Banned Book Week is just about to wrap up in the United States, and what better way to end the week than word from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund that it is has acquired the rights to the Comic Code Seal of Approval.
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “As we reflect upon the challenges facing intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week, the Comics Code Seal is a reminder that it’s possible for an entire creative field to have those rights curtailed because of government, public, and market pressures. Fortunately, today comics are no longer constrained as they were in the days of the Code, but that’s not something we can take for granted. Banned Books Week reminds us that challenges to free speech still occur, and we must always be vigilant in fighting them.”
The CBLDF takes over the licensing of products bearing the seal, which is kind of a brilliant move as T-shirts and other merchandise bearing the logo in effect create income so the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund can continue its work.