Comic Con Starts Now! Make Your First Stop Booth #1918!

Come Hang with CBLDF for New Programming, Exclusives, and the Top Party in San Diego!

SDCC 2019 Booth 1



CBLDF’s Booth #1918

The 50th San Diego Comic-Con is starting today, and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a lot of rewards, exclusives, new programming and amazing events to give you a chance to join the fight for free expression. Make sure to drop by and grab a guide to these events, as well as an auction preview, and our Summer Update – all free!

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While you’re dropping by Booth#1918 to say hi, make sure to pick up some of our amazing and exclusives rewards. Donations help the important work CBLDF does protecting free speech in the comics community and your contributions can score you signed graphic novels by Neil Gaiman, Ed Piskor, Dave Gibbons, John Layman, Fàbio Moon, Gabriel Bà, and many more! 

If you want to show off your support for the First Amendment and comics, snag one of Comic-Con exclusive shirts or tote, when you donate to CBLDF at SDCC50! These exclusives are limited edition, and once they are gone, they are gone, so don’t wait – donate today and grab your favorite.

SDCC19 Exclusives


Thursday at SDCC with CBLDF

After you check in at Booth #1918, head on over to Room 11, for interesting and educational CBLDF programming. Whether you’re interested in history or current events, whether you enjoy reading comics or our obsessed with the behind scenes of the profession, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has planned brand new programs for Comic-Con this year that will entertain and inform, often with panels of experts who can offer unique perspectives on the variety of topics. check out Thursday’s line up below:

How Comic Stores


CBLDF: How Comic Stores Gave Comics Their Voice 

12PM –Room 11 

Comics flowered into the powerful form of free expression they are today because of comic book stores. This “by fans, for fans” culture helped comics flourish in ways that broadened what the medium can do. How did we get here and how will comic book stores remain an essential part of where comics are going? Meet the innovative retailers and creators who make comic stores the cornerstone of comics’ robust culture of free expression! Panelists include Bob Wayne, Mitch Cutler, Jennifer Haines, and more!




CBLDF: Comics Censorship in 2019

1PM – Room 11

Learn how comics are under attack and what you can do to help! From lawsuits against schools for using LGBTQ comics, to intimidation of manga readers by Customs authorities, and persecution of cartoonists around the world, comics censorship remains an urgent problem. CBLDF experts showcase the current censorship landscape at this riveting and informative presentation.

Thursday Night

Welcome to Comic-Con


Party is open to the public and starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel
$20+ dollar donation at the door requested; Free for CBLDF Members!

If you think that the fun stops at the convention, you’re missing out on the best parts of being a CBLDF supporter in San Diego. Thursday night you’re invited to Comic-Con’s favorite party, CBLDF’s Annual Welcome Party, presented by comiXology Originals, hosted by superstar creators Tula Lotay & Jock in a “British Invasion” theme brought about by the help of Thought Bubble. Comics creator Kieron Gillen will DJ the party along with Tula Lotay and surprise guests. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be there with a new British Invasion fragrance for CBLDF supporters! The party is open to the public and starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th, at the Westgate Hotel. Free for CBLDF members, with a $20+ dollar donation at the door requested from all others, with food and cash bar provided. Get your tickets now:

Mingle and Meet Great Creators! In addition to all the creators mentioned already, every year you can find some of the greatest creators in comics dropping in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with writers, artists, letterers, colorists, and editors!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag that includes limited edition The Stone King posters from comiXology Originals!

Smell Amazing with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! Our friends at BPAL will be bringing a brand new British Invasion exclusive fragrance to support the Fund’s important work!

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, including art by Walter Simonson, Cathy Guisewite, Stan Sakai, J.O’Barr, Frank Miller & more!

The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a fun night of fabulous creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives! RSVP now:

Long known as the best party during Comic-Con, this year the British are coming to put a fresh spin on this free speech fundraiser! With Thought Bubble’s Lotay and Jock leading the charge, CBLDF supporters will also be able to meet top British creators including Richard Starkings, Andy Diggle, Joe Glass and more! Stemming the tide of the British Invasion, creators and industry luminaries working on comiXology Originals line of exclusive content will be in attendance including; Will Dennis, Kristian Donaldson, Max Dunbar, Clive Hawken, Shawn Martinbrough, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, MK Reed, Mark Sable, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, Magdalene Visaggio, and Jim Zub.

CBLDF protects the Free Expression rights of creators and readers everywhere. This year, they are standing up to a rise in identity censorship, including attempts to ban books by and about the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people of color. CBLDF fights censorship by providing legal aid, resources, and education to help protect the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Your support at the CBLDF SDCC Welcome Party helps fund this important work!

Come support free speech and experience the most talked about party at Comic-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 18, 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 $20 donation at the door, please. Reserve your ticket now!

Now click through to the CBLDF Auction preview below and register to bid on the amazing pieces you see at the Welcome Party! Also make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram for updates to the auction and other events, as well as reminders about signings, exclusives, and other important fan information during the largest convention of the year!