Go-To Guide for CBLDF at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Less than a week to go until the start of 2018’s San Diego Comic Con! Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been a part of SDCC since time before memory (okay, for a really long time at least). And whether discussing panels or parties, CBLDF’s events are a great way to meet creators, get cool exclusives, learn about CBLDF, and so much more! Here’s a run down of all the things to look forward to this year at Comic-Con. Keep an eye on cbldf.org/sdcc18 for updates on all things CBLDF related throughout the convention and make sure to pop by our Booth #1918 to pick up a free copy of  CBLDF Summer Update.

CBLDF San Diego Comic-Con Welcome Party Invite featuring Mike Allred art

CBLDF Annual Welcome Party

Start off San Diego with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by comiXology and Boom! Studios, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! RSVP now!

Meet Great Creators! Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with the industry’s best talent! Confirmed creators so far include: Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Tyler Jenkins, Kat Leyh, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Tish Doolin, Shawn Kittelsen, Denis Kitchen, Abigail Jill Harding, Boo Cook, Axel Medellin, Megan Kearney, Hope Nicholson, Margaux Saltel, Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet, Kristian Donaldson, Mark Sable, Jen Vaughn, Magdalene Visaggio, Alti Firmansyah, Shannon Wheeler, John Lind, Gideon Kendall, Josh O’Neill, Kel McDonald, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott and more!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag that includes a copy of the Grass Kings vol. 1 hardcover, courtesy of Boom! Studios.

Smell Awesome and Fight Censorship With Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

At this year’s CBLDF Welcome Party, Los Angeles perfumer Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be introducing three new “censored” scents which will be available for one night only. Full descriptions below!

Also available at their table: a dazzling array of products inspired by American Gods, “15 Painted Cards From a Vampire Tarot,” and other Neil Gaiman masterpieces — including atmosphere sprays and hair gloss by Black Phoenix Trading Post. Proceeds from every sale at the Welcome Party will benefit CBLDF!

++ CENSORED 2018
Nothing to see here — just sugar and spice and everything nice! $28 apiece, each presented in a 5ml amber apothecary bottle.

Sugared lemon and sour lime.

Honeyed lavender with Madagascar vanilla and plumeria.

Cacao and vetiver.

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives! CBLDF has an exclusive assortment of great items promoting intellectual freedom for Comic-Con attendees! We have all-new stickers, patches, and pins that you can get at the party!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction! Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, sponsored by IDW Publishing and Splash Page Comic Art! Items include original art by Frank Miller, Charlie Adlard, Wendy Pini, Gabriel Rodriguez, Gilbert Hernandez, Jeff Smith, and many, many more! Come Saturday to bid on these great pieces and witness live art by V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd, sponsored by Aces Weekly!

Come support free speech and experience the best party at Comic-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 19, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. Reserve your ticket now!

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CBLDF Panels and Signings Guide

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss a single minute of fun with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Thursday, 12:00 – 1:00 CBLDF: Comics – Start Here! Room 11
It’s hard to believe now, but comics used to be the black sheep of reading! This powerful language was once synonymous with juvenile delinquency and bad reading habits. But today, they’re at the center of pop culture! Just because graphic novels are popular, that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use them in their library. Don’t fear, CBLDF is here! We’ll help you make the most of this incredible creative medium for all of your patrons! Come learn about CBLDF’s new research on cataloging comics and helpful tips about collection development and defense that will help everyone in your library love comics! Panel moderated by CBLDF Board member and Sequential Tart founder, Katherine Keller. Panel guests include Hallie Clawson, one of the researchers behind Comics – Start Here!; Chloe Ramos-Peterson, previously a librarian in Oakland, CA, now working with Image Comics; Chris Butcher, from Viz Media and the Toronto Comics Art Festival; and Carla Reimer, a school librarian, and one of the Organizing team members for ALA’s Graphic Novel Round Table.

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Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: State of Censorship 2018 Room 11
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! Learn about current censorship challenges in the U.S., including new bills attempting to regulate internet use, and the abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein leads the conversation.

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Friday, 12:00pm — Nancy Goldstein Signing at CBLDF Booth #1918
Stop by CBLDF Booth Friday at noon to meet Nancy Goldstein the author of Jackie Ormes: The First African-American Woman Cartoonist.
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Friday, 12:00 – 1:00pm CBLDF: Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law 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 2018!

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Friday 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: Comics Change the World — The History of Activism in Comics 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 brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!

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Saturday, 12 pm – Sina Grace Signing at CBLDF Booth #1918
Mark your calendar so you don’t miss a chance to meet Sina Grace, the author of Iceman, and the sole creator of Self-Obsessed and Nothing Lasts Forever.

Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 CBLDF: EC Comics – Fighting For Change! Room 11
The untold story of comics’ original social justice crusaders! From 1950 to 1955, the young creators of EC Comics changed the face of the medium, injecting new heights of craft, storytelling, and artistry to comics. In titles like Tales From The Crypt, Weird Fantasy, MAD, and Shock SuspenStories, EC addressed civil rights, the injustices of war, gender fluidity, vegetarianism, and other vital topics. Discover how EC’s unprecedented social consciousness changed comics in this riveting presentation by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

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Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: Outlaw Art – The Trials of Underground Comix Room 11
Underground Comix were more than an art revolution, they were a scandal in the courts! Busts spread from Berkeley to New York as law enforcement used obscenity laws to crack down on this renegade form of free expression. How did the creators and publishers of this historical art movement take the heat? Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp and Air Pirates, which was convicted in California; Victor Moscoso and Robert Williams of Zap Comix #4, which was convicted in New York; and Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor of the controversial Abortion Eve for this freewheeling discussion moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

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Saturday, 2 pm – Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin Signing at CBLDF Booth #1918
Do not miss your chance to meet the two creators who helped Congressman John Lewis realize his vision in the award-winning graphics memoir MARCH Trilogy. Illustrator Nate Powell and co-author Andrew Aydin, will both be signing at CBLDF’s Booth #1918 at SDCC.

CBLDF Live Art Auction 2018

CBLDF Comic-Con Auction

Sponsored by IDW Publishing & Splash Page Comic Art

Keynote by Nate Powell
Live Art by David Lloyd, courtesy of Aces Weekly!

Saturday, July 21, 8:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire AB
Register to Bid: cbldfauction2018.eventbrite.com

Join Nate Powell, David Lloyd, IDW Publishing, and Splash Page Comic Art to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Auction, happening Saturday, July 21, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB.

The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with a keynote by Nate Powell, artist of the March trilogy and the new graphic novel Come Again. David Lloyd, acclaimed artist of V For Vendetta will be on hand creating live art that will be auctioned off at the end of the night, courtesy of Aces Weekly!

Bid on original art including work by Frank Miller, Charlie Adlard, Sergio Aragones, Howard Chaykin, Tess Fowler, Jock, Sam Kieth, Terry Moore, Wendy Pini, Nate Powell, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jeff Smith, Goran Sudzuka, and many more, plus scripts, prints and memorabilia from creators including Neil Gaiman, Emil Ferris, Barry Windsor-Smith, and more! For the full auction list, bidder registration and more, please visit: https://cbldfauction2018.eventbrite.com

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 auctions@cbldf.org by 3:00 p.m. PACIFIC TIME July 21 to be eligible. You will be contacted immediately after the auction with any winning bids.please visit: https://cbldfauction2018.eventbrite.com

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San Diego Comic Con 2018 – CBLDF Exclusives!

Comics Code Authority Seal Embroidered Patch: One of our more requested premiums! There’s no better legacy for the Comics Code Seal of Approval than protecting free expression. Grab yours at San Diego!

No Comics Censorship Enamel Pin: A brand new enamel pin from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Show the world you are against the censorship of comics with this iconic logo.

Comic Book Fact Sheet T-Shirt: The latest CBLDF design for 2018! Show the world what comic books are for, how to use them, and things to avoid! All the facts you need to explain comic art on one handy t-shirt. High quality, soft fabric, unisex sizing, available in black or heather grey.


San Diego Comic Con 2018 Exclusive Shirt: A commemorative raglan sleeve jersey just for the 2018 Comic-Con! Art by Michael Cho! Don’t wait! Quantities are limited!

Comic Book Fact Sheet SDCC 2018 Exclusive Tote Bag: Where better to put a concise explanation of the many approved uses of comics (and a few things to avoid) than on a handy tote bag to carry your newest comic book buys! Only available at Comic-Con 2018!

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