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 Japan, Canada, 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 on the Board of Trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition, and on the Steering Committees of Banned Books Week, MoCCA, and 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.
Samantha Johns is a graduate of SCAD University of Creative Careers from which she holds a BFA in Sequential Art, and continues to participate in the comics community. When she’s not defending comics with the CBLDF, Sam is at her drawing desk where she self-publishes her own zines, in the pages of several comic anthologies, or displaying at conventions with her hand-crafted photo booths- but can most often be found in bed reading her collection of graphic novels.
She has served as a public face for Midtown Comics, where she moderated panels, interviewed creators for both Midtown Comics TV and the Midtown Comics Podcast, hosted a weekly action figure and collectibles unboxing video, and covered the retail front as a sales associate and Valkyrie.
Sam proudly boasts to come from the same hometown as Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.
Betsy Gomez came to comics later than most people, but she made up for lost time. When most of her fellow college kids were hiding their drinking habits from their parents, she was hiding a stash of comics in her closet. After giving her mother a copy of Preacher Vol. 1 and showing her father some Sin City pinups, her parents decided that Betsy probably didn’t need an intervention. Not long after discovering comics, she discovered the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. She has been volunteering at conventions and events since 1998, which makes her a pretty familiar face in these parts.
When she isn’t busy defending comics from the forces of evil, Betsy can be found herding poets as the organizer of one of the longest-running spoken word events on the West Coast, the Berkeley Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California. She spends her time alternately embracing, denying, or decrying her sordid past as a science textbook editor, freelance writer, and a marketing and PR coordinator. If you meet her at the booth and find yourself tired of talking about funny books, ask her about science. She probably knows something interesting.
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.