Yesterday morning, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced that longtime supporter and board member Neil Gaiman contributed $60,000 to the non-profit’s growing education program. Gaiman, who has been a member of the CBLDF for more than a decade, retired from the Board of Directors earlier this year, and his generous contribution proves to be an essential step in the CBLDF’s advancement in educating those about first amendment rights as well as supporting so many great comics and cartoonists alike.
Gaiman, in a statement, has spoken about his role at the CBLDF:
“I’ve supported the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, initially through fundraising and awareness raising, and then as a member of the board of directors, for over twenty years now. The CBLDF has, through that time, grown from a one-person organization dealing with emergencies that would have wiped out creators and retailers to what it is now: a major force in fighting censorship and preserving First Amendment liberties for those of us who read, create, publish or sell comics on paper or on the web.”
Gaiman concludes, “The CBLDF does a lot with a very little. I’m delighted that this year the Gaiman Foundation can help it to build.”
Gaiman’s time as a board member was well spent as he was instrumental in creating the CBLDF’s education program, his main goals being to educate readers, creators, retailers, and publishers about the history of unlawful censorship and arrests that many comics store owners and creators have had to bear witness to.
Gaiman will continue to work with his own non-profit, the Gaiman Foundation, along with supporting the CBLDF more so along the times as a member of the creative community. At the moment, Gaiman is offering to personalize his graphic novels for CBLDF supporters as part of the “Spirit of Giving” holiday fundraiser. The Gaiman Foundation, founded this year, has a similar purpose to the CBLDF in supporting free speech and the arts, and grants gifts to organizations and charities that have demonstrated dedication and excellence in their respective missions.