Comic Book Legal Defense Fund logoThe Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Diamond Comics Distributors is happy to announce to this year’s membership and fundraising drive resulted in over 44o comic book specialty shops joining or renewing their memberships, raising over $70,000 to the cause.

According to the Diamond’s press release, “Since the Retailer Membership program was launched in 2009, the number of Member Stores has increased 109%, and the volume of donations has increased 155%, with over $70,000 raised this year,” said CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox. “That’s amazing growth, and it proves again that the Local Comic Shop leads the way in protecting Free Speech in this awesome community. More than 20% of the comic shops in the US are CBLDF Member Stores, with more overseas, and it reminds us that after 25 years, the CBLDF can always count on the support of these shops, who have helped us grow the organization into what it is today.”

Membership helps the Fund continue to provide top-flight legal defense for First Amendment cases affecting comic book stores and industry partners. The CBLDF helps to provide support and control in legal issues and also provides education tools to help the industry protect itself against changes in the legal landscape. The CBLDF’s ability to mobilize immediate legal action, and offer hands-on education depends upon the support of its members. The comic book industry benefits from the work the CBLDF team does behind the scenes, defending the rights of freedom of speech and helping comic books stay in stores and on shelves.