Milton Griepp has joined the Board of Directors of the Comic Book
Legal Defense Fund. Griepp brings nearly 30 years of comics industry
experience to the Fund, which has been defending the First Amendment
rights of comic book artists, retailers, and publishers for over 15
years. Griepp joins Peter David, John Davis, Neil Gaiman, Greg
Ketter, Denis Kitchen, Frank Mangiaracina, and Louise Nemschoff, who
voted unanimously for his inclusion on the CBLDF’s Board.
Griepp has been in the pop culture business for nearly 30 years.
After receiving his B.A. degree and attending graduate school at the
University of Wisconsin (and working through college in comics
retailing and distribution), he formed Capital City Distribution
with John Davis in 1980. As an officer and beginning in 1984 as CEO
of Capital, he grew sales for fourteen consecutive years, building
Capital into a profitable international company with over $150
million in annual sales of pop culture products to retailers around
the world. Since selling Capital in 1996, Griepp has continued using
his expertise in the industry as a consultant in the retail,
publishing, toy, and educational fields. Since early 2001, Griepp
has operated ICv2.com, the industry-leading trade site of the pop
culture products industry, as well as continuing his consulting
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Milton Griepp in various
capacities over the years,” noted CBLDF President Denis
Kitchen. “Milton’s no-nonsense approach and a keen eye for bottom
line efficiencies make him a welcome addition to the Fund’s board.
I’m certain he will have an immediate and positive impact.”
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein concurs: “Griepp has a
thorough understanding of the business of comics. His perspective on
publishing, retailing, and distribution will make him a valuable
leader in the Fund’s fight to defend the field’s First Amendment
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3
non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First
Amendment rights for members of the comics community. Donations and
inquiries should be directed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at
P.O. Box 693, Northampton, MA 01061.
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