Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What is “The Poppet Project”?
This is the working name for a proposed idea that will allow the fans of Lisa Snellings-Clark to add
their own personal touch to a sculpture that will be assembled by Lisa. Once
completed finished piece will be raffled off to benefit the Comic Book Legal
Defense Fund (CBLDF).

How will “The Poppet Project” work?
Fans will be able to purchase a “blank” Poppet that they can then paint and mail
back to Lisa for assembly.

This project will only work if we the fans are willing to do it. What I am trying to do now is just to gather some information and figure some stuff out.

· How many people are interested in participating in the project?

· What should we call this other then “The Poppet Project”?

· Does everyone like the idea of Raffling the finally project to benefit the CBLDF?

Who is Lisa Snellings-Clark?
Acclaimed for the dark undertones which imbue her works, Lisa charms viewers with the expressiveness of her art. In 1993 she began the 'Dark Caravan' series, revolving around a strange, haunting carnival troupe. The body of work attracted the attention of well-known writer Neil Gaiman who has authored stories illustrated by Lisa's sculptures, 1997 (Dreamhaven Press) and to date, written seven stories inspired by her work. Fast friends, they plan to continue to work together, producing, as Gaiman puts it, "the most disturbing coffee table book of the century."

Lisa's work has appeared in Spectrum and she has won several major awards at conventions in the field for her spectacular privately commissioned fantasy works, including the Jack Gaughan Award and Chesley Award. She has appeared as artist Guest of Honor at conventions including Lunacon and World Horror and is slated for further such honors through 2004. An anthology of horror stories by some of the best writers in the genre includes writers Gene Wolfe, Jack Dann, Charles De Lint and John Shirley.

Inspired by her art and fully illustrated by the artist, Strange Attraction was published in 2000. She currently is working on several new projects, including turning her creativity to writing, two dimensional art, and experimenting with new media.
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What is the CBLDF?
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was officially incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in January of 1990 from the money left over from donations raised to defend Friendly Frank's arrest for selling "obscene comics" in Lansing, IL in 1986. Since then, the CBLDF has helped over a dozen comic book retailers and professionals fend off the censors, some successfully, some not.

The CBLDF exists to fight censorship and defend the first amendment rights of comic book professionals throughout the United States. In the past five years, the CBLDF has raised over $200,000 to pay expenses related to defending freedom of speech and expression, and the battle continues. As new waves of conservatism flood the publishing industry and the country, the CBLDF continues to raise the money and awareness needed to fight the censors every step of the way.

In recent years, police and prosecutors around the country have decided to crack down on comics. For cartoonists and their readers, it's a dire threat. The work accused of being allegedly "harmful to adults" includes comics by the best cartoonists of our time: Robert Crumb, Frank Thorne, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Reed Waller, and many others.

Is there really a need for the CBLDF? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. 1996 and 1997 were busy years at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The Planet Comics Case in Oklahoma City saw many tribulations between the bust in September of 1995 and the unfortunate end as the defendants accepted a plea to end their ordeal. Michael Diana lost his appeal to have his conviction as an "distribution of obscenity" overturned. Joe Lansdale, Tim Truman and Sam Glanzman found themselves having to defend against a suit by the Winter brothers for defamation and invasion of privacy .

The CBLDF's guiding principle is that comics should be accorded the same constitutional rights as literature, film, or any other form of expression.

Authorities around the country are increasingly taking the opposite view. The censors and the "politically correct" tend to pick on the comic industry because they regard comics as products for kids and thus view adult/mature comics as inappropriate, or even illegal.

The CBLDF intends to fight these attacks and we hope you will help. We ask everyone who cares about comics and free speech to support us.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hey all,

I would like to get an idea of how many people would be interested it doing a Poppet Project so if you could just add a comment to this post is will help to determine the feasibility of this project.