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Exclusive Joseph Michael Linsner Dawn Print Benefits CBLDF at Dragon*Con

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Exclusive Joseph Michael Linsner Dawn Print Benefits CBLDF at Dragon*Con

Official Press Release

Joseph Michael Linsner, the acclaimed creator of Dawn, has created a new
print to be unveiled at Dragon*Con supporting the CBLDF’s defense of
Gordon Lee. “Inflammatory Pages” is a stunning new Dawn image that will
be available at Dragon*Con in a strictly limited edition of 250 signed
copies, with all profits benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Linsner says, “Just like the Avengers or the Justice League of America,
the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has always been there to save and
protect those without the resources to defend themselves. I believe in
worthy causes, and I believe in the comic book industry. I plan on
being in this field for a good many years to come. I want to see it
thrive & prosper. We all have to do our part to see that happen.”

This print benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on the eve of the
hearing on the motions in the Gordon Lee case. Lee is facing up to
three years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines for accidentally
distributing a Free Comic Book Day book to a minor that included a story
depicting the first meeting between Braque and Picasso. The comic,
which was factually accurate, includes a short sequence of Picasso
painting in the nude. Lee was arrested and has been charged with
“Distributing Material Depicting Nudity/Sexual Conduct” a felony charge
that prohibits any citizen of Georgia from disseminating unsolicited any
material with mere nudity. The Fund is challenging the
constitutionality of this law, which, as applied to this case, would
prohibit a retailer from letting a customer take home a sample copy of
comics such as Watchmen or Sandman: A Game of You, both of which include
minor nudity. Lee is also charged with the misdemeanor offense of
“Distributing Harmful to Minors Materials,” which applies the Miller
obscenity test to minors, a charge he is innocent of . A public apology
should have sufficed. The state, instead, is looking to lock Lee away.
The Fund has initiated an aggressive defense of Lee ‘s rights, including
a constitutional challenge to the state’s blatantly unconstitutional
nudity law. The case to date has cost in excess of $30,000 for pretrial
motions. The hearing on those motions will occur on September 8 and the
trial is scheduled to occur four days later. A day in court will cost a
minimum of $5,000, and the trial is anticipated to run a minimum of one
court week.

Eva Hopkins, Linsner’s colorist and office goddess of spearheaded this special effort. Hopkins says,
“Fighting this particular case is important to all lovers of art. The
fact is, the art I work on (both my own and Joe’s) and the art I love to
peruse has lots of elements in it that seriously push the envelope. In
Gwinnett County, GA, I can’t hand another adult copies of my own work
unless it’s in plain brown wrapper. Something’s really rotten about
that. I am proud to have this opportunity to support the CBLDF.”

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “This case is a threat
to all lovers of art and comics in the state of Georgia, and the Fund
needs the support of readers and professionals alike to nip this threat
in the bud. We’re grateful to Joe, Eva Hopkins, and the crew for making this benefit print, and to the
Dragon*Con community for supporting our endeavors at this very important

Dragon*Con starts on September 2 and runs until September 5 in Atlanta,
GA. This print will be available from the Luna Muse Studios table, and
from the CBLDF. For more information on Dragon*Con, please visit For more information on
Dawn and Joseph Michael Linsner visit For more information on the CBLDF and their
defense of Gordon Lee, please visit
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