Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit with me and DJ Spooky in NYC on Aug 21!

Back in May, we had to cancel a planned benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in NYC due to illness striking one of the organizers. I promised then that I'd be rescheduling it for some time in August and now, here it is!

I'm really proud to have the chance to serve the CBLDF, which is a model for how an imaginative, vibrant civil liberties organization operates. They raise money to bail out comic creators and sellers (and others in the trade) who face legal persecution for making comic books.

Even better: this event includes DJ Spooky, whom I've wanted to meet since I wrote the intro to his new collection of essays on music, and afterwards, Spooky's spinning a small-venue set, also to benefit the CBLDF.

I really hope to see you there -- I'm coming into New York a day early (I'm on my way to 3Pi Con in Springfield, Mass, where I'm one of the guests of honor, along with Randall "XKCD" Munroe) and spending a bunch of dough out of pocket just to have the chance to do this for CBLDF. Tickets are limited -- act now!

On August 21, Cory Doctorow, award-winning author and co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing and experimental writer / artist / musician Paul Miller, a.k.a. D.J. Spooky That Subliminal Kid team up for a multimedia speaking event benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Following their respective presentations, Doctorow and DJ Spooky will take the stage together for an open forum discussion about their work and the futurepresent each eloquently addresses across different media.

Cory Doctorow will read and discuss the issues behind his bestselling young adult novel, Little Brother. Addressing internet and government security, censorship, and civil liberties in a post-9/11 near-future atmosphere, Little Brother tackles timely issues while telling a story that's smart, funny, and jam-packed-with-pop culture nuggets. Doctorow "hopes it'll inspire you to use technology to make yourself more free." Doctorow is the former European Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group that works to keep cyberspace free. IDW recently published Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now a collection of comics based on his cyberpunkiest Sci-fi short stories.

DJ Spooky joins Doctorow to present concepts from Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, his new book / literary mixtape collecting writing by artists and thinkers including Brian Eno, Jonathan Lethem, Saul Williams, Steve Reich, Moby, Chuck D, and more.

Cory Doctorow Meets DJ Spooky: A CBLDF Benefit Mashup!


  1. man. that sounds like a great time. i’ve been a supporter of the Fund for years, and i think they do very important work. I hope this does well for everyone!


  2. very OT, but jeeze can you guys make sure there’s a way to switch off/pause the moving/animated adverts!? It’s very distracting when you’re trying to read these headlining articles/stories.

  3. I’m glad you mentioned that you’re spending a lot of money out of your own pocket, in order to add your name to their cause. It should add a lot of draw to the event.

    Go Spooks!

  4. JJR1971 – Do It Yourself (Try Adblock – with a little investment of time your favorite pages become readable. I turn off the ads on the comment pages here, but leave them on for the front page (people should still make a buck, after all)).

  5. I wanted to buy a signed Little Brother from the CBLDF booth at Comic Con but I didn’t have enough cash on hand.

  6. MDHatter

    I just tried SafariBlock for the first time (first time for adblocking at all).. and it’s soooo quite on BoingBoing all of a sudden!
    Don’t get me wrong, BB have every right to host ads, and I don’t begrudge them one bit, someone’s gotta pay for all this wonderful.

    That said, it’s so down-time all of a sudden, no Flash in the top or top-right, no “buy-me!” banners.. weird.

    BB is static! ..I don’t know if I can take it. We’ll see how it pans out :)

  7. I said as much on the CBLDF’s blog, but wild boars with chainsaw tusks couldn’t keep me from attending.

  8. A few things for those going to Springfield:

    1. If you are in Springfield (my birthplace but that’s irrelevant) don’t forget to check out the Dr. Seuss stuff! Theodore Geisel was from (and worked in, I think) Sprinffield: Mulberry Street is there, there are statues to The Cat In The Hat, etc. in the center of the city now. Dr. Seuss was to “Dick and Jane” (what they used in the school system then) as science fiction is to news journalism.

    2. Across the river in Agawam, Six Flags New England used to be Riverside Amusement Park. They’ve retained and maintained the wooden-frame roller coaster from the 1930s if you’re up for that sort of thrill.

    3.Cory, don’t forget to wear your red cape!


    One of my favorite NONPROFIT GROUPS


    One of my favorite ELECTRONIC MUSIC MUSICIANS….


    with one of my favorite SCIENCE FICTION AUTHORS attending.

    WAIT, WHAT? Okay, God exists, and knew I was dreading my birthday for fear of lack of awesome, and wanted to make it up to me and combine all these awesome things into one local event.

    /falls over

    I will be the one named Sylvia who is celebrating her birthday, in a fedora.

  10. DJ Spky s blght n th msc wrld. hd dnnr wth hm nc nd h tlkd bt hmslf nd hs (ftr?) hs n th Hmptns th whl tm. H’s n xprt bllshttr, ‘ll gv hm tht.

  11. Four Naught, how do you really feel (snark snark)? And how big was the house? I mean, did the sq footage somehow make it into the conversation?

    It sounds too young for me. I’m still an Oakanfold kinda guy.

  12. I don’t think he mentioned the square footage, although I probably just tuned him out at some point.

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