If you live near Cincinnati, Ohio (or are visiting the area for the holidays), check out Arcadian Comics & Games on December 22, 2012, for their CBLDF Holiday Fundraiser! What better way to wrap up the year than to spend an evening noshing, mingling with friends, and enjoying music, all the while supporting CBLDF’s important work?!
The event takes place from 8:00 p.m. – midnight at 627 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky. The $5 cover goes directly to CBLDF to support our work protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community.
Store owner Steve Struharik eloquently describes his motivation behind the fundraiser:
One of the things I enjoy about every Wednesday is the people that come in, the discussions that happen about comics, and the bond it creates in strangers. The comic shop is the ultimate place to come and learn about comics, everyone has their opinions, and like crowd-sourcing, you can get a wealth of information from people that have collectively read comics for decades.
To us, organizing an event to bring people together is what the spirit of the Holidays is all about, and we want that to be full of discussion, laughter, and fun. Tying together with the CBLDF isn’t just convenient, it’s something that everyone that values comics should know about. Giving CBLDF supporters a place to come is one side, but so is education. Getting people to understand the dangers of censorship and how it affects comics is paramount in going forward with more books like The Walking Dead, Saga, Kick-Ass, and Punk Rock Jesus.
To fall victim to control and suppression of ideas because they are potentially offensive to religion, conservative morality, or may be dangerous to children is outright unacceptable. As adults and US citizens, we have the right to say what we want, and if those expressions are written, there should be no law that prevents such materials from being brought to market. Personally, I think books like The Milkman Murders, Superfuckers, Stray Bullets, and Crossed are important. They are all things I wouldn’t want my mom to read (but I don’t want to read Fifty Shades of Grey either) and they aren’t appropriate for children, but no one should be able to keep me from making these books available.
Food will be available during the event, and local creators will be in attendance. You can expect some surprises as you groove to the DJ and mingle with your friends!
For more info or to RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
This holiday season, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation is encouraging everyone who believes in the CBLDF’s important work protecting the freedom to read comics to become a member or give a gift membership in the organization. When you do, they will contribute $10 for each new membership and $5 for every renewing membership made from now until December 31, so join today!