During the duration of the September 2014 PREVIEWS catalog, retailers were encouraged to join or renew their memberships with the CBLDF to support the organization whose main goal is to raise awareness for defending the rights of creators, publishers and retailers within the comic book industry.
“As a corporate member, we’re proud to support the CBLDF and its endeavors,” said Dan Manser, Marketing Director for Diamond Comic Distributors. “We’re also very humbled each year by the response from comic shop retailers to help fund the CBLDF during the annual membership drive.”
Retailers had the opportunity to sign up for various levels of membership which included being an advocate, defender, protector and/or a champion. Each level was accompanied by specific benefits retailers would receive as a “Thank You” for becoming a member. This year, 17 retailers became Champion level members, giving $1000 each towards the cause and bringing the grand total of membership and donations to $70,050 for the CBLDF.
Membership in the Fund helps them continue to provide top-flight legal defense for First Amendment cases affecting comic book stores and industry partners. The CBLDF helps to provide support and control in legal issues that may occur and also provides education tools to help the industry protect itself against changes in the legal landscape. The CBLDF's ability to mobilize immediate legal action, and offer hands-on education depends upon the support of its members. The comic book industry benefits from the work the CBLDF team does behind the scenes, defending the rights of freedom of speech and helping comic books stay in stores and on shelves.