Official Press Release
This party is free for all current year CBLDF members. Non-members can attend by joining at the door for $25. Attending creators to include: Paul Pope, John Cassaday, Arthur Suydam, Claudia Gonson, Brian Wood, Douglas Rushkoff, Davide Gianfelice, Dennis Calero, Nikki Cook, Liz Baillie, R. Sikoryak, Dean Haspiel & many more!
Because of your support, we marched to victory in defense of Rome, GA retailer Gordon Lee, and we are currently able to come to the aid of manga collector Christopher Handley in Iowa, who faces federal charges for possession of comics the government alleges to be obscene.
Come out to rub elbows with comics' best and brightest, enjoy raffles, giveaways, gift bags and more!
Jeff Smith CBLDF Benefit Signing at Flying Colors Comics This Saturday!
This signing will mark Jeff Smith's only North American comic store appearance for 2008 and 2009. The exclusive appearance was bid on as part of a fundraising auction available only to members of ComicsPRO, the trade association for comic book specialty retailers. The winning bid amount of $4650.00 has been donated in its entirety to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
"I've known Jeff Smith and both admired and been an enthusiastic retailer of his work for more than 15 years, but this will be the first time his legions of fans will be able to come meet him at Flying Colors Comics," said Field. "Knowing Jeff has also admired the work ComicsPRO does on behalf of all comics specialty retailers coupled with the splash this makes for the CBLDF makes this even more special."
"I owe everything to the comic shop owners who continue to believe in Cartoon Books and my work. The membership of ComicsPRO are among the best of the best," said Jeff Smith. "Any retailer dedicated to selling comics in the specialty market needs to seriously consider joining ComicsPRO, as well as support the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I'm also excited to finally do an event at Joe Field's Flying Colors Comics."
"The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is moved by the generosity of Joe Field and all the other ComicsPRO members who bid on this unprecedented auction," said Charles Brownstein, executive director of CBLDF. "We're also grateful to Jeff Smith, Vijaya Iyer, and the team at Cartoon Books for going above and beyond to support the Fund and the membership of ComicsPRO. This effort will go a long way towards helping us perform our important work in this season as we support the defense of Iowa collector Christopher Handley."