Your guide to Free Expression at the biggest comic convention of the year.
The 50th annual Comic-Con starts this week, and here’s a quick breakdown of CBLDF events you need to RSVP for, where to go, and what to add to your calendar this year to make the most out of San Diego. If you’re skipping the convention this year, have no fear, CBLDF still has opportunities to get in on the fun from anywhere in the world.
Your First Stop
Make sure that CBLDF’s Booth #1918 is your first stop at SDCC this year. You can grab free copies of our Summer Update, this year’s Auction Brochure, a rundown of Signings and Programming supporting the fight for free expression, plus tons of exclusive rewards brought just for you. Grab a CBLDF tote to show your love of comics and your support of free speech, or pick up this year’s exclusive t-shirts. All at Booth #1918. Items are available in limited quantities, so make us your first stop this year and every year!
Start off San Diego with many of the industry’s best comic creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by comiXology Originals and hosted by superstar creators Tula Lotay & Jock in a “British Invasion” theme brought about by the help of Thought Bubble. Additionally, 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: https://cbldfparty2019.eventbrite.com
The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Gabriel Rodriguez, acclaimed artist of Locke & Key and Sword of Ages will be on hand creating live art that will be auctioned off at the end of the night. Comics icon Paul Levitz will offer a keynote address to start the night! Bid on original art including work by Walter Simonson & Stan Sakai, Tula Lotay, Frank Miller, Charlie Adlard, Cathy Guisewite, Jeff Lemire, Emil Ferris, Jock, Sam Kieth, Terry Moore, Charles Vess, Floyd Norman, Alex Toth, and many more! Plus scripts, prints, and memorabilia, including an incredible assortment of art portfolios from the 1970s featuring signed works from Frank Frazetta, R. Crumb, Robt. Williams, Wendy Pini, John Pound and more! Register to bid now at: http://cbldfauction2019.eventbrite.com/ Check out info on Remote Bidding at https://cbldf.org/sdcc19#auction
Mark Your Calendar!
12PM – CBLDF: How Comic Stores Gave Comics Their Voice- 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!Room 11
1PM – CBLDF: Comics Censorship in 2019 – 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.
12PM – CBLDF: Take PRIDE in Comics – Why are comics and other literature centered on LGBTQ+ characters targeted so frequently by censors? What can we do to ensure these important books stay on shelves? Join CBLDF and a panel of creators, educators, librarians, and retailers to discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ comics and ways communities can help overcome them. Join authors Jose Villarrubia, Paige Braddock, and more!
1PM – CBLDF: Making Great Comics Programs For Schools & Libraries – Energize your community by creating comics events! Join CBLDF Education Coordinator Holly Dotson and a panel of teachers and creators for a vibrant discussion about how to make great programming with comics. Bring your success stories and learn about how to build on them with tips on creating book clubs, workshops, creator events and more! Gene Luen Yang, Jennifer L. Holm, Katherine Keller, moderated by CBLDF Education Coordinator Holly Dotson
12PM – CBLDF: The Perils of Selling Comics – Know your rights! Join CBLDF for this fast-paced overview of the legal rights comic book stores depend upon. Learn the law and your rights, while getting tangible how-to info for managing risk scenarios like police visits, media attacks, and more. A must-attend for current and aspiring comic store staffers and creators alike!
1PM – CBLDF: Teaching With Comics!
Comics are more than just great entertainment, they’re an incredible tool for learning. Join creators and teachers and bring your own success stories for a discussion about how comics can be used to engage students in the classroom. Get real-world suggestions for ways to integrate comics in the classroom, to expand on lessons with comic-based activities, and to encourage student participation. Panelists include authors Colleen AF Venable and Matthew Loux, moderated by CBLDF Education Coordinator Holly Dotson
8PM – CBLDF Live Art Auction
Support CBLDF’s important work by bidding on original art by amazing creators at CBLDF’s Live Art Auction, presented by IDW Publishing and Splash Page Comic Art. Includes original art from Charlie Adlard, Sam Kieth, Terry Moore, J. O’Barr, Walter Simonson, Jeff Smith, Gabriel Rodriguez, and many more, plus scripts, prints and memorabilia and more! For the full auction list, bidder registration and more, please visit CBLDF Booth 1918 or cbldf.org for a complete list. You do not need a badge to attend this event!
CBLDF: Live Art Jam – Celebrate 50 Years of Comic-Con by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a panel of comics artists who will create art live, while sharing their favorite Comic-Con memories. Bid on the pieces created here to support CBLDF’s important work protecting comics’ First Amendment rights!