Part of the Banned Books Week Coalition, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
(CBLDF), founded in 1986 by underground comic artist Denis Kitchen
, is “a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics medium and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.” Under the Resources tab, the CBLDF offers a wealth of information relating to comics and graphic novels, which remains one of the most frequently challenged book genres. These resources include a detailed History of Comics Censorship, a series of six essays that traces this history back to the 1930s. This series includes a discussion of Dr. Frederic Wertham’s famous anti-comic book Seduction of the Innocent: the Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth
, which led to Wertham’s involvement in a 1954 Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency
. Another highlight of the resource collection is the Library and Educator Tools, which includes discussion guides, materials for book clubs, and resources for incorporating specific graphic novels into the classroom.