Comic Book Club Handbook

Learn how to start and make the most of book clubs for comics and graphic novels with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International! Designed for librarians, retailers, and individuals alike, the Comic Book Cl ...

CBLDF Defender #2 Hits Shelves Today!

CBLDF Defender is our free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, and the second issue is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring eng ...

In Stores Now: Latest Edition of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is delighted that the latest edition of our proven resource, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is in stores today! With more than 80,000 copies in print, Raising a Reader! How Comics &a ...

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 ...

Index on Censorship Provides Resources to Protect Artists in the UK

July 27, 2015
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Index Art and Law

US citizens are protected by the First Amendment, but in the UK there are several additional laws and practices that are designed to protect free speech but are often misinterpreted, leading to censorship. Whether you’re a British artist or an international artist exhibiting in the UK, these laws can be confusing. In order to help…

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Increasing Number of Americans Support Banning Books

July 24, 2015
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(c) Wayne Times

An early 2015 poll of more than 2,000 Americans has revealed a disturbing trend: Since 2011, the percentage of Americans who believe that there are books that should be banned has increased from 18% to 28%. Perhaps even more disturbing, only 48% of Americans stated that books should never be banned. The poll, which was…

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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

July 24, 2015
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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez collects the author’s “Heartbreak Soup” stories, which originally appeared in the Love and Rockets series, a collaboration with his brothers Jaime and Mario. The book, which has received widespread critical praise, focuses on the interconnected lives of characters from one family...

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Because of Arizona Ban, Ethnic Studies Programs Expand Around Country

July 23, 2015
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500 Years of Chicano History in pictures, one of the books removed from Tucson classrooms

Arizona legislators have long waged a battle against ethnic studies, culminating in a ban of Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. But in spite of — and really, because of — the ban, ethnic studies programs have expanded across the nation. Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112 is a law passed in 2010 by the Arizona…

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No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

July 22, 2015
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No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

Although international media have widely reported in the past few days that Charlie Hebdo publication director Laurent Sourisseau declared a definitive end to Mohammed cartoons in the satirical magazine, the editorial team clarified today that nothing has changed: They will caricature the prophet as current events warrant, but they are not “obsessed”...

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Bookmobile Temporarily Banned from North Carolina Apartment Complex

July 22, 2015
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digital.ncdcr.gov

Last week, an apartment complex in West Raleigh, North Carolina, set in motion a plan to ban a Lacy Elementary School’s bookmobile from entering and distributing books on its premises. Their reason: Company policy prohibits any events that are not initially sponsored by the corporate owner of the complex, Landmark Apartment Trust. What this means...

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The Tweeks Take on the Drama with Drama

July 21, 2015
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The Tweeks are at it again! This time twin teen geeks, Maddy and Anya Ernst, sit down to talk about Raina Telgemeier’s modern classic Drama and all of the controversial drama surrounding this graphic novel in the latest edition of their ComicMix Challenged Challenge series. In 2012, Drama hit stores and quickly received critical acclaim,...

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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

July 21, 2015
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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

As ComicMix’s The Tweeks — twin tween geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst — launched their Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge last week with Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville, a couple of the site’s adult contributors also took the opportunity to weigh...

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The Tweeks Challenge Parents and Kids to Read Bone

July 20, 2015
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The Tweeks, twin teen geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst, welcome us to their first ComicMix Challenged Challenge with a passionate discussion about Jeff Smith’s classic graphic novel, Bone: Out of Boneville. As the Tweeks point out, although this book has become modern favorite for many readers and in many ways has paved the way for...

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Fresh from SDCC: New Premiums and CBLDF Exclusives Now Available!

July 17, 2015
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Fresh from SDCC: New Premiums and CBLDF Exclusives Now Available!

We’re back in the office after Comic-Con, and we’re delighted to have some new donation premiums for our followers, including our exclusives from SDCC and new signed graphic novels! CBLDF Coat of Arms T-Shirt, Designed by Brian Wood! Featuring both the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s...

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SDCC 2015: CBLDF in the News

July 17, 2015
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Comic-Con International has wrapped up for another year, and CBLDF was proud to be part of the action, with educational panels and much more in support of our work defending comics from censorship. Let’s take a look at reporting about CBLDF during Comic-Con… • Notes From SDCC: How CBLDF Fights Censorship for You Tom...

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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

July 17, 2015
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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

The students and teachers of Tucson’s now defunct Mexican American Studies program have been fighting against the Arizona state law that led to the dissolution of the program. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that hopefully puts them one step closer to striking it down. Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v.…

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Newly Elected Mayor of Venice Bans 50 Books from Kindergartens

July 17, 2015
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Jean Deux Mamans

Luigi Brugnaro has taken one of his first stances after being elected mayor of Venice, Italy, by banning several children’s books from kindergarten classrooms. Titles like Qual è il segreto di papà? (What’s Dad’s Secret?), Rosso micione (Big Red Cat), and even the classic Leo Lionni book Piccolo blue piccolo giallo (Little Blue and Little…

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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

July 16, 2015
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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

Although we got word last week that Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez would be returning to high school library shelves in Rio Rancho, New Mexico after a parent’s challenge was resolved, a new report from Albuquerque radio station KUNM indicates that things may not be...

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Cameroonian Cartoonist Fights Censorship with “Radio Taboo”

July 16, 2015
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Issa Nyaphaga

Cameroonian political cartoonist Issa Nyaphaga is no stranger to the often violent implications of free expression in a nation plagued by restrictive laws. And like many other creators around the world who have faced legal threats, imprisonment, and exile, he is fighting back by providing a new space for citizens to have their voice heard.…

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