LAS VEGAS — Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund appeared at the ComicsPRO meeting to discuss his organization’s goals and how the fund and comic-book retailers could work together.
“Comics are now front and center,” Brownstein said. Once, a marginalized part of culture, now “we are the culture.”
If it were not for the efforts of comic book retailers, comics might have joined vaudeville and radio dramas as near-extinct forms of entertainment, Brownstein said.
But with increased exposure comes increased scrutiny, and that’s where the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund comes in, Brownstein said. The CBLDF works to defend the first-amendment rights of comic book creators and retailers.
Through a recent promotion with Diamond Comic Distributors, allowing stores to sign up via a Diamond ordering line item, the Fund signed up more than 200 store members and raised more than $29,000 dollars.
In the near future, the Fund plans to send out a retailer resource guide, helping retailers to be aware of good retailing and legal practices.
Brownstein also announced that ComicsPRO would be involved in promoting an upcoming auction to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Smith will make his only in-store signing in 2008 available in an upcoming auction to benefit the CBLDF.
– Matt Price