The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Annual 2014

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers and free thinkers to this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, compiled by former Marvel editor and ardent imaginaut Lauren Sankovitch. Within the pages of this year’s Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted ...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

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 ...

Connecticut Inmate Sues for Access to Art Books

October 31, 2014
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Connecticut Inmate Sues for Access to Art Books

A Connecticut prisoner is suing the state after he was denied access to three art books and another on childbirth, all of which appear to meet the guidelines for books that should be allowed under a Department of Correction policy designed to bar pornography...

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Copyright as Censorship? A Look at the Early History of Copyright

October 31, 2014
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Copyright as Censorship? The Early History of the Publishing Backbone

Fun fact: The concept of “copyright” was not originally created to protect creators’ rights to their content. Nor were early copyright laws implemented to propagate a free and healthy publishing industry meant to encourage new content to be produced. Rather, as the newest episode in Copy-me‘s webseries (Ep. 3: Early Copyright History) points...

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CBLDF Bets on Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival This Weekend

October 31, 2014
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CBLDF Bets on Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival This Weekend

This Staurday, November 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you’ll find CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he’ll join guests such as Howard Chaykin, Chris Staros and more for the Vegas Valley...

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Spooky Premiums for a Creepy Halloween Donation!

October 31, 2014
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Spooky Premiums for a Creepy Halloween Donation!

It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s a good time to check out some of the “Horror and Suspense” themed items in our online Rewards Zone! You can find the custom collection here, with a wide variety of items for all budgets. Angel & Faith Vol...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 8: HALLOWEEN! With Scott Allie and Jeff Zornow!

October 30, 2014
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 8: HALLOWEEN! With Scott Allie and Jeff Zornow!

In this SPOOKY episode, we speak to Scott Allie, Editor-In-Chief of Dark Horse Comics, and cartoonist and horror expert Jeff Zornow, who is currently illustrating Godzilla: Rulers of Earth for IDW Publishing. Both of these gentlemen are big fans of horror as a genre and...

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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

October 30, 2014
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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

The sci-fi novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will not be banned from the curriculum in Colorado’s Mesa County Valley School District, a review committee decided with an 8-1 vote last week. The book, which is read and discussed in 6th grade...

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Humble Bundle Kicks Off Halloween with Humble Horror Book Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

October 29, 2014
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Humble Bundle Kicks Off Halloween with Humble Horror Book Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

‘Tis the season for terror in this chilling collection of horror books and comics! Humble Bundle has teamed with several of the leading publishers to kick off the Halloween season right with a variety of the most sought after horror books on the market. Customers can...

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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

October 29, 2014
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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

Last week, we reported on a disturbing case in the UK, where Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old UK citizen was convicted of possession of child pornography as a result of owning manga-style images and anime. On its face, a successful child pornography prosecution should be praised, but...

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The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle Ends Today!

October 29, 2014
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The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle Ends Today!

The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle from Dark Horse Comics benefits CBLDF, but you better act fast — in just a few short hours, your chance to name your price for more than $250 worth of digital comics will vanish like Alderaan! We reached out to some of the creators behind theses classic comics...

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Ohio School District Considers Challenge to Freedom Writers Diary

October 28, 2014
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Ohio School District Considers Challenge to Freedom Writers Diary

The Parkway Local School District in northwest Ohio last week formed a committee to consider a challenge to the collaborative memoir The Freedom Writers Diary after the father of a high school freshman asked that it be banned from classrooms. Although the district...

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CBLDF Retail Member Drive Ends Today: Join for Exclusive Variant Covers!

October 27, 2014
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CBLDF Retail Member Drive Ends Today: Join for Exclusive Variant Covers!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distributors runs a CBLDF membership drive through Previews. During this drive, CBLDF offers special premiums -- including gorgeous variant covers for some of the hottest first issues -- exclusively for Retailer Members. FOC is here: Diamond's CBLDF retailer membership drive ends today!

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EXCLUSIVE: Comics Creators Talk Star Wars with CBLDF!

October 24, 2014
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EXCLUSIVE: Comics Creators Talk Star Wars with CBLDF!

Last week, Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics launched the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle to benefit CBLDF. We reached out to some of the creators behind theses classic comics and asked three simple questions about Star Wars and free speech. These folks didn’t disappoint with their thoughtful, passionate, and powerful answers. Fans of the...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: I Kill Giants

October 24, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura, won the IGN Best of 2008, was voted one of the 10 Best Comics of 2009 by New York magazine’s Dan Kois; was a YALSA (Young Adult Library Association) 2010 Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for...

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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

October 23, 2014
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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

Amidst the can of worms opened up when the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recently suspended and then reinstated seven books on approved reading lists, it is important not to overlook one particularly alarming practice. Currently the district is considering...

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THE HORROR: True Stories of Comics Code Censorship Recounted at NYCC

October 23, 2014
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THE HORROR: True Stories of Comics Code Censorship Recounted at NYCC

The Comics Code — the “guidelines” that resulted from United States Senate hearings that took place during the height of the Golden Age of comics and that are credited with the first major downfall of the comic book industry — to speak of these...

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