CBLDF News: Fund v. Arkansas, Jim Lee in Denver, Miller Mini-Comic

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ITEM! Jim Lee Signing At Mile High This Weekend

On Saturday June 28th Jim Lee will be having an autograph party at Mile High Comics in Thornton, Colorado! Last year Jim auctioned himself off to benefit the Fund, earning $6,700 from Mile High founder Chuck Rozanski. Chuck's pulled out all the stops to make this signing special. Lee will be signing with special guest creator Rich Koslowski from 1 PM to 4 PM. Jim's fans will be able to get three free autographs with up to 20 additional autographs available for a donation of $1 per signature to the CBLDF. In addition to the signing, there will be a Mile High Auction and a sale offering 30% the entire store!

If you're a Fund member, be sure to come down to meet some of the cause's best supporters. If you're not a Fund member, besure to sign up and you'll be able to get one of the Fund'ssnazzy new Member's Pins.

After the signing, the winners of Chuck's various promotions willbe going to dinner with Jim Lee where a very special announcement will be made by Fund Director Charles Brownstein. Read all about it next week, meanwhile get down to Mile High Comics at 921 N. Washington, Thornton, CO. For more information call: 303.457.2612 or visit http://www.milehighcomics.com

ITEM! Fund Joins Coalition To Strike Down New Arkansas Law

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has joined the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression Inc, the Arkansas Library Association; the Association Of American Publishers, Inc.; the Freedom To Read Foundation, Inc.; the ACLU of Arkansas and others to strike down Arkansas Act 858, which served to amend Arkansas Code § 5-68-502. The law was signed into law by Arkansas Governor Huckabee on March 28th and makes it unlawful "to display material which is harmful to minors in such a way that minors, as a part of the invited general public, will be exposed to view such material . . . provided, however, that a person shall be deemed not to have displayed material harmful to minors if the . . . lower two-thirds (2/3) of the material is not exposed to view and segregated in a manner that physically prohibits access to the material by minors;" or to "allow to view . . . to a minor, with or without consideration, any material which is harmful to minors."

Put simply, the law requires any content deemed "harmful tominors" to be both segregated and blinded. CBLDF andco-plaintiffs assert that the law unconstitutionally requires retailers and libraries to prevent all minors from accessing constitutionally protected materials that may be considered inappropriate for younger minors. By requiring plaintiffs physically to segregate such material, the statute unconstitutionally restricts adults and minors from access to materials protected by the First Amendment.

"Popular novels and serious non-fiction carried by my and other bookstores, like such works as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; romance novels by Nan Ryan and Linda Howard; Forever by Judy Blume; Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort, feature sexual content or have sexual content on the cover that some might consider inappropriate for young children," saidMary Gay Shipley, proprietor of That Bookstore In Blytheville, one of the plaintiffs. "Under this law, I would be required to create an `adults only' section in my store to display some of thegreatest novels and most important works of serious non-fiction, including Of Mice and Men, Forever, and Joy of Sex. I don't sell `dirty books' and I resent being treated like I run anadult bookstore." Libraries and comics retailers run similarrisks.

"The language of the `harmful to minors' law isproblematic to comics retailers because the definition of sadomasochistic abuse, taken at face value, could include any superhero comic book with a fight scene," explains Fund Director Charles Brownstein. "Other language in the law would also make retailers vulnerable for selling work of unquestionable literary merit, such as Craig Thompson's Blankets, Will Eisner's AContract With God, and Dan Clowes' Ghost World. If retailersneeded to segregate all of this material,we're looking at asituation where a vast majority of the comics they sell, most of which are innocuous by standards upheld by television and movies, would have to be blinded and displayed in a section minorscouldn't enter," Brownstein adds.

The Fund and co-plaintiffs are asking for an immediate injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the law, in essence preventing any retailer from being prosecuted.

Visit CBLDF.org for links to coverage of the lawsuit.

ITEM! Frank Miller's Man With Pen In Head Available to CBLDFMembers only on CBLDF.org

By popular demand the CBLDF has held back 50 copies of FrankMiller's first mini-comic, "Man With Pen in Head" and nowwe're offering them to CBLDF members only on our website. Debuting at last weekend's MoCCA Arts Festival in New York, thismini-comic is Miller's first foray into the mini-comics form. A hilarious, anarchic romp commissioned for the upcoming Dark Horse anthology Autobiographics, this mini-comic edition sports an exclusive cover, is signed by Miller, and numbered by CBLDF president Denis Kitchen! Only 100 copies of the numbered edition and a mere 26 copies of the lettered edition were printed. An instantcollector's item, Miller created this edition exclusively forCBLDF members, who can get them now -- but once they're gone,they're comics history!

The numbered edition can be found at

The lettered edition can be found at

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