Official Press Release
Next week is Comic-Con International: San Diego, the largest comic book convention in the United States. The Fund is going to be celebrating this week long tribute to comics and the popular arts with a series of great signings, special events, and brand new premiums to raise money for our casework. Read on!
Thursday July 17:
CBLDF Members Reception at the Dublin Square
Join Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Will Eisner, Judd Winick, Jim Valentino, Brian Azzarello, Jill Thompson, and a growing host of comics celebrities in toasting the First Amendment at the Dublin Square, San Diego's finest Irish pub. This party is free for card-carrying CBLDF members over 21 years of age with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Festivities start at 8:30 and run until 11 PM. The Dublin Square is at 554 4th Avenue. Members MUST have their 2003 member card for free admission to the party. No Autographs, please. For directions call 619-239-5818.
Dinner With Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, and Will Eisner
Visit eBay now for your chance to bid for a seat at dinner with one of these comics legends! On Thursday evening Gaiman, Miller, and Eisner will be dining with CBLDF supporters at a location to be revealed to the auction winners. Visit eBay for your chance to be part of this history making evening! Auction ends Monday July 14.
Friday July 18:
Defenders of Liberty Signing with Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman
Groundbreaking graphic novelists Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman will be signing brand new prints that benefit the CBLDF at this soon-to-be-legendary signing. Gaiman and Miller have been among the most active professionals supporting the CBLDF's battles and their commitmentto the Fund continues at this signing. 2:30 to 3:30 PM, AA3.
2003 Eisner Awards and Defender of Liberty Award Presentation
Come to comics' finest evening to pay tribute to the best work of 2002 and applaud Chuck Rozanski as he accepts the 2003 Defender of Liberty Award. Neil Gaiman will be presenting the evening'skeynote speech. Other awards will include the Manning Award, Clampett Award, & Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. Doors open at 8:15 and the ceremony runs from 8:30 10:30. There is ano-host bar, but be sure to bring valid ID!
Saturday July 19:
CBLDF Benefit Auction
The Fund's annual San Diego auction brings out our best donationsto raise funds for our casework and this year's is no exception. Keynote items include a Sandman quilt presented to Neil Gaiman on his 42nd birthday; Rich Koslowski's cover to Busted #12; JimLee's lobster bib from the Palm Restaurant in Denver; areproduction of the script to Big Numbers #3 signed by Alan Moore, and much, much more.
Visit http://www.cbldf.org to view the full list of items being auctioned. The auction starts at 7:00 and runs until 9:00 in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center. Auction to be emceed by Defender of Liberty Chuck Rozanski!
The Third Angel, An Evening with Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman continues his San Diego reading tradition with this third "mid-evening" reading benefiting the CBLDF. Thebestselling author will be reading new selections and old favorites, most notably "The Problem of Susan" an unpublished story foradults only.
This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5 for CBLDF members and $10 for non-members. Tickets can be picked up at the CBLDF booth. Doors open at 9:30 at Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center.
The front two rows have been reserved for members only. These tickets can be obtained starting on Wednesday's Preview Night. Be sure to show a valid 2003 CBLDF Member Card to take your seat up front. Tickets will be available at the CBLDF booth, #1233/1235.
Sunday July 20
CBLDF Panel The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is on the frontlines of the law to protect and serve the interests of comics retailers, creators, and publishers. Come by this one hour information session to find out what cases the Fund is currently working on, what troubles are on the horizon, and you can help! Charles Brownstein, Neil Gaiman, Denis Kitchen, Louise Nemschoff, Milton Griepp. 12:301:30, Room 7B
PREMIUMS & DEBUTS!
SPX 2003: A Sequential Arts Travelogue The 2003 edition of theSPX anthology premieres at Comic-Con! Boasting a brand new cover by Jaime Hernandez and over 40 new stories by leading edge new talent. This book has a cover price of $9.95 and is only available at the CBLDF booth!
"Band Aid" Print by Frank Miller FrankMiller's disturbing vision of censorship was one of the bestselling shirts in the history of the CBLDF. The shirt is now out of print, but we've brought back the classic "Band-Aid Girl"image on a new full color print. This limited edition print is available for a $20 donation to the CBLDF at Comic-Con; don'tmiss out!
"Sunday" Print by Neil Gaiman The CBLDF is proud torelease this rare print of Neil Gaiman's drawing of the literary character "Sunday." This limited edition print is one of theonly editions of Gaiman art to be made available and it can be yours for a donation of $10 to the CBLDF!
Gaiman/Miller Uncut Print Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller'sprints rest side by side on this very limited uncut print signed by both authors. Never before have these two signed a singular piece, but they're doing it now to support the CBLDF. These uncut sheetsare strictly limited to 100 pieces, one of which can be yours for a $50 donation to the CBLDF starting Friday July 18.
All-New Beanworld print by Larry Marder The cult classic comic Tales of the Beanworld has delighted a generation of comics readers and inspired a new generation of authors who look to the comic as a signpost towards creating a more abstract, personal, yet accessible comics language. Marder stopped publishing Beanworld stories in 1994, but he didn't stop creating. The CBLDF is proud to release this brand new image from a Beanworld we've never seen before!
"Man With Pen in Head" by Frank Miller The last copiesof Frank Miller's first mini-comic "Man With Pen in Head"will be made available to CBLDF members only at Comic-Con. Limited to 100 numbered editions and 26 lettered editions, "Man With Penin Head" is Miller's rarest work ever. The lettered editionis gone, but there's still a handful of the numbered edition, sobring your 2003 Member Card to get your hands on a copy.
Vertigo Desk Diary -- Tidemark Press is premiering their all-new 2004 Vertigo Desk Diary at San Diego and have donated copies to the CBLDF to raise money for our casework. This beautifully produced desk diary features images from Vertigo's distinguished decade of producing cutting edge comics. Get your copy from the CBLDF Booth # 1233/1235. Learn more about Tidemark's products by visitingbooth 817 at Comic-Con or www.tidemarkpress.com
CBLDF BOOTH SIGNINGSBooth # 1233/1235
Denis Kitchen 1:30 2:30 PMFund President and cartooning great Denis Kitchen signs and sketches to benefit the CBLDF!
Brian Azzarello 3:30 4:30 PMAuthor of the hard-hitting literary crime-drama 100 Bullets, Azzarello will be signing and sketching to benefit the Fund.
Greg Rucka 1 2 PMAuthor of Wolverine, Queen & Country, and Wonder Woman, as well as several novels, Greg Rucka is one of the field's best talents. Meet him at the CBLDF table where he'll sign your books!
Keith DeCandido 5 6 PMAuthor of the recently published "Gene Roddenberry'sAndromeda: Destruction of Illusions" will be signing copies ofthis new book at the CBLDF table!
Jill Thompson 12 1 PMScary Godmother and L'il Death author Jill Thompson signs and sketches to benefit the Fund!
Rich Koslowski 1 2 PMAuthor of Three Fingers and the Three Geeks, Rich Koslowski will be signing copies of Busted #14 bearing his memorable cover and sketching to benefit the CBLDF!
Jai Sen 2 3 PMAuthor of Garlands of Moonlight and the Golden Vine will sign copies of these exquisite graphic novels to benefit the Fund!
Jaime Hernandez 3 - 4 PMOne of the most important living graphic novelists, Jaime Hernandez and brothers Gilbert and Mario redefined the comics with their series Love and Rockets. Jaime has graciously provided the beautiful cover of SPX 2003 which you can get signed at the CBLDF booth!
Larry Marder 12 1 PMAuthor of the cult classic comics series "Tales of theBeanworld," Marder will be releasing an all new Beanworld printto benefit the Fund. This is Marder's first Beanworld appearancein 5 years, don't miss out!
Frank Miller 2 3:30 PM SIGNING FOR MEMBERS ONLY
CBLDF Members will have the opportunity to meet Frank Miller at this ticketed signing. Tickets will be available starting when doors open on Sunday to CBLDF members only. You must present a valid 2003 CBLDF Member Card. Unfortunately, Mr. Miller will not be able to accommodate requests for sketches. To accommodate everyone seeking Miller's signature, we request a limit of three signatures perperson.
The above is just the tip of the iceberg; expect even more signings and premiums to be announced in the coming week!