SDCC 2017: Friday with CBLDF

Comic-Con day two: Recover from our CBLDF Welcome Party with panels and exclusive goodies at booth #1918! Here’s the rundown…

CBLDF Panels!

At the San Diego Central Library
Handling Challenges & Bans of Comics • 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Shiley Special Events
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially comics for teen audiences. Learn about challenged and banned comics and what you can do if they’re challenged in your school or library with panelists Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Ghosts), Candice Mack (Teen Services manager, Los Angeles Public Library), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and David Saylor (VP / creative director / trade publishing / editorial director, Graphix). Moderated by Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

CBLDF: Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Room 11
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 IP in the courts, examining some of the most important cases creators need to know about to protect themselves and their work in 2017!

CBLDF: The Trials of Underground Comix! • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • Room 11
Underground comix revolutionized the format by shedding the restrictions of the Comics Code and exploring new ground in what comics could say and do. Authorities were less than impressed, and a generation of prosecutions arose from Berkeley, California, to New York, New York, and everywhere in between. Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp; Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor; and Mary Fleener, alternative cartoonist and minicomics pioneer, for a freewheeling discussion with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein on the trials of underground comix!

CBLDF Exclusives!


Valiant is proud to announce its support for CBLDF with the Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant – a special, limited edition release of the first issue of the acclaimed new series starring Livewire and Valiant’s extraordinary new team of heroes in the making! Featuring a brand-new cover by multiple Eisner Award-nominee Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), the Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant will debut during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19, available exclusively at CBLDF booth #1918 and via the CBLDF website ( All proceeds will directly benefit the First Amendment legal and education work of CBLDF.


CBLDF has created a number of limited availability exclusives for our donors attending Comic Con International in San Diego! Available in booth #1918 throughout the weekend, these items are brand new and several have been created especially for SDCC 2017!

First up, we have the “I READ BANNED COMICS” embroidered patch, available in two styles: a square one commemorating SDCC 2017 and an undated circular version.

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A new CBLDF Sticker Set will also be available, featuring four stickers: three brand new designs and one classic, the Comics Code Authority Seal. All stickers are made from durable vinyl, and perfect for cell phones, computers, notebooks, or the back-ends of motor vehicles!


For the classic comic fans, we have a brand-new CBLDF Enamel Pin, featuring the smiling visage of one of comics greatest publishers, William Gaines. With art by Tony Shasteen (Star Trek), this image has been repurposed from the enormously popular “BILL GAINES WAS RIGHT” t-shirt. The pin is being made available for the first time at SDCC 2017!


Finally, we have our annual CBLDF Tote Bag, this year in striking Caution Yellow — perfect for storing all the comics you will take home from sunny southern California!

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Don’t miss these SDCC exclusives, signed goodies, and much more during Comic-Con! Get yours and support free speech at CBLDF booth #1918, July 20–23!