Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating the rising tide of comics censorship in libraries and schools.
Brownstein is a prolific and sought out lecturer on the history of comics and censorship who has addressed audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, and the United Kingdom. In addition to his work at CBLDF, he also writes extensively about comics; his publications include Eisner/Miller, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.
Brownstein currently serves as the chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition, and on the Steering Committee of the alternative comics festival SPX.
Alex is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and worked in a variety of fields before landing at the CBLDF, including fifteen intermittent years of comic retail, and freelance illustration for clients including Comedy Central, Lifetime Networks, and Penguin Books. In 2005, he opened the award-winning Brooklyn comic shop ROCKETSHIP, which he managed for five years before moving on to other opportunities. He has written about comics and interviewed creators as an infrequent contributor at Comic Book Resources, and has created dozens of self-published mini-comics.
Alex is a longtime supporter of the CBLDF, with a passion for Free Speech issues, an encyclopedic knowledge of comics, and a deep love for the art form.
Betsy Gomez is the editorial director for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the First Amendment rights of the comics community. Gomez manages the editorial content for http://cbldf.org and CBLDF’s print publications, including CBLDF’s quarterly news magazine, CBLDF Defender. Gomez is the editor of CBLDF’s book about the women who changed free expression in comics, She Changed Comics.
With an extensive background in educational publishing, Gomez has worked as a content developer and editor for several companies, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson Education among others. She began volunteering for CBLDF in 1998, and joined the CBLDF staff in 2011. Gomez was introduced to comics in college and since has been an advocate for the medium. Her work with CBLDF combines her love of the medium with her passion for the right to read.
Robert Corn-Revere has extensive experience in First Amendment law and communications, media and information technology law. He regularly counsels clients and serves as litigation counsel in communications and Internet-related matters. Bob speaks and writes extensively on First Amendment and communications policy issues.
Bob also successfully petitioned Governor George E. Pataki to grant the first posthumous pardon in New York history, to the late comedian Lenny Bruce in a landmark pro bono case.
Bob’s clients include: A&E Television Networks, American Association of Advertising Agencies, Association of National Advertisers, American Advertising Federation, CBS Corp., ICM Registry, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, Playboy Enterprises and Viacom.