SDCC 2014: Saturday Events with CBLDF

It’s Saturday at SDCC, and CBLDF has our most action packed day of the con with signings, panels, and the CBLDF Live Art Auction. Let’s take a look…


We’re delighted to host some of our favorite creator supporters at booth 1920 during Comic-Con!


12:00pm – 2:00 pm

Continuing a tradition of support for Free Expression in comics, Valiant Entertainment announces a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Variant for Harbinger #25. This variant features art by industry legend GILBERT HERNANDEZ, and to celebrate this release, the CBLDF will host a group signing at Comic Con International, on Saturday 7/20, featuring Harbinger #25 contributors JOSH DYSART, VIVEK TIWARY, LUCY KNISLEY, and the aforementioned Hernandez. This will take place in booth 1920 from 12-2 pm.

3:00pm – 5:00pm

FRED VAN LENTE (Action Philosophers, Magnus Robot Fighter, Archer & Armstrong, Amazing Spider-Man)



CBLDF: Tales from the Code-True Stories of Censorship
12:00pm – 1:00pm • Room 30CDE

For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society’s ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O’Neil, Paul Levitz, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.

CBLDF: Banned Comics!
1:00pm – 2:00pm • Room 30CDE

Bone, Fun Home, Maus, Persepolis, Sandman, Watchmen… they’re not just some of the greatest comics ever made, they’re also among the most frequently targeted for bans! This year’s Banned Books Week celebrates comics and graphic novels and the CBLDF has everything you need to know to celebrate in your community. Jeff Smith, Gene Yang, Carol Tilley, Charles Brownstein, and others discuss how and why comics are banned and how you can fight back by participating in this year’s comics-focused Banned Books Week!


CBLDF hosts its biggest original art auction of the year at Comic-Con! On Saturday, July 26, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, join CBLDF to in the Sapphire Ballroom CD, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, to bid on amazing original art from Jeff Smith (Bone), John Cassaday (Planetary), Emma Ríos (Pretty Deadly), Frank Quitely (Jupiter’s Legacy), Brandon Graham (King City), Francesco Fracavilla (Detective Comics), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), and many, many more!

Since 2009, Things From Another World (TFAW) has proudly teamed up with CBLDF to solicit donations of original art for their annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con. TFAW has helped raise more than $100,000 to support the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

In addition to the amazing artists already mentioned, Gabriel Bà (B.P.R.D.: Vampire), Jenny Frison (Loki: Agent of Asgard), Fàbio Moon (Sugarshock), Mike Norton (Revival), Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects), and Tim Seeley (Sundowners) have also donated to the CBLDF SDCC auction this year.

The embedded slide show and list below reveal many of the pieces being auctioned so far. But more art will be added up until the auction begins. The CBLDF Art Auction kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Sapphire Ballroom EF, Hilton San Diego Bayfront. YOU DO NOT NEED A COMIC CON BADGE TO ATTEND!

Here’s a preview of most of the pieces donated so far:

Please note that this list does not reflect the order in which pieces will be auctioned.

Artist   Title Medium Measurements
Charlie Adlard Walking Dead pen and ink 11″x17″
Charlie Adlard Walking Dead pencil 11″x17″
Gabriel Ba Umbrella Academy pen and brush
Mark Buckingham Fables 75 spread pen and ink 22″x17″
Chris Burnham Atrocitus ink and marker 9″x12″
John Cassaday Uncle Sam Pen and ink 11″x17″
Cliff Chiang Superman pen and brush 11″x17″
Marian Churchland Northlanders #41 Pen and ink 11″x17″
Nick Dragotta East of West cover ink and brush 11″x17″
Francesco Francavilla The Black Beetle ink and brush 9″x12″
Jenny Frison Revival Pen and ink 11″x17″
Brandon Graham The Day the Saucers Came Pen and Ink 11″x17″
Cully Hamner Detective Comics: The Question pen and ink 11″x17″
Gabriel Hardman Theif cover pen and Ink
Rebecca Isaacs Buffy #9 cover Pen and ink 11″x17″
Rebecca Isaacs Buffy interior Pen and ink 11″x17″
Georges Jeanty Faces of Evil: Deathstroke Pen and ink 11”x17”
Harvey Kurtzman Times Square lithograph 20″x16″
Fabio Moon Casanova watercolor
Moritat Woman Pen and ink 8 x10″
Mike Norton Battlepug Pencil
Nick Pitarra Double Impact Pen and Ink 11″x17″
Frank Quitely Jupiter’s Legacy interior pencil 11″x17″
Humberto Ramos Spider-Man splash pen and ink 11 x 17
Emma Rios Pretty Deadly (Ginny) Pen and ink 11″x17″
Emma Rios Pretty Deadly (Ginny) Pencil 10″x16.5″
Tim Seeley Bloodlines cover Pen and Ink 11″x17″
Walter Simonson Liberty Annual 2014 cover pen and brush 11”x17”
Will Sliney Spider-Man 2099 pen and ink 11″x17″
Jeff Smith Bone and Thorn ink and brush 8.5″x10″
Jeff Smith Bone and Thorn pencil 8.5″x11″
Lily Snowden-Fine Nudie acrylic
Multiple Various sketchbook


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 (

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 Printed copies will be available from CBLDF at booth #1920 during this week’s Comic-Con International convention in San Diego.