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Paul Pope Launches New CBLDF Benefit Print

Paul Pope has created an all new fine art print with master art printers Axelle Fine Arts to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! See Pope at work on the print, and learn about his passion for CBLDF in this exclusive video by Shahriar Shadab. Then go behind the scenes courtesy of our friends at io9!

This print, The Liberty Tree, was personally overseen by Pope, is archivally printed, and strictly limited to 50 copies, all signed and numbered by artist. Get a print of your very own by joining the CBLDF at the $500 level or $1,000 level, which will also include a separate sketch by the artist! All proceeds benefit the CBLDF’s 2011 program work.

The Transmetropolitan Art Book Is Coming — If You Make It So!

It has been nearly ten years since the release of the final issue of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, the Eisner-nominated comics series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson. Now an all-star ensemble of artists have joined forces to create a tremendous, one-time-only tribute art book with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. This project is being put together by volunteer Susan Auġér on Kickstarter. Preorder now to make it a reality!

CBLDF Accepts Downs Intellectual Freedom Award at ALA Midwinter

Last weekend, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was presented the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, an honor presented by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to acknowledge individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. The award was presented last Saturday at a presentation during the American Library Association midwinter conference, and accepted by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. His acceptance remarks highlight the rise of comics from being hobbled by junk science in the 1950s to their near universal embrace by contemporary culture, and are presented in full after the jump.

CBLDF Board Member Neil Gaiman & Executive Director Charles Brownstein with the Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. Photo by Cat Mihos.

See CBLDF At the Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

Wahoolazuma! This weekend CBLDF president and Beanworld creator Larry Marder will be helming the CBLDF’s table at the inaugural Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

Boasting a huge array of great guests including headliners Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, and Jeph Loeb, the Amazing Arizona Comic Con is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comic books. From a show floor packed with over one hundred exhibitors, to an exciting artist alley, and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, the Amazing Arizona Comic Con brings the best of popular culture to the American Southwest!

The Con gets started this Saturday at the Mesa Convention Center in Phoenix Arizona. Look for Larry Marder & The CBLDF table to support the Fund and get your first dose of convention goodness in 2011!

CBLDF Auctions Superheroes by Margaret Atwood and Periscope Studios!

Last October, celebrated writer and novelist Margaret Atwood was inspired to create superheroes based on the handles of her Twitter followers. The illustrations that followed became a fast internet sensation, and inspired the talented folks at Periscope Studios of Portland, Oregon, to illustrate their own takes on the characters Ms. Atwood designed …

Donate to CBLDF Today For 2010 Tax Deduction!

It’s not too late to support CBLDF and make the 2010 tax deadline. Donate now! Your gift today will keep us going in 2011.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us protect artists, retailers and readers whose First Amendment rights are threatened. You’ll also be giving us the resources we need to create important new tools to help protect the First Amendment rights of comics, including new tools for lawyers and librarians for defending graphic novels, and a customs guide for readers traveling with comics in their possession or on their devices.

Please give to CBLDF right now before the tax deadline at midnight. You’ll be investing in protecting comics First Amendment rights, and you’ll have a bigger tax deduction for 2010.

Thank you for your continued support – we look forward to serving you in 2011!

CBLDF’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays have arrived, and the CBLDF is here to help! Make your comics gifts the most special ones under the tree by ordering one of the CBLDF’s signed Donation Rewards! You’ll have the satisfaction of giving a unique gift and supporting the Fund’s very important First Amendment legal work.

Read on for recommendations for all kinds of fans, including our top Kid-Friendly, Heroic, Otherworldly, and Indy picks! Order by December 17 for Domestic Holiday Shipping!

This Thursday: CBLDF Member Appreciation Holiday Party in NYC!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is excited to announce our annual Member Appreciation Holiday Party, commencing December 16th, from 8 pm to 11 pm, at TWINS PUB, at 421 9th Ave (between 33rd St & 34th St)!

Join Paul Pope (Heavy Liquid, BATMAN YEAR 100), who will be spinning records as our DJ for the evening. Joining us from out of town is CHEW Creator John Layman, artist Cliff Chiang (GREENDALE, DC Comics covers), and many more! The party is FREE for CBLDF Members and a $5 and up suggested donation for non-members. A gift bag is provided courtesy of IMAGE COMICS!

“Chew” The Fat With John Layman!

Win a rare chance to meet and eat with the creator of the runaway foodie thriller CHEW, published by Image Comics! The winner of this auction will spend an hour in NYC with Layman on December 16 or 17, and will also receive a signed first printing of Chew #1. This auction is open for bids on eBay right now!

After bidding, don’t forget to get one of the last remaining seats for John’s Pitching Comics Workshop on December 18 — all benefiting CBLDF!

John Layman Presents The Secrets of Pitching Comics!

Find out what it takes to develop a winning pitch for your comics and graphic novel projects! John Layman, best known for creating the Image Comics hit “Chew,” has sat on both sides of the pitching process, as an editor for Wildstorm and as a creator. Join him for this in-depth workshop and q&a to learn the secrets of developing, refining and marketing your idea as a pitch that editors will buy! Tickets for this event are available for a $50 donation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and seating is extremely limited. This workshop will be on December 18, from 12 PM to 2 PM at the CBLDF office in New York City. Book your ticket now! Looking for a gift? Get a signed copy of Chew Omnivore Edition v. 1 here!

Get 75 Years of DC Comics Personalized by Paul Levitz!

Support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and give the most memorable comics gift under the tree by ordering 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED by author Paul Levitz! Until 7pm ET on December 8th a donation of $225 will get you a copy of this extraordinary book which can be inscribed to the recipient of your choice and signed by Paul Levitz. Levitz will sign these books on December 10th and books will ship on December 13th, just in time for the holidays. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary package, benefiting the CBLDF! Get your copy now!

CBLDF Wins 2010 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

For their dedication to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has been selected to receive the 2010 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award given by the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.