Be Counted: Help CBLDF Stand Up For The Freedom to Read!

October 18, 2012
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Earlier today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sent a letter of support to Bill Ptacek, a library director in Seattle, commending the library for standing up for the intellectual freedom of its patrons in the face of an attack in the media for offering manga in the library’s adult collection.

This is the most recent assault on comics in libraries, an area that CBLDF is defending with greater frequency.  Today we’re asking you to please Be Counted as a CBLDF member to help us continue to do this important work.

This October, CBLDF is asking people invested in protecting the freedom to read comics to Be Counted by becoming members of the organization.  These membership contributions will help the Fund continue our important work protecting readers, librarians, retailers and artists of comics when they come under attack.  Apart from this recent case, in the past month alone, CBLDF has spoken out against the ban of the graphic novel SideScrollers in Connecticut, and published dozens of resources as part of our sponsorship of Banned Books Week.  The CBLDF’s work is vital, and the call for it is increasing.  Your support is needed to help ensure we can perform our important mission.

Please Be Counted and join the CBLDF today.  This month we are offering special incentives this month to thank individuals who answer the call to Be Counted, including an exclusive members only print by Ben Templesmith, copies of the members only Artist Editions of the 2012 Liberty Annual, and personalized thank yous from top graphic novelists.

The CBLDF’s vital work to protect the freedom to read is growing.  We can’t do it without you.  Be Counted.  Join the CBLDF Today!

BE COUNTED INCENTIVES

MEMBER ($25)

In addition to our regular membership kit, which includes a beautiful member card by Cliff Chiang, members signing up or renewing in October will receive an exclusive 5 x 7 print featuring Ben Templesmith’s take on CBLDF’s Lady Liberty!

SUPPORTER ($50)

In addition to our regular membership kit, and the above, members joining at the Supporter level will receive their choice of one of the CBLDF Exclusive Artist Edition covers of Liberty Annual 2012!

These special editions boast the artwork of Terry Dodson or Gabriel Ba with no trade dress, calling full attention to the artists’ stunning creative visions.  The Artist Edition covers of Liberty Annual 2012 are only available from the CBLDF!  Please indicate your cover choice in the memo section.

 

ADVOCATE ($100)

In addition to the regular membership kit and the Templesmith print, members signing up in October at the Advocate level will receive both Liberty Annual 2012 Artist Edition covers!

BE COUNTED INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS

In addition to all of the above thank you items, and the regular membership rewards, members who can afford to join at higher levels will have the opportunity to receive a variety of thank you premiums from creator and industry supporters, including rare items, Skype or in-person visits, personalized thank you cards, sketches, critiques, and more.  Here is the first wave of supporters offering their time and talent to thank you for supporting the CBLDF’s important work.

JASON AARON

Jason Aaron, acclaimed writer of SCALPED, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Jason is offering a personalized thank you note to members who join at the Advocate ($125) level, and a Skype visit, a Professional Development Review, or a signed copy of one of his scripts to members who join at the Defender ($250) level

SCOTT ALLIE

Scott Allie, the recently named Editor in Chief of Dark Horse Comics thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Scott is offering a Professional Development Review to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.  Improve your craft with Scott’s master insights! Only two are available, act fast!

BRIAN AZZARELLO

Brian Azzarello, acclaimed writer of WONDER WOMAN, 100 BULLETS, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Brian is offering a personalized thank you note to members who join at the Advocate ($125), and a Skype visit, a Professional Development Review, or a signed copy of one of his scripts to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

CHRIS BURNHAM

Chris Burnham, celebrated artist of BATMAN INCORPORATED, OFFICER DOWNE, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Chris is offering a personalized thank you sketch, or a Skype visit, or a Professional Development Review to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

MOLLY CRABAPPLE

Molly Crabapple, the artist-activist whose work tackles everything from progressive politics to sexuality and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Molly is offering a 30-minute Skype visit to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

DAN DiDIO

Dan DiDio, the publisher of DC Comics thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Dan is offering a personalized thank you card to members who join at the Advocate ($125) level, or a Skype visit, or a Professional Development Review to members who join at the Protector ($500) level.

DAVE GIBBONS

Dave Gibbons, legendary cartoonist of WATCHMEN, GIVE ME LIBERTY, THE ORIGINALS, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Dave is offering a personalized thank you sketch, or a Skype visit, or a Professional Development Review to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

BRANDON GRAHAM

Brandon Graham, the creative powerhouse behind KING CITY, PROPHET, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Brandon is offering a personalized thank you sketch or a Skype visit to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

LARRY MARDER

Larry Marder, the creator of Beanworld and president of CBLDF thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Larry is offering a personalized sketched thank you card to members who join at the Advocate ($125) level.

TERRY MOORE

Terry Moore, beloved creator of STRANGERS IN PARADISE, ECHO, RACHEL RISING, and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Terry is offering a personalized thank you sketch or a Skype visit to members who join at the Defender ($250) level, or an extremely rare copy of the long out of print Strangers in Paradise Omnibus to a member joining at the Champion ($1,000) level.

GREG RUCKA

Greg Rucka, celebrated creator of QUEEN & COUNTRY, STUMPTOWN, and the upcoming series LAZARUS thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Greg is offering a personalized thank you note to members who join at the Advocate ($125) level, or a Skype visit, or a signed, personalized script from Stumptown or Lazarus to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

Brian K. Vaughan, creator of SAGA, Y: THE LAST MAN and more thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Brian is offering a personalized thank you note to members who join at the Advocate level ($125).

MATT WAGNER

Matt Wagner, the legendary creator of GRENDEL, MAGE, and some of the most beloved BATMAN stories of all time thanks you for becoming a member of the CBLDF during our Be Counted member drive.  Matt is offering a personalized thank you note to members who join at the Advocate ($125) level, or a personalized thank you sketch or a Skype visit to members who join at the Defender ($250) level.