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 ...

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...

Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

April 16, 2014
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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

With Laurie Halse Anderson’s frequently-challenged YA novel Speak reaching its 15th anniversary this year, the author is marking the occasion with a campaign called #Speak4RAINN15 which aims to raise $30,000 for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Recently she also sat down...

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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

April 16, 2014
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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

In a week that has brought us ALA’s latest list of the ten most banned books (which inexplicably included Jeff Smith’s Bone!), we’re heartened to find that reason has ruled the day in Brainerd, Minnesota: The Brainerd school board voted to keep John Steinbeck’s Of...

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it...

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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

April 15, 2014
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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

Indie artist/writer PAUL POPE is getting ready to celebrate his next project, the new edition of ESCAPO (Z2 Comics , Summer 2014).  His book preview event will be a full on mash-up of comics and music fans rockin’ out. Exclusive memorabilia by Paul...

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year...

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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

April 11, 2014
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Signed Books From Bechdel, Cruse, Staples & Robt. Wms. For CBLDF!

Last weekend the CBLDF had a spectacular time at the MoCCA Festival here in NYC, presented by the Society of Illustrators.  It was CBLDF’s privilege to host signings with Guests of Honor Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Fiona Staples, and Robert Williams, all of whom signed extra...

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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 11, 2014
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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 3 marked the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s arrest in New York on obscenity charges. His crime? Using phrases such as “jack me off,” “nice tits,” and “go come in a chicken” in his stand up routine. Within the year, he was convicted of obscenity,...

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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

April 10, 2014
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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

Despite overwhelming evidence otherwise, violent video games have long been a scapegoat for politicians, pundits, and more when discussing the causes of real world violence. Two recent studies have added to the evidence that strongly contradicts the idea that the violence in video games correlates to real world violence. In the first study, scientists at…

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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

April 10, 2014
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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the past year. This year the...

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use...

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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

April 9, 2014
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Cartoon Mysteriously Removed from Revolution News Facebook Page

On April 3, 2014, Revolution News published an article containing three Carlos Latuff political cartoons. One cartoon in particular caused the article to be removed from Facebook, where the news site shared a link to the posting. The cartoon featured a caricature of Death resurrecting nazi fascism from the grave, referencing a recent scandal...

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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

April 8, 2014
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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

Heads up! CBLDF fave Carol Tilley, the University of Illinois professor and researcher who last year proved that anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham fabricated evidence for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, has a couple of upcoming appearances that may interest...

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a...

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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

April 4, 2014
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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

Last Sunday, Washington Post readers might have been surprised to find a rerun of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip in the print edition of the paper. The paper decided to pull the strip over the use of one word: “midget.” In the strip, Rat and Goat discuss terms that were once acceptable, such…

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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

April 4, 2014
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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, today is a nation-wide day of...

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