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All for one and one for all

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: December 12, 2007

Nobody knows better than I that this is the season not just for family and fellowship, but for outright begging.

Part of my daily work seems to be typing up stories featuring charities in need. This isn’t a knock on charities — they do good work — but this time of year it seems everybody is asking and most of us only have so much to give.

So it was with trepidation that I opened up my letter from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today, knowing full well they were likely to solicit a donation from me.

The thing is, I’m writing a check. Why? Because these people do something I believe in — fight for retailers (like Matt) and creators and guys like me who just like to read comics.

No, it doesn’t seem like Spider-Man is getting in a lot of legal trouble outside the comics page (damn you, Jonah!), but independent creators and store owners are often persecuted for creating and selling works some deem “too adult” or “too controversial” for comics.

Now isn’t that a back-handed compliment? They’re trying to protect us from big, bad thoughts because, as comic book readers, we must be too dumb to think for ourselves.

Frankly I’m insulted. A book can be free speech. A painting can be free speech. But if you put art and words together, suddenly there’s no free speech? Thank goodness for the CBLDF.

So here’s another plea for money in a season already full of them — if you have $10 or $25 or $1,000 to spare, think about going to www.CBLDF.org and clicking on the donations link.

If comic fans band together behind them, we can be sure they’ll fight for us when it counts.

– Greg Elwell

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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