CBLDF Blows Into The Windy City For C2E2!

By Charles Brownstein

This weekend the CBLDF takes to the road once more for C2E2 and the Diamond Retailer Summit in Chicago! Deputy Director Alex Cox & I will be there with great rewards planned for card-carrying CBLDF Members, including a big open bar welcome bash hosted by CBLDF Corporate Member THREADLESS on Friday night and copies of the CBLDF Exclusive edition of Glory #23 signed by Joe Keatinge or Liberty Annual 2011 signed by Frank Quitely both COMPLETELY FREE for card-carrying CBLDF members.

We’ll be set up all weekend on the C2E2 show floor at booth 102 where Alex pulled a terrific range of signed graphic novels, t-shirts, and other rewards to thank you for donating to the Fund’s important work. This is also the place to redeem your free copy of Glory #23 or Liberty Annual 2011, which you can get by showing us your current year membership card featuring Liberty by Cliff Chiang or an unexpired 2011 membership card featuring Green Lantern. CBLDF membership dues are annual and provide a baseline for our program work, so we’re happy to thank everyone who helps support our mission with these great gifts!

Beyond the booth, on Sunday I’m delivering a presentation on the History of Comics Censorship at 12:15 in Room N426b. The panel tells the story of how comics have come under fire in America, from the comics burnings of the 1950s to the retailer raids of the 80s and 90s, all the way up to the outrageous injustice weathered by Ryan Matheson in the CBLDF’s most recent case. This is a must see to learn more about the past and current state of affairs regarding comics censorship!

Whether you’re at the show, or just in Chicago, also be sure to check out the THREADLESS C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party. Free to CBLDF members, with a suggested $20 donation for non-members at the door, this open bar event will boast a first look at several exciting new THREADLESS items, a raffle, comics stars, and much more! Don’t miss out on this must attend event!

Entertainment for the evening will include the Premiere Fashion Show for the new COMICS-ON-TEES line of shirts by CBLDF Supporter JEFFREY BROWN! Raffle prizes will include a plethora of awesome Threadless swag, including original retail art, and great CBLDF items, including classic signed comics, exclusive prints, and more! Giant games of Mario Kart will be projected for attendees to play, with a guest DJ providing non-stop music, getting you in the mood for a weekend of comic con revelry. There will also be a “drawing wall” for ongoing Live Art throughout the night and plenty of beer, wine, and popcorn from the famous Threadless popper. Celebrity guests from the world of comics will include Scott Snyder, Jeffrey Brown, Cliff Chiang, Sam Humphries, Ben Templesmith, and more!

What: CBLDF/THREADLESS C2E2 Fashion Show Welcome Party
Where: The Threadless Atrium, 1260 West Madison
When: 9 PM
Why: To benefit CBLDF!
How much: Free for card carrying CBLDF members! $20 suggested door donation for non-members! 21 and up only!
How to get there: From McCormick Place, take US-41 N/S Lake Shore Dr north, and take a left on East Jackson Drive. Then take a right on S Michigan Ave. Take the first left on E Adams St, and the right on S Racine Ave. Then take a left on West Madion street — the Atrium will be on the right! (Approximately 15 minutes.)

If you’re in Chicago for C2E2, we hope you’ll come by our booth or stop at the party – we’d love to thank you personally for your support!