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CBLDF is committed to supporting the comics community. Fill out our form to request assistance or report censorship today!

CBLDF Launches Improved Rewards Zone!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to unveil a new and improved CBLDF Rewards Zone, filled with books and art signed by CBLDF supporting creators to thank our contributors for their donations!

Items from the CBLDF Rewards Zone make great gifts for the comics fan in your life, and ensure that the First Amendment rights of the comics community are energetically protected now and into the future!

The CBLDF is able to perform our important legal work because of the contributions of our supporters, most of whom donate less than $50 at a time, as they can afford it. The Fund makes a point of acknowledging these donations with great premiums that are donated by supporting creators and publishers. Creators who contribute to the CBLDF Reward Zone include Amanda Conner, Neil Gaiman, Jaime Hernandez, Garth Ennis, Tony Harris, Joe Hill, Larry Marder, Terry Moore, Frank Miller, and Darick Robertson — to name a small handful!

Please take a look at the CBLDF Rewards Zone today. Your donations will help us keep up the good fight, and put you in possession of some of the coolest comics items in the world!

CBLDF Hits KING CON In Brooklyn!

The CBLDF will be exhibiting this weekend at the Second Annual KING CON, in Brooklyn, the Borough of Kings. KING CON takes place at the historic Brooklyn Lyceum, and wlll feature many local guests, such as Chris Claremont, Jonathan Ames, and Becky Cloonan.

Please stop by the CBLDF table if you are attending KING CON; we will have plenty of donation premiums, and as always, you can certainly join or contribute to the fund in person.

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A Divided Supreme Court Ponders the Fate of California Law Restricting Violent Video Games

Robert Corn-Revere, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s general counsel, provides a detailed summary and analysis of the oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, which was argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week. One of the country’s leading First Amendment experts, Corn-Revere successfully litigated U.S. v. Stevens and recently wrote the CBLDF’s amicus brief in the Schwarzenegger case. Full story follows the jump.

A Skeptical Supreme Court Hears Schwarzenegger v. EMA

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a case addressing whether states can ban the sale of violent video games to minors without also violating the First Amendment. A full transcript of oral arguments has been made available here. Coverage emerging since arguments concluded yesterday indicate that the Court appears skeptical towards the California law’s constitutionality. After the jump, we gather the news and analysis.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Schwarzenegger v. EMA

This morning the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a case addressing whether states can ban the sale of violent video games to minors without also violating the First Amendment. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund wrote a brief in support of the video game industry, urging the court to to affirm the Ninth Circuit’s decision that a California law banning the sale or rental of any video game containing violent content to minors, and requiring manufacturers to label such games, is unconstitutional. The CBLDF brief emphasizes the history of moral panic that led to the comics industry being decimated in the wake of government scrutiny in the 1950s.

Early reports from oral arguments indicate that members of the court were “sympathetic” to the California law, but strongly questioned its constitutionality. Full story, with links to analysis and transcripts, follows the break.

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.


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.

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!