The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is asking everyone who cares about the freedom to read comics, to take the opportunity to make a difference, and become members with the Spring into Action membership drive. The goal is to sign up 500 new or renewing members by the end of May. All month long they'll offer limited-time incentives to thank people for their support.
So far this year, CBLDF has participated in the defense of more than a dozen school and library challenges, including attacks on The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, and Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez. Thanks to their efforts, these books are still on the shelves.
Here are the incentives for the week:
All donors will receive a special Spring Into Action edition of Defend Comics, a 54-page all-star digital 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 week, while supplies last: All new & renewing members will receive a copy of Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! and Defend Comics 2015 Free Comic Book Day Edition!
Members joining (or increasing their current membership) at the $100 Member level will receive a copy of Rebels #1, CBLDF variant edition, signed by Brian Wood.
Members joining at or increasing their current membership to the $250 Defender level will receive a copy of Wytches #1, CBLDF variant signed by Scott Snyder and Cliff Chiang!
Members joining at or increasing their current membership to the $500 Protector level or the $1,000 Champion level will receive a copy of Wytches #1, CBLDF variant signed by Scott Snyder, series artist Jock, and Cliff Chiang!
Here's what you get for joining CBLDF:
The standard level for membership includes the CBLDF membership card, and an EXCLUSIVE MEMBER-ONLY t-shirt, featuring the art of Michael Cho! This shirt is printed on organic cotton, available ONLY to Members. You will also receive a button set, featuring our member button and more, and a sticker set, which includes an assortment of high quality CBLDF stickers! Finally, you'll get a fully-embroidered member patch, featuring the classic CBLDF member logo!
At this membership level, donors receive the CBLDF membership card, featuring artwork by Michael Cho, and aCBLDF bumper sticker!
CBLDF Supporter Members receive the CBLDF membership card and the CBLDF button set, sticker set, andmember patch, featuring the classic CBLDF member logo!
As a Defender Member, you will receive the awesome CBLDF coffee mug, featuring the 2015 member logo, and2015 member canvas tote bag, perfect for storing the comics and graphic novels you have helped protect!
YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE: The EXCLUSIVE MEMBER-ONLY t-shirt, button set, sticker set, andmember patch!
As a Protector Member, you will receive an exclusive CBLDF embossed executive Moleskin journal and aCBLDF gym bag!
YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE: The EXCLUSIVE MEMBER-ONLY t-shirt, button set, sticker set, member patch, canvas tote, and coffee mug!
As a Champion Member, you will receive recognition in the next LIBERTY ANNUAL, as well as the CBLDF 2015 publication assortment, including all educational publications, variant covers, Liberty Annuals, and assorted printed matter!
YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE: The EXCLUSIVE MEMBER-ONLY t-shirt, button set, sticker set, member patch, canvas tote, coffee mug, gym bag, and CBLDF executive Moleskin!
As a Guardian Member, you will receive all of the previous, as well as special recognition in select publicationsthroughout 2015!
Membership also includes a member-exclusive rates — or complimentary at every membership level above Defender — for a subscription to the CBLDF Defender, a quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.