Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s leading voice for free speech advocacy and education, is proud to welcome groundbreaking editor and publisher Bob Schreck as the organization’s Deputy Director. Schreck will oversee the organization’s fundraising and marketing activities, including membership, conventions and events.
“I have been a proud and devoted supporter of CBLDF for many years,” Schreck says. “Its mission and contribution to the health and betterment of our precious medium has been invaluable. The Fund’s stalwart efforts and incredible results during the course of my career have been a wonder to watch. I am very excited to join the CBLDF team and to make further strides toward protecting our industry’s essential rights.”
Schreck entered comics in 1975 as an organizer for Creation Conventions. He is best known for his work in publishing, having held positions at Comico, Dark Horse, DC, and IDW. In 1997, he co-founded Oni Press, and he went on to establish Legendary Films’s comics publishing division in 2010. He has served as editor for talents such as Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Bernie Wrightson, Fiona Staples, Frank Miller, Jeff Lemire, Guillermo del Toro, Lynn Varley, Paul Pope, Len Wein, Amy Reeder, Dave Gibbons, Scott Morse, Grant Morrison, and many others.
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “Bob’s dedication to the comics field has made it more diverse, creative, and successful. We’re elated that he’s bringing his experience to the service of CBLDF’s important mission.”
Schreck succeeds Alex Cox in the Deputy Director position. Over the past decade, Cox oversaw CBLDF’s branding and fundraising, produced several historical programs, and edited numerous publications, including the forthcoming Selling Comics, a handbook for comic book retailers. Brownstein notes, “Alex changed CBLDF for the better and we look forward to seeing him continue to make positive changes for the industry in his future endeavors.”
For more than 30 years, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of the comics field and developed powerful education efforts in the service of the community. CBLDF has supported a wide range of cases in 2019, including the defense of several identity censorship cases. This year, CBLDF successfully protected the graphic novel Fun Home in New Jersey and provided legal support to retailers, educators, and creators. The organization’s resources support the understanding and protection of First Amendment rights, including free legal aid and advice on issues related to the comics medium and an ongoing education program that includes publications, webinars and events. To learn more about CBLDF, please visit www.cbldf.org