August 20, 2013
Retailers TFAW and DCBS Join CBLDF As Corporate Members
I think this could be significant
. Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) and Things From Another World (TFAW) have joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as corporate members, according to this morning's release
. There are some minor corollaries here -- this should have fundraising benefits, for one; also, people don't always think of DCBS as a retailer, so their doing something like this is worth noting from a public-perception angle in terms of that business -- but the Fund notes right up front the primary significance, that these are two retailers joining that specific program.
The CBLDF hasn't always had 100 percent awesome relationships with the retailing community, despite its admirable work on behalf of multiple retailers during its more than quarter-century of existence and the impressive work done on the Fund's behalf by several staunch supporters in that specific part of the wider comics community. There is a classic and unfortunate take on the Fund's aid to beleaguered retailers as somehow supporting retailers that have run afoul of the law rather than this support going to retailers that managed not to do this -- a classic comics-culture take on things that emphasizes that there's somehow a limited store of goodwill and aid due folks in the comics community, and an embrace of a fallacy that the CBLDF supports or doesn't support specific people as opposed to more generally wages ware on lousy law and abuse of same. So to see a couple of retailers join as corporate partners is a milestone in terms of the Fund's increasingly positive relationship with that community -- something I have to imagine has been helped by bringing former retailer Alex Cox on board in the Deputy Director role.
So: positive news story, no downside. At least none I can see. I hope it has every imagined benefit and more besides, and that more of that admirable community follow these two retailers' lead.
posted 2:00 am PST
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