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SDCC 2015: Kick it Off with the CBLDF Welcome Party, presented by Image Comics and ComiXology

cbldfKick-off San Diego Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.

Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson and even more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.

Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.

Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.

Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.

Dynamite and StoryBundle Launch the First Ever Bundle of Omnibus Editions

dynamite-logoDynamite Entertainment and StoryBundle have launched a brand-new graphic novel promotion that will allow readers to purchase over 4,000 pages’ worth of digital Dynamite Entertainment stories with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power beginning at $5.00. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The bundle promotion is currently running.

story-bundle-brandStoryBundle will offer a fixed set of Dynamite graphic novel omnibus editions in a bundle, available only for a limited time. Fans and newcomers are empowered to decide their own value for each bundle. Additional books will be unlocked when the purchaser achieves the bonus threshold. StoryBundle has already sold hundreds of thousands of books through its popular horror, fantasy, video game and sci-fi book bundles, and welcomes its huge audience to expand their reading experience to include newly-offered Dynamite digital stories.

The first tier of the all-new Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked with a minimum purchase, includes the following omnibus editions, and comprises over 1,800 pages of graphic novel storytelling:

  • Jungle Girl Omnibus (collecting the complete Season One and Season Two miniseries)
  • Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Omnibus (collecting issues #0-12 of the series)
  • Vampirella Omnibus Vol. 1 (collecting issues #1-12 of the first series)
  • Red Sonja Omnibus Vol. 2 (collecting issues #19-34 of the first series)
  • Zorro Omnibus (collecting issues #1-12 of the series)
  • Miss Fury Omnibus (collecting issues #1-11 of the series)
  • Twilight Zone Omnibus (comprising issues #1-12 of the series)

The second tier of the Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked upon reaching a $15.00 threshold, includes the following omnibus editions, increasing the total page count to over 4,000:

  • Mercy Thompson Omnibus (comprising the complete Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf and Homecoming miniseries)
  • Dean Koontz: Frankenstein, Prodigal Son Omnibus (comprising the complete Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 miniseries)
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Omnibus (comprising the complete Fool Moon Vol. 1 and Welcome To The Jungle miniseries)
  • Blood Queen Omnibus (comprising the complete Blood Queen and Blood Queen Vs. Dracula miniseries, plus the 2014 Annual)
  • Damsels Omnibus (comprising issues #1-13 of the series)
  • Black Bat Omnibus (comprising issues #1-12 of the series)
  • Dark Shadows Omnibus (comprising issues #1-9 of the series)
  • Sherlock Holmes Omnibus (comprising the complete Trial Of Sherlock Holmes and Morarty Lives miniseries)

Part of the proceeds from the Dynamite StoryBundle promotion will contribute to two charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. 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. Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future.

Humble Bundle Launches Jim Henson Comics Bundle

humble_bundle_jim_hensonThe world of Jim Henson comes to Humble Bundle in a new comics bundle. BOOM! Studios has re-teamed with Humble to offer comics published by its imprint, Archaia, based on some of Henson’s most famous creations including Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and the Eisner award-winning graphic novel Tale of Sand, adapted from one of Henson’s unproduced screenplays.

Noteworthy creators who have contributed include Joshua Dysart, Kate Leth, Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker, Ramón Pérez, former Henson conceptual designer Brian Froud, and many more.

Customers can name their price for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: The Novelization, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1 & 2, Fraggle Rock Classics Vol. 1 & 2, Fraggle Rock Vol. 1 & 2, and Fraggle Rock: Journey To The Everspring #1-4.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Vol. 1, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1-4, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization.

Customers who pay $2 or more above the average price will receive all of the above plus Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Jim Henson Comics Bundle presented by BOOM! Studios supports The Center for Puppetry Arts, which uses the art form of puppetry as a means to provide educational experiences that encourage creativity, support school-day learning, and provide accessible, hands-on opportunities to participate in arts activities.

The Humble Jim Henson Comics Bundle presented by BOOM! Studios runs for one week only from now until Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Hero Initiative and Dark Horse Comics Unveil The Hellboy 100

The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need, unveiled its latest project today, The Hellboy 100, in collaboration with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics. To create the Hellboy 100, Dark Horse Comics printed 100+ blank covers of the landmark first issue of Hellboy & The BPRD: 1952, written by Mignola and John Arcudi and featuring the art of Alex Maleev with colors by Dave Stewart. The Hero Initiative then commissioned internationally renowned comic book artists to do an original drawing on each cover, including Gabriel Bá, John Cassaday, Fábio Moon, Eric Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz and Mignola himself. The originals will be auctioned off via eBay.com at the rate of approximately 10 per week for 10 weeks. Both hardcover and softcover editions of a book collecting all the covers will published by Dark Horse Comics in September, 2015.

Full list of contributors to the HELLBOY 100: Rafael Albuquerque; Kristin Allen; Grace Allison; Gabriel Bá; Art Baltazar; John Beatty; Lucy Bellwood; Dan Brereton; Jim Brozman; Dave Bullock; Chris Burnham; Jim Calafiore; Daniel Campos; Giuseppe Camuncoli; Richard Case; John Cassaday; Victor Castro; Ron Chan; Matthew Clark; Wook-Jin Clark; Ryan Cody; Aaron Conley; Clayton Crain; Jason Dennis; Mark dos Santos; Ben Dewey; Rich Ellis; Cat Farris; Max Fiumara; Sebastian Fiumara; Walt Flanagan; Tony Fleecs; Autumn Fredrickson; Jenny Frison ; Agnes Garbowska; Chris Giarrusso; Ben Glendenning; Sina Grace; Jesse Hamm; Gabriel Hardman; James Harren; Fred Hembeck; Christopher Herndon; Phil Hester; Edwin Huang; Chris Ivy; Drew Johnson; Casey Jones; Tom Kelly; Scott Koblish; Scott Kolins; Rich Koslowski; Peter Krause; Andy Kuhn; Steve Kurth; Ken Lashley; Jeff Lemire; Emi Lenox; Francis Manpul; John McCrea; Ted McKeever; Mark McKenna; Shawn McManus; Yehudi Mercado; Rodolfo Migliari; Mike Mignola; Fábio Moon; Albert Morales; Chris Moreno; Marat Mychaels; Todd Nauck; Mike Norton; Mike Oeming; Michael Oppenheimer; Richard Pace; Jeff Parker; Tony Parker; Hanna Nance Partlow; Khoi Pham; Joe Phillips; Whilce Portacio; Eric Powell; Javier Pulido; Gordon Purcell; Tom Raney; Paolo Rivera; Darick Robertson; Tone Rodriguez; Riley Rossmo; Craig Rousseau; Chris Samnee; Hainanu Saulque; Alex Saviuk; Stuart Sayger; Tim Seeley; Bill Sienkiewicz; Andy Smith; Ryan Sook; Aaron Sowd; Ben Templesmith; Ty Templeton; Jim + Aaron Valentino; Nate van Dyke; Michael Walsh; Jonathan Wayshak; Doug Wheatley; Charles Paul Wilson III; Jim Zub; Chrissy Zullo.

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Gen Con 2015: Mayfair’s Catan: Big Game 2015- Don’t Miss Your Chance at History Again

mayfair-games-logoDuring Gen Con 2013, Mayfair Games set an official Guinness World Record for the largest game of Catan ever played. Over 900 folks played in the same game of Catan in a feat never duplicated since- until now.

Join Mayfair Games for the second Big Game this year at Gen Con 2015, where they will try to break their own record from 2013. All proceeds will go to the official Gen Con charity, the Julian Center so in addition to making history, you’ll be supporting a fantastic cause.

So come live the dream. Don’t let history pass you by for a second time- you need to see the Big Game to believe it- and what’s better than watching a game? Playing it.

The Big Game will be held at the White River Ballroom in the J.W. Marriott hotel, 7:00 pm Friday, July 31st. Don’t miss your chance to register for the Big Game using event code: BGM1576923.

Gen Con 2015: Mayfair Games’ Five Year Mission: Don’t Miss Your Second Chance to Meet a Legend

mayfair-games-logoIt isn’t every day, or even every Gen Con you get a chance to meet a legend. At Gen Con 2013, fans got the chance to play Star Trek Catan with Wil Wheaton for charity. Now at Gen Con 2015, Star Trek fans will again get to meet one of their idols, Marina Sirtis. We’ll be holding another Warp Speed tournament, this time playing Five Year Mission, Mayfair Games’ latest cooperative Star Trek game. And once again, we’ll be benefiting the official Gen Con charity, the Julian Center.

Five Year Mission is the amazing, cooperative dice game that allows a team of players to take the roles of crew from the U.S.S. Enterprise, seen in the original Star Trek, or the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

So don’t miss your second chance to meet a legend and do a good deed at the Gen Con 2015 Warp Speed Charity Tournament.

The Warp Speed Charity Tournament will be held Saturday, August 1st at the Georgia Street Pavilion. Don’t miss your chance to register for the Warp Speed Charity Tournament using event code: BGM1582089.

Comics from IDW and Top Shelf make up the new Humble Comics Bundle

idw_top_shelf_humble_bundleIDW Publishing and Top Shelf are joining forces for the ultimate comic book team-up! IDW and Top Shelf go together like a locke and key (which makes sense if you read on!). The publishers are part of the latest Humble Comics Bundle which not only allows you to pay what you want for awesome digital comics, but also support a worthwhile charity, Traveling Stories.

Name your price for Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, March: Book One, Nemo: Heart of Ice, Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, and Locke & Key Vol. 1-3. If you pay more than the average price, you’ll also get The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 3, We Can Fix It!, God Is Disappointed in You, Alone Forever, and Locke & Key Vol. 4 & 5. If you pay at least $5 above the average price, you’ll receive all of the above plus Nemo: River of Ghosts, March: Book Two, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, and Locke & Key Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega.

The contents of this bundle would cost you up to $158 if purchased separately, but at Humble Bundle, you pay what you want. You choose where the money goes — between the publisher and a charitable cause (Traveling Stories) via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Dynamite Returns to Groupees for a New Charity Bundle

Shaft02-Cov-A-CowanDynamite Entertainment has announced that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host a new comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 75 digital Dynamite comics with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry’s most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide. The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier. Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment.

For those who participate in the “Pay What You Want” initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top five contributors with special prizes. The Top Prize contributor will receive the original cover artwork to Masks #5 by comic book superstar Jae Lee. The second-highest contributor will receive an original illustration of him- or herself as a zombie, measuring 11″ by 17″ and illustrated by Ken Haeser. The third through fifth-highest contributors will each receive a headshot of the contributor as a zombie, also by Ken Haeser. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.

The $1.00 Minimum Tier features pulp intrigue, beauties and beasts, tough-talkin’ private eyes, and mind-blowing horror, courtesy of some of the comic industry’s brightest stars! This accessible bundle includes 24 comics:

  • Dawn/Vampirella #2
  • Evil Ernie #1-#6
  • Jungle Girl: Season One #0-#5
  • Masquerade #1-#4
  • Shaft #2
  • The Spider #7-#12

The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 24 comics by the mainstream’s most beloved authors and movie directors. This bundle includes:

  • Alice Cooper #4
  • Blood Queen #1
  • Bob’s Burgers #3
  • Django/Zorro #3
  • Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4-#6
  • Kevin Smith’s Kato #1-#5
  • Pathfinder #7-#12
  • Project Superpowers: Blackcross #2
  • Purgatori #5-#6
  • Vampirella: Feary Tales #3-#5

Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 31 comic books by industry legends.

  • American Flagg! #1-#6
  • Army of Darkness: Ashes To Ashes #1-#4
  • Legenderry: Green Hornet #1-#2
  • Legenderry: Red Sonja #1-#2
  • Legenderry: Vampirella #2
  • Queen Sonja #1-#5
  • Super Zombies #1-#5
  • The Living Corpse: Exhumed #1-#6

Part of the proceeds from the Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, 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.

Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting Children’s Book Week

humble_kids_comics_bundleRunning until May 13, the Humble Kids Comics Bundle has over 18 comics that kids (and adults) will love. Featuring comics from Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, Top Shelf, Archie, IDW Publishing and more, the bundle has a little something for everyone.

The bundle benefits the charities Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Every Child a Reader.

Humble Bundle allows you to pay what you want, and divide what you pay amongst Humble Bundle, the publisher, or the charities.

In this bundle you currently get Axe Cop Vol. 1, Howtoons: [Re]Ignition Vol. 1, Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress, Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons), Betty & Veronica’s Princess Storybook, Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, Super Dinosaur Vol. 1, and the Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventure of Geo.

For those that pay more than the average amount pledged, you also get Maddy Kettle (Book 1): The Adventure of Thimblewitch, Grown-Ups, the World, and Me!, Monster on the Hill Book 1, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai, The Stink Files, Dossier 001: The Postman Always Brings Mice, Skylanders Vol. 2: Champions, and The Only Living Boy #1.

If you pay more than $15, you also get The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book One: Spelling Trouble, The Lunch Witch, and Lumberjanes Vol. 1.

More comics will be added as the bundle continues!

Shout! Factory and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles present benefit screening of Maya The Bee Movie

image003To celebrate the theatrical release of highly anticipated animated feature Maya the Bee Movie, Shout! Factory Kids and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have teamed up to present a benefit premiere screening of this fun-filled family movie on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. Shout! Factory Kids will donate all ticket proceeds from this benefit screening to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Studio 100 Media, the film’s production company, and Shout! Factory have offered to match the funds raised at this screening as additional donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Moreover, Shout! Factory Kids will be bringing a private advanced screening of Maya the Bee Movie to patients and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before the movie’s May 1st theatrical opening in Los Angeles and New York. Children at CHLA will have the first opportunity to embark on the fantastical cinematic adventure of Maya the Bee Movie by attending a special movie presentation in the CHLA movie screening facilities and through the on-demand entertainment system that is available in each patient room.

The benefit screening of Maya the Bee Movie will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills.  Tickets for the screening event are $9.00. Guests may add an additional contribution upon ticket purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. You can purchase tickets here.

Already a great box office success in much of the world, MAYA THE BEE MOVIE, based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun.

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.

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