Where will all the comic book stars be at San Diego Comic-Con? Well, you could go to their panels and their tables and booths on the show floor. But some are reserved by the publishers for their own events, the panels can fill up and the queues can be long.
You could try your luck at the Hyatt, the Omni, or the Bayfront Hilton, but you may find yourself running back and forth. And plenty will have their own dinners, parties, or hotel rooms to go to…
But the most concentrated comic book place to be (that you can actually get into) at the show is probably the CBLDF Party on the Thursday Night, kicking off at 8 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Avenue.
Sponsored by ComiXology and Boom Studios, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, it will include its own exclusive items to pick up. This party is free for CBLDF Members, while for non-members, the suggested donation is $10 – $20. Membership, of course, starts at only $25 a year.
Here is a look at parties past…
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) July 25, 2014
— David Steinberger (@stonemtn) July 25, 2014
— Tiffany Rae Knight (@trk_knight) July 22, 2016
One of my favorites from the CBLDF party. Comics family meets the video game boyfriend. pic.twitter.com/lizN5mKksW
— Jen Vaughn ⚔️ (@TheJenya) July 12, 2015
— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) July 22, 2016
— Jen Vaughn ⚔️ (@TheJenya) July 21, 2017
We’ve already looked at the exclusives that CBLDF will be selling from Booth #1918 — but here’s what else the charity will be up to at the show:
Thursday, 12:00 – 1:00 CBLDF: Comics – Start Here! Room 11
It’s hard to believe now, but comics used to be the black sheep of reading! This powerful language was once synonymous with juvenile delinquency and bad reading habits. But today, they’re at the center of pop culture! Just because graphic novels are popular, that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use them in their library. Don’t fear, CBLDF is here! We’ll help you make the most of this incredible creative medium for all of your patrons! Come learn about CBLDF’s new research on cataloging comics and helpful tips about collection development and defense that will help everyone in your library love comics!
Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: State of Censorship 2018 Room 11
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! Learn about current censorship challenges in the U.S., including new bills attempting to regulate internet use, and the abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein leads the conversation.
Friday, 12:00 – 1:00 CBLDF: Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law Room 11
Some of comics’ greatest clashes never appeared within the panels — they were decided by a gavel! CBLDF board member Dale Cendali, an intellectual property icon known for litigating high profile cases (including in the Supreme Court), walks through the history of comics IP in the courts, examining some of the most important cases creators need to know about to protect themselves and their work in 2018!
Friday 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: Comics Change the World — The History of Activism in Comics Room 11
From the medium’s earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!
Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 CBLDF: EC Comics – Fighting For Change! Room 11
The untold story of comics’ original social justice crusaders! From 1950 to 1955, the young creators of EC Comics changed the face of the medium, injecting new heights of craft, storytelling, and artistry to comics. In titles like Tales From The Crypt, Weird Fantasy, MAD, and Shock SuspenStories, EC addressed civil rights, the injustices of war, gender fluidity, vegetarianism, and other vital topics. Discover how EC’s unprecedented social consciousness changed comics in this riveting presentation by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 CBLDF: Outlaw Art – The Trials of Underground Comix Room 11
Underground Comix were more than an art revolution, they were a scandal in the courts! Busts spread from Berkeley to New York as law enforcement used obscenity laws to crack down on this renegade form of free expression. How did the creators and publishers of this historical art movement take the heat? Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp and Air Pirates, which was convicted in California; Victor Moscoso and Robert Williams of Zap Comix #4, which was convicted in New York; and Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor of the controversial Abortion Eve for this freewheeling discussion moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.
Saturday 8:00 – 10:00 CBLDF SDCC Art Auction
Come bid on original art by comics’ greatest creators at the CBLDF Art Auction! David Lloyd, co-creator of V For Vendetta will kick off the auction by making art to be auctioned off at the end of the night. This year’s auction includes work from Charlie Adlard, Emil Ferris, Gilbert Hernandez, Frank Miller, Wendy Pini, Paul Pope, Paolo Rivera, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jeff Smith, Barry Windsor-Smith, and dozens other amazing artists! Visit CBLDF Booth 1918 to get your bidder number and a list of items. This auction is sponsored by IDW Publishing (Booth 2743) and Splash Page Comic Art (Booth 4400); Live Art Sponsored by Aces Weekly (Booth 1907) Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB.
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