CBLDF Goes APE in San Francisco This Weekend!

toucan_ape2014_programbookcover_0This weekend, CBLDF heads to San Francisco for the Alternative Press Expo, the West Coast’s annual celebration of independent comics and their creators! CBLDF will be on hand at booth #911!

After 11 years at the Concourse, APE is making its triumphant return to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on the gorgeous San Francisco Bay. CBLDF will have exciting panels, exclusive signed premiums, and more, all to raise funds for our important work defending the right to read!


CBLDF: Legacy of Fear: The History of the Comics Code
Saturday, October 4 • 12:15pm – 1:00pm

60 years ago, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American art form. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation. The Firehouse

CBLDF: Libraries & Comics-A Powerful Team!
, October 5 • 1:30pm – 2:15pmLibraries are more than just places to go pick up books — they’re community centers with calendars full of amazing programs, making them a perfect place for both comic book creators and fans. Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys), Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), Eva Volin (supervising librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), and Jessica Lee (teacher librarian, Willard Middle School, Berkeley, CA) offer a lively discussion of comic books, libraries, and partnering together to serve their community of readers! Moderated by Betsy Gomez (editorial director, CBLDF). The Firehouse

Spotlight on Paul Pope
Sunday, October 5 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Hot on the heels of his #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel Battling Boy, APE special guest Paul Pope is debuting his new graphic novel, The Rise of Aurora West, at APE! Paul will give you the inside scoop on his creative, artistic, and storytelling process, as well as providing an inside look at the world of Battling Boy and Aurora West. Moderated by CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein. The Firehouse

For more information, please visit the APE website. Don’t miss CBLDF this weekend, October 4 – 5, at the Alternative Press Expo, booth #911! We’ll see you there!