SDCC 2017: Saturday with CBLDF – It’s Auction Time!

We’re halfway through Comic-Con, but there’s no slowing down — we have signings with Eric Heisserer (Secret Weapons, screenwriter of Arrival), Erica Henderson (Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant cover artist, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon; panels; and our annual Live Art Auction with live art by Jeff Smith (Bone) and a keynote from Scott Snyder (Batman)! Details follow…

CBLDF Panels and Signings!

At the San Diego Central Library
CBLDF: Equipping Teachers to Defend Comics • 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. • Shiley Special Events While comics have long been the domain of superheroes, a new generation of comics and comic book readers are arising. From creating nonfiction graphic novels about history, science, memoirs, and more, graphic novels are being read by all types of readers in and out of classrooms. But teachers still navigate resistance to the format. Join Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Adventures), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Dr. Meryl Jaffe, Talia Hurwich, and moderator Betsy Gomez (Editorial Director, CBLDF) as we discuss obstacles and challenges teachers continue face in selecting, using, and defending the use of comics in their classrooms.

CBLDF: Comics Change the World — The History of Activism in Comics • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Room 11 From the medium’s earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox and Matthew Rosenberg bring you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!

CBLDF: Retailer Rights Presentation • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • Room 11 Comic book stores are at the frontlines when it comes to censorship, and CBLDF is here to help! Learn what you need to know to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your community when dealing with common censorship scenarios, from police visits to community complaints. This presentation is designed for comic store staff and owners alike! Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to learn more about how you can protect your rights!

Autograph Schedule

CBLDF already has amazing signed premiums, but you can also come by booth #1918 to meet some of the spectacular creators who make your favorite comics and help us fight for the freedom to read! 


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Eric Heisserer (Secret Weapons, screenwriter of Arrival)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Erica Henderson (Secret Weapons #1 SDCC Liberty Variant cover artist, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. — Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Casanova, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Two Brothers) 

CBLDF SDCC 2017 Live Art Auction

SDCC2017_Auction_Flier_FINALJoin IDW Publishing (Booth 2743) and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery and Splash Page Comic Art (Booth 4400) to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Live Art Auction, happening Saturday, July 22, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB. The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with a keynote address from Batman scribe Scott Snyder will open the evening, while Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and host of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), makes live art that will be auctioned off at the end of the night!

Bid on original art, including work by CBLDF Defender of Liberty Frank Miller, Splash Page Comic Art starsincluding Charlie Adlard, Jock, Duncan Fegredo, Sebastian Fiumara, Sean Phillips, and Paolo Rivera, plus contributions from CBLDF supporters including Sergio Aragones, Chris Burnham, John Cassaday, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Gene Ha, Sam Kieth, Carla Speed McNeil, Gabriel Rodriguez, Alex Ross, Jill Thompson, and many, many more.All this, plus out-of-print Artist Editions from the IDW vaults! More than 60 lots will be on offer to benefit CBLDF’s important work, with more surprises to come in the days leading into the con!

Register to bid:

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

If you are unavailable for the live auction, but still interested in bidding, please send a list of the pieces you are interested in with the HIGHEST donation you would be willing to bid. If the high bid on the auction floor is below your highest bid, your final bid will be 10% higher than the last highest bid on the floor.

Your bids should be delivered to Betsy Gomez ( by 3:00 p.m. PACIFIC TIME July 22 to be eligible. You will be contacted immediately after the auction with any winning bids.

ITEM LIST As of 7/21
(Please note: More items will be added as they arrive. This list does not reflect order of items in the auction. Some items to be finalized)

1 Frank Miller Sin City Liberty Annual 2010 Pin-Up
2 John Cassaday Avengers World #1 Cover
3 Gene Ha Cyborg from mural at DC’s Burbank HQ
4 Jill Thompson Wonder Woman painting
5 Terry & Rachel Dodson Princess Leia #2, page 2
6 Frank Quitely All-Star Superman Portrait
7 Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano The Walking Dead #154, page 9
8 Alejandro Aragon (BOOM!) 28 Days Later #24, page 22
9 Roland Boschi Punisher In the Blood #4, page 10
10 Duncan Fegredo Monsters on the Prowl #1, page 16
11 Bob Fingerman TMNT Presents April O’Neil The May East Saga #1, page 4
12 Sebastian Fiumara Abe Sapien #13, cover
13 Owen Freeman Lazarus #15, cover
14 Marcelo Frusin Hellblazer #186, page 22
15 Sina Grace Lil’ Depressed Boy #10, Cover [w/ Donald Glover/Childish Gambino on cover]
16 Jock Batman #44, page 3
17 Alvaro Lopez (inks) & Marcos Martin (pencils) Batgirl Year One #1, page 22
18 German Peralta Axis: Carnage #1, page 3
19 Sean Phillips Fatale #24, page 23 [pivotal scene in which Josephine defeats demon]
20 Ben Stenbeck Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #2, page 9
21 Paolo Rivera Daredevil #10, page 15
22 Edgar Salazar Conquistador de la Luna [Nudity]
23 Dalibor Talajic Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe I #2, page 7
25 Tonci Zonjic Lobster Johnson Caput Mortuum, page 18
26 Richard Ortiz (From Mark Hay personal collection) Lady Death Unpublished Cover
27 Alex Ross (From Mark Hay personal collection) Earth X The Moon Knight Character Design [8.5 x 11 lightweight paper]
28 Kevin Eastman TMNT Dimension X #3 cover
29 Jeff Lemire Animal Man #29, page 8
30 Chris Sprouse Thors #1, Page 2 (w/ inks by Karl Story)
31 Khary Randolph Archie #9, Cover Page
32 Jim Valentino GOTG By Valentino Omnibus signed/sketched by Valentino
33 Mazzucchelli (plated) Batman Year One Abs. Ed. Slipcase (2 vols) signed by Miller & Mazzucchelli
34 Jenny Frison Original art (unknown female superhero)
35 Brian Stelfreeze Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther painting
36 John Celardo (2) Buz Sawyer strips (1989)
37 Alexis Ziritt 3 Original Consecutive Pages from Mekano Turbo
38 Jim Mahfood Original art piece
39 Sam Kieth Batman Painting
40 Denis Kitchen “He Publishes Bad Comics”
41 Gabriel Ba Umbrella Academy Pin-up
42 Fabio Moon Cosplay Pin-up
43 Sergio Aragones Original Groo Sketch
44 Terry Moore Motor Girl #6, page 10
45 Sonny Liew Shadow Hero, page 110
46 Jeffrey Brown CBLDF Defend Comics 2017 Cover
47 Gabriel Rodriguez
48 Carla Speed McNeil Legends of Red Sonja #1, page 9.
49 Dan Brereton Luke Cage
51 Yanick Paquette Wolverine Watercolor
52 Yanick Paquette Wonder Woman Watercolor
53 Mark Bagley Thunderbolts Citizen V convention sketch (donated by Phil S.)
54 Ryan Stegman Inhumans Triton convention sketch (donated by Phil S.)
55 IDW Sergio Aragones Groo the Wanderer Artist’s Edition HC Signed & Numbered Variant Artist’s Proof
56 IDW Best of EC Artist’s Edition HC Vol 1 Signed & Numbered Variant Artist’s Proof
57 IDW Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer Artist’s Edition HC New
58 IDW David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again HC Signed & Numbered Artist’s Proof
59 IDW Gil Kane’s Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition Hardcover Signed & Numbered Variant (No Number)
60 IDW Jack Davis’ EC Stories Artist’s Edition HC Signed & Numbered Variant
61 IDW Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition HC Signed & Numbered Variant
62 IDW Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell Artist’s Edition HC Remarqued Variant Artist’s Proof
63 IDW Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist Ed Remarqued Variant AP
64 Alan Moore Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 Signed Script Copy (first Hellblazer)
65 Alan Moore Swamp Thing #51 Signed Script Copy
66 Alan Moore Swamp Thing #54 Signed Script Copy
67 Paul Pope Liberty Tree Artist Test Proof Lithograph, signed (one color test shot)
68 Joëlle Jones Original Page from Fables: A Wolf Among Us #26
69 Dustin Nguyen Future Quest #10 Variant Cover Original Page
70 Larry Marder Beanworld Original

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 (preview night July 19)!