SDCC 2014: Thursday Events with CBLDF

July 24, 2014
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cbldf_logoComic-Con is upon us, and CBLDF is excited to once again to be part of the action! We’ll be joining thousands of comics fans from around the world, and you’ll find us at booth 1920 with exclusive premiums, informative panels, and the best party at Comic-Con, all to benefit our important work defending the right to read comics!

Let’s take a look at what you can expect from CBLDF at SDCC on Thursday…

PARTIES

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Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics, Kickstarter, comiXology, and Eventbrite, with special gallery displays from TFAW.com and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 24 at the Westgate Hotel, when CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives!

Meet Great Creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Brian K.Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Scott Snyder, Chris Burnham, Nick Dragotta, Nick Pitarra, John Layman, Josh Williamson, Joe Harris, Frank J. Barbiere, Stuart Moore, Paul Pope, Daniel Corey, Richard Starkings, Roc Upchurch, and even more are expected to drop in over the course of the night!

Get the Exclusive Goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics and CBLDF! RSVP now to guarantee your gift bag: http://cbldf-sdcc2014.eventbrite.com.

Smell Awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: BPAL will make their only Comic-Con appearance at the party, setting up a one-night-only display of fragrances, including TWO world premiere fragrances benefiting CBLDF!

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives: Here’s your chance to get copies of the extremely rare CBLDF Liberty variant of Harbinger #25 with art by Gilbert Hernandez, or the It’s Not A Trick” print, signed by J.H. Williams and Todd Klein, only available at Comic-Con!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by TFAW.com: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jeff Smith, John Cassaday, Emma Ríos, Frank Quitely, Brandon Graham, Francesco Francavilla, Jeff Lemire, and many, many more!

Come support Free Speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here: http://cbldf-sdcc2014.eventbrite.com.

PANELS

Thursday

CBLDF: Using Graphic Novels in Education
12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE

Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They’ll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

CBLDF: The History of the Comics Code
1:00pm – 2:00pm • Room 30CDE

60 years ago this month, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American artform. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIUMS

photo(1)CBLDF is delighted to announce an exclusive signed print from the incomparable J.H. Williams and Todd Klein! This image first appeared in the 2011 CBLDF Liberty Annual and is now recreated exclusively for Comic-Con International 2014.

This beautiful, full color, 22 x 17 inch print, has been numbered and signed by Williams (Sandman: Overture, Promethea, Batwoman) and Todd Klein (Sandman, The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics). With a limited run of 125 pieces, it’s a very rare item indeed!

The prints will be available for a $75 donation or $50 for CBLDF Members. They will be available throughout Comic-Con International — as long as they last, that is — at booth 1920!

HAR_025_VARIANT_SDCC-HERNANDEZValiant is proud to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) with the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant, a limited edition release of July’s 48-page anniversary spectacular that features a brand new cover by Harvey Award-winning cartoonist and industry icon Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, Marble Season, Sloth)! Debuting this July exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, the HARBINGER #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be limited to 750 copies and feature Hernandez’s first-ever rendition of the Harbinger Renegades, Valiant’s best-selling teenage superteam.

Hernandez’s Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be available exclusively at the CBLDF’s booth (#1920) inside the San Diego Convention Center and via the CBLDF website (cbldf.org).

WorkingWithLibrariesCoverThe Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UNLV), Jessica Lee (Teacher Librarian, Willard Middle School, Berkeley, CA), Amanda Jacobs Foust (Electronic Services Librarian, Marin County Free Library, Marin, CA), and Jack Baur (Teen Services Librarian, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA). The handbook is available now as a free download at cbldf.org. Printed copies will be available from CBLDF at booth #1920 during this week’s Comic-Con International convention in San Diego.

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