TFAW Partners with the CBLDF for Their SDCC 2013 Auction

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TFAW Supports CBLDF’s Annual SDCC Auction

Adlard SDCC CBLDFFor the fifth year in a row, Things From Another World (TFAW.com) is proud to partner with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their annual CBLDF Auction at San Diego Comic-Con! With the help of creators including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Tim Seeley (Revival), and more (see below), the comic book retailer has been able to help raise more than $100,000 to help support the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

As in years past, TFAW is asking professional comic book artists* to create original sketches to donate to the CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Artists can choose to sketch their own creator-owned characters, or up to ten artists may sketch DC Comics’ proprietary characters and up to seven artists can create sketches featuring Marvel’s Mighty heroes! (NOTE: Artists wishing to sketch DC and Marvel characters will need to contact TFAW in advance so that they can limit the number of submissions. Also, these pieces are subject to publisher approval.)

In exchange for their original sketches, participating artists will receive 300 free limited-edition autograph cards of their pieces.

New this year: Instead of an original sketch, artists may choose to donate a page of original artwork. Unfortunately, sketch cards are not available for this option, but artists contributing pages will be prominently featured on the TFAW blog.

“Partnering with the CBLDF and the committed creators who generously donate their work is always the highlight of our year,” said TFAW Vice President and CBLDF Board Member Andrew McIntire. “As a retailer, we are both well aware of, and grateful for, the ongoing efforts exercised by the CBLDF in defending everyone’s First Amendment Rights, and we can’t thank our participating artists enough for their contributions to this important work. It is truly gratifying to observe the outpouring of support from the comics community in service of the Fund year after year, and we are honored to be able to be a part of this effort.”

“We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of generosity from the creative community and the abundance of hard work put in by the TFAW.com team to make the CBLDF auction a success,” said CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Thanks to the incredible efforts of the people involved, CBLDF is better equipped to do our work protecting the freedom to read comics. We’re grateful to all who participate.”

In addition to the autograph cards, TFAW and the CBLDF will highlight each artist and their sketch on The Blog From Another World. To coordinate your inclusion in this event, please contact Andrew McIntire at andrewm@tfaw.com by June 17 with the subject line “CBLDF 2013 Auction,” or via phone at 503.905.2395. Print-quality .EPS or .TIFF files for the autograph cards must be received by June 21, and the original sketch can either be sent to the CBLDF’s NYC office by July 1, or delivered to their SDCC booth by July 19.

In addition to Charlie Adlard and Tim Seeley, this year’s participating artists include Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Jonathan Case (Batman ’66), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Joëlle Jones (Helheim), Larry Marder (Beanworld), and Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden). See all of this year’s artists at http://www.tfaw.com/sdcc13-auction/artists, and check out all of last year’s sketches (including Francis Manapul’s Batman piece, show here) at http://www.tfaw.com/sdcc12-auction/artists.

About Things From Another World:
Founded in 1979, Things From Another World is the premier retailer of comics, toys, collectibles, and pop-culture geek goodness, both in Portland, Oregon, and online at http://www.TFAW.com.

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. http://www.cbldf.org.

*Due to logistical constraints, preference will be given to those artists who have had work released via an independent or major publisher and have had their work distributed through the Diamond Previews Catalog.

- See more at: http://cbldf.org/2013/06/tfaw-supports-cbldfs-annual-sdcc-auction/#sthash.EcZSzORj.0WOjXv2N.dpuf

OR – Witch Doctor Signing

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Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner sign at TFAW on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 from 7:00PM till 10:00PM!

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Comics fans, it’s time to take your medicine: join creators Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner at the Witch Doctor: Mal Practice release party at the Portland TFAW 6/19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Pick up the second volume of Witch Doctor, the popular horror series brought to you by Image Comics, and get it signed! Free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) will be provided.

Dr. Vincent Morrow, specialist in supernatural diseases, is back–but this time, he’s the patient! In the second collection of the hit horror series, Doc Morrow himself is targeted by shadowy supernatural forces. With his body betraying him, Morrow races against the clock to diagnose the threats he faces–and to punish those responsible!

Witch Doctor made headlines in 2011 when the comic was hand-picked by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) as the first original series published by his imprint, Skybound. Lauded for Seifert’s deft, entertaining writing and Ketner’s evocative, bold art, Witch Doctor was diagnosed a critical and financial success. Find out why–come to the Witch Doctor: Mal Practice release party 6/19!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Ladies Night at TFAW

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Joëlle Jones, Rachel Edidin, Dylan Meconis, and Leia Weathington sign at Things From Another World on Friday June 7th from 8:00 till 10:00 p.m.

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A women-only event! Meet and mingle with your local female comics community at Ladies Night June 7 at the Portland Things From Another World. Bring your questions for a Q&A with local women of comics Joëlle Jones (Helheim), Rachel Edidin (Wired.com), Dylan Meconis (Family Man), and Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley) from 7 to 8 p.m., then participate in a Drink & Draw and t-shirt “remodeling” demonstration from 8 to 10 p.m. Complimentary snacks and beer/wine provided (for those 21+ with valid ID).

“Portland has an incredible network of women connected to the comics community–whether they create comics, write about them, or read them,” said TFAW Public Relations Manager Elisabeth Allie. “We’ve had two previous Ladies Nights, and there’s just nothing like seeing an entire store filled with women who love comics–they’re very special events.”

In addition to the Q&A and Drink & Draw, Dark Horse Comics’ Events and Community Manager Kari Yadro will lead a demonstration of how to transform men’s t-shirts into cool, stylish tops for women. Bring your own t-shirt (or purchase one at TFAW) to join in!

Do you make comics, love comics, or just want to learn more about them? Mark your calendars for Ladies Night at the Portland TFAW June 7, and make sure to spread the word!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Daytripper Signing

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Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon sign at Things From Another World on Wednesday May 22 from 7:00 till 10:00 p.m.

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Superstar Brazilian artists–and twin brothers–Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon are signing at the Portland Things From Another World May 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Meet the multiple Eisner Award-winning talents behind B.P.R.D. Vampire, Casanova, Daytripper, The Umbrella Academy, and more! Attendees will enjoy free food and beer (those 21+ with valid I.D.) and receive raffle tickets to win an original sketch by Fábio Moon (pictured in the event poster, above).

SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

Gabriel Bá rose to prominence as artist for The Umbrella Academy in 2007. Written by Gerard Way, it won the Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Limited Series. Fábio Moon delighted fans worldwide with Sugarshock, a one-shot written by Joss Whedon that won an Eisner Award for Best Web Comic. The brothers often work alongside one another, including on such acclaimed series as Casanova, with writer Matt Fraction, B.P.R.D. 1947, with Mike Mignola and Josh Dysart, and B.P.R.D. Vampire, with Mike Mignola. Their creator-owned series, Daytripper, won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

In addition to their signing at the Portland TFAW, the brothers are also guests of The International Comic Arts Forum May 23-25, where they will have two tables on Friday, May 24th.

The Portland TFAW will have a wide variety of books by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon available for purchase. Mark your calenders for this signing May 22 for your chance to meet these talents in person and enter to win an original sketch!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Terry Dodson, Erika Moen, Michael Avon Oeming, and more sign at TFAW on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Saturday, May 4 is Free Comic Book Day, and we’re throwing a fantastic celebration the entire family can enjoy. Choose up to 10 free comics while supplies last, save up to 60% on thousands of items, and shop $5 doorbusters.

Portland FCBD Schedule:

9:00 am: Doors open!
11:30-1:30 pm Signings:
* Terry Dodson – Uncanny X-Men, Captain Marvel
* Erika Moen – Bucko, DAR
* Jeremy Barlow – Mass Effect, R.I.P.D.
2:00-4:00 pm Signings:
* Joshua Williamson and Vicente Navarrete – Captain Midnight, Sketch Monsters
* Michael Avon Oeming – Victories, Powers, Thor

Special Guests: Free demos by Espionage Cosmetics from 12-3; the Pirates of PDX YAR from 10-2.

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Fables Signing

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Bill Willingham signs at Things From Another World on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

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It’s no fantasy: writer Bill Willingham visits the Portland TFAW April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign his multiple Eisner Award-winning series, Fables! Meet the man behind Vertigo’s long-running, legendary series: copies of Fables comics, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers will be available for purchase.

SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

Immediately after the signing, segue into the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party from 7 p.m. until ??? Stumptown Comics Fest, the Northwest’s most respected independent comic book convention, takes place April 27 and 28, and TFAW is proud to start things off in style. Meet and mingle with special guests from the Fest, enjoy free food and beer (21+ with ID), and enjoy a night of conversation, nerdery, and music!

Starring classic characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, and Pinocchio, Fables is a darker, dramatic reinterpretation of a wide variety of figures from fairy tales and folklore. The winner of 14 Eisner Awards (and counting), millions of readers can’t get enough of Bill Willingham’s vivid imagination and masterful storytelling. Don’t miss this special event at the Portland TFAW April 26!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Mermin Signing

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Joey Weiser signs at Things From Another World on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm!

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Who is Mermin the merman from Mer? Find out March 6 at the Portland Things From Another World from 4 to 7 p.m. at their Mermin Book One: Fish out of Water signing with Joey Weiser! Celebrate the release of this charming all-ages book from Oni Press, enjoy a complimentary “after-school snack,” and meet writer/artist Joey Weiser (SpongeBob Comics, The Ride Home).

When Pete and his friends find a fish-boy washed up on the beach, their lives are turned upside down! Mermin just escaped the undersea kingdom of Mer, and is ready to have some fun on dry land. But why would this aquatic kid be afraid to swim? Perhaps it has something to do with the fishy pursuers who have followed him from the depths below!

“Mermin is a delightful book that is the best kind of ‘all-ages’ graphic novel: there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy,” said TFAW Public Relations Manager Elisabeth Allie. “We’re excited to have Joey Weiser over for a fantastic signing.”

Comics fans of all ages–don’t miss the Mermin signing at the Portland TFAW March 6. Copies of the Mermin hardcover will be available for purchase for $19.99. Parents: please accompany your children to this exciting event!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Gambit Signing

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We’re proud to announce a signing with writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) February 27 at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 p.m. Writer/performer Asmus will be signing copies of Gambit from Marvel Comics, as well as his new creator-owned series from Image Comics, The End Times of Bram & Ben. Free food and beer (21+ with valid ID) will be provided.

The X-Men’s Ragin’ Cajun returns to a life of crime in Gambit, an action-packed solo series with art by Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy). The End Times of Bram & Ben, Asmus’s hilarious collaboration with Jim Festante and Rem Broo, presents a totally different story: when the Rapture happens, Bram is taken to heaven due to a clerical mistake–only to be immediately returned. Now he and his more level-headed friend Ben must contend with the upcoming Armageddon–not to mention a world full of “sinners.”

James Asmus is a long-time writer, performer, and theater playwright, with works produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, and Portland, Oregon. In addition to Gambit and The End Times of Bram & Ben, he is currently co-writing Thief of Thieves for Image Comics with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). TFAW will have a wide range of Asmus’s comics available for purchase–don’t miss out on this fantastic signing February 27!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Avengers Assemble Signing

aa021313Kelly Sue DeConnick and Pete Woods sign at TFAW on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm!

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Superhero fans, assemble! We’re proud to announce a Mighty Marvel signing with Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Pete Woods (Superman: New Krypton) for Avengers Assemble #12!

Come to the Portland TFAW February 13 at 2916 NE Broadway from 7 to 10 p.m. to meet these amazing creators and enjoy free food and beer (21+ with valid ID). Plus, check out breathtaking original art by Pete Woods. Copies of Avengers Assemble #12 will be available for purchase for $3.99.

Avengers Assemble #12 is the first of a two-part story arc titled “The Widow’s Ledger”: The sins of Black Widow’s past have resurfaced and threaten the safety of not only the Avengers, but also the entire world! Widow, Spider-Woman, and Hawkeye must travel to Siberia to search for a missing girl with ties to an old Soviet assassination. But the truth behind this girl’s disappearance may be more than the Avengers are prepared to handle!

Kelly Sue DeConnick is one of comics’ rising stars, with her acclaimed work on Osborn, Captain Marvel, and Ghost. Harvey Award-nominated Pete Woods came to prominence in the pages of Deadpool, before a long run at DC Comics on such popular titles as Action Comics, Detective Comics, and Secret Six. Come meet them February 13 at our shop

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

OR – Hellboy in Hell Signing

Mike Mignola signs at Things From Another World on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

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Things From Another World cordially invites you to go to Hell. Meet Hellboy creator Mike Mignola at the Portland TFAW store December 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a Hellboy in Hell signing and gallery show celebrating Hellboy’s return to comics–and Mignola’s return to full interior art. The Eisner Award-winning artist and writer will also be displaying his original art in the store! This is an all-ages event; free food and beer (for those 21+) will be provided.

Mignola rocked comics fans worldwide when his signature character, Hellboy, died in the summer of 2011. However, death can’t keep the world’s greatest paranormal investigator down: Hellboy in Hell follows his adventures in the afterlife and reveals shocking secrets fans have been dying to know. This is the first time Mignola has drawn Hellboy’s ongoing story since Conqueror Worm in 2001!

Hellboy has been cast into Hell–why not join him? Follow his adventures in Hellboy in Hell and chat with the creator himself December 15 at the Portland TFAW. Copies of Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy in Hell #1, as well as a large selection of Mignola’s comics and graphic novels, will be available for purchase.

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway,  Portland, OR 97232

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