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. ...

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 ...

Humble Bundle & Dynamite Add MORE TITLES to Holiday’s Biggest Comics Bundle!

December 17, 2014
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Humble Bundle is excited to once again be teaming with Dynamite Entertainment after enjoying an incredibly successful partnership this past summer. Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some of comics’ hottest licenses and original properties, and this go-round they will be pulling out all the stops with top tier titles such as Bob’s Burgers, The Twilight...

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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

December 17, 2014
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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts Today to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

The holiday shipping deadline for CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is here! This hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums supports the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be placed by TODAY! When you support CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving drive,...

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Cameron Post Returning to Shelves in Indian River School District

December 16, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Victory in Delaware’s Indian River School District! Following a letter sent last week by CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship, school board president Charles Bireley last night withdrew his challenge to The Miseducation of Cameron Post. A review committee already unanimously recommended returning the book to library shelves at Sussex...

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Delaware School District Considers Permission Slips for Young Adult Books

December 16, 2014
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Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Spurred by a parent challenge to Ellen Hopkins’ novel Identical, the Appoquinimink School Board in Delaware is now considering proposals requiring parental permission for students to read any books defined as “Young Adult” in class, and separately allowing parents to bar their children from checking out any Young Adult books from the school library. The...

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Order SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts by December 17 to Ensure Holiday Delivery!

December 15, 2014
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The holiday shipping deadline for CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is fast approaching! This hand-picked selection of gift bundles featuring signed graphic novels or exclusive premiums supports the Fund’s efforts to protect the freedom to read! To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be placed by December 17, 2014! When you support CBLDF’s Spirit of...

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Last Chance for Personalized SPIRIT OF GIVING Gifts from Jeff Smith and Ed Piskor!

December 12, 2014
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We’re coming to the end of the SPIRIT OF GIVING Holiday Drive! Every week this December, CBLDF has offered new exclusives, all benefiting the Fund! So far, the items listed have included a Comics Code Authority gift set, a set of gifts signed Frank Quitely, a Southern Bastards exclusives set, Bill...

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CBLDF Protests Another Delaware Challenge to Cameron Post

December 12, 2014
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Today CBLDF joins with other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the removal of emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from library shelves at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware. The ongoing challenge to the book was brought to light in the midst of a separate dispute...

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International Community Rallies to Support Zunar

December 11, 2014
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With Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar facing yet another government investigation for sedition, the international cartooning community is rallying to spread the word and pressure Malaysian authorities to leave him in peace. Nearly all of Zunar’s books have been officially banned in Malaysia at some point. There was a glimmer of hope in October of this…

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Everyone is Afraid: Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk on Freedom of Speech in Turkey

December 11, 2014
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During a recent interview with the Turkish newspaper The Daily Hurriyet, Noble laureate Orhan Pamuk openly expressed his concerns over the increasingly limited freedom of speech and the declining state of free journalism in his home country of Turkey; “The worst thing is that there’s a fear. I find that everyone is afraid; it’s...

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Humble Bundle & Dynamite Comics Re-Team for Holiday’s Biggest Comics Bundle, CBLDF Among Beneficiaries!

December 10, 2014
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HumbleBundleMegaHolidays

Humble Bundle is excited to once again be teaming with Dynamite Entertainment after enjoying an incredibly successful partnership this past summer. Dynamite is the gatekeeper to some of comics’ hottest licenses and original properties, and this go-round they will be pulling out all the stops with top tier titles such as Bob’s Burgers, The Twilight...

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TONIGHT: Celebrate the Holidays With CBLDF & MoCCA!

December 10, 2014
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(c) Bob Fingerman

Join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art for a festive holiday celebration at Society of Illustrators TONIGHT from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.! Toast a year of outstanding comics with special guests including Paul Pope, Chip Kidd, Bob Fingerman, Gregory Benton, and New York’s finest cartoonists in the Society’s...

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No Drugs Allowed: Daredevil #167 Comics Code Truth Uncovered

December 10, 2014
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Was the original story for Daredevil #167 (Nov 1980) pulled by Marvel due to the Comics Code? According to Brian Cronin of Comic Book Resources, this comics industry legend is true! As part of their “Comic Book Legends Revealed” series, CBR has investigated some of the most popular myths and urban legends surrounding the...

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Victory in Riverside! The Fault in Our Stars Returned to Middle Schools

December 9, 2014
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Last night the school board in Riverside, California voted 3-2 to restore John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to middle school libraries, after it had been banned by a staff review committee in September. CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship had reminded the board and district administrators of the...

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NCAC Urges Riverside District to Reinstate The Fault in Our Stars

December 8, 2014
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Following up on the September removal of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools in Riverside, California, CBLDF again today joins a coalition of free speech and publishing organizations in urging the school board to reconsider the ban. A letter on behalf of the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project at the...

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 9: History of the Comics Code Authority Live!

December 8, 2014
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In this episode, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein presents the History of the Comics Code Authority before a live audience at Wondercon 2014 in Anaheim, California. He discusses: Tarzan, Fellini, Johnny Craig, Speedy’s drug use, Wolfmans, Phil Sueling, Elfquests, and more! In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is…

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