Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Needs Your Help

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is about to go to trial in the Gordon Lee case, and they need all the help they can get from well meaning comic readers. Click through to read the press release with details on the case, and ways you could donate, were you so inclined. We here at iFanboy are supporters of the CBLDF, and they were the hosts of the fantastic Strangers in Paradise benefit, where all the proceeds went to this case. If you’re a retailer, there’s a pretty good chance you didn’t get into it for the money, so if something goes wrong, and the morality police come knocking, it’s good to know there’s someone who can help.

Gordon Lee Trial Date Set – CBLDF Needs Your Help!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund urgently needs your help. This August, the long-running case of Georgia v. Gordon Lee will finally go to trial, with court costs expected to hit $20,000.

For nearly three years the Fund has defended Georgia retailer Gordon Lee, seeing him through multiple arraignments and procedures, and racking up $80,000 in legal bills. The charges stem from a Halloween 2004 incident in which Lee handed out, among other free comics, an anthology featuring an excerpt from the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Salon. The segment depicted a historically accurate meeting between 20th Century art icons Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the latter depicted in the nude. It was a harmless sequence, no more explicit than the nudity displayed in the award winning Watchmen. Yet because the title found its way into the hands of a minor, Floyd County prosecutors hit Lee with two felony counts and five misdemeanors. The Fund eventually knocked out most of the charges, but must now defeat the two remaining misdemeanor counts of Distribution of Harmful to Minors Material, each carrying a penalty of up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

The case is slated to go to trial the week of August 13. We urgently need your support in order to wage the best defense possible against these remaining charges, and that means raising the $20,000 that the trial is expected to cost. Here’s how you can help:

Make A Monetary Donation: Every dollar counts, so please visit the and make a tax-deductible contribution today. As a thank-you for making a donation of $30 or more, the Fund will give you a brand new t-shirt displaying the text of the First Amendment in the shape of an American flag. Show your commitment to free speech, and your support for this very important case.

Join The CBLDF: Now is the time to join or renew your membership in the Fund. Your member dollars provide the baseline of support that we need to perform our casework, and defend your right to buy whatever comics you wish. If you join now with a basic membership of $25 you will receive a CBLDF Member Card, featuring new Groo art by the one-and-only Sergio Aragones, as well as a subscription to our news publication Busted!, and special admission to CBLDF events across the country. If you join at a level of $100 or more, you will also receive one of the new First Amendment t-shirts.

Donate Original Art & Collectibles: With summer conventions upon us, the Fund needs original art, high-grade comics, and other collectible items to make the most of our summer auctions. Please e-mail for more information about how to donate to our auctions, or with a description of your intended donation. If your donation is accepted for our summer auctions, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a 2007 membership. To ensure that your donation is received safely, please do not send physical items until accepted by the CBLDF.

With Gordon Lee’s freedom in the balance, the CBLDF needs everyone who values Free Expression in comic books to do his or her part to support this very important case. Please visit and make your contribution today.



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  1. I just…I just feel the need to post something here. It makes it look so sad, dark and lonely when the “0” appears at the top of the post.

    By the way, I think this is totally an awesome cause and I hope the CBLDF kicks ass and takes names.

  2. Wow I had no idea that they would prosecute someone for the same sort of indecency that they show on Fox every night. Good thing CBLDF is on the case!

  3. If everyone who read this was to send them 2-3 bucks, just what you would spend on a bad comic book you don’t really like any more. Or send them a buck. Just send them something.


  4. If anyone’s interested, I’ll be doing the Blogathon thing in support of the CBDLF. Looking for every sponsor I can get…