Official Press Release
Frank Miller, the legendary creator of comics and film, will be on hand to host a benefit screening of his hit film Sin City this Sunday at the Act 1 & 2 Theater in Berkeley. Occurring in conjunction with his appearance at WonderCon, Miller will be on hand to introduce the film, take questions, and reveal some tidbits about the upcoming sequel. This special screening will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, comics’ longest running non-profit organization, chartered to defend the field’s First Amendment rights. A reception will be held at Comic Relief of Berkeley immediately following the screening.
An innovator in the comics world, Miller is best known for his edgy stories of unlikely heroes facing down extraordinary odds, including the classic graphic novels The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300, which is currently in production as a major motion picture. In chronicling the extremes of human behavior, Miller has aroused controversy for his unflinching depictions of violence, making him one of comics’ staunchest anti-censorship voices and one of the Fund’s strongest advocates.
“I support the Fund wholeheartedly,” Miller says. “I love the fact that it exists. The Fund is defending retailers against the politicians and district attorneys who want to take away our rights to make our own decisions about what we read, what we see, and what we think. There’s always someone out there who’s looking to get elected that decides comics are a good target. The Fund is picking up the banner and facing those people down, and winning a lot of the really important fights. It’s my kind of cause.”
“I’m really looking forward to doing this screening for the Fund,” Miller adds. “I had a ball making the movie, and it’s a lot of fun letting the audience in on how we did it. I think this’ll be a really fun night!”
Immediately following the screening, Comic Relief, Berkeley’s legendary comic bookstore will be hosting a reception where Miller will be in attendance for a short question and answer session. The reception will be free to those presenting ticket stubs from the event and card-carrying CBLDF members. The Comic Relief reception will begin at 9 PM and end at midnight.
Tickets for this special benefit screening are $15, and are available at the theater box office and from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s table at WonderCon. The screening will begin at 7 PM.
The Act 1 & 2 is located at 2128 Center Street (just east of Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704. Their phone number is 510.464.5980.
Comic Relief is located at 2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704. Their phone number is 510.483.5002 and can be found on the web at www.comicrelief.net
For more information on the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, please visit www.cbldf.org