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Paul Levitz joins CBLDF Board of Directors

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Paul Levitz joins CBLDF Board of Directors

Official Press Release

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund last night announced that
Paul Levitz has accepted a seat on its Board of Directors. The
announcement came Sunday night during a dinner with
members of DC’s retailer focus group (the RRP) preceding
Diamond’s Baltimore Retailer Summit.

“This is fantastic news for the CBLDF and for the comics
community as a whole,” CBLDF President Chris Staros said of
Levitz joining the board. “Paul brings over 30 years of
experience in nearly every facet of the comics business and a
commitment to the artform that is unparalleled.Ê His extensive
knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience will only make the Fund
a stronger organization.”

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein concurs.
“Perhaps more than any other person in the field, Paul Levitz has
been most responsible for comics’ ongoing welfare and
stability,” Brownstein said. “As the head of DC Comics, he
encourages the unwavering support of our Direct Market
retailers, while simultaneously growing the artform by taking
chances on innovative content across ever-diversifying genre
lines. The commitment that Paul has demonstrated to our
retailers, creators, and medium over the course of his career
can’t help but serve the Fund well during his tenure on our
Board.”

“The First Amendment is crucial for allowing truly diverse voices
to be published, and the CBLDF has served as a strong rallying
point for our industry to unite in ensuring its protection is shared
by all,” Levitz said. “I’m honored to have been invited to join
the board, and hope to help it continue and expand its work in a
time when comics are dramatically expanding their creative
range.”

Levitz joins Chris Staros, Peter David, Neil Gaiman, Milton
Griepp, Greg Ketter, Frank Mangiaracina, and Louise Nemschoff
on the CBLDF Board of Directors.

About Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the
comics industry in 1971 as the editor/publisher of The Comic
Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics
news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two
consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His
other fan activities included editing the program book for several
of Phil Seuling’s legendary New York Comic Art Conventions,
and he worked briefly for Seuling at SeaGate Distributors, the
original direct distribution company. He also served on the
editorial board for the original edition of Jerry Bails’ Who’s Who
in American Comic Books.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, a company
he’s been associated with for over 30 years. Beginning as a
freelance writer of text features, he went on to write most of the
classic DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman and
the Superman newspaper strip. His most popular writing was
done is his 13 years on the Legion of Super-Heroes, including
an 8-year uninterrupted run, one of the longest in super-hero
comics history, and on Justice Society of America.

Levitz joined the editorial staff of DC in 1973 as an assistant
editor, and became editor of the Batman titles before shifting
from the editorial to business side in 1980. Since then, he has
been Manager of Business Affairs, Vice President — Operations,
Executive Vice President, and, since 2002, President &Publisher.

Levitz lives with his wife and three children in the hills of
Westchester County, New York.

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The CBLDF was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment
rights for comic book retailers, publishers, and authors. Since
its establishment, the Fund has provided free legal advise and
counsel in dozens of First Amendment cases and has
participated as amicus in several First Amendment related
“Friend of the Court” briefs. Donations and inquiries should be
directed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at P.O. Box 693,
Northampton, MA 01061 or info@cbldf.org.ÊMore
information about the Fund can be found at
http://www.cbldf.org

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