Gaiman!

This week CBLDF supporters have the opportunity to donate to CBLDF and receive some incredible graphic novels, all signed by the wonderful Neil Gaiman! You can also donate and grab a copy of a brand-new Sandman Death and Dream prints, illustrated and signed by...

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Adding Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass To Your Library or Classroom Collection

July 31, 2019
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Adding Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass To Your Library or Classroom Collection

It can be difficult for educators and librarians to find professional reviews of comics and graphic novels in the best of situations, due in part to the small section of revered outlets that review comics. But for a successful series like Lumberjanes, it can...

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New CBLDF Webinar Addressing Barriers to Comics

July 30, 2019
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New CBLDF Webinar Addressing Barriers to Comics

Developing a Classroom Collection 101: Addressing Barriers to Comics Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST  Do you want to develop a comics and graphic novel collection for your classroom or library, but don’t know...

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Time is Running Out to Take CBLDF Survey and Win Comics!

July 29, 2019
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Time is Running Out to Take CBLDF Survey and Win Comics!

Teachers! Help CBLDF today and be automatically entered to win a classroom comics library! There’s still time to take CBLDF’s survey about comics in the classroom! This quick questionnaire asks teachers to help us understand...

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3 Months Later, Musa Kart Still Unjustly Incarcerated

July 26, 2019
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3 Months Later, Musa Kart Still Unjustly Incarcerated

Cartooning is not a crime, #FreeMusa This week marked the three-months since award-winning editorial cartoonist Musa Kart voluntarily turned himself into jail following miscarriages of justice, trumped-up charges, and a decade long harassment campaign from Turkish President Erdoğan. Kart and his fellow journalists from the Turkish...

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Celebrate 2019 Eisner Winners With GNs Signed by Tom King, Pénélope Bagieu, Wendy Pini, & More!

July 25, 2019
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Celebrate 2019 Eisner Winners With GNs Signed by Tom King, Pénélope Bagieu, Wendy Pini, & More!

This week our supporters can join CBLDF in celebrating this year’s Eisner Award winners by donating to receive graphic novels signed by their acclaimed creators! We’ve got a great selection of titles, including: Vision HC, Mister Miracle TP, and more, all signed by Tom King; Brazen SC and California Dreamin’ HC, signed by Pénélope Bagieu; Complete Elfquest TP...

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