BookExpo America is kicking off today at the Javits Center with a day of panels and roundtables The exhibit floor opens tomorrow. Image Comics and other Diamond publishers will be on hand, and there will be signings by folks like Todd McFarlane. The partying kicks off tonight with the CBLDF BEA Welcome Party,which, we’re told, includes a KICK-ASS gift bag.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to invite you to a Book Expo Welcome Party sponsored by DC Entertainment and Image Comics! Come mingle with some of the brightest lights in the creative, editorial, retail and media communities in this outstanding celebration of the graphic novel! First 150 attendees get a DC/Image Gift bag. $10-$20 Sliding-scale suggested donation, CBLDF Members get in for free.

Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday, May 25th at the lovely Hudson Terrace, located at 621 West 46th st. (Between 11th and 12th) New York, NY 10036

With the state of the book industry as up in the air as everything else these days, the mood at BEA is uncertain. We’ll be there all day tomorrow and Thursday to test the wind.