Creators Launch CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014 with Signing at JHU Comic Books!

Cover A: Michael Allred

Cover A: Michael Allred

Calling all dreamers and dancers, wanderers and wonderers, free speakers, and free thinkers: Join CBLDF and a bevy of creator supporters at JHU Comic Books (32 E. 32nd Street, New York City) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, for the launch of CBLDF Liberty Annual 2014!

So many amazing people donated their time and work to Liberty Annual, and the following creators will be on hand to sign from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.:

  • Derek Charm (artist, Powerpuff Girls, Super Secret Crisis War)
  • Amy Chu (writer, DC Comics / Vertigo / Sensation Comics, Girls Night Out)
  • Ryan and Luke Dunlavey (Action Philosophers, G.I. Joe)
  • Robin Furth (writer/illustrator, Dark Tower)
  • Janet K. Lee (artist, Return of the Dapper Men, Lost Vegas)

Within the pages of this year’s CBLDF Liberty Annual, a merry band of legendary creators has crafted 48 pages of thrilling adventure, powerful drama, and gut-busting hilarity! So grab your favorite life forms and gather ’round for a series of tales to test the bounds of your imagination and celebrate our freedom to do so! Edited by former Marvel editor Lauren Sankovitch, the issue is entirely composed of all-ages stories, a first for the Annual.

“I am so honored to have worked with such a brilliant group of people on the Liberty Annual,” says Sankovitch. “It’s chockfull of incredibly talented contributors from across the comics industry, all of whom donated their time to make this Annual just plain gorgeous…and fun to boot! The fact that all this work will benefit CBLDF’s work defending our right to read comics is the icing on the cake!”

Cover C: Derek Charm

Cover C: Derek Charm

Derek Charm created a special variant cover for the issue. He is a New York based comics artist and illustrator on Trip Fantastic and Powerpuff Girls and is currently working on Cartoon Network’s Super Secret Crisis War with Louise Simonson.

Amy Chu is the writer of the story “Tabbie Gets a Lesson in Censorship,” drawn by cartoonist Shannon Wheeler and colored by Giulia Brusco. Chu is a freelance writer for DC Comics and Vertigo Comics and has a creator-owned anthology series, Girls Night Out.

Ryan Dunlavey collaborated on “Karatebot!” with his seven year old son Luke. Dunlavey is the award-winning cartoonist of Action PhilosophersThe Comic Book History of ComicsDirt Candy: A Cookbook and Li’l Classix. Ryan has created cartoons, illustrations, designs, and animation for Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, Scholastic, Random House, Hasbro, Fisher Price, The Children’s Place, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, A&E, and Comedy Central.

Robin Furth wrote “Why One Should Never Cheat at Cards with the Faerie King,” and is the co-creator of Marvel’s bestselling Dark Tower comic book series. She has adapted Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Lords of Avalon series and Stephen King and Peter Straub’s co-written novel The Talisman into graphic novel form. She has contributed to Marvel’s Legion of Monsters, Girl Comics, and to IDW’s Womanthology. She is also the author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume I (nominated for a Locus Award), Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume II, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, all of which grew out of her long-time work as Stephen King’s research assistant.

Janet K. Lee illustrated the introductory page of the Annual, which was written by educator and CBLDF contributor Meryl Jaffe. Lee is a Nashville-based illustrator and Eisner award-winning co-creator of the acclaimed book Return of the Dapper Men and the series Lost Vegas with Jim McCann.

Don’t miss your chance to support the freedom to read and meet these amazing creators at JHU Comic Books (32 E. 32nd Street, New York City) on Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.! All proceeds from the sale of CBLDF Liberty Annual support CBLDF’s important work in defense of the freedom to read. To RSVP and for more details, visit the event page:

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