The CBLDF, Image, NYCC, Scholastic and Cartoon books are teaming for a big bash on Thursday night and it’s sure to be one of the hottest parties of this year’s San Diego. PLUS, the firsdt 300 guests receieve a gift bag which will include a copy of Jeff Smith’s RASL preview — with only 2200 of these printed, we suspect this may just be the hottest book at the show. Check the link for pictures of more of the swag.

CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party: Exclusives, Original Art & More!

Kick off the year’s biggest comics show in style at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party on Thursday, July 26 at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. Sponsored by Image Comics, New York Comic-Con, Cartoon Books and Scholastic Grafix, the Comic-Con Welcome Party is presented by the CBLDF in association with Prism Comics. Join top artists for a night under the stars where you’ll receive an amazing gift bag, witness an exclusive meeting of the Drink & Draw Social Club, and preview the Fund’s amazing Comic-Con auction. The CBLDF Welcome Party starts at 7:30 PM on Thursday July 26. Admission is a $10 donation for CBLDF Members, and $20 and up for non-members.

The first 300 party guests will receive a gift bag featuring over $50 in great items, including

*RASL Preview — Provided by Cartoon Books, experience the debut of Jeff Smith’s larger than life new project. Only 2200 RASL previews exist, so this is your best chance to guarantee your copy.

*Wolf-Man #1, signed by Robert Kirkman — Provided by Image Comics, experience the debut of Robert Kirkman’s thrilling new series!

*Fell #1, Retailer Variant Edition — Provided by Image Comics, this is the super-rare variant edition of Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith’s compelling crime drama.

*Star Wars: Pop Up Guide to the Galaxy Preview — Provided by Scholastic, this hardcover preview book offers a peek into Matthew Reinhart’s extraordinary pop-up rendering of the world of Star Wars!

*World War Hulk NYCC Exclusive Poster — Provided by New York Comic-Con, this exclusive poster features Marvel’s Green Gladiator on the warpath!

*Will Eisner Graphic Novel — Provided by the CBLDF, take home a graphic novel from the father of the form.

*Harry Potter Tote Bag — Provided by Scholastic, this exclusive Harry Potter tote will help you carry around all of your cool Comic-Con loot!

Party guests will also get to witness a meeting of the Drink & Draw Social Club! Presided over by Rev. Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, and Jeff Johnson, the Drink and Draw Social Club consists of the most unsavory examples of human beings to ever pick up a pencil and pen under the influence of a lot of alcohol. They will be there all night with special guests creating original art for the next edition of Drink & Draw from Image Comics, and that you can take home at the end of the night for a donation to the Fund!

While at the party, guests will also get to preview the Fund’s incredible Comic-Con Art Auction, featuring original art from Jeff Smith, Jim Lee, Paul Pope, Stefano Gaudiano, Rick Veitch, David Petersen, Ramon Bachs, and dozens more!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party opens at 7:30 PM on Thursday, July 26 and runs until 11:00 PM. The Westgate Hotel is located at 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, across the street from the 2nd Avenue entrance to Horton Plaza. The party will be on the hotel’s outdoor terrace, and will feature music, food, prizes, and a cash bar. Admission is $10 for CBLDF members, $20 for non-members. For more information, please visit

The CBLDF extends a special thanks to our party sponsors:

Image Comics
New York Comic-Con
Cartoon Books
Scholastic Books
Prism Comics