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CLLDF Twitter Auction: Art by Kyle Charles

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce its first Twitter auction, featuring five pieces of art donated by Kyle Charles, the new ongoing artist for Image’s ’68 series. The auction begins November 7.

The five pieces are four blank covers featuring full-colour art (Justice League #1, featuring Aquaman; Swamp Thing #14, featuring Swamp Thing; Daredevil #1, featuring Daredevil; and Amazing Spider-Man #648) and one 22 by 28 Bristol board black-and-white drawing of Batman and the Joker, drawn live at the Edmonton Expo on September 28.


The auction will end on November 12 at midnight, with all proceeds going to the CLLDF. Payment will be accepted via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

CLLDF T-Shirt Now Available Online

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


Our Cory Lewis-designed shirts can now be ordered through the mail!  Available sizing: Ladies S, M, and L, and Mens S, M, L, XL, and XXL.  The easiest way to order one is by making a donation to the Fund, using the button on the right side of this page.  Be sure to give us your mailing address and shirt size in the “special instructions.”

Shirts are $20 each.  Shipping via Canada Post.  Canadian orders, please add $13.40 for shipping ($33.40 total).  American orders, please add $8.00 for shipping ($28 total).

Can-Con Season Begins

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The CLLDF will be set up at two conventions this month: the inaugural Fan Expo Vancouver, April 21-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, April 27-29 at the BMO Centre.

In Vancouver, we’ll be in Artists’ Alley, space A37 (across from the Batmobile) with our new logo buttons and a selection of signed comics and graphic novels (including Sandman collections signed by Neil Gaiman, and V For Vendetta, signed by David Lloyd) available in exchange for donations to the Fund.

In Calgary, we’ll be found in Booth 524, next to the “Jack Kirby corner.” In addition to our buttons and more signed books, the Kirby folks have created a banner for us that will be signed by as many creators as possible, then auctioned off as a fundraiser. As well, we’ve got a Saturday morning panel, hosted by Board member Jay Bardyla.

CLLDF Artist Challenge
Room: Palomino C
Time: 11:00 – 12:00

The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund invites you to come and find out what exactly they do, who they help, and why. During this discourse, you will have the opportunity to watch some of the Creator Guests whip up some fantastic artwork which will later be auctioned off at the CLLDF booth. All proceeds go to the legal fund.

GONE TO AMERIKAY Launch Party Benefits CBLDF

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Gone to Amerikay, the new Vertigo original graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Colleen Doran, will have a book launch party, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. McCulloch and Doran will both be at Harbor Lights Restaurant in New York City on March 30 from 6 to 8 pm, celebrating the release of their new book and demonstrating their support of the CBLDF’s mission. All are welcome to join the celebration; admission will be free, though donations to the CBLDF are suggested. There will be complimentary hors d’oeurves, and special guests from the comics community will be on hand to inaugurate Gone to Amerikay. Copies of the book will be on sale, courtesy of Midtown Comics.

McCulloch, who sits on the board of The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, the Canadian counterpart to the CBLDF, said “I’m very proud of our work on Gone to Amerikay and all the more proud to be launching it with a benefit for the CBLDF. The CBLDF and the CLLDF recently worked together to defend a reader in a legal battle with Canada Customs, and I’m hoping that this benefit will help defray the costs of that defense.”

Hailed by J. Michael Straczynski as “THE book of 2012,” Gone to Amerikay is a century-spanning original graphic novel about the America that Ireland dreamed. It tells the story of three generations of Irish emigrants to the United States: Ciara O’Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in Greenwich Village 1960; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who’s come to present-day Manhattan on his wife’s anniversary-present promise to reveal the connection between him and them. The mystery originates with Ciara’s runaway husband, who disappeared after promising to join her in America, and carries into mid-century when Johnny, devastated by an unexpected romance and a lost shot at musical fame, gets a supernatural visitor.

Gone to Amerikay will be in stores on March 28.

Harbor Light restaurant is located at South Street Seaport Pier 17 3rd Floor, New York 10038.
Phone: (212) 227-2800

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. They have defended dozens of Free Expression cases in courts across the United States, and led important education initiatives promoting comics literacy and free expression. For additional information, donations, and other inquiries call 800-99-CBLDF or visit them online at

Reposted from the CBLDF.

CLLDF Incorporates, Gains New Directors

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund announces that, 22 years after forming as an ad hoc fundraising organization in defense of a Calgary retailer charged with selling obscene materials, it has at last been formally incorporated.  CLLDF Board of Directors member Derek McCulloch says, “It’s a long overdue step, and one we hope communicates our intention to grow the Fund as a bulwark in the defense of free speech in Canada.”  McCulloch added that while the Fund has been incorporated with bylaws outlining its mission as a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the free speech rights of Canadian comics professionals and fans, its status as a charity is pending.  “The paperwork is in at Revenue Canada,” McCulloch said.  “We hope to have charitable status before the end of the year.”

The move toward formal incorporation comes in the wake of the CLLDF’s involvement, in partnership with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, in the defense of an American citizen facing criminal charges in Canada for comics brought into the country on his laptop.

At the same time, the CLLDF announces that it has expanded its Board of Directors from three members to five.  Joining founding Directors McCulloch, Leonard Wong, and Paul Stockton are two prominent Canadian retailers:  Jay Bardyla of Edmonton, Alberta; and Jennifer Haines of Guelph, Ontario.

Jay Bardyla is the founder of Happy Harbor Comics, the award winning comic shop located in Edmonton, Alberta that works tirelessly to promote the craft of comics to schools and libraries through free presentations and who keeps its doors open to creators of all types to put their books upon their shelves.  A 30 year collector, 24 year employee and 12 year owner in the comics industry, Jay believes he has only begun to understand the industry he loves dearly and looks forward to many more decades of learning about the medium, inspiring others to create comics and to protecting the hobby.

Jennifer Haines opened The Dragon in September 1998 in Guelph, Ontario.  Since then, it has gone on to become the Echo Reader’s Choice best comic store in the area in 2009 and 2010, as well as an Eisner finalist in 2010 and 2011.  Jennifer has an M.A. in Classical Studies, as well as a B.Ed, which has led her to form, a resource for teachers and librarians.  Additionally, she works closely with schools and school boards to help them design specific graphic novel curricula.  When she’s not in the shop, she works as a teacher, primarily of Latin and Drama.

“I’m very pleased to be a part of such an important organization,” Haines said.  “It is vital to protect our freedom of speech by working on cases such as this one.  Despite no longer needing the Comics Code to publish and sell comics, it seems comics are still the focus of attack by government agencies as a result of a historic misunderstanding of content.  Therefore, we must continue to work to clarify the nature of comics in order to preserve our freedom to produce them, without fear of retribution.”

McCulloch says, “We welcome Jay and Jennifer to the Board and very much appreciate their willingness to give of their time and their expertise in support of this important mission.  We look forward to working with them in defense of free speech in the months and years to come.”

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