Exclusive Umbrella Academy and LumberJanes for CBLDF Retail Members!

For over twenty-five years, the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND has tirelessly advocated for the comics industry and art form, providing legal assistance and advice, educational programming, and resources for libraries and schools. Since the earliest days of the CBLDF, comic shop retailers have been t ...

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 ...

CBLDF Spirit of Giving 2018!

November 9, 2018
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CBLDF Spirit of Giving 2018!

Donate to CBLDF and get graphic novels signed and personalized by comics’ greatest creators in our 2018 Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser! From now until November 30, you can receive best graphic novels gifts personalized to you or your favorite comics fan by incredible creators, including Mike and Laura Allred,  Jeffrey Brown, Chris...

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Censorship Lecture Today in Chicago Open to All, featuring CBLDF Speakers

November 9, 2018
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Censorship Lecture Today in Chicago Open to All, featuring CBLDF Speakers

Last month, CBLDF News Blog covered a Kickstarter project designed to bring the educational program series Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions to life, and the support was overwhelming. Now’s your chance to go see Comic Book...

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Hey, Kiddo Author Talks About Tough Subjects

November 8, 2018
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Hey, Kiddo Author Talks About Tough Subjects

Bestselling author, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, wrote a piece recently for The Washington Post reflecting on the value of tough subjects in kids literature. CBLDF News Blog readers know that too often complex subject matters can lead to challenges and bans on great graphic novels...

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LAST WEEK! Support Free Expression and Children’s Literacy with IDW’s Huge 80s Humble Comics Bundle

November 7, 2018
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LAST WEEK! Support Free Expression and Children’s Literacy with IDW’s Huge 80s Humble Comics Bundle

My Little Pony, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, the list goes on and on. The best parts of growing up in the 80s have stuck around so that a whole new generation of kids and adults can share in the fun. And IDW has put together...

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The Chilling Adventures of Self-Censorship

November 6, 2018
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The Chilling Adventures of Self-Censorship

**Spoilers ahead for Season One, Episode Three of the Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that don’t affect the overall watching experience, but give away details from a single episode sub-plot** The hit new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on...

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Education On the Ballot: 2018 Midterms

November 5, 2018
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Education On the Ballot: 2018 Midterms

Unless you’ve just woken up from a fairly long coma, you know that the midterm elections are Tuesday, November 6th. The midterm elections always experience a lower voter turnout than years when the presidency is up for grabs, but crucial elections are happening tomorrow, especially...

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Community Rallies Around Iowa Library After Man Burns LGBTQ Books

November 2, 2018
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Community Rallies Around Iowa Library After Man Burns LGBTQ Books

Last Week, CBLDF wrote about a man in Iowa who took out four LGBTQ children’s books from the Orange City Public Library and proceeded to burn them during a Facebook Live video. Since that news story, the ...

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Signed X-Men: Grand Design, Groo, & More Benefit CBLDF!

November 1, 2018
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Signed X-Men: Grand Design, Groo, & More Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF supporters can donate to grab graphic novels signed by some outstanding cartoonists, including the brand-new X-Men: Grand Design Second Genesis and X-Men: Grand Design, signed by Ed Piskor; Groo & the Thought Patrol Print, Groo: Friends & Foes HC, Groo: Play of the Gods TP, and Groo: Fray of the Gods TP, signed by Sergio...

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Go Back to the 80s with this Rad Humble Bundle from IDW that Benefits CBLDF!

October 31, 2018
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Go Back to the 80s with this Rad Humble Bundle from IDW that Benefits CBLDF!

Head back to the 1980s with this killer comics Humble Bundle from IDW Publishing! Pay what you want to get $278 worth of DRM-free digital comics and support important charities like Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Traveling Stories! For two weeks you can snag Ghostbusters,...

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How Comics Were Blamed for the Vampire Panic in 1950s Scotland

October 30, 2018
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How Comics Were Blamed for the Vampire Panic in 1950s Scotland

The year was 1954. The location: Glasgow, Scotland’s Southern Necropolis, a massive graveyard harboring over 250,000 sets of mortal remains. Over a span of three nights that September hundreds of children under the age of 14 reportedly assembled there with makeshift...

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Mississippi Jail Censors Everything Except the Bible

October 29, 2018
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Mississippi Jail Censors Everything Except the Bible

The Human Rights Defense Center and Mississippi Center for Justice have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the inmates at Forrest County Jail, stating that all books and periodicals other than the Bible and occasionally other Christian publications, have been banned from the facility.

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Iowa Man Burns LGBTQIA Library Books on Facebook Live

October 26, 2018
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Iowa Man Burns LGBTQIA Library Books on Facebook Live

Paul Dorr, the leader of an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQIA group called Rescuing the Perishing, posted a video of himself on Facebook Live burning children’s books borrowed from the Orange City Public Library in Iowa. According to the Sioux City Journal the books burned were...

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Signed Umbrella Academy, Pretty Deadly, & Many More GNs Benefit CBLDF!

October 25, 2018
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Signed Umbrella Academy, Pretty Deadly, & Many More GNs Benefit CBLDF!

This week CBLDF is excited to offer our donors a slew of signed graphic novels, including Umbrella Academy TP Volumes One and Two, signed by Gabriel Bá; Daytripper TP and De:Tales HC, signed by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon; Walt Whitman’s “To You” Print, illustrated and signed...

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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

October 24, 2018
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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

By Brian Saucier Regular readers of the CBLDF news blog will recall that the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida recently ordered its 10th grade students to stop reading City of Thieves by David Benioff after a parent complained that the book...

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CBLDF and Florida Education Defenders Fight for City of Thieves

October 23, 2018
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CBLDF and Florida Education Defenders Fight for City of Thieves

CBLDF and other members of Florida Education Defenders have written to Superintendent Gregory Adkins of Lee County School District to ask him to restore City of Thieves to the curriculum and respect the First Amendment rights of the students in his district. Earlier in October,...

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