Charles Brownstein Resigns as Executive Director of the CBLDF

This weekend, as the comic book industry looked at examples of misconduct, in the past and present, several comic creators also talked about the first such case that drew significant internet commentary. It was back in 2005 and concerned the then-and-still Executive Director of the comic book free speech advocacy charity, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Charles Brownstein. It involved claims that he sexually assaulted comic book creator Taki Soma. This weekend Taki Soma reconfirmed the account, thanking those who spoke up for her. I reported some of the comments being made by comic creators, – minutes ago there was another major voice who added their support. One Frank Miller.

Official: Charles Brownstein Fired By the CBLDF
But earlier today, I also ran the story that we had learned the board of the CBLDF had held a virtual emergency meeting over the weekend, as a direct result of these comic book creator comments. And that the board members had voted to remove Brownstein, immediately. The board members at present are Christina Merkler, President, Chris Powell, Vice President, Ted Adams, Treasurer, Dale Cendali, Secretary, Jeff Abraham, Jennifer L. Holm, Reginald Hudlin, Katherine Keller. Paul Levitz and Gene Luen Yang.

I reported the news as a rumour — though very well-sourced — as there had been no official confirmation. That has now changed. Bleeding Cool has received the following comment from Charles Brownstein and the CBLDF, confirming his departure.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has accepted the resignation of Charles Brownstein as Executive Director, effective immediately.

Our organization exists to serve the comics community and the First Amendment, and we can't do that without an open and honest discourse. We believe our organization's management and staff should be representative of and responsive to the community they serve. As we move forward, it will be with a renewed focus on accountability and transparency. And as we plan for the future with new leadership in place, we will work with our staff and human resources experts to continue developing policies that will make us a stronger organization.

We hear and understand the concerns of our community and recognize that this is only a first step in building greater trust and understanding regarding our mission and how it is carried out.

Official: Charles Brownstein Fired By the CBLDF
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About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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