CBLDF ‘Liberty Annual 2014’: See ‘Emily and the Strangers’ excerpt

Sept. 12, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's 48-page "Liberty Annual 2014" includes "Emily and the Strangers in ... The Idea Factory." (Image Comics)

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"Emily and the Strangers in ... The Idea Factory" has a story by Mariah Huehner and Rob Reger, and art by Cat Farris. (Image Comics)

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Mike Allred ("Silver Surfer," "Madman") created this cover for the CBLDF's "Liberty Annual" 2014. There are also covers by Walter Simonson and Derek Charm. (Image Comics)

Is there such a thing as too much imagination? A limit on new ideas?

That’s what Emily the Strange and her band mate Willow are told by a fussy visitor in a story that’s part of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s and Image Comics’ 48-page, all-ages-appropriate “Liberty Annual 2014,” which benefits the CBLDF’s 1st Amendment work. And don’t worry — the young rock ‘n’ roll rebels aren’t going to stand for that your-thoughts-are-too-unruly business.

“Emily and the Strangers in … The Idea Factory” has a story by Mariah Huehner (“True Blood: All Together Now”) and Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger, with art by Cat Farris — the same team behind the recent “Emily and the Strangers: Breaking the Record” miniseries at Dark Horse.

Hero Complex readers can get an early peek at the story in the gallery above or via the links below.

“THE IDEA FACTORY”: Page 1 | Page 2

The annual, which will be out Oct. 8, continues a tradition that started in 2008 and features new work by Jonathan Hickman (“Avengers,” “East of West”), Jeff Parker (“X-Men: First Class”), Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”), Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (“Moon Knight”), Amy Chu (Alpha Girl Comics), Kate Leth (“Kate or Die”), Brian Wood (“The Massive”), Terry Dodson (“Uncanny X-Men”) and more. It is edited by Lauren Sankovitch.

The CBLDF, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit that works to protect 1st Amendment rights in comics, including via legal aid for individuals and assistance for libraries facing challenges to comic and graphic novel titles on their shelves. All proceeds from the book, priced at $4.99, will go to the group.

Blake Hennon | Google+ | @LATHeroComplex

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