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Preliminary Injunction Granted Against Massachusetts Online Censorship Law

U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel granted a preliminary injunction against the online censorship law that went into effect in Massachusetts earlier this year. Massachusetts booksellers, trade associations including the CBLDF, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed suit in July to block the law because it imposes severe restrictions on constitutionally protected speech on the Internet, on the grounds that such material might be “harmful to minors.” The Court enjoined the law because it did not require that such material was purposefully sent to a person the sender knew to be a minor.

MTV Geek Launch Party benefits CBLDF

Launching over the weekend of New York Comic Con, MTV Geek went live with a bang. A terrific new site covering comics and other pop culture, MTV Geek hosted a live art event to celebrate their premiere weekend.

Steve “The Dude” Rude Visits the CBLDF!

Today was a particularly exciting afternoon in the midtown offices of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Fan Favorite artist Steve “The Dude” Rude dropped by to produce a one-of-a-kind painting, on the premises, for the Fund. As longtime admirers of the Dude’s work, it was a rare treat to watch him at work.


This weekend, the Alternative Press Expo takes over the Concourse Exhibitions Center in San Francisco! APE is the West Coast’s premiere exhibition of literary and art comics, and this year will boast special guests including Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Vanessa Davis, Keith Knight and more.

The CBLDF will be there, represented by organization President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder and Executive Director Charles Brownstein, who will both be leading programs at the event. The CBLDF booth, 300, will boast a display of original art and prints, all available for modest donations to the Fund. Come celebrate the future of comics and support the CBLDF at APE!

NYCC Wraps Strong for CBLDF

We are in the throes of post-convention decompression, here at the CBLDF offices. Every convention is exciting, but the hometown show seems particularly eventful. We spent all three days on the floor at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center (mere blocks from our offices), surrounded by displays and friends from IDW, Top Shelf, First Second, and Archie Comics… and those were just the booths we could see across the aisles! The entire convention center, from Artist Alley to Retail Row, was filled with Fund supporters and partners, and it’s always energizing to see so many in the same room, especially if the room is a multi-city-block conventions center.

CBLDF Welcome Party Overflows at the Pourhouse

Many thanks to all the supporters who attended the CBLDF’s NYCC Welcome Party last Thursday! There was an unprecedented turnout, and it seemed that everyone had a great time. Extra thanks go to our co-sponsors, Image Comics and The Beat, who were on hand to celebrate with us.

Neil Gaiman’s Board Meeting Doodles

Yesterday the Board and office staff of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund held their annual strategic planning meeting. Long-time board member Neil Gaiman was there, and he gave us these fun doodles, which are now on auction on eBay!
All images follow the jump!

Josh Neufeld Named As Ambassador of Free Expression by U.S. State Department

The Washington Post reports that Josh Neufeld, author of A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge is being sent on a three week tour of North Africa and the Middle East as an ambassador of Free Expression by the U.S. State Department. Neufeld is known for chronicling his experience as a volunteer for the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina.

Neufeld told The Post:

The State Department invited me “specifically because of the Katrina book, which is blatantly so critical of the government,” Neufeld tells Comic Riffs of his comics reportage. “The program brings in cultural figures who disseminate [this message] — the State Department is proud of that freedom of expression. … They bring me over as a statement of how our civil society welcomes voices of dissent in all forms.”

The CBLDF congratulates Josh for being appointed to perform this important work!


New York Comic Con opens to the public today at 2 PM, and the CBLDF will be there with a dynamic array of extraordinary premiums. Come visit us at Booth 2209 to get your copy of the Liberty Annual 2010 and an enormous array of books, prints, and art supporting our First Amendment legal work.

With our offices mere minutes away from the con, we’re able to bring more hard-to-find incentives than we are to other shows, like signed Absolute Sandman, Green Lantern and Dark Knight graphic novels. So be sure to make a visit to the CBLDF to find that rare item for your collection or the perfect holiday gift for the fan in your life while supporting a great cause!