Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Post on Bone, Intervention, Frank Miller and BoJack Horseman

For new 'Sin City,' Frank Miller draws out performances that go beyond the scripted [in print as Drawn to direct: As Frank miller brings his 'Sin City back to screen, he's still the consummate artist].

By Michael Cavna Washington Post August 22 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/for-new-sin-city-frank-miller-draws-out-performances-that-go-beyond-the-scripted/2014/08/21/00f4ecc0-2944-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

 

'BoJack Horseman': The equine ennui of a Hollywood stud [in print as Netflix's new 'BoJack Horseman': A Hollywood stud's equine ennui.

 Hank Stuever

Washington Post August 22 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/bojack-horseman-the-equine-ennui-of-a-hollywood-stud/2014/08/21/8898ce74-27f2-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

 

INTERVENTION CON 2014: Co-founder Oni Hartstein cultivates D.C. region as geek-rich soil

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 26 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2014/08/26/intervention-con-2014-co-founder-oni-hartstein-cultivates-d-c-region-as-geek-rich-soil/

 

Bone in 'Mr. Bone Goes to Washington'

Jeff Smith will be at the Graphic Novels Super Session at 9 p.m. at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/bone-in-mr-bone-goes-to-washington/2014/08/27/4870f3fc-2e29-11e4-9b98-848790384093_graphic.html

The Express on The Simpsons

'The Simpsons' and I chat about FOX, binge-watching and family [in print as That's Impossible: My chat with 'The Simpsons'.]
By Marc Silver Express August 25 2014

Small Press Expo Announces Programming Slate for SPX 2014




Small Press Expo Announces the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

For Immediate Release            Contact: Warren Bernard

                                                  Phone: 301-537-4615

                                                  E-Mail: warren@spxpo.com

 
Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2014 – The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival's established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

Highlights of this year's panel discussions will include:

- James Sturm, former art/cartoon editor and contributor to Seattle's The Stranger, leads Jules Feiffer, Tom Tomorrow, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor and Lynda Barry in a roundtable discussion about the impact of the diversity of comics that came out of the alt-weekly newspaper world.

- Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle kick off their book tour as guests of a special session of Inkstuds Live, hosted by Robin McConnell and guest host Brandon Graham.

- Stories of Girlhood has Jillian Tamaki, Ellen Lindner, Aisha Franz and Mellissa Mendez discussing the distinction between comics for young girls and comics about girlhood.

- Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, gives an overview of the history and future of the distinctive single panel cartoon strongly associated with that esteemed magazine.

- Frémok artists Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet, also exhibiting at SPX, will discuss their work and the roots of avant-garde comics within the Francophone world.
 
- The debut screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary about iconic minicomics artist John Porcellino, with the artist and director Dan Stafford in attendance. 


- Spanish Language Comics has Columbian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz talking with Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott Brown talks about the current state of Spanish and South American comics.

- Our annual hands-on comics workshop, led this year by Josh Bayer and Sally Cantirino from the Sequential Artists Workshop.

The complete SPX 2014 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants may be found at

http://www.spxpo.com/spx-2014-programming.

This year is the ninth year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Kartalopoulos is a comics educator, critic and curator who is the Series Editor of the critically acclaimed, Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is the publisher of Rebus Books, and has taught classes about comics at SVA and Parsons The New School for Design.

Programming will run on Saturday September 13 from 11:30AM  until 7PM and Sunday September 14 from 12:30PM until 6PM.   


Joe Procopio and Nick Galifianakis' new comic strip

Joe noted on Facebook:

"I had the exciting opportunity to write and art direct this seven-page history of the IMF in comic strip form with the talented Nick Galifianakis. It is appearing in the special 70th anniversary issue of "F&D Magazine" published quarterly by the IMF. It was such a pleasure working so closely with Nick and getting to try my hand at producing something in a medium I'm obviously passionate about. Hope you enjoy it..."

Confronting Crisis

FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT, September 2014, Vol. 51, No. 3

Joe Procopio and Nick Galifianakis


Global cooperation and the International Monetary Fund


8/30: Cartoonists at the National Book Festival

Cartoonists' schedules at the National Book Festival 

10:00 am-10:30 amJeffrey Brown 11:00 am-noon
11:20 am-11:50 amDav Pilkey 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmAndrew Aydin 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmRep. John Lewis2:00 pm-3:00 pm
2:00 pm-2:30 pmBrian Biggs 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
2:40 pm-3:10 pmBob Staake 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmJules Feiffer 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmGene Luen Yang 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Graphic Novels Super Session

TimeAuthorSigning
6:00 pm-6:35 pmRaina Telgemeier7:00 pm-8:00 pm
6:45 pm-7:20 pmBryan Lee O'Malley 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmVivek Tiwary8:30 pm-9:30 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmKyle Baker 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
8:15 pm-8:50 pmLiza Donnelly9:00 pm-10:00 pm
9:00 pm-9:45 pmJeff Smith 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
There will be a raffle during the Graphic Novel super session in the evening. Jeff Smith and Vivek Tiwary have donated signed items, with promises from some of the others. You must be present to win.





Politics and Prose 3rd Annual Graphic Novel Panel on Sept. 14


www.Politics-Prose.com

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
(202) 364-1919
(800) 722-0790

Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Modern Times Coffeehouse
opens daily at 8 a.m.

3rd Annual Graphic Novel Panel on September 14

We're doing it again! P&P is pleased to present our third annual graphic novel panel, featuring some of the most talented authors and artists of the form. The artists represent a wide array of graphic styles and include:

Farel Dalrymple, wielder of all manner of strangeness in The Wrenchies (First Second); Gareth Hinds, whose thought-provoking graphic retelling of Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick) follows his highly regarded Beowulf and The Odyssey; and Jim Rugg, whose Street Angel (Adhouse Books) uses artwork evocative of golden age comics to provide a cleverly satirical alternative to the traditional superhero narrative.

Heidi MacDonald will moderate our discussion. She is the creator of The Beat, a daily online resource for all things comics, from breaking news to reviews and editorials. She is also a long time comics correspondent and editor for Publisher's Weekly. Her knowledge and insight make her a unique and exciting choice to moderate the panel discussion. Ages 15 and up

 


Save the Date!

Raina Telgemeier
Sisters

Dave Roman
Astronaut Academy:
Re-entry

Jimmy Gownley
The Dumbest
Idea Ever!

September 6 at 3:30 p.m.

at Politics & Prose

Three graphic novels for younger teens focus on the struggles and relationships of school and family. The long-awaited companion to Telgemeier's perpetually bestselling, Eisner Award winning graphic memoir Smile focuses on Raina's relationship with her sister. The kids (and cyborgs) are back for another school year at Roman's Astronaut Academy, playing fireball (go Chibi Sesame Seeds!) and giving their hearts away to their crushes (although sometimes the hearts get eaten). Gownley, creator of the Amelia Rules series, shares the tensions and triumphs of his own teen years, when he began self-publishing comics and met with a brief flush of fame, in his graphic memoir. Ages 11 – 14

 


Eleanor Davis

How to be Happy

 


Scott Campbell

Hug Machine

September 15 at 7:30 p.m.

September 30 at 10:30 a.m.


at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Book Cover

Eleanor Davis earned a devoted following with her comics and editorial illustrations. Her first collection of literary graphic stories showcases her extraordinary range. The images always complement the narratives, which explore a full spectrum of emotions. Ages 15 and up (Fantagraphics)

 


at Politics & Prose

Book Cover

Watch out! The hug machine is coming! And no one, no matter how grumpy or mean, can resist his hugs. This whimsical, sweet, and charming book from Scott Campbell will conquer the world, one hug at a time. Campbell's earlier work includes numerous comics, children's books, and the Great Showdowns series. Ages 4 – 6 (Atheneum)

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Sept 5: 2nd Annual Drink and Draw at Baltimore Comic Con

2nd Annual Drink and Draw at Baltimore Comic Con

Friday, September 5th from 6-9 p.m. (or longer) at Hooters in the Inner Harbor

Organizer Joe Sutliff will provide paper and pens. Sketches and donated art will be sold, and the money donated to TCDS via Chris Sparks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Apparently Intervention Con had a complainer

The "story" follows. I couldn't make it this year, due to travel, but the people who have been there in the past years seem to be enjoying themselves. Rate this pfffft, and move on. Heidi's got plenty of other good stuff on her site, The Beat.

Update: People had a good time at Intervention

08/26/2014 by
http://comicsbeat.com/update-people-had-a-good-time-at-intervention/

Comic Riffs on Matt Bors cartoon

MICHAEL BROWN CARTOON: How the New York Times turned Matt Bors' satire into real prescience


By Michael Cavna Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 25 2014
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2014/08/25/michael-brown-cartoon-how-the-new-york-times-turned-matt-bors-satire-into-real-prescience/

"Poe and The Crow: An Evening with James O'Barr"-- Richmond, Sept. 11th

"Poe and The Crow: An Evening with James O'Barr" -- Richmond, Sept. 11th




Richmond, VA-- Separated by 100 years of time and place, you might not at first see any connection between James O'Barr and Edgar Allan Poe...but it's there.  Even if you distill it down to just the fact that one created "The Raven," the other created "The Crow." Both iconic works using these avian symbols as metaphors for something far more deeper, darker and richer than one realizes until the stories take flight, transcending the mediums of their own times with creations that indeed took on a life of their own.

For one night in Richmond, Virginia,  these two creators-- will converge-- Poe in spirit, and Mr. O'Barr in the flesh-- with "Poe and The Crow: An Evening with James O'Barr," beginning at 6:30 in the evening with a signing and Q and A, and ending with a screening of "The Crow" starring Brandon Lee-- An appropriate look back, with a new Crow movie currently in pre-produciton.

O'Barr's visit to the Poe Museum coincides nicely with the facilities current exhibition, "The Living Poe," which deals with Poe in popular culture. In recent months, they have had a series of speakers on the topic of Poe's continuing influence on today's arts and culture, and his influence on the modern horror genre. In October, they'll host Vincent Price's daughter Victoria Price, who will share her experiences with her father and his love of Poe. And while O'Barr and Mr. Poe are vastly different in their approaches and influences, this evening continues an homage from other creators, be they writers, actors or authors, who strive in the creative process and respect the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition to creating one of the best selling graphic novels of all time, James O'Barr is also the writer of several current hit series, including "Curare," "Skinning the Wolves" and "Pestilence." While also serving as a consultant on the upcoming Crow movie.  His recent artbook "James O'Barr Uncoffined" has already sold out, and new book is in the works. During the evening at the museum, James will be signing prints, available at the venue, and talking before the screening of "The Crow."

While there, attendees are also encouraged to look over the Poe Museums vast collection of rare artifacts and manuscripts relating to Poe, all housed in a historic building with direct connections to the writer. 

For more information on Mr. O'Barr, contact evaink@aol.com
For more information on the Poe Museum, this event and others go to: poemuseum.org.

(A fan homage, interfacing the image from "The Crow" movie poster, with the likeness of Mr. Poe.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Filling up on Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother'

Book critic and Georgetown University professor Maureen Corrigan reviews Jules Feiffer’s first graphic novel (at age 85), saying it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire"—and that’s a good thing.

FYI, here’s a preview of the book from the New Yorker.

And here’s an NPR interview with Feiffer by Linda Wertheimer.

Small Press Expo Sponsors Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly and Bryan Lee O’Malley at the National Book Festival



For Immediate Release Contact: Warren Bernard
Email: warren@spxpo.com
 
Small Press Expo Sponsors Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly and Bryan Lee O'Malley at the National Book Festival

Bethesda, Maryland; August 25, 2014 
Media Release ­— For the second year in a row, the Small Press Expo (SPX) is proud to announce it is a sponsor of the National Book Festival, presented by the Library of Congress. As a part of this sponsorship, SPX is bringing Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly and Bryan Lee O'Malley to the National Book Festival.
 
The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to provide greater exposure for them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious festival. As a partner with the Library's Center for the Book, Small Press Expo looks forward to help promoting their various literacy initiatives and events. More information about the National Book Festival can be found at

Gene Luen Yang is a writer of both graphic novels and comics. His book, "American Born Chinese," was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award; it also won an Eisner Award in 2007. "Boxers & Saints", a two-volume project set during the Boxer Rebellion, was a National Book Award finalist, noted on Booklist's Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, awarded Library Journal's Best Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest work, The Shadow Hero, "explores the immigrant experience through the genre of superheroes."

Gene was selected to be the first graphic novelist to be one of four authors to give a presentation at the gala event for the National Book Festival, whose attendees include National Book Festival authors, members of Congress, the Librarian of Congress Dr.James Billington, as well as other Library of Congress senior staff.

Author and cartoonist Liza Donnelly is best known for her cartoons in The New Yorker, but her work has been featured in several notable publications, such as The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review and The Nation, Forbes.com and Women's Enews. In her newest book, "Women on Men," a collection of cartoons and writing, she uses wit and sly humor to depict the changing relations of women and men in these modern times.

Award-winning cartoonist, writer and artist Bryan Lee O'Malley is best known for his best-selling, six-book Scott Pilgrim series which was adapted into the major motion picture "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" in 2010. O'Malley has received many accolades including the Doug Wright, Harvey, Joe Shuster and Eisner awards. In his latest graphic novel, "Seconds," O'Malley tells the story of Katie and her magical mushrooms, a tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love and ancient spirits.
 

The National Book Festival takes place Saturday, August 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Gene Luen Yang will be at the Teen pavilion, signing books from 3:30- 4:30PM and presenting from 4:40-5:10PM.

Bryan Lee O'Malley will be presenting at the Graphic Novel, Science Fiction and Fantasy pavilion from 6:45-7:20 PM and signing books from 8:00-9:00PM.

Liza Donnelly will be presenting at the Graphic Novel, Science Fiction and Fantasy pavilion from 8:15-8:50 PM and signing books from 9:00-10:00PM.
 
 
SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at http://www.cbldf.org. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.
 
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The Post on Chinese animation “Princess Fragrant”

Chinese animators hope cartoon princess can help ease ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.

By William Wan and Xu Yangjingjing Washington Post August 25 2014
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chinese-producers-hope-cartoon-can-help-ease-ethnic-tensions-in-restive-xinjiang/2014/08/25/63f1753e-2c5d-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

104 episodes of “Princess Fragrant” await America!

Arnold Roth cover on Frank de Vol record Album


Today's new acquisition.

Save our Schmuck benefit campaign

Seth Kushner benefit 'Save Our Schmuck' to help ill Brooklyn photographer/writer

By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG August 24, 2014

http://www.amny.com/entertainment/seth-kushner-benefit-save-our-schmuck-to-help-ill-brooklyn-photographer-writer-1.9138724

Scott used to write for the Express, on comics, and Dean's a good friend to us.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Hooligan bust

Happy Hooligan toy sculpture bust

Today's antique mall find from Sparta, TN. A Happy Hooligan toy bust, labelled for sale, 'Clown' and unfortunately repainted.

Comic Riffs on Action #1 e-bay auction

Rare Superman book draws record $2.2 million bid: The long, 'cool' journey of a record-setting comic

By Michael Cavna  Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 22 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2014/08/22/rare-superman-book-draws-record-2-2-million-bid-the-long-journey-of-a-record-setting-comic/

SPX lists debut books

Friday, August 22, 2014

9/12/-15: 3 Comics events at Politics and Prose

Sep 12 2014 7:00 pm

Feiffer has brought a distinctive art and wit to cartoons, plays, and children's books. Now he applies his inimitable style to the graphic novel. His story draws on his early life in California and on noir films and detective novels, and follows five women from the Depression years through World War II as they untangle deceptions, identities, and murder to get at the truth. (Liveright)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780871403148
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 8/2014

Third Annual Graphic Novel Panel: Finding Your Audience—Perspectives from the Artists

Sep 14 2014 5:00 pm
With plenty for the eye and mind of readers of all ages, the graphic novel is one of the most exciting genres around. Our third annual discussion of recent trends in graphic work focuses on books that have crossover appeal between adult and young adult audiences. This year's discussion features innovative editors and artists, including moderator Mark Siegel, editorial director for First Second and author/illustrator of the fantastic, yet realistic, Sailor Twain (First Second); Farel Dalrymple, wielder of all manner of strangeness in The Wrenchies (First Second); Gareth Hinds, whose thought-provoking graphic retelling of Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick) follows his highly regarded Beowulf and The Odyssey; and Jim Rugg, whose Street Angel (Adhouse Books) uses artwork evocative of golden age comics to provide a cleverly satirical alternative to the traditional superhero narrative.
         
        

Sep 15 2014 7:30 pm
Davis has earned a devoted following with her comics and illustrations, as well as her two graphic novels for children. Her first collection of literary graphic stories is truly an event. Showcasing Davis's extraordinary range, the volume features work in full color as well as pen-and-ink, the images always complementing the narratives, which explore a full spectrum of emotions. (Fantagraphics)

How to Be Happy (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781606997406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books, 8/2014

9/15: Telgemeier and Roman at One More Page bookstore

Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman
Mon, September 15, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Always a good time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Washingtonian blog recommends Simpsons episodes

11 Episodes of "The Simpsons" That Washingtonians Should Watch During FXX's Marathon
The best takes on politics, elections, and media in the show's 25-year run. By Benjamin Freed

August 20, 2014
http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/television/11-episodes-of-the-simpsons-that--washingtonians-should-watc-during-fxxs-marathonh.php

Lynda Barry, Raina Telgemeier and Charles Burns Lead Authors Debuting Books at Small Press Expo 2014



Lynda Barry, Raina Telgemeier and Charles Burns Lead Authors Debuting Books at Small Press Expo 2014

For Immediate Release           Contact: Warren Bernard


                                                 E-Mail: warren@spxpo.com

Bethesda, Maryland; August 21, 2014 – This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. SPX is honored that over 150 different graphic novels and comics will be making their publishing debut at this years show to start off the Fall book buying season. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases and their creators that will be at SPX 2014:

Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor is the latest from Lynda Barry and Drawn and Quarterly that reveals how Ms. Barry teaches the world of writing and comics in her own creative and humorous way.

Raina Telgemeier follows up the her best selling books Smile and Drama with the autobiographical Sisters from Scholastic/Graphix, explaining the long and complex relationship she has with her younger sibling.

Charles Burns Sugar Skull from Pantheon completes the nightmarish dream world trilogy that began with X'ed Out and continued in The Hive.

Ben Hatke's heroine Zita returns in returns in Legends of  Zita the Space Girl  from First Second.

Through The Woods is Emily Carroll's first print book that collects her award winning web comics.

Roman Muradov's (In A Sense) Lost and Found, published by Nobrow, is the first full length graphic novel from this Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner.

Drew Friedman turns his caricaturing genius to the great comic book creators in the Fantagraphics release, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Michael DeForge debuts Lose #6, the latest installment of his award winning comic from Koyama Press.

Invincible Days is a collection of short stories by Patrick Atangan released by NBM.

About SPX

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. SPX also has a two tracks of of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests that run through both days of the event.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show. All works nominated for Ignatz Awards are donated to the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which is the first institutional collection in the United States dedicated to the indie comics field.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at http://www.cbldf.org.