CBLDF Launches Member Appreciation Retailer Kits & More On Tuscon Book Censorship!

CBLDF To Partner With Comics Retailers for Member Appreciation Events!

A Proud CBLDF Member At A Member Appreciation Party In New Orleans!

At the ComicsPro Retailer Meeting today, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced a new program to encourage comic book retailers to support the organization with the introduction of the CBLDF Member Appreciation Party Box! Developed as a tool to empower retailers to raise awareness of the CBLDF’s important workand bring new customers into their stores, the CBLDF Member Appreciation Party Box will include promotional literature, thank you gifts for card carrying CBLDF members, and premiums to be offered as raffle prizes!

CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox says, “As a former retailer, I appreciate the dedication of our Friendly Neighborhood Comic Stores. They really are the front line in the battle for free speech in this medium, and they really have the most to lose. The CBLDF began as an effort to protect the rights of a comic shop, so deepening our partnership with the retail world is an important goal.  We designed this program to help our retail partners spread the word about the CBLDF, and to create better ties between our retailer members and our general membership, with the hope that these events will help stores reach new customers in loyal cbldf supporters. There is no better community than the comics community, and that begins with retailers. The CBLDF wants to help foster that.”

Learn more about the CBLDF Member Appreciation Party Box & how you can get your store involved here!

(Photo by Jilliann Carter, of a happy raffle winner at a recent CBLDF Member Appreciation Party at Crescent City Comics)

Why Tucson Matters

When the CBLDF announced that it had joined a coalition of national organizations in writing a letter against Tucson’s censorship of books by Mexican American and Native American authors, some of you may have been wondering why CBLDF joined this particular fight. The list of banned books doesn’tinclude comics, so why did CBLDF sign on? CBLDF’s website editor Betsy Gomez wrote this passionate op/ed about the dangers of book censorship and why the CBLDF stands up for intellectual freedom in coalitions like this one.  Read her editorial here.

The Membership Prints Are Here!

The 2012 Membership Program has a number of great premiums, including t-shirts, exclusive buttons, and the Fund’s first round of items featuring the now defunct Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval. But one of the items we are most excited about is an awesome, high-quality print based on the current membership card art, designed and illustrated by Artist Supporter Cliff Chiang. This last piece just came in, and it is a special incentive for members joining at the Protector and Champion levels. CBLDF’s Deputy Director Alex Cox paid a visit to Cliff Chiang’s studio to get them signed and talks about it – with pictures – here!

Banned Malaysian Cartoonist Exhibits Work in London

Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque’s work is banned in his home country of Malaysia, where he is better known as political cartoonist Zunar. Because of his work, Zunar has had his office raided and his books banned, and he’s been detained by authorities on sedition charges. Zunar may ultimately have the last laugh later this month when his work goes on display in a London gallery.  Read more here.

 

ONE AND DONE: Anthology Benefits CBLDF

When InvestComics called for submissions to their One and Done anthology, they received an overwhelming response. The assembled creators each drew a one-page story in which someone dies, shown or implied. One and Done is finally available, and proceeds from the sale of the book benefit CBLDF!

For more on the anthology and to get your own copy, visit InvestComics website here.

CSBG: All-Star Liberty Team Ups For CBLDF!

Last week CBR’s Comics Should Be Good blog asked readers who they wanted to see Libby, the CBLDF’s Lady Liberty mascot, team up with to fight censorship. In today’s The Line is Drawn feature we’re treated to a wide range of artistic visions that speak to the heart of the fight for free speech! Go check these incredible pieces out at CSBG! The CBLDF thanks the CSBG team and everyone who tweeted suggestions and created art for this terrific feature!  See all the pieces here!

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