THE SPX MISSION — PART 3 — SUPPORTING THE CBLDF
Every penny the Small Press Expo is able to use in support for our charitable programs comes from attendees to our annual festival.
The entry pass you purchase, the merchandise you buy from SPX - it all goes to the same place: promoting, preserving, and protecting the work of independent comics creators.
SUPPORT FOR THE CBLDF
Our longest standing charitable relationship is with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. As their name implies, The CBLDF acts as a bulwark against censorship for comics creators of all stripes and provides an important voice in support of creative freedom.
HOW THE CBLDF MAKES A DIFFERENCE
This year to date CBLDF has shut down three unjust censorship actions against artists with swift behind-the-scenes efforts at the first sign of legal intimidation. Your support makes it possible for it to do this work.
The fund is about to release Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read. It’s designed as a short and useful tool to introduce parents to the value of comics and graphic novels. It’s also a tool to assist librarians and teachers by providing solid techniques for using comics in their curriculum, and as a handout to provide to parents.
The CBLDF has so far paid for $40,000 of Ryan’s legal costs, and are currently fundraising to pay off the remaining $24,000. Your contributions will help make that happen. You can learn more about this case in Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary detailing Ryan’s struggle.
Most notably, it has just released CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, an authoritative yet accessible 144-page handbook designed to help librarians, educators and parents approach manga.
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