Jeffrey Brown Creates 2019 CBLDF Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning  cartoonist and longtime supporter Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader & Son, Clumsy, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! His design is featured on a slew of members-only gear, including: a membership card, rin ...

Watch Image Library LiveStreams Anytime

  Watch the Image Library Livestreams Anytime In 2018, Image Comics celebrated Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (Ea ...

On the Front Lines of Free Expression: CBLDF Annual Report 2018

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2018. 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 providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to valuable books, CB ...

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 ...

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 Elects David Steinberger To Board of Directors

June 17, 2019
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CBLDF Elects David Steinberger To Board of Directors

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to welcome David Steinberger, Co-founder and CEO of comiXology, an Amazon Company, to its Board of Directors, where he will serve alongside other current officers: President Christina Merkler; Vice President Chris Powell; Treasurer Ted Adams; and Secretary Dale...

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ONE WEEK LEFT! Pay What You Want for Kodansha Manga and Support Free Speech!

June 17, 2019
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ONE WEEK LEFT! Pay What You Want for Kodansha Manga and Support Free Speech!

Just one week left to score $1223 worth of manga and support the fight for free expression! Humble Bundle and Kodansha Comics have your summer reading sorted with this amazing Manga 2...

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Maine Library Successfully Defends Their Displays Again

June 17, 2019
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Maine Library Successfully Defends Their Displays Again

Rumford Public Library in Maine successfully defended itself and its displays again this year, after a local politician declared the librarians and the public displays were a way to politicize the library on the “town’s dime.” “I thought we had reconciled everything last year,” library director Tamara Butler said last week. “I thought it...

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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

June 14, 2019
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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

Monday, June 10, State Superior Court Judge Margaret Goodzeit granted dismissed the lawsuit against Watching Hills New Jersey School District for offering the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home as a reading choice. Further, the suit dismissal itself reads: “Order denying injunction and dismissing complaint with prejudice...

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Adding Lumberjanes to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 14, 2019
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Adding Lumberjanes to Your Library or Classroom Collection

This article offers resources for adding the first volume of Lumberjanes to a classroom, curriculum, or library. It also outlines information important in case the work is challenged. The series is an award-winning series that features great LGBTQ+ characters and a vast selection of...

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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

June 14, 2019
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New York Times International Axes Political Cartoons

In April, the New York Times International Edition upset readers all over the world with a political cartoon that outraged many viewing it as anti-semitic. The paper apologized and blamed both the syndicated service they used and the Hong Kong editor who chose it. At...

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Support CBLDF with Wilson, Ghost World, & More GNs Hand-Signed by Daniel Clowes!

June 13, 2019
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Support CBLDF with Wilson, Ghost World, & More GNs Hand-Signed by Daniel Clowes!

Daniel Clowes is an acclaimed graphic novelist and winner of myriad awards for his work in comics and film, and this week you can support CBLDF by making a donation for a signed copy of his books! You can donate today to grab your own copy of  Ghost World TP, Wilson (Hardcover and Softcover Editions), ...

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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

June 12, 2019
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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

Nonprofit Books to Prisoners (B2P) released a list on Twitter highlighting the vast illogical nightmare that is the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) log of censored books. The list demonstrates that for decades KDOC has been infringing on the First Amendment rights of its inmates by...

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Lumberjanes

June 11, 2019
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Lumberjanes

 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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Kodansha’s Manga 2 Anime Bundle Benefits CBLDF!

June 10, 2019
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Kodansha’s Manga 2 Anime Bundle Benefits CBLDF!

Humble Bundle and Kodansha Comics have your summer reading sorted with this amazing Manga 2 Anime Bundle supporting CBLDF! Pay what you want and get amazing titles like Blame!, Vinland Saga,...

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Love is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQ+ Comics

June 10, 2019
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Love is Love: Activism and Community in LGBTQ+ Comics

Editor’s note: This interview first appeared summer of 2017 in CBLDF Defender Vol. 2, Issue 2. As we approach the third anniversary of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub, this is a look back at the queer comics community responding to the tragedy and utilizing comics as a platform for activism and change. For those interested in...

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Pick up LGBTQ+ Manga to Kick off Pride!

June 7, 2019
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Pick up LGBTQ+ Manga to Kick off Pride!

Due to continued stigma against the LGBTQ+ community in Japan, there are few out mangaka, despite a plethora of queer content. For pride month, here are four out and proud Japanese voices for you to check out. ...

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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

June 6, 2019
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Join Badiucao’s Campaign for “Tank Man” Emoji!

Presented in conjunction with Cartoonists Rights Network International The dissident Chinese cartoonist, who this week revealed his face to the public for the first time, requests that cartoonists everywhere post their selfies and artwork to Twitter using #Tiananmen31 We recently reported...

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Support CBLDF With Signed Comic Strip Collections Including Cathy, Mutts, & Pearls Before Swine!

June 6, 2019
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Support CBLDF With Signed Comic Strip Collections Including Cathy, Mutts, & Pearls Before Swine!

This week CBLDF is thrilled to offer our supporters the chance to snag signed collections of everyone’s favorite funny strips! We’ve got some great premiums, including: Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault HC, signed by Cathy creator Cathy Guisewite; Mutts: Shelter Stories and Mutts: Spring Diaries SC, signed by creator Patrick McDonnell; and The Saturday Evening Pearls SC, signed and sketched...

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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

June 4, 2019
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May 35th: The Tiananmen Square Massacre and 30 Years of Chinese Censorship

Today, June 4th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square civil rights protest and the subsequent massacre. It also marks the beginning of one of the longest, largest, and most convoluted censorship campaigns in human history, as China has sought to not merely ignore, but erase through denial, the historical events that happened. 1989 was before...

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