Comic-Con San Diego 2011: Fight for Your Rights and Party with Comic Creators

SD Con Party Supports 25 Years of Protecting Freed Speech and 10 years of Sweet Gear

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Eduardo Risso

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)—the comics industry’s protector of freedom of expression—and Threadless—the globe-spanning community-driven art and design platform, have partnered to host a Comic Con International: San Diego 2011 Welcome Party this Thursday night, the 21st of July.

Bringing together various comics creators, the CBLDF membership, a host of tastemakers, and the public, this party will be held between 8:00 and 11:00 pm PST at the Terrace Under the Stars in the Westgate Hotel, located at 1055 Second Avenue, in San Diego, CA.

The party is open to the general public. Attendees are asked to make a $10 to $20 donation which will directly benefit the CBLDF and their efforts to preserve the First Amendment rights of the comics medium and community.

Several special events are planned for the party, including the unveiling of the second volume of Comics-On Tees” from Threadless. The “Comics-On Tees” is an innovative collaboration featuring the work of four artists—comics superstars Lee Bermejo, Dave Johnson, and Eduardo Risso, along with the Threadless design challenge winner, Matheus Lopes.

Inspired by all things noir and collectively entitled “Sorry Babe…,” this new series of T-shirts follows a storyline crafted by popular comics scribe Brian Azzarello, and was assembled under the curatorship of celebrated comics artist and writer Jill Thompson.

The Noir T-shirt series will be on display throughout the party, and sets of the Noir series and copies of the Threadless 10th Anniversary book will be raffled off every hour. For those who’d prefer not to leave their grabbing these sweet tees to chance, the Noir T-shirts will be available both individually and as a set from Threadless.

Attendees can also expect special appearances by a variety of comics creators, as well as some of the artists whose work will appear on Volume III of “Comics-On Tees,” including Jhonen Vasquez, Becky Cloonan and JR Goldberg.

Additionally, a video interview with Tony Moore, interior artist of the popular The Walking Dead comics series, will premiere during the party.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization wholly dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community, If you’d like to make a donation to the cause, or become a member, go to booth #1920 during the San Diego show. If you’re unable to attend the show, you can still donate, become a member, or just learn more about this important organization by visiting

Threadless is a unique online community composed of 1.5 million from people across the world that debates, discusses and votes on their favorite designs submitted by artists. Once a design or idea achieves a good score, Threadless makes it into a T-Shirt, tote, hoody or similar item and offers it to shoppers. As long as it sells, Threadless will keep on making it and rewarding the artist who designed it with money, prizes and lots of exposure. To learn more about this dynamic network, or to grab some wicked wear sporting truly sick art, head for

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A veteran journalist who has covered the comics medium since 1998, Bill Baker is also the author of Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee and seven previous books featuring his extended interviews with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and other notable creators. You can learn more about Bill’s work…

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