Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Mission: The CBLDF, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.
Executive Director: Denis Kitchen
Year founded: 1986
- In the past five years, the CBLDF has raised over $200,000 to pay expenses related to defending freedom of speech.
- Since 1986, the CBLDF has helped more than a dozen comic book retailers and professionals in their legal battles with censorship.
Profile: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund began as a means to pay for the legal defense of Friendly Frank's comic shop manager Michael Correa, who was arrested in 1986 on charges of distributing obscenity. After Correa's conviction was overturned, Denis Kitchen officially incorporated the CBLDF in 1990 as a nonprofit charitable organization with capital of $20,000 left over from Correa's defense fund. Now supported by many prominent authors, the board of directors includes Chris Staros, Peter David, and Neil Gaiman. The Fund publishes a quarterly newsletter called Busted!
To become more involved, volunteer, or donate, visit the organization's website.
–Community Team, Red Room
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