If you're sick of everything being sold out or super expensive, here's another option: the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Comic-Con Welcome Party. It's on Thursday night at the Westgate Hotel.
You'll be in excellent company; confirmed attendees include Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Scott Snyder, Chris Burnham, Nick Dragotta, Nick Pitarra, John Layman, Josh Williamson, Joe Harris, Frank J. Barbiere, Stuart Moore, Paul Pope, Daniel Corey, Richard Starkings, Roc Upchurch, and so on. But beyond that, you'll get to:
- see the items that will go up on the auction block at CBLDF's Saturday night auction, which include art by Jeff Smith, John Cassaday, Emma Rios, Frank Quitely, Brandon Graham, Francesco Fracavilla, Jeff Lemire and others.
- visit the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab / Trading Post booth, which will include two new scents (based on Neil Gaiman's Coraline) to benefit CBLDF
- get your paws on the CBLDF Liberty variant of Harbinger #25 with art by Gilbert Hernandez, or “It’s Not A Trick” signed by J.H. Williams and Todd Klein
- see the world premiere of "The Day The Saucers Came" Neil Gaiman t-shirts, featuring art by Brandon Graham, Ben Templesmith and John Cassaday
- support free speech
The party is Thursday, 24 July at 8:00 pm at the Westgate Hotel - 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego. It's free to members and only a $10-20 donation suggested from non-members. Tickets are on sale here.