NYC – CBLDF Book Expo Member Party

Press Release:

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is having a membership party to kick off Book Expo America, and we want you to be a part of it! Sponsored by IDW, the CBLDF Book Expo Welcome Mixer happens this Tuesday, May 24!

The CBLDF is inviting the book industry out for a welcome mixer on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Publishing professionals, booksellers, librarians, and creators are all invited to kick off BEA. The party is free for all BEA attendees and NYC comics and book professionals and retailers!

CBLDF will be soliciting memberships and donations to support its current work protecting comics and graphic novels. Please join us, and invite your colleagues!

The attacks on books and comics are becoming more frequent and more insidious, so CBLDF needs your help to spread the word. Currently, comics and graphic novels are being targeted by customs agents in the US and Canada. Individuals are having their books and digital devices searched and seized. Meanwhile, CBLDF continues to fight laws that would affect the sale and display of comics in brick and mortar stores and online.

CBLDF is fighting to protect your content, creators, and readers in the face of these and other threats. We can’t do it without you! Come to the party and support the cause! Together, we can ensure that CBLDF protects the First Amendment rights we all depend upon to do business.

There will be a raffle over the course of the evening with great prizes, and many local comic artists and writers will be in attendance, including Paul Pope (Batman Year 100, Heavy Liquid), Jessica Abel (Writing Words and Drawing Pictures, La Perdida), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Agnes Quill), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Babysitters Club), Paul Levitz (75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Superheroes), Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle, The Escapist), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and Michael Buckley (N.E.R.D.S., The Sisters Grimm)!

What: CBLDF’s Book Expo Member Party
Where: The Village Pourhouse, Restaurant Row, 366 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave), New York, NY
When: Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Why: To welcome BEA attendees to NYC and to help support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important First Amendment work!

SF – Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow

Paul Pope in conversation with Pixar’s Dr. Michael B. Johnson
Cartoon Art Museum Event: Thursday, March 18, 2010 7pm to 9pm
$5 suggested donation

San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes the critically-acclaimed comic book creator Paul Pope for a special presentation on Thursday, March 18, 2010, from 7pm to 9pm. Pope is the creator of such unforgettable comics as THB, Heavy Liquid, 100% and Batman: Year 100. Pope will discuss his comics career with Pixar’s Dr. Michael B. Johnson, a longtime member of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Board of Directors. A booksigning will follow this discussion.

The suggested donation for this event is $5. Doors will open at 6:45pm.

About Paul Pope

Creator Paul Pope is an award-winning alternative comics artist best known for his hallucinatory science-fiction series THB. His other comics include Heavy Liquid and 100%. In 1995, Pope began working for Japanese manga publisher Kodansha, creating the series Supertrouble, among other titles. Influenced by European cartoonists like Hergé (Tintin) and Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese) and by science-fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Pope is known for his surrealistic sci-fi plots and expressive, thick-lined brushwork.

Paul Pope’s critically acclaimed miniseries Batman: Year 100 uses a futuristic Gotham City to comment on post-9/11 paranoia and invasion of privacy. In the year 2039, Gotham has become a police state where citizens are stripped of their civil rights. Believing that the government is on the verge of a “military coup,” Batman emerges to take on the powerful Gotham police force. Meanwhile, police detectives try to figure out the identity of this new—or possibly old—Batman. A short story featuring Robin, The Boy Wonder, entitled “Teenage Sidekick,” earned Pope the prestigious Eisner Award for Best Short Story in 2007. Selections from both of these stories are currently on display at the Cartoon Art Museum as part of its Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow exhibition.

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Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94105