After black and small and cyber on the Holiday schedule comes #giving —#givingTuesday, the day on which charitable contributions are suggested. The CBLDF is offering a premium for contributions made today: a #GivingTuesday edition of Defend Comics, a 54-page all-star anthology featuring stories by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee, Jason Aaron and Moritat, Andy Diggle and Ben Templesmith, Terry Moore, Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, Evan Dorkin, Amy Chu and Shannon Wheeler, and many more. This special anthology will only be available today until 12:00 a.m. PT. The line-up includes:
• “100 Words” by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee
• “The First Censor” by Jason Aaron and Moritat
• “Tales of Comic Book Censorship” by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
• “This Isn’t A Senate Hearing…This is MADNESS” by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
• “Milk & Cheese in CBLDF-U” by Evan Dorkin
• “The First Amendment” by Larry Marder
• “Barren Ground” by Andy Diggle and Ben Templesmith
• “Tabbie Gets A Lesson in Censorship” by Amy Chu and Shannon Wheeler
• “Dramatic Reading” by Meryl Jaffe and Janet Lee
• “Being Normal” by Mark Waid and Jeff Lemire
• “Douchebag” by Terry Moore
• “What if Wertham Was Right” by Joshua Williamson and Ron Chan
• Plus pin-ups by Ben Templesmith, Frank Miller, and Jeff Smith!
In addition to making this offer, the CBLDF released the below PDF which shows how they worked in 2014. It was a busy year for the organization, which supports free speech and fights censorship throughout the industry. Luckily, there are no expensive legal proceedings underway for the CBLDF, however they were not idle:
We addressed more than two dozen challenges to comics and other books, including a national outbreak of summer reading bans. We defused several legal crises before they could rise to the level of prosecutions. We took a leadership role in Banned Books Week‘s 2014 comics focus. We also added to our expansive education mission, with several new publications, more than 40 public presentations, a new monthly podcast, our weekly newsletter, and daily news and resource content on cbldf.org. CBLDF does all of this work, and more, with a small dedicated staff.
In addition you can read their annual report here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.