Lion Forge has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as a corporate partner, the company revealed in a press release Thursday. Like all the best steamy romances, the press release announcing the new coupling touted Lion Forge’s commitment to “Comics for Everyone” and a “focus on comics publishing across all age groups,” as well as including quotes from executives of both companies.
“We truly believe we are bringing the brightest and most diverse talent in the industry into the conversation, while creating the most awesome new comics and graphic novels that we — as fans — want to see in the world,” said founder and CEO David Steward II.
“Lion Forge is a mission-driven publisher guided by this statement: ‘With new and different perspectives, we challenge the present and ignite a global conversation through art and storytelling.’ The First Amendment is the only protection for under-represented voices who offer stories or opinions that might conflict with the status quo.” says Lion Forge president Geoff “Jeff” Gerber. “As a former lawyer who has defended creators, publishers, distributors, and purveyors of challenged content, I know personally that,the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s efforts to protect First Amendment rights of everyone in the industry, from creators to librarians and publishers to retailers is vital to the strength of the medium. I am proud to be a part of a company that contributes to the cause and helps their efforts.”
“Lion Forge’s commitment to expanding comics’ reach aligns perfectly with CBLDF’s proactive efforts to protect and promote the freedom to read,” said CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “We’re excited to work directly with the Lion Forge team to do even more for the library and education communities who are using comics, ensuring that everyone can access our community’s important creativity!”
Other corporate members of the CBLDF include Abrams, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, BOOM! Studios, comiXology, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, DCBS, Diamond Comic Distributors, Fakku!, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Lion Forge, Oni Press, Neverwear, Penguin Random House, Rebellion, ReedPOP, Scholastic, SPX, TFAW.com, Valiant, Viz Media, and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.