CBLDF at NYCC – Panels, Parties, Manga, Exclusives & More!

This weekend, the comics world converges on New York City for New York Comic-Con, which goes down October 10 – 13 at the Javits Center. CBLDF will be at booth #965 throughout the show, and we’ll have parties, panels, signings, and more! All proceeds from the show will benefit CBLDF’s important work defending the First Amendment rights of the comics community!


NYCC Welcome Party & CBLDF Member Drive

nycc party inviteDynamite Entertainment & The Beat kick NYCC off with a big bang on Thursday, October 10! Come join comics’ greatest creators and Be Counted as a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the Smithfield in the heart of NYC! This party is free for all CBLDF members, and if you join or renew at the event you’ll get in for free and receive special gifts from Dynamite & CBLDF! Donors joining or renewing their CBLDF Membership at the $50 level or higher will receive a free open bar wristband, while supplies last!

Thursday, October 10, 2013
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
215 West 28th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Free for CBLDF members!
$10 for non-members
$50 donation or membership fee gets open bar wristband from 8-10 while supplies last

SonicBoomBox New York Comic Con After Party

NYC-based online artist community Tenlegs, found at Tenlegs.com, announced that it will co-sponsor the SonicBoomBox New York Comic Con After Party in conjunction with Midtown Comics and other sponsors.

Tenlegs’ involvement helps add a special charitable aspect to the event. Working with comic pros, including Khary Randolph (host of Drink & Draw NYC), Ken Lashley, Siya Oum, Edwin Huang and Jason Narvaez, Tenlegs will facilitate fundraising events at the party with proceeds benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (https://cbldf.org).

SonicBoomBox NYCC After Party will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:30pm at The Hudson Bond (215 West 40th Street).  Tickets, available at the door, are $10, and all attendees must be 21+ to enter.


CBLDF: The Secret Origins of Comics Censorship!

Friday, October 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1A03
Speakers: Charles Brownstein, Carol Tilley, Charles Kochman

In 1954, comic books were put on trial by the US Government whose Senate investigation prompted the birth of the Comics Code, a censorship body that shackled the medium for decades. New research by scholar Carol Tilley reveals a secret history behind the trials, including insights into the methods of Dr. Fredric Wertham whose findings weren’t merely faulty, but also fabricated! Go behind the scenes of this fateful moment in comics history and learn the untold stories of Fredric Wertham, Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.

CBLDF: Raising a Reader

Sunday, October 13, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Charles Brownstein, Colleen AF Venable, Eric Wight, Jennifer Holm, Matt Phelan, Matthew Holm, Meryl Jaffe, Shana Corey

An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics.


CBLDF13-FRISON-FC-FNLWhile you’re at the show, don’t miss your chance to pick up the extremely limited Hack / Slash variant cover of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013, available only from CBLDF! Limited to 500 copies, this cover will debut at NYCC, so get your copy while you can!


New board member Jeff Smith has also contributed signed copies of his brand new graphic novel RASL!  We’ll have both the limited and regular edition signed by Jeff, so don’t miss out!


Friday, October 11

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese)

Saturday, October 12

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese)

Sunday, October 13

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish)

Manga Freedom

CBLDF continues our efforts for manga freedom by providing special events with translator and manga expert Dan Kanemitsu throughout NYCC weekend including a lecture at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Saturday and appearances at the CBLDF booth.  Kanemitsu is a well-known expert on changes in Japanese law affecting manga freedom, as well as a translator whose work has appeared in popular franchises including Evangelion.  We’ll also have special membership incentives for manga freedom supporters.

Manga Freedom Seminar at Kinokuniya, Saturday October 12

CBLDF: International Manga Freedom with Dan Kanemitsu

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Join manga expert Dan Kanemitsu and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein for a discussion of current trends in international manga freedom and what they mean for readers.  Kanemitsu will provide an overview of how new regulation in Tokyo is affecting the manga industry, as well as how the professional and doujinshi communities have responded.  Take a look inside the manga world with an expert at this limited seating special event. Get your free ticket here

Booth Appearances

Kanemitsu will appear at CBLDF Booth #965 throughout the convention weekend to answer questions about the Japanese manga industry, translation, Evangelion and much more.  Dan will appear on Friday from 12 – 1, Saturday from 5 – 6, and Sunday from 12 – 1

Donation Rewards

Get special manga incentives when you join the CBLDF at NYCC!  These include:

$5 – Manga Is Not A Crime or Sailor Moon Button, or any poster
$25 – Membership, plus choice of Attack on Titan 1, Sherlock Bones 1, OR CBLDF Presents Manga,
$50 – Membership plus choice of 1:
Sankarea 1 – 3 Set (3 not available til November)No. 6 1 – 3 set (3 not available til November), Codename Sailor V Set, American Born Chinese signed by Gene Yang
$100 – Membership, plus Attack on Titan 1 – 7 set & Eren keychain from Japan; Sailor Moon Collection vol 1 & button
$125 – Tezuka & Ishinomori Original Art catalog imported from Japan, OR any $25 gift & original drawing Dance In the Vampire Bund OR Black Lagoon creator

Come see CBLDF and Be Counted this weekend at New York Comic Con! For more details, visit the NYCC website.