CBLDF News Fight Censorship on Cyber Monday With Personalized Comics Gifts!
Official Press Release
Fight censorship this Cyber Monday by getting your holiday gifts from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! 25 of today’s most popular graphic novelists will personalize their books to the fans on your list in exchange for donations to the Fund! Best of all, every item supports the Fund’s First Amendment legal work, and a portion of each contribution is tax-deductible.
As part of the CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday gift drive, donations you make on Cyber Monday will be acknowledged by The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation who will make a contribution of $1 for every donation and gift order placed on the CBLDF’s website. In addition, they will contribute $5 for each new, renewing or gift membership made from now until December 31!
25 legendary graphic novelists are personalizing books for the CBLDF, including some of the season’s best new gift books. Make your holiday comics giving a cinch by choosing from books by bestselling masters including Neil Gaiman, art spiegelman, Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, and Scott McCloud; Lit comics lions Chester Brown, Dan Clowes, Los Bros. Hernandez, Seth, and Adrian Tomine; Indy comics icons Jeff Smith, Evan Dorkin, Larry Marder, Carla Speed McNeil and Terry Moore; Superhero visionaries Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Paul Levitz; or Hard boiled thrill makers Robert Kirkman, Jason Aaron, Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, and Brian Wood!
Be a hero this holiday by giving the most unique gifts that make a real difference when you support the CBLDF with the Spirit of Giving!
Here’s the list of participants and gift items launching this important CBLDF campaign:
Personalized Graphic Novels
Jason Aaron (personalization requests due December 5!)
Brian Azzarello (personalization requests due December 5!)
Evan Dorkin (personalization requests due December 5!)
Garth Ennis (personalization requests due December 5!)
Neil Gaiman (personalization requests due December 5!)
Gilbert Hernandez (personalization requests due December 5!)
Jaime Hernandez (personalization requests due December 5!)
Robert Kirkman (Personalization Requests Due December 5!)
Walking Dead Compendium 1
Invincible Compendium 1
Walking Dead HC 1
Marvel Zombies HC
Walking Dead HC 7 (NEW!)
Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor Novel HC (NEW!)
Paul Levitz (personalization requests due December 5!)
Larry Marder (personalization requests due December 5!)
Beanworld HC v. 1 – Wahoolazooma
Beanworld HC v. 2 – A Gift Comes
Beanworld HC v.3 – Remember Here When You Are There
Scott McCloud (personalization requests due December 5!)
Carla Speed McNeil (personalization requests due December 5!)
Frank Miller (Personalization Requests Due December 5!)
Seth (Personalization Requests Due December 5!)
Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists
Jeff Smith (personalization requests due December 5!)
Adrian Tomine (Personalization Requests Due December 5!)
Brian K. Vaughan (personalization requests due December 5!)
Brian Wood (personalization requests due December 5!)
Here’s How The Personalization Works
When you place your order with the CBLDF for these holiday premiums, you can have each of the offered books personalized to one or two names, and the artist will sign and personalize the book on a high quality CBLDF-branded bookplate. When you place your order, you’ll be prompted to indicate how you want the book personalized in the comments section. Please include the personalization request, such as: For Will, For Carl and Nancy, or To The Groppers! Sorry – artists will not be able to provide sketches or other messages.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SHIPPING
All books will be personalized the week of December 5, and will be mailed the week of December 12. If you have questions about whether a book will reach you in time for a specific day, please email Alex Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org
International donors, please note, we are happy to ship anywhere in the world, but due to extended international shipping times and potential customs delays beyond our control, we cannot guarantee these personalized items will arrive for Christmas delivery.
Here’s How Your Donation Will Be Used
The CBLDF protects the First Amendment rights of comics by paying for the defense of important Free Speech cases; maintaining top retained legal counsel to assist with day-to-day First Amendment issues that people need help with; and membership in Media Coalition to fight unconstitutional laws. Donations made during this campaign will help us pay down our current balance to retained counsel and our Media Coalition dues, which they graciously allowed us to defer when we made the first contribution to the Canada Customs case last September.
These donations will also shore up our resources to contribute to the defense of the Canada Customs case, going to trial early next year. This is the case of Brandon X, an American citizen facing a minimum sentence of one year in Canadian prison and registration as a sex offender because Canada Customs alleges that Japanese horror and fantasy comics on Brandon’s laptop are child pornography. His case is important because it raises important precedent questions about the artistic merit of comics and the rights of readers and artists traveling with comics on their electronic devices. The CBLDF needs your help to pay the lawyers defending this case because we seek to establish a precedent that protects comics in Canada and influences courts in the United States.
The CBLDF continues to assist librarians and retailers when comics and graphic novels are challenged. Often this happens on a case-by-case basis, during which CBLDF staff gather defense materials for each individual incident. We currently seek funds to develop more substantial preventive tools, including joining an important anti-censorship coalition that protects the right to read.
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