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BOOM! Studios Welcomes 2014 as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has announced that BOOM! Studios has joined the organization as their newest corporate member!

BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said in a release:

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a vital champion for the rights we as publishers, and our retailer partners depend upon to do business.  We have always believed that their work helps make it possible for the direct market to support the diversity of content we’re able to publish, and we’re pleased to make a meaningful impact in their important worfk with this support.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein added:

BOOM! Studios has distinguished itself for its commitment to the direct market by publishing one of the fastest rising and diverse publishing lines in comics.  As CBLDF’s latest corporate member, they are taking a leadership position in helping us protect the freedom to read comics.  We’re thrilled to have them aboard.

BOOM! Studios joins industry leaders Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Discount Comic Book Service, Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Random House, Valiant, and TFAW.com as Corporate Members supporting the CBLDF’s important work of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.

Make a contribution to this important organization today!


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Hope everyone had a great holiday!

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CBLDFPlease Include CBLDF in Your Year-End Charitable Giving – Give people!!!


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Comic Vine – Avengers #24

Comic Vine – Doctor Who Special 2013 #1

Comic Vine – Forever Evil #4

Collected Editions – Guards! Guards!

Comic Vine – Justice League #26

Comic Vine – Origin II #1

Comic Vine – Robotech/Voltron #1

Support the CBLDF and Reading With Pictures this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesdayThe holiday season us upon us and the end of the year is coming soon, and that means it’s the second year of #GivingTuesday, highlighting charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible). December is usually the most important fundraising month for charities. Graphic Policy is asking you to support two worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Reading With Pictures.

The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of their annual budget in the year-end gifts from supporters like you. If you are still finalizing your charitable giving plans, we ask you to please consider our worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given.  Please help CBLDF continue our important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution.

In 2013, the CBLDF successfully stood up to every First Amendment emergency they faced.  They also made serious contributions to education with publications, articles, lectures, and appearances that reached communities around the world.  Read the full Annual Report to learn what CBLDF has done to protect your freedom to read comics this year!

The CBLDF is participating in the first ever #GivingTuesday and Mashable Google+ Hangout-a-thon on Tuesday, December 3. This 12-hour live Hangout on Air will take place from 9am – 9pm ET, with CBLDF going live at 5:30 pm ET.

Their segment will feature Bone creator and CBLDF Board Member Jeff Smith alongside American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang  in conversation with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and PEN American Center’s Freedom to Write Fellow Deji Olukotun about the censorship comics authors face, and how you can make a difference.  Viewers will have the opportunity to interact with the conversation and to donate directly to CBLDF directly from the hangout.

Last year after the tragedy of Sandy Hook, Reading With Pictures launched an emergency comic book drive to donate family friendly comic books to the families of that community.  They were able to coordinate over 500 unique donations toward this drive.

This year, they are building upon that success while also joining in #GivingTuesday.  Today, the organization is accepting donations for their holiday comic book drive that will be donated to the children at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. The drive runs through January 3.

Please donate so these two worthy organizations can continue their good works.

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It’s two more days for me to relax and enjoy geekdom in this long weekend, plus it’s the last day of New York Comic Con!

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CBLDF – Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Banned in New Mexico School District – Really!?


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Talking Comics – America’s Got Powers #7

Talking Comics – Batgirl #24

Talking Comics – Deadpool #18

Talking Comics – Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Preview: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013

Story By: Tim Seeley
Story By: Corinna Bechko
Story By: Joshua Williamson
Story By: Steve Seeley
Story By: Michael Moreci
Art By: Joe Eisma
Art By: Emi Lenox
Cover By: David Marquez
Price: $4.99
Published: October 2, 2013


CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL returns with Dark Horse editor-in-chief SCOTT ALLIE pulling together an all-star roster of writers and artists to battle censorship with 48 PAGES OF ALL-NEW stories! Tim Seeley brings Hack/Slash back for what might be the most bizarre tale in the series, and legendary creator Richard Corben tells the story of an underground cartoonist bringing back his most famous (and well-endowed) hero.

Everyone has a story to tell, but what happens when a story gets taken away from its creator? LIBERTY ANNUAL 2013 looks at the creative costs of censorship, either through the sort of outside interference the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has fought for 27 years, or through more private forms. The Hoax Hunters battle a cable news program for the life of sasquatch, a young punk rock journalist examines Pussy Riot, and Masks and Mobsters writer Josh Williamson answers the question, “What If Wertham Were Right?”

All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!


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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting?

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CBLDF – Jeff Smith Named To CBLDF Board of Directors – Congrats!

ICv2 – ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Blows through 22 Million – Mazel Tov!

Kotaku – In Batman: Arkham Origins, Barbara Gordon Isn’t Batgirl… Yet – Well she shouldn’t be based on the time frame, so that’s good. She also seems a bit older than she should be.

The Mary Sue – Marvel and Natalie Portman Announce Mentoring Program for Girls Interested in STEM Fields – This is awesome.

CBR – Mark Millar’s Kid-Friendly “Kindergarten Heroes” in Development at Fox – Pretty cool.

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Talking Comics – Sex Criminals #1

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Tease Their 2013 Liberty Annual

The 2013 Liberty Annual is almost here and today is the final order cut off for retailers!  You should support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and order your copy today!

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 is edited by Dark Horse Comics’ Editor in Chief  Scott Allie.  It features the talents of  Richard Corben, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Art Baltazar, Franco, Paul Tobin, Emi Lenox, and many, many more!  With stories ranging from reactions to the Pussy Riot incarceration to Richard Corben’s reflection on cartoonists and censorship and lots more in between, this year’s Liberty Annual is sure to inspire readers from all walks of life!


Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Brian Wood Courtesy of CBLDF

Star Wars by Brian Wood The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of writer Brian Wood, courtesy of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Wood joins a growing list of creators that will be in attendance at this year’s show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Brian Wood’s first professional work in comics was a 5-issue miniseries, titled Channel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1997. It was created as part of his final project for graduation from Parsons School of Design. In 2000, he was offered a co-writing job by Warren Ellis to join him on Marvel Comics’ Generation X.

After a 12-issue run on the title, he returned to the world of creator-owned comics where, between 2001 and 2005, he would create such titles as Couscous Express, The Couriers, Jennie One (AiT/Planet Lar), Pounded (Oni Press), and Fight for Tomorrow (Vertigo), as well as the critically-acclaimed 12-issue series, Demo.

After the success of Demo, Wood continued to create independent comics for Oni Press, Image Comics and IDW Publishing before signing a 2-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. During his tenure with DC, he wrote DMZ, another critically-acclaimed series from Vertigo for which he has become best-known. In addition, he launched Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age; The New York Four, a young adult graphic novel; and a new Demo mini-series.

In 2012, Wood began writing Marvel’s Ultimate Comics: X-Men beginning with issue #10, as well as Conan the Barbarian from Dark Horse Comics. In addition to those titles, he is currently writing the ongoing series, The Massive and Star Wars for Dark Horse.

Wood will be appearing and signing at the CBLDF booth (#1601) from 12:00 – 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as being featured in a creator spotlight panel on Sunday in panel rooms 302-303:

3:00-4:00 - CBLDF Presents: Spotlight On Brian Wood

Wood joins the previously announced guests, including: Josh Adams (Doctor Who); Neal Adams (First X-Men); Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four); Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); Brian Bolland (Dial H); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Sal Buscema (Amazing Spider-Man); Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table, Otto’s Orange Day); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Jamie and Tyler Cosley (Cody the Cavalier, Ninja Squirrel); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans); John Gallagher (Buzzboy, Roboy Red); Zack Giallongo (Broxo); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Joe Hill (Locke and Key); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Jim Lee (Superman Unchained); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (Happyloo); Billy Martin (Vitriol, the Hunter); Dave McDonald (Hamster Sam); Mark McKenna (Star Wars, Banana Tail); Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Dave Roman - Saturday only (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Jeff Schultz (Archie, Jughead); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Kevin Smith (Batman: The Widening Gyre); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Frank Stack (My Cancer Year); Bobby Timony (Night Owls, Detectobot); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk), Bill Willingham (Fables); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).

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Hope everyone is recovering from their 4th and are enjoying their weekend!

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Bleeding Cool – Is Damian: Son Of Batman Set In The Future Of Pre-Flashpoint DC? – DC seems to be willing to embrace the non-52 more and more.

CBLDF – Independence Day 2013: A Look at CBLDF’s Recent Victories – Kick ass!

The Beat – Five Weapons Has Been Bumped up into an Ongoing Series – I was hoping.

Daily Finance – NBCUniversal to Relaunch ’80s, ’90s TV Shows As Comic Books – Ok then.

Kotaku – What Arkham Ayslum Gets Right And Wrong About The Criminally Insane – An interesting read.
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Comic Vine – Avengers A.I. #1

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #22

Comic Vine – Masks & Mobsters #1

ICv2 – Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice Vol. 1 TP

Comic Vine – Satellite Sam #1

Comic Vine – Ten Grand #3

Comic Vine – Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

SDCC 2013: Valiant and CBLDF Team for Exclusive Tony Millionaire Quantum and Woody#1 SDCC Liberty Variant

Valiant is supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with the Quantum and Woody #1 Liberty Variant with a cover by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and underground icon Tony Millionaire – debuting this July exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2013!

It’s also been announced that Valiant is teh CBLDF’s latest corporate member, joining comiXology, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and more in support of the CBLDF’s ongoing mission.

The Liberty variant is limited to 750 copies and available exclusively at the CBLDF’s booth inside the San Diego Convention Center and via the CBLDF website. All proceeds will directly benefit the First Amendment legal and education work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect the freedom to read.

Quantum and Woody #1 hits stores on July 10th, written by James Asmus with art by Tom Fowler and colors by Jordie Bellaire. The comic begins the adventures of estranged, underachieving brothers Eric and Woody Henderson. When their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will soon find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Featuring covers by Ryan Sook, Marcos Martin and Andrew Robinson – as well as a “talking”, QR code-enabled variant cover by Tom Fowler – go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming!

valiant cbldf sdcc quantum and woody variant



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