Today is your last opportunity to get graphic novels SIGNED and PERSONALIZED by more than 20 comics masters including Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Jeff Smith, Brian K. Vaughan, Raina Telgemeier, Jason Aaron, Mike Allred, Sergio Aragones, and more as part of the CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving holiday gift drive! To receive your signed and personalized book, you must order by 12 Midnight, Pacific time tonight!
This week proves that the CBLDF’s work is as vital as ever. On Monday, Alan Moore’s award winning graphic novel Neonomicon was banned by a library director in South Carolina against the advice of the library’s review board, and despite CBLDF’s efforts in support of the book. Threats to the freedom to read comics occur with alarming regularity, and CBLDF is on the front line addressing them. We can only do this work with your support. That’s why these creators are taking time out of their busy holiday season, to thank you for supporting our critically important work.
When you support the CBLDF’s Spirit of Giving drive, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation will make a contribution of $2 for every donation and gift order placed on the CBLDF’s website. In addition, they will contribute $10 for each new membership and $5 for every renewing membership made from now until December 31! With every gift you order from CBLDF, you’ll get an exclusive card featuring Will Eisner’s The Spirit that tells them your gift helped do good for comics!
Creators participating in the personalization drive include: Jason Aaron, Mike Allred, Sergio Aragones, Alison Bechdel, Chris Burnham, Cliff Chiang, Howard Cruse, Evan Dorkin, Neil Gaiman, Rebekah Isaacs, Chip Kidd, Paul Levitz, Larry Marder, Terry Moore, David Petersen, Dave Roman, Greg Rucka, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wagner, and Brian Wood! These creators are taking time out of their holiday season to thank you for your support of our important work protecting the freedom to read comics! Don’t delay – this personalization offer ends today, December 5!
Carl Gropper of the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation says, “The CBLDF is as important today as when it was founded over 25 years ago. It was always important to Will Eisner, and the Foundation is thrilled to be able to continue to help. We must maintain our vigilance over our rights and liberties and stop those who would try to take them away for any reason. Please consider a membership or renewing your membership during the holiday season.”
Be a hero this holiday by giving the most unique gifts that make a real difference when you support the CBLDF with the Spirit of Giving!
Here’s the list of participants and gift items launching this important CBLDF campaign:
Brian K. Vaughan
Here’s How The Personalization Works
When you place your order with the CBLDF for these holiday premiums, you can have each of the offered books personalized to one or two names, and the artist will sign and personalize the book on a high quality CBLDF-branded bookplate. When you place your order, please indicate how you want the book personalized in the comments section. Please include the personalization request, such as: For Will, For Carl & Nancy, or To The Groppers! Sorry – artists will not be able to provide sketches or other messages.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SHIPPING
All books will be personalized the week of December 5, and will be mailed the week of December 12. If you have questions about whether a book will reach you in time for a specific day, please email Alex Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org
International donors, please note, we are happy to ship anywhere in the world, but due to extended international shipping times and potential customs delays beyond our control, we cannot guarantee these personalized items will arrive for Christmas delivery.
Here’s How Your Donation Will Be Used
Expert Legal Defense: When a First Amendment emergency becomes a criminal case, CBLDF springs to action. Thanks to our efforts, earlier this year Canadian authorities dropped all criminal charges in the case of Ryan Matheson, an American citizen who was wrongfully accused at the U.S. / Canadian border of importing child pornography on his laptop, when in fact, what he had on his computer was humor and fantasy manga. CBLDF provided substantive support in the form of legal resources and expert witnesses. We also contributed $30,000 to Ryan’s legal fees, and we are currently working to pay off the remaining $34,000 in legal defense costs. Ryan appeared at NYCC to tell his story. You can read his words or listen to a recording of the panel to learn how CBLDF members made a difference in his life here.
Preventative Legal Action: The CBLDF is most successful when you don’t hear about our work. That’s because our powerful legal team is working to defuse First Amendment emergencies at the first sign of trouble. For instance, this summer, we were successful in ending an investigation involving a comics reader in Idaho who was turned into police by an intimate partner. That partner maliciously alleged that the comics this reader owned were child pornography and obscene. They weren’t. Our lawyers asserted that truth and made the case go away before it went to court. CBLDF’s expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies like these thanks to the monetary support of our members.
Proactive Library Support: Comics are an important, and often misunderstood facet of 21st Century libraries, making them the target of frequent challenges. CBLDF stands up for the freedom to read when these challenges happen. Most recently, we sent a letter of support to Bill Ptacek, a Seattle area library director commending the library for standing up for the intellectual freedom of its patrons in the face of an attack in the media for offering manga in the library’s adult collection. In September we spoke out against the ban of the graphic novel SideScrollers in Connecticut, and published dozens of resources as part of our sponsorship of Banned Books Week. Efforts to ban specific comics titles keep happening and constant vigilance is necessary to keep them accessible to the public. CBLDF members make it possible for us to do that work.
Commitment to Education: The modern era is bringing more readers to comics from more places than ever, but it’s also bringing new threats. That’s why CBLDF is committed to providing a growing education program that elevates awareness of the rights that the people who read, circulate, and make comics are guaranteed by the First Amendment, and how those rights are endangered. We do this by delivering presentations to lawyers, librarians, students and readers all over the United States. We also maintain a website that strives to be the internet’s best resource for information about comics censorship. CBLDF.org maintains a daily news blog and a rich and growing resources section, with case studies on Banned Comics, Case Files that include a growing library of original court documents, rich historical sections on Comics Censorship History, the Comics Code, and manga censorship, and much more.