Official Press Release
After an extensive search for new board members,Â Stumptown ComicsÂ is proud to announce the confirmation of three new members to our team: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein, acclaimedÂ BoilerplateÂ co-author Anina Bennett and Eisner award-winning editor Shawna Gore.
Brownstein, Bennett and Gore will join the current board members, Stumptown Comics President Joe Keatinge, current Secretary Pollyanne Birge, interim Treasurer Matt Bors, Andy Johnson and Shannon Stewart as they continue to expand the organization’s efforts promoting education about the art form of comics on both a local and international level, including the long-running Stumptown Comics Fest. In addition, Bennett will chair the Development Committee as Gore takes over the role as the board’s Secretary.
ABOUT CHARLES BROWNSTEIN
Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002.Â During his years at the helm of the organization, the CBLDF has successfully managed several First Amendment cases, including a notable win inÂ Georgia v. Gordon Lee, and been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court inÂ Brown v. EMA. The CBLDF has also successfully participated in a wide variety of challenges to unconstitutional legislation. Under Brownstein’s watch, the CBLDF has also grown its budget to accommodate a full-time staff of three people, a move to New York City, and an increasingly vital program of events across the United States.
ABOUT ANINA BENNETT
WriterÂ AninaÂ BennettÂ is the co-author (with her husband, Paul Guinan) of the steampunk sensationÂ Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical MarvelÂ and the new bookÂ Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of InventionÂ (Abrams 2012). She and Paul also created the Eisner-nominated science fiction seriesHeartbreakers, one of the first comics to feature clones and female action heroes.Â AninaÂ is a recovering comic book editor, having previously shepherded titles such asÂ Nexus,Â GrimJack, andÂ Harlan Ellison’s Dream CorridorÂ for First Comics and Dark Horse Comics, as well as Disney stories for the European market.
ABOUT SHAWNA GORE
Shawna Gore is a writer and editor who has worked professionally in the world of comics since 1997, when she joined the staff of Dark Horse Comics as the company’s first publicist. In that role, Shawna worked alongside comics greats such as Will Eisner, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Harvey Pekar, and others, to bring broader media attention to the world of comics and bridge the cultural gap that seemed to separate comics from other forms of entertainment.Â Â In 2001 and 2002, Shawna served a key role representing Dark Horse in the industry-wide effort to build a wider audience for comics through the creation of Free Comic Book Day.Â In 2003, Shawna transitioned into a more creative role and became an editor for Dark Horse, working on a broad range of material, from original creator-owned horror and humor comics, to archival collections of hard-to-find classics. She accepted two Eisner awards for her work on archival books in 2009 and won accolades for her dream project-the 25thÂ anniversary edition of Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonescraft Shelley’sÂ Frankenstein.Â Now working as a freelance editor and creative consultant in Portland, Shawna spends her free time reading, gardening, and playing music with friends.
Stumptown Comics is looking forward to having such dynamic, accomplished and passionate new board members and all of the new energy and ideas they will bring to the organization.
Stumptown Comics is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2007 to support the efforts of the organizers of the Stumptown Comics Fest. The corporation has operated in Portland Oregon for five years, and continues to work to raise awareness and appreciation of comics as an art-form through collaborations with the city, including the establishment of Comics Month in 2008. More information about the company and the upcoming 9th Annual Comics Fest can be found at www.stumptowncomics.com