Each year, CBLDF is proud to exhibit at conventions like Emerald City Comicon and WonderCon to help spread the word about our important First Amendment work. Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Emerald City and WonderCon have both been officially postponed until later this year. Conventions like these are spaces where the comic book community is able to come together and share in our love of all things comics. We will miss the chance to make connections with the host of incredible attendees and creators who support our work.
It’s your support that enables us to continue to defend free expression from constant threats. CBLDF is hard at work protecting our community’s rights. Our 2020 legal work to date includes:
- Providing legal and financial support for a group of cartoonists at risk of having their work altered, confiscated or suppressed in a copyright battle.
- Providing support to defend against attempts to ban Drama by Raina Telgemeier in Wyoming and Seven Deadly Sins in Texas, with positive results in both cases.
- Monitoring and fighting unconstitutional laws, including library censorship bills in Missouri and Tennessee and new internet and retail censorship laws in Utah and Iowa
Last year CBLDF provided legal support in 14 cases, supporting retailers, readers, and creators whose rights were at risk. Thanks in part to CBLDF’s intervention, none of these cases went to court. With donations from supporters like you, we are also able to create resources that promote the understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Our training, resources, and education opportunities help teachers, students, and librarians across America fight censorship.
Please support this work by checking out our Comic Con Pop Up. We’ve featured a sample of our premiums, so you don’t miss out on the chance to support our work fighting for free expression. Check out our collection of graphic novels signed by your favorite comic creators. Show off your support for the cause with exclusive CBLDF merchandise like our Comic Book Fact Sheet t-shirt and Comics Code Authority enamel pin. Every donation you make allows us to continue our vital First Amendment work.
Join our fight for free expression by becoming a member today! When you become a CBLDF member, you get a welcome kit with exclusive gifts plus access to special events and webinars. You’ll be supporting our work providing legal aid to creators, educators and readers, fighting unconstitutional laws, and creating resources that protect our essential First Amendment rights. With your help, we can work together to make sure every voice is heard!
We’re not the only ones affected by the postponement of these conventions. If you’re able, please take some time to support the creators who were also unable to set up. Check out the hashtags #eccconline and #wondercononline on twitter to find the artists that you missed. Many local comic shops are also working hard to keep their spaces safe for their communities. Please consider supporting these local businesses and stopping by to stock up on some reading material, if it is safe for you to do so! Stay safe, look out for each other, and help CBLDF continue to look out for the rights we all depend on by supporting the CBLDF Comic Con Pop Up.