- Posted by Johanna on March 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm
- Category: Comic News
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a new President, Chris Powell, General Manager of Lone Star Comics and President Pro-Tem of ComicsPRO. Surprisingly, this is the first time a retailer has been president of the group. It makes sense, of course, since comic shop retailers are often the most obvious victims of censorship attacks on free-speech rights. Powell has served on the Board for two years.
Chris Staros, President for the previous five years, left the group “to devote more time to the growth of Top Shelf Productions.” I wonder whether having one person in leadership roles in both CBLDF and ComicsPRO, the retailer trade organization, will result in the two groups working together.
Also joining the Board of Directors is Larry Marder (Beanworld). The other Board members are retailer Joe Ferrara, Milton Griepp, Louise Nemschoff, Peter David, Neil Gaiman, Steve Geppi of Diamond Comics Distribution, and Paul Levitz. From the press release:
Setting goals for his Presidency of the organization, Powell says, “The Fund will continue to grow and evolve, finding new and innovative ways to support comic fans, creators, and sellers. We will increase our use of 21st century technology in our mission and fundraising work. We will increase our outreach to new and current members, and increase our ability to share news and information about the ongoing fight to protect the First Amendment rights we all depend upon to do business.”
Powell adds, “Working each day with comics retailers from all over the country, I’ve seen the good the Fund can do. We will continue to build retailer membership in the CBLDF so we can continue working to protect them, their suppliers, and their customers.”