Posts Tagged ‘CBLDF’

Neil Gaiman will be doing another private reading to benefit the (CBLDF) Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Here’s the info from Neil’s Blog:

“If you’re on the upper East Coast and sad that you won’t get to see me at MIT as all the tickets have sold out, you could — and should — down your sorrows in Cory Doctorow. As you will learn over at http://www.cbldf.org/pr/archives/000357.shtml you can learn all about it….”

What: Cory Doctorow Benefit Reading For CBLDF

When: Sunday, May 25 at 5 PM; VIP After Party at 7 PM

Where: Comix, 353 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

How Much:
General Admission: $20/advance $25/day of show;
VIP Admission: $100/advance only, includes preferred seating, copy of the book, & After Party with open beer/wine/soda bar

General Admission tickets available at

VIP Admission available at

I don’t know about you, but $100 seems like a small price to pay to get to hang out with Neil Gaiman. See you all there!


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No pretty ladies in bikinis today, but Neil Gaiman did post something interesting on his blog. It’s a series of videos that Sara Benincasa did for the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund). In the videos Gaiman, as well as a few other celebrities (Frank Miller, Jeff Swanson, and Bill Hader) each speak about why they support the CBLDF. Here are the videos:

Obviously everyone feels very strongly about free speech, and rightly so. I had no idea that that type of human right wasn’t available to citizens of the United Kingdom (or maybe just Great Britain?)

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Finally the weekend is here. I got so far behind last week I think I only made it into work one day. To be fair I do a lot of work at home. All the same, I didn’t get a lot done. I’m thinking next week will be better. In the meantime I’m going to take some time off from being stressed out. To celebrate my short vacation from everything (for the weekend) here’s the one of the short stories that Neil Gaiman read at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) benefit at New York Comic Con:

The Day the Saucers Came by Neil Gaiman

That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice it because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-man’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold, and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

On the saucer-zombie-battling gods day the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across the land, and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

That day, the saucer day the zombie day
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the day the great winds came
And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling us we would obey, the day
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of the Time Machine day,
You didn’t notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,

wondering if I was going to call.

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