CBLDF Defends Comics at the Alternative Press Expo!

ape_logoThis weekend, CBLDF returns to San Francisco for the Alternative Press Expo, the West Coast’s celebration of independent and self-published comics! CBLDF will be on hand at booth 318 with exclusive signed premiums, panels, and more!

Join us Saturday, October at 2:00 p.m. for a special signing with investigative journalist Bob Levin, whose book The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney’s War Against The Underground dug into Disney’s epic legal attacks on the Air Pirates, a rag-tag group of independent cartoonists.

During the show, CBLDF is delighted to present two of our most popular panels:

CBLDF: Raising a Reader

Saturday, October 12 • 12:00 -12:45 p.m. • Programming Room

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. Panelists include Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf, Peanuts), and Jack Baur (Teen Services Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library). Moderated by Betsy Gomez (CBLDF) with a Q&A to follow.

CBLDF: Banned Comics!

Sunday, October 13 • 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. • Programming Room

Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States — learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and Dragonball by Akira Toriyama, as well as acclaimed books for older readers like Marjan Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and others. Learn more about what comics have been banned and challenged, why comics are banned, and how you can help CBLDF’s work to protect the freedom to read!

Come support the freedom to read this weekend at APE, which takes place at The Concourse (635 8th Street) near downtown San Francisco. We’ll be at booth #318 all weekend, and you can get more details on the APE website.