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SDCC 2014: Valiant and CBLDF Team Up for Exclusive Gilbert Hernandez HARBINGER #25 SDCC Liberty Variant

Valiant is a proud supporter of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and is doing so with the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant, a limited edition release of July’s 48-page anniversary spectacular that features a brand new cover by Harvey Award-winning cartoonist and industry icon Gilbert Hernandez! Debuting this July exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be limited to 750 copies and feature Hernandez’s first-ever rendition of the Harbinger Renegades, Valiant’s best-selling teenage superteam.

In addition to a new cover by Hernandez on behalf of CBDLF, the 48-page Harbinger #25 milestone issue also features contributions from a star-studded roster of comics talents, including a lead story by the founding creative team of Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans, and new stories and artwork from Vivek J. Tiwary, Lewis LaRosa, Dan Goldman, Clayton Henry, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, Lucy Knisley, and Barry Kitson.

To celebrate this milestone collaboration, CBLDF will host a group signing at Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, during which Hernandez will sign copies of the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant alongside New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart, New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner nominee Vivek J. Tiwary, and acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley. The signing will begin at 12:00 P.M. PT sharp at CBLDF booth #1920 inside the San Diego Convention Center.

Hernandez’s Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be available exclusively at the CBLDF’s booth (#1920) inside the San Diego Convention Center and via the CBLDF website. All proceeds will directly benefit the First Amendment legal and education work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect the freedom to read.

Valiant Entertainment has been a supporter of CBLDF since 2012, and a Corporate Member of the Fund since 2013. This marks the second variant cover Valiant has created as a Comic-Con International exclusive for the fund.

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It’s new comic book day! What is everyone looking forward to?

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ICv2 – CBLDF Releases Banned Books Week Handbook – Awesome!

CBR – “Sin City” Vet Devon Aoki Joins “Arrow” as Katana – Interesting the character is still getting a push post failed series, but she’s got some solid ties to the mythos they’ve built.

Kotaku – Japanese Superhero Show Copies Batman‘s Gotham City – Doh! But the buildings have totally different architecture, so it’s all good.

 

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Top Shelf joins Humble Bundle: Pay what you want for DRM-free WIZZYWIG, From Hell, and MARCH!

unnamedTop Shelf Productions is the latest comic publisher to partner with the team at Humble Bundle to offer several of the comic industry’s most acclaimed graphic novels, completely free of DRM restrictions, as part of “Humble eBook Bundle IV.”

For the next two weeks, customers can name their own price for the bundle, which marks the first ever DRM-free release of Wizzywig by Ed Piskor and From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, plus March: Book One, the award-winning civil rights graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Those three titles alone are worth a cover price of $70, but the eBook Bundle also features work by many other authors, including George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Goodkind, and Yahtzee Croshaw. What’s more, this project serves as a fund-raiser for both Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Upon purchasing the bundle and choosing how much to pay, customers can select how they’d like the funds to be split among the books’ creators, the two charities, and a “tip” for the Humble Bundle team.

For more details and to name your own price for these outstanding books, visit Humble Bundle now! The promotion ends after two weeks, on June 11th.

Doctor Who Comics Get a Humble Bundle to Support Doctors Without Borders

Doctor-Who-3-1Humble Bundle has a new offer up where you can get awesome comics, and support a worthy charity. This time it’s Doctor Who comics courtesy of IDW Publishing. This new bundle comes hot on the heals of the successful Image Comics offering that raised closd to $400,000.

For those unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, customers name their price, splitting the proceeds as they choose between various possibilities, usually including Humble Bundle, the publisher participating, and a charity. This offering will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Medecins Sans Frontieres aka Doctors Without Borders. That means customers could give all the money to the CBLDF, Doctors Without Borders, to IDW, or to Humble Bundle, or split it any way they choose. Usually, for those giving a higher than average amount, they also unlock more items.

Customers can name their price for Doctor Who: Series 1, a three-volume series following the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), and Doctor Who: Series 2, a four-volume series featuring the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). Each series contains 16 issues of Doctor Who comics. Also included is the critically praised mobile game, Doctor Who: Legacy for Android, which comes with 10 pre-unlocked Doctor characters.

If customers pay more than the average price, they will also receive four more volumes from Doctor Who: Series 3 featuring the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). Paying $15 or more will unlock the three-volume series Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, which features all 11 of the Doctors’  incarnations, as well as the 50th anniversary celebration issue and 2014 Hugo Award-nominee, The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who.

All together that’s over 60 issues, plus the game!

The Humble Doctor Who Comics Bundle ends on Tuesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

Not only will you get a great deal, but the comics are DRM free, allowing you to read them on any device you choose.

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CBLDF – Half Price Books Joins CBLDF – Awesome to see.

Kotaku – Marvel Wants Its Video Games to Be Connected—And Good—Like Its Movies – This would be great to see.

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Humble Bundle Launches Pay-What-You-Want Image Comics Bundle

Image_Comics_logo_largeI’ve been waiting for this to happen, but Humble Bundle and Image comics have teamed up for a new offering and promotion that’ll last two weeks. For those unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, customers name their price, splitting the proceeds as they choose between various possibilities, usually including Humble Bundle, the publisher participating, and a charity. This offering will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. That means customers could give all the money to the CBLDF, to Image, or to Humble Bundle, or split it any way they choose. Usually, for those giving a higher than average amount, they also unlock other giveaways.

You can name your price for the following:

  • East of West Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta
  • Lazarus Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
  • Morning Glories Vol. 1 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
  • Fatale Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

For those who pay more than average, you’ll also receive:

  • Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Revival Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
  • Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory

If you pay $15 or more you also get:

  • The Walking Dead Vol. 1
  • The Walking Dead Vol. 20

Not only do you get to help a great organization through this, but you get a hell of a lot of comics. Humble Bundle has raised $37 million for 20 different charities and non-profits, since it launched in 2010.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

CBLDF_Liberty-1It’s another week of solid releases as we head into Free Comic Book Day this weekend. There’s lots being offered and it’s another difficult week to choose ten books to highlight. No matter, when folks get to their shops this Saturday to celebrate, there’s more than enough excellent books, something for everyone, for you to also purchase! We went through this week’s releases to highlight some of the top books you should be checking out, with lots of first issues.

Top Pick: CBLDF Presents Liberty (Image Comics) – This hardcover collects every CBLDF issue from 2008 to 2012. That’s some awesome stories from lots of fantastic creators. Plus there’s a bonus, all proceeds from this collection benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work protecting the freedom to read!

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – We already know this book will be the 800 lb gorilla out there. The pre-orders are a staggering amount for recent comic releases, this book will easily top the month. Peter Parker is back and where Dan Slott takes him from here should be an interesting read.

Atomic Robo: Knights of the Golden Circle #1 (Red 5 Comics) – It’s Atomic Robo, do you need more of a reason to read this? Atomic Robo has always been all-ages fun that truly can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. If you’ve never checked out a volume, this start of a new one is a good jumping on point.

Batman Eternal #4 (DC Comics) – I questioned if we needed a new Batman series, let alone a weekly one. We needed this series which focuses on more than just Batman and moves the character that is Gotham City in a solid direction.

Darklight (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A new sci-fi graphic novel following three races that need to work together to save the universe. You can read our interview with the writer here.

Rai #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant who consistently produces some of the most entertaining comics. Out of all of the publishers Valiant is consistent in what they produce, and it’s all been good.

Southern Bastards #1 (Image) – Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick. It’s writer Jason Aaron doing the excellence that he does.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 (Dark Horse) – I questioned putting this on the list due to Disney’s recent decision to jettison the expanded Star Wars universe. This first issue was too much fun to not include though. From writer Matt Kindt, I expected no less.

V-Wars #1 (IDW Publishing) – The book series comes to comics as a conspiracy has caused mankind to go to war with vampires.

Vertigo Quarterly #1 (Vertigo) – Vertigo doing an anthology? Yes please!

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The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Steven Yeun, Felicia Day Voicing Comic Adaptation ‘Chew’ – Very cool.

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BOOM! Studios Welcomes 2014 as CBLDF’s Newest Corporate Member!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has announced that BOOM! Studios has joined the organization as their newest corporate member!

BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said in a release:

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a vital champion for the rights we as publishers, and our retailer partners depend upon to do business.  We have always believed that their work helps make it possible for the direct market to support the diversity of content we’re able to publish, and we’re pleased to make a meaningful impact in their important worfk with this support.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein added:

BOOM! Studios has distinguished itself for its commitment to the direct market by publishing one of the fastest rising and diverse publishing lines in comics.  As CBLDF’s latest corporate member, they are taking a leadership position in helping us protect the freedom to read comics.  We’re thrilled to have them aboard.

BOOM! Studios joins industry leaders Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Discount Comic Book Service, Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Random House, Valiant, and TFAW.com as Corporate Members supporting the CBLDF’s important work of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.

Make a contribution to this important organization today!

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