SDCC 2017: Thursday with CBLDF

July 20, 2017
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It’s the first full day of Comic-Con, and we’re ready with our Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, panels, exclusives, and more! Take a look at what we have in store!

CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!

SDCC2017_Party_Auction_Flier_FINALwebKick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! RSVP now: https://cbldf-sdcc2017.eventbrite.com

Meet Great Creators! Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Dozens of creators are expected to stop by over the course of the night, with Marc Bernardin, Nick Dragotta, Brenden Fletcher, Sina Grace, Megan Hutchinson, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Amy Reeder, Nicola Scott, Gail Simone, Joshua Williamson, and more already confirmed!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag that includes a t-shirt courtesy of Image Comics, two surprise items courtesy of comiXology, and more!

Celebrate ComiXology’s 10th Anniversary! ComiXology is celebrating ten years! Join us in toasting the creators and readers who made this milestone happen, with a free drink ticket to the first hundred folks to arrive courtesy of comiXology!

Smell Awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be introducing F#@K — a censored scent, reminiscent of sugar crust with a hint of cherry meringue — which will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Also debuting that night: Neil Gaiman’s 15 Painted Cards From a Vampire Tarot, plus BPAL’s full series of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods fragrances. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF!

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives! CBLDF has an exclusive assortment of great items promoting intellectual freedom for Comic-Con attendees! We have all-new stickers, patches, and pins that you can get at the party!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction! Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, sponsored by IDW Publishing, Splash Page Comic Art, and the San Diego Comic Art gallery! Items include original art by Frank Miller, Charlie Adlard, John Cassaday, Jeff Lemire, Jock, Sean Phillips, and many, many more!

Come support free speech and experience the best party at Comic-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 20, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here: https://cbldf-sdcc2017.eventbrite.com

CBLDF Panels!

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Room 11
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and Editorial Director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation. 

CBLDF: She Changed Comics • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • Room 11
Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Join Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, Tits & Clits), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jennifer L Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics), and more for a discussion about the women who changed the format!

CBLDF Exclusives!

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Valiant is proud to announce its support for CBLDF with the Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant – a special, limited edition release of the first issue of the acclaimed new series starring Livewire and Valiant’s extraordinary new team of heroes in the making! Featuring a brand-new cover by multiple Eisner Award-nominee Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), the Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant will debut during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19, available exclusively at CBLDF booth #1918 and via the CBLDF website (cbldf.org). All proceeds will directly benefit the First Amendment legal and education work of CBLDF.

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CBLDF has created a number of limited availability exclusives for our donors attending Comic Con International in San Diego! Available in booth #1918 throughout the weekend, these items are brand new and several have been created especially for SDCC 2017!

First up, we have the “I READ BANNED COMICS” embroidered patch, available in two styles: a square one commemorating SDCC 2017 and an undated circular version.

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A new CBLDF Sticker Set will also be available, featuring four stickers: three brand new designs and one classic, the Comics Code Authority Seal. All stickers are made from durable vinyl, and perfect for cell phones, computers, notebooks, or the back-ends of motor vehicles!

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For the classic comic fans, we have a brand-new CBLDF Enamel Pin, featuring the smiling visage of one of comics greatest publishers, William Gaines. With art by Tony Shasteen (Star Trek), this image has been repurposed from the enormously popular “BILL GAINES WAS RIGHT” t-shirt. The pin is being made available for the first time at SDCC 2017!

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Finally, we have our annual CBLDF Tote Bag, this year in striking Caution Yellow — perfect for storing all the comics you will take home from sunny southern California!

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Don’t miss these SDCC exclusives, signed goodies, and much more during Comic-Con! Get yours and support free speech at CBLDF booth #1918, July 20–23!

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