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HABIBI by Craig Thompson, SPX Exclusive Edition

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to premiere Craig Thompson’s eagerly awaited graphic novel Habibi! Through a special arrangement with Random House, benefit preview editions of 100 signed and numbered copies of the graphic novel are available to donors who contribute $100 or more to the CBLDF. Habibi hits stores on September 20.

These exclusive editions were first available at the Small Press Expo in 2011, and come with a beautiful letterpress bookplate, designed by Mr. Thompson.

Craig Thompson says, “It’s very exciting to be able to launch HABIBI at SPX in a way that gives back to the CBLDF. I got my start in small press comics, and have always been supportive of the CBLDF. Being able to help out in this way, and to appear at the show with Habibi feels like a homecoming.”

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, HABIBI tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, circumstance, and love. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world fueled by fear and greed.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance; a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and the magic of storytelling.

All proceeds from these exclusive editions will immediately benefit the First Amendment legal work of the CBLDF.

Get your copy of this CBLDF exclusive edition!

New Luchadore-Inspired BPAL Scents Now Available Online!

CBLDF, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and J. Gonzo scored a K.O. with their epic tag team debut of LA MANO DEL DESTINO and EL NUEVO PURITANO during Comic-Con International. If you missed us at Comic-Con, you can still jump in the ring: These CBLDF-exclusive scents are now available online!

About the fragrances:


Powerful Sumatran patchouli and enigmatic Brazilian copaiba with pao d’arco, cacao absolute, bourbon vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, and tobacco


The wicked wrath of moral panic: unmoving, rigid oak, dry leather, tonka, gunpowder tea, and pious olibanum with a core of perverse and furtive vanilla bean, bay leaf, clove bud, and lime.

You can purchase each fragrance individually, here and here, or you can get them as a set. The set includes a gorgeous, limited-edition full-color print from J. Gonzo, inspired by his new 6-issue comic series La Mano del Destino. Help take censorship to the mat by picking up these CBLDF exclusive scents and print today!

SMILE for the CBLDF with Raina Telgemeier!

Raina Telgemeier is the creator behind Smile, an award-winning autobiographical graphic novel that Publishers Weekly calls, “A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl…” Telgemeier also adapted and drew several The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels and co-wrote the bestselling X-Men: Misfits graphic novel.

CBLDF is delighted to add signed copies of Smile and a charming signed print that Telgemeier drew to promote reading to its Rewards Zone!

BABYMOUSE Print, signed by Matthew and Jenni Holm!

The superstar BABYMOUSE comes out to support Free Speech and the First Amendment! This limited print, featuring the extremely popular kids’ graphic novel character, was created especially for the CBLDF by series artist Matthew Holm, and signed by him and series writer Jenni Holm!

Get your copy now!

Transmetropolitan: All Around The World Now Available to Order

Transmetropolitan: All Around The World — the most hotly-anticipated art book of the year — is now available for order from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Celebrating Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s dystopian classic, all proceeds from the sale of Transmetropolitan: All Around The World benefit the First Amendment work of CBLDF. Transmetropolitan combined black humor, political scandal, and moral ambiguity to look into the mind of gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem and The City he inhabits. Aided by his embattled Editor and his two Filthy Assistants, Jerusalem blazes a path through a futuristic world of skyscrapers and technological wonders, dark alleys, and unspeakable depravity.

Transmetropolitan: All Around The World is a lovingly crafted and designed tribute to a seminal work. Contributors include:

Aaron Alexovich, Stephanie Buscema, Jim Calafiore, Stefano Caselli, Cliff Chiang, Richard C. Clark, Kevin Colden, Molly Crabapple, Camilla d’Errico, Kristian Donaldson, Ryan Dunlavey, Gary Erskine, Richard Friend, Dan Goldman, Cully Hamner, Lea Hernandez, Phil Hester, Rantz Hoseley, Matt Howarth, K Thor Jensen, Seth Kushner, Jonathan Luna, Milo Manara, John McCrea, Moritat, Dean Motter, Darick Robertson, Jimmie Robinson, Stuart Sayger, Tim Seeley, Fiona Staples, Bryan Talbot, Pete Woods, and many, many others.

Only a limited number of copies are available, so place your orders now!

UNLIKELY, signed by Jeffrey Brown!

The premiere graphic novel from Jeffrey Brown, UNLIKELY is the touching and funny story of the author’s first intimate relationships. Told with unflinching candor and a natural sense of humor and warmth, this is an early hint of Mr. Brown’s prolific and prodigious talent.

This edition is signed and sketched by CBLDF supporter Jeffrey Brown!

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Proclaim Your Love for Banned Comics With This All-New T-shirt!

You can announce to the world your support of CBLDF and Free Speech with this 100% cotton t-shirt, emblazoned with a blue logo announcing the you read banned comics! Conceived by noted designer and Eisner-nominated letterer Jared K. Fletcher, you are guaranteed to be the coolest kid on the block every time you put on this shirt! Available now!

WILSON, signed by Dan Clowes

Wilson is an original graphic novel by comics legend Dan Clowes (Ghost World, Ice Haven, David Boring). The story of a misanthrope named Wilson as he tries to find his way in the world, this book captures the sly wit and subtle cartooning that has made Dan Clowes one of the literary world’s favorite comic creators. These hardcovers are signed by Clowes. Available now!

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites HC, signed by Jill Thompson!

From award-winning creators Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, The Invisibles, Death: At Death’s Door) and Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese), this beautiful hardcover edition collects the Eisner Award-winning short stories, as well as all four issues of the acclaimed series. It is signed by illustrator and painter Jill Thompson.

About Beasts of Burden: Welcome to Burden Hill — a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it’s up to a heroic gang of dogs — and one cat — to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill — Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red and the Orphan — whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil. This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery — events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move. Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn’t have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?

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ALL-STAR SUPERMAN vol 1, signed by Morrison and Quitely

The first volume of the groundbreaking series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, this Eisner-winning and best-selling comic took elements from 70 years-worth of Superman adventures and reinvented them for a new millennium.

After a rescue trip into the Sun, Superman returns more powerful than ever but stricken with a terminal condition. With little time left, he has to complete Twelve Legendary Labors. Along the way, we see new visions of the characters and locales in Superman’s world that fans have come to love, including Bizzaro, Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, the Phantom Zone, Kandor, and Lois Lane.

Already considered a classic, All-Star Superman is a perfect series for old and new fans alike.

This softcover edition is signed by both Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Get your copy now!