Like it says, the man behind Bone and Rasl and soon Tüki Save The Humans is also fighting for free speech by joining the board of the CBLDF. PR below.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund proudly announces that Jeff Smith, the celebrated creator of Bone and RASL has been unanimously elected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. Smith joins fellow authors Larry Marder, Jennifer L. Holm, and Paul Levitz, as well as industry leaders Jeff Abraham, Dale Cendali, Joe Ferrara, Milton Griepp, Andrew McIntire, and Chris Powell in serving on the Fund’s Board in direct oversight of its activities protecting the freedom to read.
Smith says, “The CBLDF has always been an important organization to me, and I’m looking forward to increasing my efforts to support its work as a member of the Board. I’m especially pleased to help them with their excellent work protecting the Kids’ Right to Read. CBLDF resources like Raising A Reader, and their constant schedule of education events make a huge difference in preserving the rights we all depend upon to make and read comics.”
CBLDF Board president Larry Marder says, “Jeff and I go back more than 20 years as friends and business collaborators, so it’s an honor to have the opportunity for him join us on the CBLDF Board as we work together to increase the organization’s ability to protect the freedom to read for readers and authors of all ages and all types of comics.”
Smith immediately lends his support to the Fund as part of their current Be Counted membership drive running until October 31. Individuals signing up at selected membership levels will receive signed copies of the strictly limited RASL: Limited Collectors Edition or the Bone: One Volume Edition. Everyone who joins or renews their CBLDF membership during the 2013 Be Counted member drive will also help CBLDF outfit schools and libraries in their community with copies of the education resources Raising A Reader or Manga: Introduction, Challenges, & Best Practices – two of the Fund’s most recent tools for advancing literacy and fighting censorship.
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