Official Press Release
Northampton MA — Chris Bleistein has resigned from the Comic Book
Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization protecting
First Amendment rights in the comics industry. He had been an
employee of the CBLDF more than four years, serving for the past
thirteen months as the organization’s Executive Director (ED).
“It’s been a privilege working for the CBLDF,” said Bleistein, “both
as Deputy Director and Executive Director. I’m glad to be leaving
the Fund on much surer financial footing than when I assumed the
duties of director. I believe as strongly as ever in the Fund’s
mission, but after more than four years, I felt it was time to move
“Chris has done an exemplary job of stabilizing and improving the
CBLDF’s bottom line,” noted Denis Kitchen, the Fund’s President. “He
stepped up at a time when the organization’s finances were of
concern. Chris’s frugality and attention to budgetary detail has
dramatically helped the Fund’s ability to defend retailers, artists
and others who are unfairly prosecuted. ”
Kitchen indicated that the CBLDF board would make an announcement at
a later date regarding Bleistein’s replacement.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3
non-profit organization to protect constitutional rights and to
educate the comics community on First Amendment rights. Donations
and inquiries should be directed to the CBLDF at P.O. Box 693,
Northampton, MA 01061. For more CBLDF news and information, pick up
a copy of “Busted!,” the Fund’s free periodic newsletter, or visit
the CBLDF web-site at http://www.cbldf.org.
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