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Check Out The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Auctions!

El Cosmico here, with a bit of socially responsible geek-type fun for the lot of you. No, not technically film news, but important to the creative community, and to geeks in general.

I'm speaking of our fine friends at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization out to protect the creative rights of the comic book industry. Their website, with tons of info, is at:

They've recently put up a bunch of auctions over on eBay, the lot of them can be found at: More details about the auction can also be found at

Go check them out, there's a lot of good stuff, and it's for a thoroughly good cause. What kind of stuff can you find? Well, how about:

  • Neil Gaiman's Sandman-era leather jacket
  • Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Dream Hunters signed and numbered hardcover number one, signed by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano!
  • The complete original artwork from Billy Tucci's Shi: Year of the Dragon #1
  • Billy Tucci's Shi: Year of the Dragon Bimota SB6 Motorcycle!
  • a whole bunch of other great stuff!

So, get on over, whip out the cash, and slap it down for some cool stuff.

-El Cosmico

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  • Aug. 2, 2000, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I hate to say it, but...

    by Dlhstar

    I don't think there was really much in terms of "MUST HAVE COOL SWAG" in the auction. Besides the obvious high ticket items, there really isn't a lot to get me excited. I almost would have liked to have seen a lot more smaller, but personal product, than what was shown. (For example, I draw quite a bit and still have sketches from about ten years ago handy.) Too bad they didn't have anything such as early work ups of chararcters, or more along the lines of the The Kents artwork. Hell, even little things such as the pencils that had been used by certain artists, along with authenticity, might have been cute little collectables for fans, along with a quick doodle or two to go with...

  • Those were about the only comic books I ever read. (20 years ago!) I have no desire or interest much of anything that has come out since then. All though, a friend of mine had a copy of that "Aliens v. Preditor" comic. I saw it about 5 years ago. That was kinda cool. Good luck to the artists anyway.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 6:08 a.m. CST

    why comics need a defense fund

    by BranMakMorn

    Since the fifties, Comics have always been an easy target for censorship groups to attack. If you check out the CBLDFfund site above, they can list the recent examples.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Darth Siskel, stop talking out of your ass.

    by John Maddening

    Darth Siskel, the reason the CBLDF is needed is because the comic industry DOES NOT publish books, they publish comics. People think, "Oh, it's just comics." The CBLDF has to defend comic retailers, creators, publishers, and distributors from censors. Check out their site at for some rather scary stories that illustrate why the CBLDF is needed.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 9:33 a.m. CST

    comics are NOT protected

    by stvrick

    Read Scott McCloud's latest book "Reinventing Comics," and see just how much comics are NOT protected. For example, a recent court decision in the state of Florida barred one cartoonist from drawing indecent material--EVEN IN THE PRIVACY OF HIS OWN HOME. Scary shit.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The fund IS needed

    by Shrike

    With the lawmakers always looking for a scapegoat to blame the next Columbine massacre on, how long do you think it will be before someone blames comic books? (As well as other forms of popular entertainment). It has happened in the past and will happen in the future. In the 50's comics came under such fire from lawmakers the comic industry had to invent the Comic Code Authority to assure them they that could censor their own comics. There are many comic book makers (independent and otherwise) who may one day need this fund to defend their art from censorship and maybe even lawsuits. Freedom of speech is constantly under fire these days and it's only going to get worse. The fund IS needed.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 11:12 a.m. CST

    CBLDF is necessary because comics are *never* given the same pro

    by Reverend Dave

    If you go to their website at, you'll fing dozens of exapmples of censorship agaisnt comics and comic authors that no one would dare attmpt on normal books. The "Boiled Angel" comic is a great example. This comic, which depicts drug use and some boobs, was ruled obscene. The authors punishment was blatantly unconstitutional: he was ordered to attend psychiatric sessions at his own expense, forbidden from drawing any comic (even normal kiddie fare) for three years, and the police were allowed to search his home and his person, at any time, without a search warrant, for the duration of his sentance. That's why the CBLDF exists. Because no one would dare pull that shit an a quote unquote "legitamate" author. Peace.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 11:21 a.m. CST

    out of respect to JRR Tolkien

    by Prune

    great news for us Brits-apparently Lord of the Rings will be released here before it is in in America. completely unrelated to the story but still very cool news for some of us!

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 2 p.m. CST


    by Pips Orcille

    Many thanks to those who have sold me the Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats, and He Man video auctions.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by rossimus

    I see posts refering to something Darth Siskel said, yet I see no post from him.Was his post deleted, if so do you not see the irony.Censored for stating your views about a fund set up against censorship.Whoever pulled his post should be fucked in the ass with thier own severed dick, and then choked with it......censor that

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by rossimus

    Thanks for clearing that up, you aren't the only one who mentioned him. Guess we have to save the sodomy for some other time...damn

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Top Ten Other Things Auctioned Off on eBay from the Comics Defen

    by Ambush Bug

    10. Chris Claremont's lost imagination. ***** 9. Rob Lefield's jeans (not washed since that TV commercial). ***** 8. A new fragrance- Essence of Schumacher. ***** 7. Gorilla Grodd's secret recipie for apple fritters and beef stroganov. ***** 6. Autographed picture of Wonder Woman loaded off of quaaludes and flashing motorists from the back of a bus. ***** 5. Raimi's Lick and Stick on Organic Spinnerettes Toys with Pearly White Substance Spewing Action. ***** 4. Licorice! ***** 3. Marvel Comic's integrity. ***** 2. Scratch and Sniff She-Hulk Doll. ***** And the Number one other thing auctioned off on eBay from the Comics Defense Fund......The complete set of Ambush Bug comic books-estimated value $1.00. Woo hoo!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 3:51 p.m. CST

    CBLDF is VERY needed and let's not stop at comics

    by HorrorBiz777

    Hell, why stop at comics ? There's a shitstorm brewing and don't say I didn't warn you. The republican platform just said that violent movies are a mental health hazard. I quote: "Just as environmental pollution affects our physical health, so too does the pollution of our culture affect the health of our communities." Jerry Falwell (or King Asshole as I like to say) wants to bring moviemakers to court like the Tobacco companies were. Normally I'd shrug it off, but then I thought "Who else do greedy lawyers have to sue now that they made billions off of the tobacco companies ?" The most dangerous people in the world are lawyers with no one to sue. Scary shit. And don't think for a second that it couldn't happen, it could. Fight the fight my Spacemonkeys ! HB

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 4:23 p.m. CST

    re: Darth Siskel

    by stvrick

    Not so, Darth. For many years, comic art in California was classed as a "work-for-hire" and not accorded the same legal status as, say, the manuscript for a Stephen King novel. Also, don't forget the Zap! Comix #4 scandal in the 70's. No one in New York has enforced the obscenity ruling, but they could close down and arrest retailers at ANY time. As to "the high courts always rule for the writers," check out the Mike Diana saga mentioned above at the CBLDF site. This isn't the fifties anymore...but it's not exactly the Roaring Twenties either.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Art VS Reality

    by HorrorBiz777

    If someone can go to jail for drawing pictures of child porn (as reprehensible as that is), then people could go to jail for depicting pictures of murder, or for writing about robbing a bank. It's a representation of an illegal and immoral act, not the act itself. How hard is that to understand ? GG Allin went to jail for his art as well. He was the craziest musician I've ever seen; he used to attack audience and do the wildest things you could think of, but at the very least he was jailed (somewhat dubiously IMO) for his ACTS onstage and not the songs he had written. GG Allin used to sing songs like "I wanna kill you" and "Bloody Mary's Bloody Cunt" but it was the ACT of carving his name into his girlfriend's arm that got him in jail, not the songs. The idea of jailing artists for representations of illegal acts is akin to tought policing. It's the ideal that the thought is as bad as the act and if that's ever enforced, then we're all headed in the slammer. HB

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by Schlitzie

    CBLDF is B.S.! Why doesn't someone start a fund to pay for the bullet that should be shot through the head of this desperate industry? Just look at the sludge that's dripping from the comic racks today and tell me that the purveyors of this so-called "art" aren't completely bankrupt of stories or ideas. READ A BOOK, you lemmings!

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 6:51 p.m. CST

    comic books shouldn't be porno

    by congo

    We've always had censorship, we always will. Its not about speech, it's about taste. No wonder Miller is pushing this stuff...he's lowered the bar so far that a kid could end up in the trauma ward for just looking at one of his books. People used to censor themselves, it was called self-control. Freedom never meant that a person is free to do or publish whatever they want. That's called anarchy. There should be boundaries. We are limited in every other way. I can't drive 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. If I do, I'm censored, and I should be. We need some speed limits in comics too. Assholes.

  • Aug. 2, 2000, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Re:Jesus H Christ

    by congo

    So basically, you would like to censor those people who would like to censor you. Society has a right to set standards. That's what all our laws are based on. There have to be limits. You don't step on me, and I don't step on you. It's called civilization and censorship is a part of it. If you think you live in a country where you're free to say what you want, try it in front of a judge and you'll find your ass in jail. The simple fact is that you are not free to say or do what you want whenever you want. Maybe in your bedroom in front of a mirror, but that's about it. And leave that dick Falwell out of this. The minute you start transgressing coummunity obscenity standards you'll find out what I mean. If you're so free, go to work naked tomorrow and call yourself a performance artist. I'll write to you in the slammer pal.

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 1:18 a.m. CST

    "It's not relevant to my daily existence..."

    by The Gline

    Two words: Bullshit. If you have a mouth and a brain (or at least like to think you do), then every decision to curtail free speech affects you. Sticking your head in the sand and hoping the bad monsters go away won't save you. The only way you get to keep the right to read the books you want to read and not the books THEY SAY you SHOULD read is to FIGHT for it. Anything less than that is an abnegation of your responsibilities as a human being and a citizen.

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Censorship and...yes, gun control..

    by Froduss

    Personally, I agree with Congo's analogy. Ok granted, their is a difference between speeding and censorship, but I believe he nailed his point. My question, do you guys who scream about censorship support gun control? I mean it's our right, correct? Now how many hypocrits out there who have been whining can now raise their hand and say the support gun control? Hmmm....

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 5:08 a.m. CST

    You are free not to buy

    by OldGeek

    I'm German. My country's history should be well known to you all. If not, I pity you. Because from all I read over here, America is going down a similar road that Germany has already travelled. Some of you argue that censorship is necessary to prevent crap from being published. I say, censorship is one of the stepping stones to tyranny. Those of you who object to published material, be it print or TV or whatever, still have the right to avoid it, to not read or view it. But before you cry out to have it forbidden, please consider the logical next step of censorship: the next step is that the government will decide not only what you are not supposed to read, but also what you will be permitted to read. What you will be required to read. 50 years ago, Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler was considered required reading in Germany. If someone objects to a story or article, then s/he should check if there are any laws broken in producing the material. (If it is child pornography, to use one example, there are other laws being broken so that censoring the material is superfluous.) If that is the case, prosecute that. But leave the creators alone. The self-proclaimed Christians out there: how would you react if the Bible were censored/forbidden? It contains violence, explicit sex and some sex scenes that can be considered kinky. More than enough reason to keep it away from the general public, if you accept the standards set by those who espouse censorship.

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 5:54 a.m. CST


    by congo

    Actually, the first thing Hitler did was register gun ownership. As did Castro. But the point that should be made is the first admendment, first and foremost, protects POLITICAL speech. Not the right to publish crappy comic books. It's been nice chatting to you knuckle-heads, see you later.

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 7:57 a.m. CST

    gun control

    by rossimus

    gun control and censorship are not the same, just like speeding is very different from writing and drawing a comic book.These are things that cause physical harm to people, and do need to be legislated.What we dont need are thought police that say in the privacy of my own house, I can't read words on a page, remember, our country is based on just that-words on a page that the government at the time didn't want anyone to read.Now, I know that comics are a far cry from the declaration of independence, and some people are sick and twisted, and produce works of dubious moral standards--oh well.Don't read it, don't buy it.The main problem is where do lines get drawn, look at books in school, every year you hear about them banning them.I mean to censor a great author like Mark Twain, just because he wrote about life in his time, the schools in my area banned Where the Wild Things Are, because they say it's satanic.This just goes to show that once you start banning things(I'm sure some of the books banned WERE inapropriate for kids)it gets easier to do and harder to stop.Censors also don't realize that they are thier own worst would know about the guy in the posts above from Florida, if enemy, I mean how many people there wasn't such a big deal made about it.Censorship is inherently flawed anyway, you can't make someone unthink something, and with advancements in the communication technology the point becomes more and more moot.I would think that anyone reading this would realize that.You are on the internet, this is the best tool to combat censorship to come out in a long time.Remember once you put something out there, it's out there, and you can't get it back.

  • Aug. 3, 2000, 8:04 a.m. CST

    and another thing

    by rossimus

    make sure you proofread stuff so it doesn't get all garbled!oops