This photo of Frank Miller, Larry Marder , Colleen Doran & Jeff at the RASL launch/CBLDF benefit party is from Larry's Beanworld blog.
Hi everybody. Tom and Jeff here. Well, April 16th FINALLY arrived and the Cartoon Books staff boarded a plane and flew to New York City to officially launch our new series RASL, and throw a benefit party for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Dude. Where's my car?
Wait. There it is.
No star treatment here. We make Jeff schlep his own bags.
Jeff and Steve clowning around in the limo.
Times Square baby! and the location of our hotel. When checking in, we were given warm chocolate chip cookies. No time to take pics, we were hungry and we woofed 'em down.
Tom caught Jeff in front of Smith's Bar. Vijaya pointed out that the only letters still lit in the word restaurant spelled "rant".
Wednesday night: The makeshift entrance sign to the party was one of the 11"x17" gift bag prints taped to the door of Coolture Spain.
The venue was hip and swanky.
Jeff signing copies of RASL.
Colleen Doran shows pages of her awesome new project to Charles Brownstein of CBLDF.
Friends Bob and Gina Chapman of Graphitti Designs share a laugh with Elizabeth (with her back to us) from the CBLDF.
Steve and a huge blow up of the cover to RASL #3.
The next morning in the hotel, Jeff looks a little rough before heading over to The New Yorker to have lunch with Francoise Mouly. Francoise is the art director of New Yorker Magazine, and co-publisher of the new line of children's graphic novels Toon Books. (We were so amazed at the Conde Nast building, that we forgot to take pictures! Francoise's office looked out over Times Square. The only photo we got was this one of the cafeteria designed by Frank Gehrey!)
Vijaya had mediterranean veggie pot-stickers.
Thursday night: We returned to Coolture Spain for a second night of fund raising for the CBLDF.
First Paul Levitz (president of DC Comics & CBLDF board member), then Neil Gaiman took turns explaining how important our mission is. Of special concern at the moment is the ongoing battle in Georgia over the Gordon Lee case, where prosecutors are trying to put a comic shop retailer in jail for accidentally giving a minor a comic book that showed Picasso painting in the nude (it was a free comic book day give away that included a snippet from Nick Bertozzi's brilliant book The Salon ). This case is particularly outrageous. You can read me ranting about the Gordon Lee case here.
You can see more pictures and a write up of the evening's events on Heidi MacDonald's The Beat.
I discussed RASL and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with the website Comic Related. You can read the interview here.
This photo of Chris Staros, Paul Pope, Judy Hansen and an unidentified woman are from Heidi's blog.
Friday night BONUS: And the greatest news of the weekend, a surprised and happy Neil Gaiman made a stunning announcement: the judge in the Gordan Lee case signed the papers to dismiss all charges. After three years and more than a $100,000 in legal fees, Gordan Lee's nightmare is over.
“And we are so f***ing relieved, it was very, very long and hard and incredibly stressful for Gordon,” Gaiman added before thanking the crowd for their support, noting that it’s a very rare instance when one is able to begin a presentation with such good news.
The full quote and story can be found on Newsarama!
This is good news. Congratulations to Lee! And thank you to Charles Brownstein and everyone on the CBLDF team for staying on top of this case.