Official Press Release
After four weeks of offerings, the Comicon.com benefit auction for the CBLDF has raised over $15,000 for this year's casework. Over 40 pieces of original art and rare merchandise were auctioned during the event, which was the Fund's most successful auction initiative of the year!
"The work that Steve and Rick did made Comicon.com the Fund's best earning convention of the year," observed CBLDF Director Charles Brownstein. "Because of their effort and the concurrent Jim Lee and Mile High auctions, the Fund should be able to pay off its outstanding legal debt for the year. Considering that we've spent over $50,000 on attorneys this year alone, that's quite a feat."
Comicon.com founders Rick Veitch and Steve Conley were ecstatic about the auction's results. "Steve and I are thrilled that people were so generous during the auction," Veitch says. "We pulled this auction together to help the Fund out in a time where it needs every dollar to take the Texas case to the Supreme Court and to pay for the King VelVeeda defense. We're glad that the Comicon.com community was able to make a difference."
Veitch and Conley aren't content to rest on the well-deserved laurels of this auction: they're already planning one for next year. Veitch reveals, "When the idea for this auction hit, Charles told me that even in a slow year the Fund pays at least $25,000 in legal bills for its retained counsel. Next year they'll be paying more fees to take the Castillo case to the Supreme Court, not to mention the bills that could come if the Fund is needed on a new case. The goal of this auction was to help build the Fund's War Chest, and we won't stop until we're able to accomplish that."
ITEM! CBLDF Christmas Auction
The Fund has gone into its vaults to select some great items to put up on auction this week. If you're looking for one more chanceto make a tax-deductible donation this year, this week's Fundauction is a great opportunity. Items available until Saturday include "Notes Towards a Vegetable Theology," Neil Gaiman's unpublished bible for DC's supernatural line; "Miracleman Book 3, Chapter 1" script by Alan Moore; Four limited edition Sin City prints by Frank Miller; and a six volume Bone book set signed by Jeff Smith. These items and more are available until Saturday. Your winning bid is a tax-deductible donation to the CBLDF. Put that Christmas gift money to good use and give something to yourself and to comics to end your year on the right note.