The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have unanimously appointed Larry Marder as their new president, taking over from the retiring Chris Powell. Larry Marder has been a comics retailer, is the creator of Beanworld and worked for Todd McFarlane Productions. He also edits the CBLDF’s Liberty Annual.
In a press release, Larry Marder is quoted as saying;
I’m a life long believer in the words of the First Amendment. Freedom of speech is not a privilege –it is a constitutionally guaranteed right to every American regardless of his or her political beliefs. Attempts to censor artistic expression must always be challenged.” Marder adds, “2011 will be the 25th anniversary of the founding of the CBLDF. Now, as then, it is our responsibility to remain vigilant and aggressively protect the First Amendment rights of the entire comic book community of creators, retailers, publishers, and readers. I’ll continue to work hard to maintain and expand our relationships with that community, and to oversee the Fund as a transparent, responsive force for good in this industry.
They’ve also appointed Dale Cendali, a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where she heads the firm’s Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice Group, as a director.