- Posted by Johanna on February 28, 2007 at 7:46 am
- Category: Comic News
There’s a good summation of events so far in the announcement, laying out the two disputed issues, linking to the court documents, and providing this statement of intent about the company:
Many of you reading this know who we are and what we stand for. You probably know that we have been vigorously defending 1st Amendment principles many years before there was a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund — which we also supported since its inception (and which now, ironically, has rejected our request for financial aid. The second, perhaps more telling, irony is that Harlan Ellison won the Fund’s 1998 Defender of Liberty Award!). You also know the artists we have published over the last 30 years and our commitment to those artists and to the art form. Without additional financial assistance, we will have to reconsider many of our commercially marginal books (approximately half of them); the money that would make those books possible will instead be spent on legal fees. We hope you are willing to help us.
You can help in several ways, whether buying one of their fine publications (I recommend Locas, Peanuts, or Popeye as a start), giving money directly, or watch for future auctions. They’re also interested in fund-raising ideas. I like the realistic tone of their pitch:
You can donate money to the Fantagraphics Defense Fund if you’re so inclined. This money will be deposited in a separate account and used exclusively to pay our lawyers. We know that there are hundreds of good causes to contribute to; we know that most of our readers are on a budget; we know you have your own problems; we know your life does not revolve around helping Fantagraphics; and we appreciate that you have probably bought our books in the past and will probably continue to buy those books that interest you. No pressure. But, if you have the money and want to support us, we will be deeply and sincerely appreciative of anything you would be willing to donate — from five bucks to, well, the sky’s the limit. A handful of big donations from the well-off would help us immensely. Small contributions, even letters of support, will boost our morale.
As expected, at Newsarama, some people see this announcement as an excuse to pile on either or both of the litigants. Here’s the lengthy case discussion thread at the TCJ message board, with another one for Groth’s latest response to Ellison.