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Art Print Raises Funds for Iowan Accused of Obscene Manga

posted on 2009-01-22 15:32 EST
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to support defendant in February 2 trial

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is offering a new print signed by artist Peter Kuper (Time magazine, Mad magazine's Spy v. Spy) to those who donate on behalf of an Iowa man accused of possessing obscene manga and other matters. Christopher Handley faces up to 20 years in prison in a court trial that begins on February 2. CBLDF is a non-profit organization that has been providing for the defense of First Amendment rights within the comic community since 1986; in this case, it is serving as the Special Consultant to Handley's counsel.

Dark Horse Comics editor Carl Gustav Horn and Manga: The Complete Guide author Jason Thompson wrote two editorials on this topic last month, while MTV's Splash Page blog talked with lead defense lawyer Eric Chase and with award-winning comic book writer and Princess Mononoke adapter Neil Gaiman in November.

Thank you to Jenny Lasley for the news tip.


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