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...

Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Neil Gaiman is supporting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by releasing an audio reissue of his classic spoken word performance Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin, available now from http://cbldf.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-neil-gaiman-live-2001/. No stranger to book ...

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!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

September 23, 2014
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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

The South Williamsport Area School District has landed itself in a fine mess after first cancelling a planned production of Monty Python’s Spamalot due to “homosexual themes,” and then firing drama teacher Dawn Burch in apparent retaliation for speaking out in protest. This week CBLDF joined...

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Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

September 23, 2014
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Neil Gaiman Celebrates Banned Books Week With “Live at the Aladdin” Reissue!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Neil Gaiman is supporting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by releasing an audio reissue of his classic spoken word performance Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin, available now from http://cbldf.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-neil-gaiman-live-2001/. No stranger to book censorship, Neil Gaiman’s works are among some...

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TODAY: Copyright Versus Creativity! Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down!

September 23, 2014
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TODAY: Copyright Versus Creativity! Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down!

Today, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will be talking about copyright and censorship in NYC! On the West Coast, CBLDF is so-sponsoring a special performance by Captured Aural Phantasy Theater! Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them...

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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

September 22, 2014
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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week has been running for the past 32 years, but this year is the first time it takes special focus on comics and graphic novels. Jeff Smith, CBLDF board member and author of the award-winning — and frequently challenged — series Bone, took time...

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22 Banned and Challenged Comics

September 22, 2014
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22 Banned and Challenged Comics

Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna According to one parent, Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna catered to the prurient interest of her 6-year-old son, so she went straight to a local ABC...

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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

September 22, 2014
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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

Banned Books Week is starting off with a bang, as we learned late Friday that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis faces a challenge from parents in the Three Rivers School District in southwest Oregon. At a school board meeting last week, one parent complained that the book...

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TODAY: CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off Party and More!

September 22, 2014
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TODAY: CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off Party and More!

Banned Books Week is here! This year, Banned Books Week focuses on comics and graphic novels. CBLDF is literally travelling across the country to defend comics, and there are events nation-wide! Today, you can join CBLDF for the official BBW kick-off party in New York...

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Banned Books Week Events Around the Country!

September 19, 2014
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Banned Books Week Events Around the Country!

Banned Books Week starts this Sunday, and libraries, schools, and retailers around the country are sponsoring events to celebrate the freedom to read. This year, Banned Books Week focuses on comics and graphic novels. CBLDF is literally travelling across the country to defend comics, and there...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Talk Banned Comics on Project Censored Today!

September 19, 2014
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Talk Banned Comics on Project Censored Today!

Project Censored is one of the sponsors of Banned Books Week, and to celebrate the freedom to read, they’ll be talking to CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein today about Banned Books Week, comics books, and censorship. You can tune in online or via 94.1 FM...

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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

September 19, 2014
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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

According to a national poll, this year marked an important shift in how our nation’s youth views the freedom of speech. For the first time since the poll’s inception, the results indicate that American high school students value the protections granted by the First Amendment...

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Australian Supermarket Chain Takes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Off Shelves

September 19, 2014
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Australian Supermarket Chain Takes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Off Shelves

Australian supermarket chain Aldi has removed Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes from its shelves. Revolting Rhymes, first published in 1982,is Dahl’s collection of poems, reimagining traditional fables through the author’s signature deranged humor. One of the stories in the book is “Cinderalla,” in which...

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Alison Bechdel Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”

September 18, 2014
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Alison Bechdel Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”

Fun Home creator Alison Bechdel received some well-deserved recognition and support for her work yesterday, when it was announced that she is one of the 21 recipients of a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” In a profile on its website, the Foundation said that “Bechdel...

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CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off Party in Brooklyn!

September 18, 2014
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CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off Party in Brooklyn!

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city’s greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off this Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m.! Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics...

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CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Tour!

September 18, 2014
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CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Tour!

Banned Books Week launches this Sunday, September 21, and CBLDF has events planned coast to coast all week to celebrate the freedom to read! From New York City to California, CBLDF will spend the week celebrating comics and graphic novels with parties, talks, and more! CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Monday, September 22 • 6:00...

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Free Posters and Resources for Banned Books Week!

September 17, 2014
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Free Posters and Resources for Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is coming right up next week, September 21-27, and we have some great free resources for librarians, teachers, retailers, and anyone else who wants to celebrate! First, the posters. That beauty at right featuring characters from banned and challenged comics comes to us courtesy of Jonathan Hill and First Second Books. In…

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