CBLDF’s 2019 Annual Report Shows How Critical Your Help Is!

Free expression withstood a wide range of attacks in 2019 and through it all, thanks to the support of donors like you, CBLDF stood proudly at the front lines and fought to protect the voices of our community this year. From providing legal aid and expertise to protecting access to important books a ...

Webinars

CBLDF’s webinar series is intended to provide practical advice, strategies, and resources to help educators and librarians include comics-based curriculum and programming into their classrooms and libraries and to help comics retailers better serve their communities.  Below you will find desc ...

Support CBLDF With Everything You Buy This Holiday Season!

    There’s an easy way to fight for free expression with (almost) everything you buy online this holiday season: designate CBLDF for your Amazon Smile donations! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, a nonprofit of your choosing will get a portion of the proceeds, so you can buy the ...

2019 Comics in Education Survey

Portland, Oregon 10/2/2019 — Results of a survey released today by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s leading voice for free speech advocacy and education, offers concrete evidence of what has been long been believed true but unverified: teachers and students are embracing comics as v ...

Selling Comics Available Today!

  The much-anticipated Selling Comics is finally here! Brought to you from CBLDF and Dark Horse, this is the guide for those interested in, starting out, or looking for community in the comics retailer community. Grab yours today from CBLDF (and then go register for new retailer webinars)! Edit ...

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 ...

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 ...

Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

January 17, 2020
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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

Despite a targeted campaign against LGBTQ+ literature in one of the wealthiest school districts in America, Loudoun School Board in Virginia has voted to retain two of the diverse titles they set out to include at the beginning of...

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Matt Wagner Creates CBLDF 2020 Member Art!

January 17, 2020
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Matt Wagner Creates CBLDF 2020 Member Art!

CBLDF is excited to announce that award-winning creator and CBLDF supporter Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) has created this year’s CBLDF membership art! Make the leap into 2020 with brand-new CBLDF members-only gear, including: an exclusive membership card; pen & notebook set; embroidered patch; t-shirt; Comics Code hoodie; and more!

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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

January 16, 2020
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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

House Bill 2044 Threatens Fines, Jail, & Loss of Funding to Libraries that Give “Age-Inappropriate” Books to Kids Missouri House Representative Ben Baker has proposed a dangerous library oversight bill that could result in librarians being fined or even...

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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

January 15, 2020
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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

Martin Luther King Jr Day is more than a day off. It’s a chance for teachers of History, English, Art, Social Studies, etc. to showcase the principles of tolerance, justice, human rights, and the importance of the First Amendment’s Right to Protest. One of the amazing things about comics is that they fit into lessons...

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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

January 14, 2020
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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

  There’s still time to join CBLDF’S Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge. It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. But this year we’v gone one step further and...

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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

January 10, 2020
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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

The Florida Citizens Alliance is escalating tactics again seemingly in response to the lack of book challenges and bans in their home state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, FCA is encouraging the state’s Attorney General to prosecute schools that give obscene materials to children which...

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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

January 8, 2020
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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

It is undisputed that David Bowie was an avid reader. He published a list of his Top 100 books, he famously took traveling bookcases with him on tour and to movie sets, he credited books for inspiration in songwriting, and even posed for the American Library Association reading campaign poster in the 80s. It’s a...

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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2020
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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the gruesome Charlie Hebdo attack, where two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the newspaper’s office and killed 12 people, injuring 11 more. At the time of the tragedy, the world was horrified by the violence against...

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5 Banned & Challenged Comics from 2019

January 6, 2020
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5 Banned & Challenged Comics from 2019

2020 is here, and looking forward is important, but it’s also a chance to examine at the year as a whole and see the comics that have faced challenges to prepare for the year to come. The five listed here aren’t the only comics and graphic novels that have faced challenges and bans, but they...

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Retailer Spotlight: Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, NY

January 3, 2020
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Retailer Spotlight: Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, NY

Right in the heart of downtown Huntington, on the North Shore of Long Island, sits Escape Pod Comics. The perfect blend of superhero and independent stock, this store attracts all ages and interests. Escape Pod is guided by a knowledgeable and friendly owner who is always quick with a great recommendation. And best of all,...

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Educators & Librarians! Add Your Voice to CBLDF.org!

January 3, 2020
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Educators & Librarians! Add Your Voice to CBLDF.org!

  CBLDF is always interested in volunteers looking to fight alongside us on the front lines of free expression. There are lots of ways to join the fight: membership, donation, and of course, adding your voice to ours on CBLDF.org...

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Mike & Laura Allred Sign Exclusive CBLDF Tip-Ins for Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams HC!

January 2, 2020
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Mike & Laura Allred Sign Exclusive CBLDF Tip-Ins for Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams HC!

CBLDF donors have the chance to ring in the New Year with a copy of Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams HC, double signed by Mike & Laura Allred on an exclusive CBLDF foil-stamped bookplate! Don’t miss out on this frameable,...

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12 Banned & Challenged Comics for the New Year

January 1, 2020
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12 Banned & Challenged Comics for the New Year

Trying to decide which prompt to start with in CBLDF’s Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge? Here’s 12 Banned and Challenged comics to choose from. Or pick one a month to better familiarize yourself with the titles and creators on the front lines of free expression!  Stop and ask your local library if they have...

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Read More in 2020 with CBLDF!

December 31, 2019
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Read More in 2020 with CBLDF!

It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. Parents who read to children, even after the children can read on their own, are more likely to inspire their children to read for fun. Part of free expression is getting to...

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5 Winter Comics to Ring in the New Year

December 27, 2019
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5 Winter Comics to Ring in the New Year

Sometimes when it’s cold outside, and the nights are long, the best thing to do is just double down, and curl up with a snowy tale in front of a warm fire (or a screensaver that looks like a fire). Many are starting off 2020 with resolutions to read more, or crush their TBR pile, or...

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