CBLDFNews Molly Crabapple Donates Massive Mural! Update to Canadian Seizure Crisis & More!
Molly Crabapple wanted to make a huge statement about her support for Free Speech. With attacks on comics on the rise and border searches increasing, Crabapple saw a need to do her part. So, she created a monstrous masterpiece to benefit CBLDF a masterpiece that you can bid on!
Created during the Stumptown Comics Festival and measuring in at 8 feet high and 7 feet wide, every inch of the piece is covered with Crabapple’s intricate pen work. A true participatory performance piece, it incorporates suggestions from convention attendees, from tentacles to bottles of scotch. As staggering as the dimensions of piece are, it is all the more stunning for the amount of detail Crabapple incorporated into it.
“I love the energy of creating something massive surrounded by a crowd,” says Crabapple, “and to feed off that energy and draw something that I love. It was an honor to make an art monster for CBLDF.”
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein adds, “As the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, Molly has been an adamant supporter of Free Speech and CBLDF. She’s an established name in the fine art world and a rising star in comics. It’s a privilege to have her support for CBLDF, and the piece she created is nothing short of spectacular.”
The auction for this artistic tour de force is live now. Bids can be placed online here.
Artist Tom Neely and publisher Dylan Williams were stopped and searched by Canada Customs on their way to the Toronto Comics Art Festival. Customs officers seized copies of two items they were bringing to the festival, Black Eye, an anthology of comics Neely contributed to, and Young Lions, a graphic novel by Blaise Larmee. The CBLDF caught up with Neely & Williams over email when they returned to the United States to learn more details about their ordeal. Full Story
CBLDF President Larry Marder begins a series of blogs taking you behind the scenes of the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards with a first hand diary of his experiences putting the set together! Today he shows off how the set’s sketch cards came to be, and takes you with him as he visits Rob Liefeld & Scott McCloud to get them embellishing the cards! These diaries will appear every Tuesday and Thursday in May!
Plus, have you been keeping up on our volunteer & supporter profile series The Good Fighters? Here are some terrific interviews you may have missed: