The Image Expo is only a few days away, but already Image Comics is planning on becoming the talk of California. To celebrate the Indie scene and the right to free speech, Image Comics and iFanboy are teaming up for the Image Expo Welcome Party to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The party, to take place on February 24, will host many of the Expo’s premier talent and will be free for current CBLDF members. For others, only a small donation of $10 to the cause will provide you access to the fun. Read the full press release for more info on the bash.

Experience Creativity with comics’ greatest creators at the Image Expo Welcome Party sponsored by Image Comics and iFanboy to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  The party is free for CBLDF members and kicks off at 8 PM on February 24, 2012 at The Uptown in Oakland, California. This party jump starts a weekend of celebrating independent comics and free speech at the Image Expo, taking place at the Oakland Convention Center. Proceeds from the Image Expo Welcome Party will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who will have a gift bag for members and donors!

 

Image Comics and iFanboy support the CBLDF with the Image Expo Welcome Party“The way Downtown Oakland has transformed itself over the last couple years is really inspiring, and I have a lot of admiration for all the people who made that happen,” said Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson. “Being able to involve Image in an event that takes place within such a vibrant community feels really good.”

 

Many of the superstar creators appearing at the Image Expo will be in attendance for the Image Expo Party, including: Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, Erik Larsen, Jim McCann, Blair Butler, Rob Guillory, Fiona Staples, Tim Seeley, Sina Grace and Joe Keatinge.

 

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said, “The Bay Area is an incredible creative place, and we’re thrilled to be working with Image and iFanboy to make this killer celebration of art and music that thanks our members for supporting our important work! I can’t wait to meet everyone who comes out!”

 

The party will also which will feature a musical performance by The Philistines, as well as music from DJs Dollar Bin and Wall Piece and some special celebrity guest DJs.

 

“We’re super excited to be teaming up with Image Comics and the CBLDF for this event,” said iFanboy co-founder Ron Richards. “There’s nothing better than celebrating comics and rocking out on the eve of a great convention like Image Expo!”

 

Full event details:

The Image Expo Welcome Party

WHEN: February 24, 2012 – Doors open at 8 PM

WHERE: The Uptown – 1928 Telegraph Avenue  Oakland, CA 94612

FREE FOR CBLDF MEMBERS

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10/all others

Proceeds will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

As if a wild line-up of the industries most talented creators and a host of exclusive variants wasn’t enough to make the Image Expo a hot stop this weekend, a CBLDF party certainly throws it over the edge. Getting the chance to schmooze with the writers and artists that have perpetuated the indie scene for years is a heck of an experience. If you’re in Oakland this weekend, make sure you swing by the Image Expo Welcome Party if you can.