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Thursday, July 20


CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11


CBLDF: She Changed Comics
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:07PM
Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today's landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Join Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, Tits & Clits), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jennifer L Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics), and more for a discussion about the women who changed the format.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11
Friday, July 21


CBLDF: Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law
Some of comics' greatest clashes never appeared within the panelsthey were decided by a gavel! CBLDF board member Dale Cendali, an intellectual property icon known for litigating high-profile cases (including in the Supreme Court), walks through the history of comics IP in the courts, examining some of the most important cases creators need to know about to protect themselves and their work in 2017.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11


CBLDF: The Trials of Underground Comix!
Underground comix revolutionized the format by shedding the restrictions of the Comics Code and exploring new ground in what comics could say and do. Authorities were less than impressed, and a generation of prosecutions arose from Berkeley to New York City and everywhere in between. Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp; Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor; and Mary Fleener, alternative cartoonist and minicomics pioneer, for a freewheeling discussion with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein on the trials of underground comix.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11
Saturday, July 22


CBLDF: Equipping Teachers to Defend Comics
While comics have long been the domain of superheroes, a new generation of comics and comic book readers are arising. With the availability of nonfiction graphic novels about history, science, memoirs, and more, graphic novels are being read by all types of readers in and out of classrooms. But teachers still navigate resistance to the format. Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Adventures), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Matthew Holm (Babymouse series, Squish), Dr. Meryl Jaffe, Talia Hurwich, and moderator Betsy Gomez (editorial director, CBLDF) discuss the obstacles and challenges teachers continue to face in selecting, using, and defending the use of comics in their classrooms.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library


CBLDF: Comics Change the World: The History of Activism in Comics
From the medium's earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11


CBLDF: Retailer Rights Presentation
Comic book stores are at the frontlines when it comes to censorship, and CBLDF is here to help! This presentation is designed for comic store staff and owners alike. Learn what you need to know to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your community when dealing with common censorship scenarios, from police visits to community complaints. Join CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein to learn more about how you can protect your rights!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11
Sunday, July 23


CBLDF Live Art Jam
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:08PM
Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a variety of comics artists, including acclaimed creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Sonny Liew, award-winning March artist Nate Powell, New York Times bestselling artist Chris Burnham, zine and webcomcs revolutionary Liz Suburbia, and other special guests who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the panel! All proceeds benefit the important free speech work of CBLDF.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB