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CBLDF Celebrates Giving Tuesday by Proclaiming ‘Comics Are For Everybody’

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CBLDF Celebrates Giving Tuesday by Proclaiming ‘Comics Are For Everybody’

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday — frequently stylized as #GivingTuesday, reflecting the social media foundation of the event. First observed in 2012, the date is meant to remind consumers of the importance of donating to worthwhile causes during the holiday season — and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund isn’t letting the day go by without a special push.

Supporters who donate to the CBLDF today will receive exclusive “Comics Are For Everybody” merchandise promoting inclusion in the comic book industry, created by Jordie Bellaire and Steven Finch and including a patch and tote bag. Full details on merchandise and qualifying donations can be found on CBLDF‘s website.

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“Comics Are For Everybody. They always have been, and they always should be,” CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said in a statement to CBR. “Anyone with the ability to draw, something to say and access to the Internet or a copy machine can reach an audience by making comics. That freedom is built into comics’ DNA, and it doesn’t belong to any one group, it belongs to all of us. CBLDF’s efforts to fight back when governments or groups attempt to hinder that freedom are essential to protecting a culture of free expression that ensures comics are for everybody, and always will be.”

The Comics Are For Everybody initiative was started in 2014 by colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterer Steven Finch/Fonografiks — who have worked together on “Injection,” “Nowhere Men” and “They’re Not Like Us” — in the name of increased inclusion in the comics community. Comics Are For Everybody and CBLDF has been linked since last year, with Comics Are For Everybody shirts sold via the Image Comics website, with all proceeds going to the CBLDF.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit founded in 1986, seeking to uphold the First Amendment rights of those in the comics industry against threat of censorship. Earlier this week, the group released its 2016 Annual Report.

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