Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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...

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 ...

Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

March 31, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

To wind up our Women Who Changed Free Expression series that ran throughout March, CBLDF Advisory Board member and Mechademia co-founder Frenchy Lunning provided this compendium of the female creators who transformed the manga landscape in the late 1960s. All our thanks to Frenchy! The 24 nengumi: The Female Progenitors of Shôjo Manga ...

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A Month of Women Who Changed Free Expression

March 31, 2015
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A Month of Women Who Changed Free Expression

On this final day of Women’s History Month, we bring together all 23 of our biographical profiles featuring women who changed free expression in comics from the Pre-Code era through the present day. We only have room for creator photos here, but you can find examples of their work in the daily posts that...

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Defend Comics at WonderCon This Weekend!

March 31, 2015
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Defend Comics at WonderCon This Weekend!

CBLDF is headed West again, this time to Anaheim for WonderCon! April 3 – 5, you’ll find us at booth #711 in the Anaheim Convention Center with an exclusive assortment of signed premiums, entertaining panels, the CBLDF convention survival kit (free for all current and new...

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Rio Rancho Parent Appeals Palomar Decision

March 30, 2015
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Rio Rancho Parent Appeals Palomar Decision

Last week’s good news that a Rio Rancho, New Mexico school district review committee voted to retain Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar in a high school library collection is today tempered by the additional information that the parent who challenged the book is appealing that decision...

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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

March 27, 2015
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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

In response to one New Mexico parent’s complaint that a highly-regarded graphic novel was “child porn,” a district review committee has voted to keep the book in a high school library. One month ago local TV news station KOAT reported that a Rio Rancho parent was...

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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

March 27, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression: Underground to Alternative

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. This week we spotlight creators who made the transition from underground to alternative comics in the 1980s and ’90s. Follow our Tumblr every weekday for biographical snippets on female creators who have changed the face of free expression...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

March 27, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

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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Iranian Cartoonist Overcomes Censorship with Savvy Style

March 27, 2015
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Bozorghehr Hosseinpour

From government  imposed to self censorship, CBLDF has reported on the significant number of artists and cartoonists who face a variety of challenges when it comes to having their works published and shown. One Iranian cartoonist, though, seems to have found a way to bypass the notorious censorship policies in his home country of Iran...

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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

March 26, 2015
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Latest Dynamite Entertainment Digital Comics Bundle Benefits CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host — for the first time ever — a ten day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 75 digital Dynamite comics and...

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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

March 26, 2015
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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

The superintendent of schools in Wallingford, Connecticut, is doubling down on his decision to overrule a review committee’s recommendation and remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the district’s curriculum. After receiving local and national criticism for...

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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

March 26, 2015
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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

The nation of Myanmar has only had an independent press for three years, since the longtime military junta began transitioning to a civilian government. In that short time, though, a new generation of cartoonists has arisen to document and respond to the bumps and triumphs on the road to democracy. While they’re still on...

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CBLDF Heads to Seattle This Weekend for Emerald City Comicon!

March 25, 2015
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CBLDF Heads to Seattle This Weekend for Emerald City Comicon!

This weekend, CBLDF kicks off convention season with Emerald City Comicon! We’ll head to the Pacific Northwest for three days of comics fun. You’ll find us at booth #1239, where we’ll have our CBLDF Banned Comics Photo Booth, the CBLDF Convention Survival Kit (free for...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 11: Brian Heater

March 25, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 11: Brian Heater

In this episode, we speak to Brian Heater — journalist, podcaster, comic critic, and all-around big thinker when it comes to comics, comic art, and the comic industry. Check out Brian’s regular podcast, RIYL, at http://riylcast.tumblr.com/ We discuss:...

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Documentary Captures Cartoonists’ Struggle Against Censorship

March 24, 2015
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Caricaturistes-actes-sud

A small independent film team in France is making a big statement for freedom of expression with their 2014 documentary Cartoonists — Foot Soldiers of Democracy, which was recently released on DVD as a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, played at Cannes, and is showing at the Reel Artists Film Festival...

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CBLDF Joins Growing Opposition to Perks of Being a Wallflower Ban

March 23, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Growing Opposition to Perks of Being a Wallflower Ban

Following last week’s news that the Superintendent of Schools in Wallingford, CT had removed Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the curriculum despite a review committee recommendation to keep it, CBLDF has joined with five other members...

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