SDCC 2015: Saturday Events with CBLDF

Day three! You’ll find us at Comic-Con in booth 1918 with exclusive premiums, informative panels, our amazing Live Art Auction, and more, all to benefit our important work defending the right to read comics!

Let’s take a look at what you can expect from CBLDF today…

CBLDF: Comics in the Classroom: Real-World Ideas for Engaging Your Students with Comics

July 11, 2015 •  12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

Comics are more than just great entertainment, they’re an incredible tool for learning. Creators Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck, The PLAIN Janes), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, Bluffton), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden) and educators Rose Brock and Dr. Meryl Jaffe discuss how comics can be used to engage students in the classroom. Get real-world suggestions for ways to integrate comics in the classroom, to expand on lessons with comic-based activities, and to encourage student participation. They’ll also have lesson and reading suggestion handouts and time for Q&A. Moderated by CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez.

CBLDF: Comics Censorship in 2015

July 11, 2015 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

Although free expression is seen as a basic human right, censorship is rampant in the United States and around the world. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez present an overview of the censorship crises facing cartoonists in 2015, from the violence and legal prosecution occurring around the globe to domestic attacks on young adult books in libraries and schools across the country. Learn how comics and books are being challenged, and what you can do to fight back.

Events for Community Engagement

July 11, 2015 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

Annual events like Children’s Book Week, Star Wars Reads, and Banned Book Week are celebrated at libraries all over the country. How can graphic novels be included in these programs, and introduced to communities through them? Join this conversation with Charles Brownstein (CBLDF), Kuo-Yu Liang (Diamond), Gina Gagliano (First Second), and Kat Salazar (Image). Moderated by Eva Volin (Alameda Public Library).

CBLDF Protecting Comics in Libraries

July 11, 2015 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

Comics and graphic novels are achieving more acclaim than ever, which is leading to increased demand, and unfortunately a rise in challenges. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein spotlights the current landscape of graphic novel challenges and shares the organization’s most recent resources and success stories. Come share your perspectives, and learn more about how you can be a part of protecting comics.


11:30 a.m.: James Asmus (Quantum & Woody)

1:00 p.m.: Michael Cho (Shoplifter)

4:00 p.m.: Scott McCloud (The Sculptor, Understanding Comics)

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July 11, 2015 • 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire CD

IDW Publishing and San Diego Comic Art Gallery proudly present the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Art Auction on Saturday July 11 at 8:00 PM! Bid on original art by some of comics’ greatest creators, including Jim Lee, Charlie Adlard, Kelley Jones, J. Scott Campbell, Jeff Smith, Stuart Immonen, Tula Lotay, Dan Brereton, Sam Kieth, Ming Doyle, Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Fabio Moon, John Livesay, Gabriel Ba, Tyler Crook, and dozens more! Plus, IDW is opening their vaults to provide rare, signed, or out of print items including Artist Editions and IDW Limited editions that feature Stan Lee, Kevin Eastman, Herb Trimpe, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Gerry Conway and more! All proceeds from this auction benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Doors for the auction open at 7:30 PM with a viewing, cash bar, and hors d’oeurves. IDW executives, staff, and creators will be on hand to talk about upcoming projects. The auction begins at 8:00 PM. Before the auction, please visit this page to preview art — art will be added as it comes in. Please RSVP for your bidder number at

This auction is open to all – YOU DO NOT NEED A COMIC CON BADGE TO ATTEND!