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 ...

Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art!

Mike Allred wants you to join CBLDF! The legendary creator of Madman and iZombie created this year’s CBLDF membership art, which is featured on members-only gear including a membership card, t-shirt, print, hoodie, and more! Show the world that you’re standing up for the right to read ...

Protecting Our Rights: 2017 CBLDF Annual Report

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2017. 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 deploying our lawyers to help comics creators to counseling educators and li ...

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 ...

Victory in Utah for EBSCO!

October 19, 2018
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Victory in Utah for EBSCO!

  News just broke on Twitter that The Utah Education Network has voted to restore access to EBSCO for K-12 students of the state. According to a local news report at the beginning of October, the EBSCO shut down stemmed from...

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Get Your Classroom Ready for Halloween with The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

October 19, 2018
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Get Your Classroom Ready for Halloween with The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

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 censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the...

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Get Ready for Halloween with Hair-Raising Reads Signed by Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, & Many More!

October 18, 2018
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Get Ready for Halloween with Hair-Raising Reads Signed by Neil Gaiman, Robert Kirkman, & Many More!

This week you can support CBLDF and get in the Halloween spirit with signed graphic novels featuring all sorts of grizzly ghouls and creepy creatures! Donate today to grab titles including Infidel TP, signed by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, & Josè Villarrubia; The Walking Dead Volume One HC or Omnibus, signed by Robert Kirkman or Charlie ...

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Valiant and Groupees Announce the Biggest-Ever VALIANT UNIVERSE Digital Bundle

October 18, 2018
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Valiant and Groupees Announce the Biggest-Ever VALIANT UNIVERSE Digital Bundle

Valiant Entertainment is excited to announce that it has joined forces with Groupees, a unique online and mobile platform for distributing media with real-time social features, for the launch of a...

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City of Thieves Pulled from Florida High School

October 17, 2018
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City of Thieves Pulled from Florida High School

City of Thieves by David Benioff was banned from a Lee County High School in Fort Myers, Florida after a parent complained of the book being “vulgar”. The book had been randomly assigned to approximately 30 students, and the parents and students had a...

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Fringe Group Sues EBSCO and Colorado Library Consortium Alleging Both are Pornography Pushers

October 16, 2018
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Fringe Group Sues EBSCO and Colorado Library Consortium Alleging Both are Pornography Pushers

On October 10th, a lawsuit was filed against EBSCO Industries Inc., a media aggregator database service, and Colorado Library Consortium, a non-profit benefitting Colorado libraries through the sharing of services and by offering continuing education for library staff. The lawsuit has been brought by...

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Putting Comics in Libraries, Classrooms, and Young Readers’ Hands

October 12, 2018
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Putting Comics in Libraries, Classrooms, and Young Readers’ Hands

There’s a passionate blog post, with a phenomenal list of resources attached to it, that details Why Graphic Novels Belong in All of Our Libraries. The author, Pernille Ripp, talks about the struggle that many parents, teachers, and librarians will find all too familiar...

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Batman GNs Signed by Tim Sale, Bruce Timm, Tom King, & More Benefit CBLDF!

October 11, 2018
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Batman GNs Signed by Tim Sale, Bruce Timm, Tom King, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week you can support CBLDF and get some great signed graphic novels featuring everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader! Grab a copy of Batman: The Long  Halloween TP, signed by Tim Sale; Batman Adventures: Mad Love HC, signed by Bruce Timm; Batman: Rebirth Vol 1 HC, signed by Tom King; Batman: Dark Knight Saga HC, signed by Frank Miller; Batman:...

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Beartown Pulled from NC High School

October 10, 2018
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Beartown Pulled from NC High School

After community outrage, the North Carolina Rockville County School Board pulled Beartown by Fredrick Backman from a 10th grade English honors class required reading list, blaming the teacher’s lack of pre-approval and experience for the error. Parents called the book “vulgar” though no specific...

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CBLDF at NYCC Round-Up

October 9, 2018
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CBLDF at NYCC Round-Up

Another great New York Comic Con is over, but we want to thank all the great fans, artists, writers, and collaborators that made this year so special and successful. Whether you stopped by the booth to pick up a signed graphic novel or meet a favorite...

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Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

October 8, 2018
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Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

Alison Bechdel’s critically acclaimed memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic will remain in the English curriculum at Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey. The school board voted to keep the graphic novel 7 – 2, despite the calls for its removal by the community. Instead,...

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Kansas Teacher Suspended for Considering Part-Time Indian

October 5, 2018
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Kansas Teacher Suspended for Considering Part-Time Indian

According to The Emporia Gazette, Austin Schopper, an English teacher at Waverly High School in Kansas was suspended right before Banned Books Week, for suggesting The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as an addition to...

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Kick off October with Spooky GNs Signed by Emil Ferris, Neil Gaiman, Tim Sale, & More!

October 4, 2018
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Kick off October with Spooky GNs Signed by Emil Ferris, Neil Gaiman, Tim Sale, & More!

This week you can support CBLDF and get your October off to a great start with spooky graphic novels including My Favorite Thing Is Monsters GN, signed by Emil Ferris; Death Deluxe HC, signed by Neil Gaiman; Batman: The Long Halloween TP, signed by Tim Sale; iZombie Omnibus HC, signed by Chris Roberson; The Walking Dead Volume One Hardcover  and ...

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Check out Who’s Signing at CBLDF Booth #2258!

October 3, 2018
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Check out Who’s Signing at CBLDF Booth #2258!

Support free speech and meet top creators from every aspect of the comics world! 2018 New York Comic Con has lots of great signings planned! Head over to Booth #2258 to meet a beloved creator, or discover a new favorite....

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Don’t Miss a Minute of Fun with CBLDF at NYCC 2018!

October 3, 2018
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Don’t Miss a Minute of Fun with CBLDF at NYCC 2018!

Are you ready for New York Comic Con? CBLDF has lots of fun stuff planned for this year’s convention, and you’re going to want to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss a minute of it. CBLDF BOOTH #2258 Make sure you stop by CBLDF Booth #2258 to...

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