The CBLDF, MySpace and Meltdown comics are teaming up for a wrap party for Y THE LAST MAN. Creators Brian Vaughan and Pia Guerra will be there, and Joss Whedon will deliver homilies. There will be speeches and exclusive prints. Attndence is limited to 140; VIP tickets for the event are $100; standing room only $25. We will be there in spirit only, alas. Details below.
On January 30, 2008, one of the most acclaimed comic book series of the last decade, Y THE LAST MAN, concludes with issue sixty. The series and its co-creators, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, have received widespread acclaim, in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon and Entertainment Weekly and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” To celebrate the end of the series, MySpace Comic Books (http://www.myspace.com/comicbooks), the comic community of the world’s most popular social network, and Meltdown Comics, the renowned Los Angeles-based comic book shop, today announced a first-of-its-kind event for the comic book industry: Y: THE LAST PARTY.
Taking place on February 8th at Meltdown, the party is a benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a celebration of the internationally acclaimed comic book series. Joss Whedon will appear in person to toast Y: The Last Man co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. All proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime event will benefit the First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Since 1986, the CBLDF has defended the Free Expression rights of comics booksellers, artists, and educators throughout the United States by funding top legal counsel in criminal cases and leading important education initiatives.
Whedon, the famed creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, will kick off the festivities in Meltdown’s Hollywood gallery space with a keynote speech in appreciation of the series. Following the speech will be a live Q&A with guests of honor Vaughan & Guerra. There will also be a VIP Reception prior to the event, with Whedon, Vaughan & Guerra, that will include the unveiling of a never-before-seen print by Pia Guerra.
Y: THE LAST PARTY is made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across the comic book industry: Y: The Last Man publisher Vertigo Comics (http://www.myspace.com/vertigocomics); Dark Horse Comics (http://www.myspace.com/darkhorsecomics); Image Comics (http://www.myspace.com/imagecomics); and Top Cow Productions (http://www.myspace.com/topcow).
Y: The Last Man author Brian K. Vaughan says, “I realize legends like Stan Lee would laugh at the idea of a party being thrown in honor of a couple of kids finishing a mere sixty issues of a comic, but Y has always been a very important story to me, so I really look forward to hanging at my favorite local store with many of the readers and creators who made this journey possible, especially when it all supports the essential work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.”
Capacity for this event is strictly limited to 140 people. VIP reserved seating tickets are $100 and available now through the CBLDF’s MySpace profile (http://www.myspace.com/cbldf). VIP tickets include entrance to the reception, and a limited edition print of brand new artwork by Guerra, signed by Guerra and Vaughan. There are only 70 VIP tickets available, so act fast to guarantee your admission. Additionally, 70 general admission “standing room only” tickets for the event will be $25, and are available on a first-come, first served basis on the day of the event.