This October, Image Comics publishes the second volume of the blockbuster CBLDF benefit anthology Liberty Comics!
Liberty Comics #2 features an incentive cover & story by JIM LEE in collaboration with NEIL GAIMAN. The regular edition is available with two covers, Kick-Ass by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and a noir anti-censorship image by TIM SALE. Also appearing in the book are: a Painkiller Jane story by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JIM RUGG; a new Mr. Gum adventure from MIKE ALLRED, DAVE JOHNSON and JAMIE S. RICH; The Apocalypstix by RAY FAWKES and CAMERON STEWART, a return to Channel Zero by BRIAN WOOD; a preview of Choker by BEN MCCOOL and BEN TEMPLESMITH; and a special Martha Washington piece by DAVE GIBBONS, alongside exclusive material by PAUL POPE; KATHRYN & STUART IMMONEN; CHYNNA CLUGSTON; PAUL GRIST; and JASON AARON & MORITAT.
Liberty Comics Previews:
CBR profiles Liberty Comics contributors and previews Jim Lee cover, and stories by Mike Allred and Ben Templesmith: http://www.comicboo
CBR showcases Jim Lee's creative process in his collaboration with Neil Gaiman:
Newsarama previews stories by Jason Aaron & Moritat and Jimmy Palmiotti & Jim Rugg:
The Beat previews Channel Zero by Brian Wood:
The Beat previews Paul Pope & Chynna Clugston-Flores stories:
This weekend WonderCon opens in San Francisco, and the CBLDF will be there with parties, programs, and an art studio in the booth! Here's the inside scoop:
Ring in WonderCon this Friday at the world famous 111 Minna Art Gallery with the CBLDF's Second Annual Drink & Draw Welcome Party! Witness live art, mingle with your favorite pros and raise a toast to Free Speech!
The Rev. Dave Johnson, co-founder of the Drink & Draw Social Club will be presiding over a host of incredible artists including Spain Rodriguez, Paul Mavrides, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Jill Thompson, Charlie Wylie, Brian Azzarello, Larry Marder, Richard Starkings, Moritat, Ivan Brandon & more!
This party will also feature a special raffle to benefit the recovery of Underground Comix legend S. Clay Wilson.
The party is this Friday, February 27, 7:00 PM to 10 PM at 111 Minna Street Gallery. $5 suggested donation for CBLDF members; $10 suggested donation for non-members. The party is sponsored by Image Comics (www.imagecomics.
Don't miss out on the fun - support the Fund at WonderCon!
The first week of March will mark the inaugural Will Eisner Week, a celebration of Will Eisner's legacy in graphic novel literacy and free expression. A collaborative project of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, and a variety of comics institutions, Will Eisner Week is chaired by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Assistant Professor Barbara Schulz. Will Eisner Week will be celebrated this year from March 1 to March 7, commemorating the 92nd anniversary of Eisner's birth.
Will Eisner Week is intended as an ongoing celebration that will promote graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Eisner himself to a broad audience. This first annual celebration is themed "The Spirit of A Legend," examining Will Eisner's seminal Spirit comic, as well as the spirit inherent in his work that has inspired generations of comic readers and artists. This theme will be explored at events in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in Savannah at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and in New York City.
In addition to events, a variety of academic papers and group activity assignments are available on WillEisnerWeek.
Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation President Carl Gropper says, "The Foundation is very excited to be working with three such prestigious organizations to celebrate the accomplishments and the position of the Graphic Novel in current culture. Will Eisner spent his seven decades-long career showing what could be accomplished with Sequential Art and Will Eisner Week will continue that work. In 1978 no mainstream publisher would publish Will Eisner's first graphic novel and in 2008 the graphic novel was the one of the few areas of growth in all media including publishing, television, and the movies adding billions to the worldwide economy."
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, "Will Eisner was a staunch advocate of comics and free expression throughout his life. His work for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was tireless, and we are proud to honor his legacy through this initiative. Over time, we hope that Will Eisner Week will be used to focus ever more attention on graphic novel literacy and the wide range of free expression that comics encourage."