CBLDF News Be Counted Auctions – Jim Lee, Frank Quitely, & More, PLUS Fall Incentives!

Official Press Release

Artists Step Up To Be Counted With Membership Art Auctions!

Artists are stepping up to Be Counted as CBLDF supporters with a round of auctions benefiting the organization on eBay this week. Frank Quitely, Jim Lee and  Scott Williams, Cliff Chiang, Neal Adams, and other titans of comics have contributed prime pieces of original art that the CBLDF is auctioning off this week to individuals who support the Fund’s Be Counted membership drive. The CBLDF currently seeks to raise $100,000 by October 31 to support its urgent legal and education work, and has raised over $58,600 so far. Please sign up for membership today and Be Counted to help the Fund reach its goal!

This week’s new incentives include:

Neal Adams

Batman Head Sketch — Master cartoonist Neal Adams supports the CBLDF with this contribution of an inked head sketch of Batman in his inimitable style!

Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman Original Art Pin-Up – Cliff Chiang supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with a donation of this incredible original Wonder Woman pin-up, made to support his art opening at Bergen Street Comics on the occasion of Wonder Woman #1’s release. This is the only piece of Wonder Woman original art that Chiang has released into the marketplace.


Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood

Conan Letterpress Print Artist Proof — Own this artist proof edition of a rare, limited CONAN print signed by Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood featuring characters from Robert E. Howard’s Conan tale “Queen of the Black Coast.” The print is based on the line art of an exclusive variant cover and is being used by CBLDF for this exclusive premium item through the gracious cooperation of the Robert E. Howard Estate and Dark Horse Comics. Signed by Wood and Cloonan, these prints were hand-letterpressed by Letterpress PDX in Portland, Oregon on heavy wet-press rag stock, and are beautifully textured in person.

Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Justice League #1, Page 11 — Jim Lee and Scott Williams support the CBLDF with this exquisite page from Justice League #1, the best-selling comic book that launched the new DCU! Featuring Batman & Green Lantern facing off against the heavy artillery of Gotham’s PD, this piece is an exciting work of original art for a good cause.

Alex Maleev

Spider-Woman Watercolor Painting – Alex Maleev contributes this moody watercolor painting of Spider-Woman to raise money for the important First Amendment legal work done by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Charles Vess & Jeff Smith

Rose Page 43 – This is a rare, fully painted work of original art by Charles Vess, signed by Vess and Jeff Smith from ROSE, the prequel to Smith’s seminal comic book series Bone! This item benefits the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, during their Be Counted membership drive, where they are working to raise $100,000 by October 31 to pay for important legal and education work. This item includes one-year membership in the CBLDF

Frank Quitely

JLA: Earth Two, Page 27 – Frank Quitely contributes this iconic page from JLA: Earth 2, featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Aquaman!

Please bid in these auctions to support the CBLDF, and also Be Counted by going to www.cbldf.org and becoming a member. In addition to these auctions, we still have the opportunity available for you to go to lunch with legends like Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jennifer & Matthew Holm, Frank Miller, Gail Simone and more! Please help us protect comics by joining the CBLDF today!

CBLDF’s New Fall Incentives Are Now Online!

CBLDF launched several new incentives at NYCC, and now you can get them directly from us to ship to your home!

With the announcement during NYCC that Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood would be taking the reins of Conan the Barbarian, CBLDF launched an exclusive letterpress Conan print. Limited to 100 copies, the print features characters from Robert E. Howard’s “Queen of the Black Coast,” which forms the basis of Wood and Cloonan’s first Conan arc. The print is based on the line art of a variant cover and is being used by CBLDF for this exclusive premium item through the gracious cooperation of the Robert E. Howard Estate and Dark Horse Comics. Only a few of the prints remain, and you can get one here!

NYCC also saw the launch of CBLDF’s Fall Comics Grab Bag, sponsored by HeroesCon! Each bag contains 10 rare comics from the silver, bronze, and modern age to support the CBLDF. Comics included somewhere in these grab bags include Avengers #57 (1st Appearance of the Vision), X-Men #46, X-Men #48, Batman #185, Luke Cage #1, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield #3, Sub-Mariner #5, and dozens more. Signed comics were contributed directly from their artists, including Amanda Conner, Garth Ennis, Neil Gaiman, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Jill Thompson, Gail Simone, and many more! You can get your grab bag here.

The CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 debuted last week to rave reviews. If you didn’t have a chance to pick up a copy during NYCC or your local comic shop is sold out, you can get it from CBLDF! We have the John Cassaday and Matt Wagner covers, as well as Frank Quitely’s incentive cover, available here.

CBLDF has other hot items from the NYCC convention floor are now available online, including Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1910-2010, signed by Michael Kupperman, and Bake Sale, signed by Sara Varon!

CBLDF urgently needs to raise $100,000 for our important First Amendment work by the end of October! Be Counted and support CBLDF’s First Amendment legal work by bidding on original artwork, making a donation, or becoming a member of the CBLDF!