An open letter from CBLDF Director Charles Brownstein

Wed, December 11th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Matthew Povey, News Associate

Press Release

This week the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sent a $10,000 retainer

check to Jesus Castillo's legal counsel to pay for the first stage of

his Supreme Court appeal. We were able to do this thanks to the

generous contributions raised in auctions initiated by Jim Lee,, and

Since starting in mid-November, the auction has raised

over $8,000 for the CBLDF, and it's not over yet. Spearheaded by founders Rick Veitch and Steve Conley, artists from

across the industry have donated work to this auction to benefit the

Fund. There's still a week to go, with original and rare work by

David Lloyd, Gilbert Shelton, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Eddie

Campbell, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bryan Talbot, Paul Mounts, Marc Hempel,

George Walker, Judd Winick, Brian Wood and others on the block. This

auction aims to generate enough income for the Fund to pay off the

rest of this year's legal bills.

Last week, the Fund also auctioned off the Perfect 10.0 Edition of

Thor #156, donated by Mile High Comics founder Chuck Rozanski. The

book sold on Sunday to a supporter for $5,000. Rozanski has been the

Fund's most ardent supporter this season. He won the Jim Lee

Benefit Signing auction for $6,700 and followed that up by running the

Fund's Mid-Ohio Con auction, where he raised over $2,000. His

donation of the rare, historic Thor comic from the Mile High 2

collection is a sacrifice that demonstrates his firm commitment to

the Fund's mission, and it's a commitment for which we're grateful.

The donations these auctions have generated and the steady flow of

memberships and other contributions that you've made are helping

the Fund through one of our most expensive years in recent memory.

Because of this support, we've been able to tackle the latest

crisis in the Castillo battle.

Unfortunately, the bigger war is not won. The Fund still has to

raise another $20,000 to pay off the rest of this year's legal

bills, which include fees for our retained counsel and bills from Stu

Helm's battle with Kraft. With your continued support during the

last week of the Auction, we can come close to that. And

if you've been meaning to join or renew your membership, going to and doing so now will help us get even closer.

It's not a secret that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund depends

on the support of the comics community so that we can defend our

industry's own. The community's response to the immediate

crisis of the Castillo Supreme Court appeal demonstrates that comics

people care about their own. If you've been among the individuals

who supported that motion, you should know that your dollars truly

have made a difference.

As we close the year, keep an eye on for info about the

last offerings of the Benefit Auction. There's some

excellent one-of-a-kind pieces that will make great gifts for your

favorite comics fan, or a nice reward for yourself. If your payment

is received by December 19, we can still turn it around in the

continental U.S. for Rush Christmas delivery. Best of all,

you'll be giving a gift that matters by supporting the Fund's efforts

on behalf of the comics community.

All of us at the Fund thank you sincerely for your support of our

work in 2002. With your continued support, we can make 2003 a better

tomorrow for comics.

Charles Brownstein

Executive Director

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