Staff

Charles Brownstein,
Executive Director

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. He also served as Comic Consultant and featured prominently in the documentary series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

Brownstein currently serves as the president of the Freedom to Read Foundation, chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition, and on the Steering Committee of the alternative comics festival SPX.

Alex Cox,
Deputy Director

Alex is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, previously working in comic book retail for over fifteen years, including owning and and managing the award-winning Brooklyn comic shop ROCKETSHIP. He has written about comics in a variety of venues, is a published illustrator and cartoonist, 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.

Georgia Nelson
Development Manager

Georgia grew up in Houston, TX before heading to college at University of Colorado, where she graduated with bachelor of arts degrees in English and Philosophy. It was there in Boulder, Colorado where she worked for Time Warp Comics & Games, her first opportunity to enjoy a job that integrated her lifelong passion for comics and reading.

Georgia was ecstatic to bring her comics retail experience to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund where she fills the role of Development Manager. Not only does Georgia manage the office, but she personally ships orders and memberships, and enjoys being the first point of contact for all the CBLDF donors.

Robert Corn-Revere,
General Counsel

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.

Nick Giangarra
Auctions Manager

Nick is an 18 year veteran of comic book and pop culture retail, coming to us from NYC’s famous St. Mark’s Comics, where he was the general manager for the better part of a decade.

A lifelong collector, Nick is our man on the East Coast, and a well-known face at many of our convention appearances.

Patricia Mastricolo
Editorial Coordinator

Patricia graduated summa cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University in her hometown of Philadelphia, before moving to Brooklyn to study queer theory and comics at Brooklyn College for her post-graduate work. She was on the Editorial Board for Philadelphia Stories, and had several poems and short stories appear in literary magazines around the country.

An avid CBLDF volunteer, Patricia was thrilled to accept a position that allowed her to combine her dedication to nonprofit work and her love of words. When she’s not writing for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Patricia is herding cats and listening to Bowie.