NYCC 2011 starts tonight, and I’ll be at the VIP hour of The CBLDF Kickoff Party. Please come and support this important organization. As part of their membership drive and fundraising efforts, we’ll be auctioning the original art for this Wonder Woman piece later this month. Please note: this is one of only TWO Wonder Woman pieces of mine on the market at this time. (The other is for Women of Wonder Day, which I’ll show tomorrow.) I’ve been hearing some disturbing reports from other comics pros about difficulties with Canadian customs, but the CBLDF’s current case has huge ramifications for your right to privacy and free speech. From the CBLDF site:
This September, the CBLDF must contribute the first installment of the $150,000 in legal fees needed to defend Brandon X, an American citizen facing a minimum sentence of one year in Canadian prison and registration as a sex offender because Canada Customs alleges that Japanese horror and fantasy comics on Brandon’s laptop are child pornography. His case is important because it raises important precedent questions about the artistic merit of comics and the rights of readers and artists traveling with comics on their electronic devices. The CBLDF needs your help to pay the lawyers defending this case because we seek to establish a precedent that protects comics in Canada and influences courts in the United States.
Let me just underscore something here: they searched his laptop, they found digital comics and declared the material pornographic. I’m not comfortable with any of that, and if you agree, please consider joining the CBLDF.