A lot of companies have produced exclusive merchandise for next week's Comic-Con International in San Diego, but very few of them are for as good a cause as the limited edition print that J.H. Williams III and Todd Klein have produced for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Graphic novels and comics are the focus of this year's Banned Books Week, which starts up September 21, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is getting a head start on the festivities with its new handbook for the occasion, which features a cover by Bone writer/artist Jeff Smith.
The CBLDF's Banned Books Week Handbook not only offers up a list of a few comics that have been banned in US schools and libraries -- including Bone, Fun Home, Watchmen, Sandman, Blankets, and Persepolis -- and the reasons why, but also debunks some of myths surrounding banned books.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
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Earlier this month, we offered up a preview of the upcoming CBLDF Fund Liberty Annual 2013 the newest anthology comic that benefits the efforts of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Now, we're bringing you an interview with Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, who's serving as editor of this year's issue being released by Image Comics on October 31.
We talked with him about story selection, how history and current events can inform the comics community, Internet comments and lots more.
Given that his book Seduction of the Innocent and subsequent anti-comics presentation to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency resulted in the formation of the Comics Code Authority, Fredric Wertham is basically considered the biggest real-life boogieman in the history of the medium. But what if he hadn't become the face of comic-crippling paranoia by asserting that all kinds of comics caused real world social problems? What if he'd been... right all along. That's the question Josh Williamson and Ron Chan chillingly answer in "What if Wertham Was Right?" a six-page segment of the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013, which drops on October second to fund the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and its efforts to protect the artistic rights of comic creators. CA hit up the duo to see what inspired such a heretical question. See what they had to say, along with a spoiler-free preview of their tale, after the jump.
When you do the type of work that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund does -- protecting the First Amendment rights of creators -- some of the top talent in the industry will do what they can to support. One of the latest examples comes courtesy of Brandon Graham, James Stokoe and Simon Roy, as the three artists sketched bookplates for the CBLDF, and the results are pretty great.
When it comes to San Diego Comic-Con, every publisher approaches the show a little bit differently. Whether they house cosplay contests, interactive displays, photo ops with talent, creator signings and/or a whole lot of purchasable product, SDCC booths are an opportunity for the publishers that can attend to make a big impression on one of the most attended pop culture gatherings of the year. You can get a sampling of what publishers like Marvel, DC, Archie, Boom!, IDW, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, Image, Fantagraphics, Oni and others were up to on the show floor of this year's SDCC after the cut.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund booth is always a necessary stop at Comic-Con. Their table is covered with great comics signed by great creators, and purchases go to a very important cause. They also always boast an impressive list of exclusives and other items, and this year is no different. If you swing by the CBLDF table, you can pick up an exclusive Adventure Time cover by regular AT contributor Chrystin Garland, a print of a graphic from Super Graphic author Tim Leong detailing why certain comic books are banned in libraries, and a "Bill Gaines Was Right" t-shirt, depicting the legendary EC editor who famously defended First Amendment rights in his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954. You can check out all three below.
For the fifth year in a row, comic shop Things From Another World is partnering with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their annual Comic Con art auction. As in previous years, several celebrated artists are contributing illustrations to help raise money for the non-profit First Amendment defender, including Jill Thompson, Roger Langridge, Tim Seeley, Jonathan Case, Jeffrey Brown and more. In previous years, artists only donated original sketches, but this year the CBLDF has pages of original artwork, including a Charlie Adlard page from The Walking Dead. For the last two weeks, TFAW has been rolling out each new donation on its website, and we've collected some of the illustrations below.