Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his years at the helm of the organization, the CBLDF has successfully managed several First Amendment cases, including a notable win in Georgia v. Gordon Lee, and been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. EMA. The CBLDF has also successfully participated in a wide variety of challenges to unconstitutional legislation. Under Brownstein’s watch, the CBLDF has also grown its budget to accommodate a full-time staff of three people, a move to New York City, and an increasingly vital program of events across the United States.
In addition to his work leading the organization, Brownstein has also written extensively about comics for more than fifteen years. He entered the comic book industry in 1993 as the editor and publisher of Feature, a comics interview magazine, which ran for fourteen issues and included interviews with dozens of the industry’s most prominent creators. He went on to continue writing about comics for a variety of websites and magazines, including Comic Book Resources, The Comics Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Wizard, and Comicon.com, where he served as the lead news correspondent for The Splash from 2000 to 2002.
Brownstein also has extensive experience in event management. He served as Programming Director for Comic-Con International in 1998 and 1999, where he developed and managed the panels and special events for Comic-Con International: San Diego and APE. He also served as Programming Director for the Small Press Expo, for whom he also co-edited the Expo and SPX anthology series.
Since joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Brownstein has gone on to publish the Eisner and Eagle award winning interview book Eisner/Miller, and the Eisner and Harvey nominated monograph The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, both for Dark Horse Books. Additionally, Brownstein serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition and the Stumptown Comics Foundation, and on the Steering Committee of SPX, the Small Press Expo.
Brownstein says, “My career in comics has always been driven by a desire to promote dialogue about the unique relationships between creativity and commerce that make comics the most vibrant medium of expression in the modern media landscape. Serving that medium by helming the organization that watches after the First Amendment rights it depends upon to do what it does so well is an incredible privilege.”
Alex is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and worked worked in a variety of fields before landing at the CBLDF, including fifteen intermittent years of comic retail, freelance illustration, and building props for several television shows. In 2005, he opened, with a partner, the 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 as an amateur cartoonist, Alex has created dozens of self-published mini-comics.
Alex is a longtime supporter of the CBLDF, and comes to the organization with a passion for Free Speech issues, an encyclopedic knowledge of comics, and a deep love for the art form. He says of the position, “I’m well aware that it is extremely rare to be able to work for a cause you believe in, and for an art form and industry you love. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working with everyone involved with the Fund.”
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.
Advisory Chair For Education & Outreach
Betsy Rosenblatt is the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Whittier Law School. Professor Rosenblatt joined the Whittier faculty in 2009. Following law school, she practiced intellectual property litigation with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where she specialized in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Following practice, she was a Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at UCLA School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law at USC Gould School of Law. She was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California “Rising Stars” in 2007 and 2008.
Professor Rosenblatt’s research interests include intellectual property law (including copyright, patent, and trademark), entertainment law, and gender/sexuality law.