Official Press Release
Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are proud to launch the most exciting edition of their annual benefit anthology yet! THE CBLDF PRESENTS LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 is powered by the donated time and energy of comic book luminaries to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 boasts 48 incredible pages of story and art celebrating Free Expression! Previous volumes, published by Image Comics under the title CBLDF’s Liberty Comics, have so far raised more than $50,000 for the Fund.
“I’m truly humbled by how much time and energy our line-up of talented contributors put aside to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in contributing to LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010,” says CBLDF President and LIBERTY ANNUAL editor Larry Marder. “We changed the name of the book to reflect that once a year the greatest creators in the field bring their A-game to a project that helps the Fund reach new readers and raise much needed funds. No one got paid, but everyone stepped up to the plate and swung for the fences. The result is a highly collectible comic book that’s a great read for an important cause.”
CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 features an all-star line up, not least of whom are providing beautiful covers for the book. DAVE GIBBONS (Watchmen) has contributed an all-new Martha Washington cover, and DARICK ROBERTSON (The Boys) has provided a Conan cover. To increase the book’s visibility, the incentive cover now boasts all-new artwork from CHARLIE ADLARD, the artist behind THE WALKING DEAD, which will soon be a hit series on AMC!
The best in the industry contributed to CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010, which includes a new The Boys story by GARTH ENNIS & ROB STEEN, the first new Megaton Man adventure by DON SIMPSON in over a decade, an all-new Milk &Cheese story by EVAN DORKIN, a new Conan tale by DARICK ROBERTSON, Boilerplate by ANINA BENNETT & PAUL GUINAN, and “The First Amendment: It’s Why We Fight!” by LIBERTY COMICS editor LARRY MARDER.
CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 will also feature all-new work from GEOFF JOHNS & SCOTT KOLINS, FRANK MILLER, GABRIEL BÃ & FÃBIO MOON, PAUL POPE, JEFF SMITH, TERRY MOORE, DAVE GIBBONS, GAIL SIMONE & AMANDA GOULD, SCOTT MORSE, BRIAN AZZARELLO & JILL THOMPSON, ROB LIEFELD, JG ROSHELL, COLLEEN DORAN, BEN McCOOL & BILLY TUCCI, and SKOTTIE YOUNG. Design for the entire package is contributed, as always, by Richard Starkings and John Roshell from Comicraft.
The CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance and education in furtherance of these goals. For more information on the Fund, visit www.cbldf.org
THE CBLDF PRESENTS LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010
(Gibbons cover: AUG100420; Robertson cover: AUG100421), a 48-page full-color comic book from Image Comics, will be available October 6, 2010. All proceeds from LIBERTY ANNUAL will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.