BE COUNTED: Join The CBLDF Today!

October 11, 2012
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund needs your support!  Our program activity is increasing, and we need your membership contributions this October to help pay for this important work.

Comics are threatened more frequently than you may think, and the consequences for readers, artists, retailers and librarians can be severe.   Just imagine…

You are unjustly placed under investigation.  Your house is searched and your computer and books are seized because a vindictive ex maliciously told police that comics you own are child pornography.  The mere allegation will ruin your life if charges are brought.  You need expert help.

You are an artist making parody drawings when you receive a threatening letter from a large company alleging that you are stealing their property.  They’re demanding that you forfeit your original art and pay them damages.  You know your rights, but you can’t afford a lawyer.  You need someone to stand up for you.

You are a librarian, and the local news media are running stories that you’re peddling pornography to kids because a parent reviewed and approved a horror comic book her teenager checked out from the adult section of your library, and is now blaming you for her error.  You didn’t do anything wrong but your name is being tarnished.  You need someone to speak up for you.

These are just a few of the real cases that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund encountered this year, and thanks to our help, they all were managed with positive results.  Threats to readers, creators, and people who sell and lend comics are real, and happen regularly.  The CBLDF combats those threats swiftly and expertly.  Today we need your help to continue performing this important work.

This October, CBLDF is asking you to Be Counted and become a member.  We aim to sign up 1,000 new or renewing members with a goal of raising $75,000 to advance our program work.  Your membership contributions will ensure we are able to continue to perform important legal work at a moment’s notice.  They will also help us to continue our vital education work, including giving seminars to lawyers, librarians, students and individuals all over the United States about ways to protect the comics field’s First Amendment rights.  You’ll also help us make new tools to protect the rights of comics readers including special publications for librarians and the development of a more expansive Kids’ Right to Read program.

We’ve prepared amazing thank you gifts for everyone who joins the Fund by November 2, and also have very special, limited offers from some of the industry’s greatest creative talents to show our gratitude for your membership contribution.

The CBLDF’s crucial work can’t happen without your support.  Please take the opportunity to stand up for your freedom to read comics.

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.