Milton Griepp has joined the Board of Directors of the Comic BookLegal Defense Fund. Griepp brings nearly 30 years of comics industryexperience to the Fund, which has been defending the First Amendmentrights of comic book artists, retailers, and publishers for over 15years. Griepp joins Peter David, John Davis, Neil Gaiman, GregKetter, Denis Kitchen, Frank Mangiaracina, and Louise Nemschoff, whovoted 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 theUniversity of Wisconsin (and working through college in comicsretailing and distribution), he formed Capital City Distributionwith John Davis in 1980. As an officer and beginning in 1984 as CEOof Capital, he grew sales for fourteen consecutive years, buildingCapital into a profitable international company with over $150million in annual sales of pop culture products to retailers aroundthe world. Since selling Capital in 1996, Griepp has continued usinghis expertise in the industry as a consultant in the retail,publishing, toy, and educational fields. Since early 2001, Griepphas operated ICv2.com, the industry-leading trade site of the popculture products industry, as well as continuing his consultingpractice.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Milton Griepp in variouscapacities over the years," noted CBLDF President DenisKitchen. "Milton's no-nonsense approach and a keen eye for bottomline 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 athorough understanding of the business of comics. His perspective onpublishing, retailing, and distribution will make him a valuableleader in the Fund's fight to defend the field's First Amendmentrights."
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of FirstAmendment rights for members of the comics community. Donations andinquiries should be directed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund atP.O. Box 693, Northampton, MA 01061.