Lots of events, swag and great artists!

This week the pop culture world converges at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund brings the goods with the biggest slate in the organization’s history!  The Fund is bringing you parties, education events, auctions, live art, exclusive premiums from Neil Gaiman, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and Amanda Palmer, as well as an astonishing selection of signed graphic novels, comics, prints, and original art. Read on for your insider’s guide to all of the amazing things the Fund has happening at Comic-Con!

CBLDF Master Sessions – Comics’ Greatest Artists Show You How They Make The Magic!

Get a view inside the creative process of comics’ most talented artists at the CBLDF Master Sessions. Created in collaboration with Comic-Con International, the CBLDF Master Sessions are a series of art demonstration events where top artists show you how they create masterful comics on the big screen in a large classroom style hall at the Con. Bring your sketchbooks to follow along, and your questions for the Q&A. Participants in this year’s Master Session series include: Dave Gibbons, Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, Jim Lee, Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Terry Moore, Camilla D’Errico, and David Mack. All art created during the CBLDF Master Sessions will be auctioned off to benefit the Fund at our Saturday night auction!  For full schedule and details, visit: http://www.cbldf.org/pr/archives/000405.shtml

CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction – Bid On Original Treasures to Support Free Expression!

The CBLDF pulls out all the stops for this year’s main event live auction!  Featuring original art from Harvey Kurtzman, Paul Pope, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Ben Templesmith, Jeff Smith, Jaime Hernandez, Neil Gaiman & many more, the Fund’s Comic-Con auction gathers a plethora of outstanding comic art & collectibles under one roof to benefit the CBLDF’s First Amendment legal work.  The auction happens on Saturday night at 7:15 in Room 2 of the San Diego Convention Center. For the full list, selected preview images, and bidding instructions visit: http://www.cbldf.org/pr/archives/000408.shtml

CBLDF Nightlife – Concerts, Cocktails, Live Art & More: CBLDF Owns the Night!

The CBLDF is your one-stop source for the best nightlife at Comic-Con! Whether your tastes run towards cocktails under the stars, hard edged punk cabaret, or multimedia DJs & hip-hop icons, the CBLDF has you covered with a full array of outstanding benefit events. Things kick off on Thursday when the industry’s best creators converge to toast Free Speech at the Comic-Con Welcome Party at the Westgate Hotel. Amanda Palmer ratchets up the energy with a benefit concert on Friday. And on Saturday night, Murs, Eclectic Method, Paul Pope and a host of music and live art masters blow it all out at POPCULTOUR, presented by Coke Zero. For the full details of CBLDF’s Comic-Con nightlife visit: http://www.cbldf.org/pr/archives/000406.shtml

Neil Gaiman Exclusive Items – New Fragrances, Prints, Books & Tees Benefit the Cause!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (Booth 1920) is proud to offer a wide array of new, signed, & unique premiums from Newbery Award winning author Neil Gaiman! From exclusive items like new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrances or Neverwear prints, to signed books and even Neil’s signed & retired tee shirts, the CBLDF has Neil gifts & souvenirs for every budget! Check out our full assortment at http://www.cbldf.org/articles/archives/000407.shtml

Amanda Palmer – The Empress of Punk Cabaret Conquers Comic-Con!

Amanda Palmer, the creative force behind Who Killed Amanda Palmer & The Dresden Dolls, is appearing at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to benefit the First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  On Friday, July 24 Palmer will appear at two events to benefit the Fund. On Friday night, she headlines a benefit show at the San Diego Women’s Club, appearing with Vermillion Lies. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Acclaimed graphic novelist Jill Thompson will be creating live art during the event. Vermillion Lies will also be performing. Tickets are available at: (http://casbah.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=32249&eid=38329)
Earlier in the day Amanda appears at Comic-Con for CBLDF Master Sessions: Who Killed Amanda Palmer, Life Drawing where she’s joined by Terry Moore, David Mack & Camilla D’Errico.  The CBLDF will also be offering the full assortment of Who Killed Amanda Palmer fragrances from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab at Booth 1920. For more on Amanda’s appearance, visit: http://www.cbldf.org/articles/archives/000404.shtml

CBLDF Live Art Jam! – Jim Lee, Terry Moore & Special Guests Face Off on Sunday!

Witness live art created before your eyes by comics masters and bid on the chance to carry one home! Join Jim Lee, Terry Moore, and surprise special guests as you get a glimpse behind the scenes of their artistic processes! The Live Art Jam is a treat for fans and students alike. All art will be auctioned to benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You will need a bidder number to bid on art at this event, which will be distributed at the start of the event. Winning bidders will be able to claim their art from the CBLDF’s booth 1920. The Live Art Jam kicks off on Sunday at 12:30 Room 5AB

Don’t Forget To Visit Our Booth! – Art, Shirts, BPAL, Signed Stuff & So Much More at 1920!

From Preview Night to Sunday’s closing bell, the CBLDF will be offering the coolest comics items of the con at our booth!  Come browse our amazing selection of signed comics & graphic novels, pour through albums of original art, take in our huge array of prints, and immerse yourself in our exclusive Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrance department!  The Fund has items to satisfy every comics passion, so please come to Booth 1920 and find the premium that’s right for you!  All proceeds benefit our First Amendment legal and education work, so find your treasure and stand tall for supporting our vital cause!