SDCC 2016: Friday with CBLDF — Panels and More!

Comic-Con Day Two: CBLDF is doubling up on the panel action, with panels at both the San Diego convention center and the San Diego Central Library! And don’t miss a signing with Ronald Wimberly (The Prince of Cats) and our exclusives and signed premiums galore at booth #1918, all in support of our important First Amendment work!

Friday Panels

CBLDF: Comics in the Courts
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • 30CDE

Some of comics’ greatest clashes never appeared within the panels — they were decided by a gavel! CBLDF board member Dale Cendali, an intellectual property icon known for litigating high profile cases (including in the Supreme Court), walks through the history of comics in the courts, examining some of the most important cases about such topics as the evolving nature of the protectability of characters, using real people to inspire characters, termination of rights and other hot issues. Slides showing the nature of the works at issue will be used in the presentation.

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2016
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • 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 presents an overview of the censorship crises facing cartoonists in 2016, from the violence and legal prosecution occurring around the globe to domestic attacks on comics and 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!

At the San Diego Central Library

Events/Community Relationships for Comics and Librarians
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Shiley Special Events

Sven Larsen (VP of marketing, Papercutz), Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), and Lizette Serrano (director of library and educational marketing, Scholastic) explain how librarians can build programming to foster a love of graphic novels in their communities in a Q&A session moderated by Dawn Rutherford (teen services coordinator, Sno-Isle Libraries).

Censorship of Kids Comics
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Shiley Special Events 

Censorship is affecting more comics than ever, especially comics made for young people. Recent months have seen attacks on award-winning books like This One Summer and Drama, as well as increased targeting of diverse books. CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez leads a discussion with Gina Gagliano (First Second) and Carla Riemer (Librarian, Claremont Middle School, Oakland, CA) about what books are challenged, who’s affected, and what you can do stop the spread of censorship!

Friday Autograph Sessions

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. — Ronald Wimberly (CBLDF Liberty Variant cover artist,FaithThe Prince of Cats)

CBLDF Exclusives and the Convention Survival Kit

Comic-Con 2016 is almost here! We’ve been busy at CBLDF HQ, and we’ve got something for your SDCC shopping list: CBLDF EXCLUSIVES! All proceeds from our exclusives benefit CBLDF’s important First Amendment work, so you aren’t just getting something cool and rare — you’re helping us continue the fight! Come by booth #1918 to pick the following rare goodies…

FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant


Valiant is proud to support CBLDF with the FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant — a limited-edition release of the first issue of Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s history-making ongoing series! Featuring a brand-new cover by Glyph Comics Award-winning artist Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats, She-Hulk), the FAITH #1 SDCC Liberty Variant will debut on Wednesday, July 20th exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, and will be limited to just 1,000 copies. Pick up yours at CBLDF booth #1918!

The Comics Code Seal Patch and Pin


We have two new collectors items to decorate your favorite jean jacket, messenger bag, or lanyard: the Comics Code Seal of Approval Embroidered Patch and the Comics Code Seal of Approval Enamel Pin! Celebrating 5 years of freedom from self censorship under the Comics Code, this limited edition patch and pin will help you wear your support of CBLDF and the right to read comics! 

The CBLDF Convention Survival Kit!

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Current Members and anyone joining the CBLDF onsite can come by booth #1918 to pick up the 2016 Convention Survival Kit! STAY HYDRATED with the CBLDF water bottle! STAY HEALTHY with hand sanitizer! SHOW your support for free speech with a CBLDF lanyard! STOW your goods in a CBLDF tote bag! GET THE TOOLS to fight censorship with the CBLDF pencil — the ultimate anti-censorship device!

Check out what we have in store for you during the rest of Comic-Con hereWe’ll see you at booth #1918 for Comic-Con International in San Diego!