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History of Comics Censorship, Part Four

Editor’s Note: This resource is the second of a six-part series based on one of CBLDF’s most popular presentations about the history of comics censorship. We’ll be posting a segment each week leading up to and including Banned Books Week, September…

Why Mike Diana Still Matters

Our film, The Trial of Mike Diana, is both a documentary on one of the most outrageous convictions in America’s legal history — a 1996 conviction of obscenity over a self-published zine — as well as a sober and multi-faceted discussion on one of recent history’s most unique comic artists.

CBLDF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Heritage Auctions

To celebrate its 30th anniversary of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Heritage Auctions are offering 11 important works at auction from the 1987 “A Benefit Portfolio in Defense of the First Amendment” that led to the…

Documentary The Trial of Mike Diana Coming in 2017

Over two decades after Boiled Angel creator Mike Diana became the first and only U.S. artist ever convicted of obscenity, an upcoming documentary aims to tell his story. Directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and funded in part by a…

Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

One of the key legal cases in CBLDF’s history is that of Mike Diana, who in 1994 was actually banned from drawing for three years after a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, convicted him of obscenity for his raunchy zine…

Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right…