Marder to head CBLDF board

201008051329.jpgVia PR, retailer Chris Powell has stepped down as President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund board and cartoonist Larry Marder has been elected to succeed him. Powell remains on the board. PR below.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announces changes to its Board of Directors made at the board’s meeting at Comic-Con International.  Chris Powell stepped down as President, citing successfully meeting the goals he set upon taking the presidency in April of 2009 as the reason for the change.  Powell will remain on the Board as a director.  Larry Marder, the creator of Beanworld, and editor of CBLDF’s Liberty Annual 2010 was elected to succeed Powell as President.  Dale Cendali, a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property, joins the Board as a director.

On leaving the presidency, Chris Powell says, “I always had specific goals for the Fund that I wanted to accomplish during my term as President, and thanks to the solid efforts of my fellow board members, and the CBLDF office, we’ve been able to meet those goals in just over a year.  Specifically, we relocated into a larger space that will allow us to perform our program work better, got a new website up and running, streamlined our donation processing to make our donors’ experience better, and implemented new policies that will guide the Fund as a growing organization.  I’m comfortable stepping aside now to focus more on my other pursuits, and to see Larry Marder help guide the Fund into new heights of fundraising and outreach.”

Larry Marder was elected unanimously as Powell’s successor.  Entering the position, Marder says, “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.”

Dale Cendali joined the board at the meeting.  Cendali is a partner in the prestigious law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where she heads the firm’s Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice Group.   She has successfully litigated and tried numerous high profile cases and has argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Her clients include myriad prominent individuals and companies who rely on her for her expertise in copyright, trademark, patent, Internet, trade secrets, defamation, false advertising, privacy and contractual matters.   She has extensive experience representing clients in the entertainment, consumer products and technology sectors.   Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named her trial victory for J.K. Rowling in the well-known “lexicon” fair use case the “Copyright Trial of the Year.”  When she is not trying cases, Dale is an avid comic book collector and fan and has been since she was five years old.  She is a big believer in comics as an art form and is deeply committed to the arts since her days as President of the Yale Dramatic Association.

Cendali says, “I am honored to be joining this distinguished group and in helping the CBLDF fulfill its mission supporting comic books and their creators.”

Under the leadership of Larry Marder, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s board is: Joe Ferrara – Vice President, Milton Griepp – Treasurer, Louise Nemschoff – Secretary, Dale Cendali, Peter David, Neil Gaiman, Steve Geppi, Paul Levitz, and Chris Powell.

Comments

  1. Item #1 on Larry’s to-do list:

    Design a new logo that’s doesn’t evoke the stylized, rigid-winged Nazi Iron Eagle.

    The lightning bolts, as well as the black, white, and red color scheme, don’t exactly help with that association, either.

  2. I’d be content if they’d just send me my membership card, since I’ve been renewing for close to a decade now and have to ask for it anew every year.
    That said, I’m delighted Marder got the job. He’ll do right by the organization!

  3. Congrats to Marder, without doubt he is a very good man for the job. His integrity and knowledge of the industry and the law is solid.

    As for the CBLDF logo, personally I LIKE it, in fact I wish I could get a card with that logo. I lost my wallet years ago and they haven’t offered that design since. Currently I have the KICK-ASS design.

  4. A quick follow-up- I got a lovely email from a CBLDF rep offering to correct my irritation. Credit where it’s due!

  5. CBLDF did change their logo… to a boring 3-D Hollywood-style brick.

    And while we’re quibbling… Nazis never used a bald eagle for the Reichsadler. Clearly, this design is based on the Great Seal of the United States, and is meant to evoke the ideals that seal represents.

    I like this logo, and wish they’d make a die-cut button or pin.

  6. Well, obviously it wasn’t based on the Nazi emblem…I was just saying the CBLDF logo unintentionally evoked it. The Great Seal has an eagle with more natural, curved wings…while the Nazi Iron Eagle (and the CBDLF logo) features a highly symmetrical straight-winged version of the bird.

    For an organization that fights for Constitutional rights, I find it odd for it to use such vaguely fascistic imagery.

  7. The CBLDF actually changed their logo months ago. They even sent out a press release about it:

    http://www.comicsbeat.com/2010/04/18/new-cbldf-site-debuts/

  8. Now that’s more like it. Thanks, Rick.

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