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An open letter from CBLDF Director Charles Brownstein

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Press Release

This week the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sent a $10,000 retainer
check to Jesus Castillo’s legal counsel to pay for the first stage of
his Supreme Court appeal. We were able to do this thanks to the
generous contributions raised in auctions initiated by Jim Lee,
Comicon.com, and MileHighComics.com.

Since starting in mid-November, the Comicon.com auction has raised
over $8,000 for the CBLDF, and it’s not over yet. Spearheaded by
Comicon.com founders Rick Veitch and Steve Conley, artists from
across the industry have donated work to this auction to benefit the
Fund. There’s still a week to go, with original and rare work by
David Lloyd, Gilbert Shelton, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Eddie
Campbell, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bryan Talbot, Paul Mounts, Marc Hempel,
George Walker, Judd Winick, Brian Wood and others on the block. This
auction aims to generate enough income for the Fund to pay off the
rest of this year’s legal bills.

Last week, the Fund also auctioned off the Perfect 10.0 Edition of
Thor #156, donated by Mile High Comics founder Chuck Rozanski. The
book sold on Sunday to a supporter for $5,000. Rozanski has been the
Fund’s most ardent supporter this season. He won the Jim Lee
Benefit Signing auction for $6,700 and followed that up by running the
Fund’s Mid-Ohio Con auction, where he raised over $2,000. His
donation of the rare, historic Thor comic from the Mile High 2
collection is a sacrifice that demonstrates his firm commitment to
the Fund’s mission, and it’s a commitment for which we’re grateful.

The donations these auctions have generated and the steady flow of
memberships and other contributions that you’ve made are helping
the Fund through one of our most expensive years in recent memory.
Because of this support, we’ve been able to tackle the latest
crisis in the Castillo battle.

Unfortunately, the bigger war is not won. The Fund still has to
raise another $20,000 to pay off the rest of this year’s legal
bills, which include fees for our retained counsel and bills from Stu
Helm’s battle with Kraft. With your continued support during the
last week of the Comicon.com Auction, we can come close to that. And
if you’ve been meaning to join or renew your membership, going to
www.cbldf.org and doing so now will help us get even closer.

It’s not a secret that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund depends
on the support of the comics community so that we can defend our
industry’s own. The community’s response to the immediate
crisis of the Castillo Supreme Court appeal demonstrates that comics
people care about their own. If you’ve been among the individuals
who supported that motion, you should know that your dollars truly
have made a difference.

As we close the year, keep an eye on cbldf.org for info about the
last offerings of the Comicon.com Benefit Auction. There’s some
excellent one-of-a-kind pieces that will make great gifts for your
favorite comics fan, or a nice reward for yourself. If your payment
is received by December 19, we can still turn it around in the
continental U.S. for Rush Christmas delivery. Best of all,
you’ll be giving a gift that matters by supporting the Fund’s efforts
on behalf of the comics community.

All of us at the Fund thank you sincerely for your support of our
work in 2002. With your continued support, we can make 2003 a better
tomorrow for comics.

Charles Brownstein

Executive Director