CBLDF News – Frank Miller, Karen Berger & Babymouse Champion Free Speech!
Official Press Release
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues its Be Counted membership drive this week, with generous incentives from legendary cartoonist Frank Miller, groundbreaking editor Karen Berger, and the unstoppable team behind Babymouse & Squish – three time Newbery Award honoree Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm!
The CBLDF needs to raise $100,000 by October 31 to pay for its urgent legal and education to work. To date, the organization has raised over $30,000 of that goal. Be Counted and becoming a member of the Fund today. Membership contributions are tax deductible and start at $25 per year. Those who can afford to join at higher levels can take advantage of some of the amazing opportunities available in this campaign. To view all of the Be Counted incentives, featuring opportunities to go backstage at Saturday Night Live, have tea with Neil Gaiman or get your work reviewed by Tom Brevoort or Dan DiDio, among many others, please visit www.cbldf.org.
Here’s this week’s incredible offerings:
Lunch With Legends: Frank Miller & Bob Schreck in NYC – One member joining CBLDF with a tax-deductible contribution of $5,000 or greater will have the opportunity to go to lunch with comics master Frank Miller, his long-time editor Bob Schreck, and one guest of their choice in NYC! This once in a lifetime opportunity to visit with the game changing author of Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, and Holy Terror and a terrific, tax-deductible way to support the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. CBLDF will contact the donor to arrange a time for this event that coincides Frank’s schedule.
Professional Development Review: Karen Berger – Karen Berger changed the landscape of modern comics when she established Vertigo as an imprint designed to usher in new voices and new directions for comics storytelling. Now the legendary editor who has helped guide work from talent including Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Peter Milligan will review your work and provide one-on-one feedback to help improve your comics! Karen is offering five of these opportunities, to review over email or phone to donors who make a tax-deductible contribution of $400 or better to the CBLDF!
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm don’t just tell stories about doing the right thing, they’re also putting their ethics into action to support free expression in a new round of fundraisers benefiting the First Amendment rights organization Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Right now CBLDF is in the midst of Be Counted, a membership drive aiming to raise money to fund new education programs protecting the right to read. The Holms are aiding the organization by offering several powerful incentives, including auctioning off a walk-on role in Babymouse and one-on-one development reviews for aspiring creators!
“First Amendment rights are very important to me, personally,” says Jennifer Holm, three-time Newbery Honor author and the co-creator of the Babymouse series of graphic novels for young readers. “Children’s books and comics are among the most frequently challenged titles in libraries across the country. As Americans, we need to keep working to protect the freedom we and our children have not only to say and write what we want, but also to read what we want. The First Amendment is about all of us, authors and readers.”
Please help the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by becoming a member today. At higher membership levels you can be rewarded with one of these great incentives provided by the Holms:
Win A Walk-On Role In Babymouse 17! – Support intellectual freedom by bidding on this auction to win a walk-on role in the next volume of Jennifer & Matthew Holm’s hit graphic novel series Babymouse! The winner of this auction will have their name or the name of someone they choose given to a character in Babymouse 17, coming from Random House in Spring 2013. The proceeds of this auction benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics art form. Membership in the organization is included with this auction. Bid on this auction at myworld.ebay.com/cbldf
Skype Visit With Babymouse Creators Jennifer & Matthew Holm! – Invite the creators of Babymouse and Squish into your home over Skype to support intellectual freedom! Join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in this auction and you’ll be able to have a 15 minute Skype visit with these incredible creators and talk about all things Babymouse! Bid on this auction at myworld.ebay.com/cbldf
Professional Development Review: Jennifer L. Holm – Jennifer L. Holm, the three-time Newbery honored NY Times Bestselling author of Turtle in Paradise, Penny from Heaven as well as the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish offers a rare opportunity to review your writing and provide hard-earned knowledge to help you improve your craft. This rare opportunity to learn from one of the masters of modern young adult fiction. This professional development review is for writers of prose or comics, and will be conducted over Skype. It is available for a tax-deductible $1,000 membership contribution to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Professional Development Review: Matthew Holm – Matthew Holm, co-creator and illustrator of the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish is offering a professional development review to a donor joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for a tax-deductible donation of $500 or greater. This is a rare opportunity to gain insights to help improve your art from one of the prolific masters of modern kids comics! This review will be conducted over Skype.
Personalized Sketched Postcard: Matthew Holm – Matthew Holm has graciously agreed to send a personalized sketched postcard as a thank you to contributors who join the CBLDF at levels of $250 or greater.