Last Wednesday, December 19, Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles hosted one of four Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Member Appreciation Holiday Parties that were held around the country. In attendance were such comic book luminaries as Gerry Duggan ("Infinite Horizon"), Percy "MF Grimm" Carey ("Sentences"), Bill Morrison ("Simpsons," "Captain Carrot and the Final Ark"), Rob Schrab ("Scud", "The Sarah Silverman Show"), Marc Andreyko ("Manhunter"), Christos Gage ("Avengers: The Initiative," "House of M: Avengers"), Larry Marder ("Bean World") and Brian K. Vaughan ("Lost", "Y: The Last Man").
Showing your CBLDF card at the register got you 10% off purchases that evening, an additional 10% was given to the CBLDF by the folks at Golden Apple Comics. Membership continued to have its privileges as those with CBLDF carda were also entitled to a commemorative sketch by one of the artists. Those who donated $50 or more were given their choice of a limited edition "Heroes" comic book or the latest "Nerdcore" calendar, featuring models in sexy superhero costumes.
To celebrate Percy Carey's move to the West Coast, a commemorative print of MF Grimm was also made available to fans who donated to the cause. Fans who have waited ten years for the return of "Scud" didn't have to wait a moment longer, as creator Rob Schrab brought along a photocopied version of issue 21 for fans to read, two months before it will hit stands.
The night ended with a silent auction, with all the proceeds going straight to CBLDF. Items up for bid included signed variants of Gage's own "What If?: Civil War," "Angel: Divided We Fall #1" and a signed Matt Wagner "Mage" print.
Brian K. Vaughan appeared sans Strike Beard. As the story goes, Brian K. Vaughan said he'd not shave his beard until the WGA Strike had been settled. When asked what happened to his illustrious beard, he indicated that his wife was going to divorce him if he didn't shave it. He added, tongue planted firmly in cheek, that he was worried the strike may have kept going simply because of his beard, and "If the strike ends next week, you can thank me."
With no end to the strike in sight, fans hoping for more comic book work from Vaughn may be in luck. He is currently working ahead on "Ex Machina," though he did hint that after the last issue of "Y: The Last Man" is finally published, he might be turning his attention to some new books.
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