The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has that announced that Neil Gaiman's Gaiman Foundation, has donated $60,000 to the advocate charity, after he stepped down from the board after ten years.
A press release reports Gaiman as saying ?I?ve supported the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, initially through fundraising and awareness raising, and then as a member of the board of directors, for over twenty years now. The CBLDF has, through that time, grown from a one-person organization dealing with emergencies that would have wiped out creators and retailers to what it is now: a major force in fighting censorship and preserving First Amendment liberties for those of us who read, create, publish or sell comics on paper or on the web.?
The grant will focus on one of Gaiman's main interests in the charity, that of educating readers, creators, publishers and retailers about the issues of censorship and will sponsor Kids Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week, and the new Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices publication for parents and teachers.
The Gaiman Foundation is headed up by Neil Gaiman, his wife Amanda Palmer, and his children, and was awarded tax exempt status in July.
The press release quites Holly Gaiman, as saying ?The Gaiman Foundation was founded in order to Do Good. The initial way it Does Good is by financially supporting organizations like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. My siblings and I, who sit on the board of the Gaiman Foundation along with Neil and Amanda Palmer, have been inspired by our father?s dedication to the CBLDF for the majority of our lives. The First Amendment work of the CBLDF has been close to the heart of our entire family, and it is with great joy and pride that we all, through the Foundation, Do Good through supporting the CBLDF in its educational mission.? Gaiman is also personalizing graphic novels for CBLDF supporters for Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser.
He's also writing the introduction to the Dark Horse hardcover Husbands. Which isn't exactly relevant but it's news and it means I can use this pretty picture.
$60,000? Whatever happened to all the 'Marvels & Miracles Inc.' dosh?
Is there a specific dollar amount you'd be happy with? Gaiman has given a lot of his time, publicity, talent, and money to the CBLDF. Sure, more would always be appreciated more, but the appropriate response to what he has given to fight censorship is "thank you". Followed by a donation of your own time, publicity, talent, and/or money.
Is there a specific dollar amount you'd be happy with?
Yes, the amount he and his Lawyer stated publicly several times; whatever money he got from Todd McFarlane over the Marvelman/Angela debacle. IIRC he got hundreds of thousands of dollars from McFarlane ($500,000?).
Gaiman's costs were publicly funded through 1602's sales and both Gaiman and his lawyer stated publicly that all monies received would go to the CBLDF.
So seeing as how Gaiman went to the public to fund his legal battle and stated to the public that he'd donate all monies to the CBLDF why has there been no mention of what happened to the hundred's of thousands of dollars, I believe McFarlane has already paid him, only this strangely public statement referring to what is a miniscule portion of the monies Gaiman made from a case he got Marvel and his fans to pay for?
- You're being kind of a dick about the amount.
- You're assuming this is a one-time grant and not a repeating event.
I'm curious as to why Gaiman makes this particular donation public and as a result I'm curious; given the public nature of Gaiman's fundraising and charitable (not too mention downright peculiar) promises prior to and during his legal battle with McFarlane, why he hasn't made any mention of what he did with the $1,100,000 it seems he received from Mcfarlane (I looked it up) and or any of the funds Marvel and supporters of 1602 and Eternals donated to Gaiman's Marvels & Miracle's LLC (which it seems was intended to compensate Marvelman creators something that Marvel NOT Gaiman ended up doing).
No snark on the part of Gaiman's generous charitable act; just curious as to why he makes this donation public and hasn't ever revealed what he did with the far greater monies received from McFarlane he promised to charity publicly or the funds raised for M&M LLC that Gaiman definitely didn't use for what he stated they'd be used for.