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!