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Southern Bastards variant supports Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

Moved to action by the tragedy in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina shooting, Southern Bastards creators Jason Aaron and Jason Latour announced via social media the Southern Bastards #10 charity variant cover. In total, $18,000 in proceeds was donated to Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

In a release, Latour said:

We’re tremendously moved by the support for this charity cover. Our readers raised every cent of this money, thanks so much y’all. You’re the best.

Aaron added:

Thank you so much to all the retailers and fans who supported this variant. We’re proud to send this donation on behalf of you all.

Southern Bastards is a bestselling, Southern-fried crime-noir series often praised for its authentic portrayal of southern culture and tone and follows the goings-on of the fictional town Craw County, Alabama.

For those interested in donating, visit: Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

SOUTHERN BASTARDS #10 charity variant cover

Humble Bundle: Save on Peanuts Books + Donate to Charity

2015-11-04_1646Fantagraphics has teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer a downloadable collection of classic Peanuts comics. Just in time for the holidays, these books make a great gift. You’ll get to name your price and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.

Humble Bundle allows you to name your price, and if you pay more than the average, you unlock additional content. This bundle gets you DRM-Free digital downloads that will work with mobile devices.

On top of getting lots of great comics digitally, you also help support charity by dividing the price you spent between the creators and the charities.

In this case, the bundle benefits the Freedom of the Press Foundation as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Freedom of the Press Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government. Freedom of the Press Foundation pushes for transparency and accountability, and works to preserve and strengthen the rights guaranteed to the press under the First Amendment.

CBLDF is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Their work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, & educators who face the threat of censorship. They monitor legislation & challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. They create resources that promote understanding of comics & the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day CBLDF publishes news & information about censorship events as they happen. They are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project & Banned Books Week. Their expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. Please support their work!

Contribute today to get cool comics and support some great charities!

Humble Bundle Gets an Army of Darkness Dynamite Comics Bundle

Layout 1Dynamite Entertainment has unleashed the Army of Darkness comics into one giant-size Humble Bundle featuring more issues than you can shake a boomstick at. Based on the 1992 cult classic movie from visionary director Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell as “Ash,” this collection of comics continues the adventures of Ash, the “chosen one,” as he does battle with the deadites possessed by the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead.

The stories bundled here feature legendary crossovers with other icons of the horror genre including Re-Animator, Dracula, and Hack/Slash – not to mention a groovy guest spot as Ash saves President Barack Obama. When he’s not bailing out the commander in chief, follow Ash on his many misadventures as he goes from ancient Egypt to entering a video game, blasts off into SPAAAACE, not to mention his scariest destination of all – the altar.

This bundle is also packed with star power featuring some of comics’ biggest names including Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Nick Bradshaw, Sanford Greene, Andy Hartnell, and even The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, plus many more.

Check out the “dynamite” comics in this bundle at each threshold!

Customers can name their price for:

  • Army Of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes
  • Army Of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator
  • Army Of Darkness: Old School
  • Army Of Darkness: Ash Vs. The Classic Monsters
  • Ash And The Army Of Darkness

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive:

  • Army Of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash
  • Army Of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama
  • Army Of Darkness: From The Ashes
  • Army Of Darkness: The Long Road Home
  • Army Of Darkness: Home Sweet Hell
  • Army Of Darkness: Hellbillies And Deadnecks
  • Army Of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus:

  • Army Of Darkness: League Of Light, Assemble!
  • Army Of Darkness: Movie Adaptation
  • Army Of Darkness Vol. 1: Hail To The Queen, Baby
  • Army Of Darkness Vol. 2: The King Is Dead, Long Live The Queen
  • Army Of Darkness: Ash In Space.

In total, there are 92 comics bundled here to help commemorate 1992 – the year that the Army of Darkness movie first hit theaters!

The first taste is free as each day throughout the promotion, fans can sample the content as Ash brings some “sugar” with a new FREE comic at 2 p.m. Pacific time daily.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. Humble Comics Bundle: Army of Darkness supports three worthy causes:

  • Doctors Without Borders/MSF
  • Make-A-Wish International
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Humble Comics Bundle: Army of Darkness runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

The Women of Dynamite Get Bundled to Benefit Charity

savedwhiskerslogoRGBDynamite Entertainment and Groupees have put together their sixth charity comic book bundle promotion celebrating Dynamite Entertainment’s diverse library, this time focusing on the company’s leading ladies with over 85 digital Dynamite comics with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to an important charitable organization, Saved Whiskers Rescue.

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 a $5.00 contribution, while a $10.00 minimum investment offers fans an additional highly-desirable batch of comics at an affordable price. In total, 84 comics are available as part of the Dynamite Groupees Bundle, a value of $180.00.

The $5.00 Tier features a trip through the looking glass, a swashbuckling adventure, and more essential sword and sorcery from some of the comic industry’s biggest stars: Gail Simone (Red Sonja) Jimmy Palmiotti (The Essential Painkiller Jane), and more! This accessible bundle tier includes 29 comics at an approximately $60.00 value:

  • The Complete Alice In Wonderland
  • The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1-#5
  • Damsels: Giant Killer One-Shot
  • The Essential Painkiller Jane
  • Lady Zorro #1-4
  • Red Sonja Volume Two #7-#12
  • Swords of Sorrow #3
  • Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #3

The $10.00 Tier features more comics by some of the most beloved female creators in comics, including: Ramona Fradon, Leah Moore (Damsels) Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella), Marguerite Bennett (Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl), and more! This accessible bundle tier includes 55 comics plus The Art of Ramona Fradon, valued at approximately $180.00:

  • The Art of Ramona Fradon
  • Classic Red Sonja Remastered#1-4
  • The Complete Damsels Collection
  • Hack/Slash / Eva: Monster’s Ball #1-4
  • Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1-5
  • Miss Fury: Anger is an Energy
  • Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #1-5
  • Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #1-3
  • Vampirella Volume Two #1-6

Finally, group bonuses will be unlocked throughout the promotion, giving fans the chance to earn even more great Dynamite comics. Group bonuses feature the work of Leah Moore, Mikki Kendal, and more to be revealed as the bonuses are unlocked:

  • Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris / Irene Adler #3
  • Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury & Lady Rawhide One-Shot
  • Bonus to be Revealed at 750 units sold!
  • Bonus to be Revealed at 1000 units sold!
  • Bonus to be Revealed at 1500 units sold!

Also, a Limited Edition Red Sonja Coin is available for fans who purchase at the $10.00 tier. The Groupees Coin is a one-time only issued, non-fluctuating value coin, redeemable only at Groupees.com for other products (or available for trade with other users).

Part of the proceeds from the Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to Saved Whiskers Animal Rescue, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of countless felines by rescuing abused, abandoned and homeless cats, providing veterinary care and shelter until they can be placed into a loving home.

Marvel/FDNY Helmet Auction Goes Online

The FDNY – long celebrated as New York City’s bravest – is being supported by some of the world’s greatest superheroes in honor of the Department’s 150th anniversary and New York Comic Con with an exclusive line of superhero inspired FDNY helmet designs. Featuring Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and others, the helmets have been created for a charity auction that will raise money for the FDNY Foundation. The helmets were designed by the industry’s leading comic book artists including Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, along with Damion Scott, Kaare Andrews, Walt Simonson and others who used their skills to render awe-inspiring illustrations of these recognizable heroes.

The helmets draw inspiration from some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Quesada, a longtime FDNY supporter and the creative force behind “Heroes” a historic tribute book featuring Marvel superheroes in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, created a Captain America inspired helmet featuring his iconic shield. Damion Scott introduces the world famous web-slinger – Spider-Man – into a vibrant helmet design full of the character’s iconic blue and red. Other artists contributing to the program include Phil Jimenez, Phil Noto, and Joe Rivera.

The majority of the helmets were auctioned off at charity event on October 10, but those helmets not auctioned off at the event will be available for auction at the ReedPOP Supply Co eBay account from October 19-23. All money raised will go to benefit the FDNY Foundation, the official non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department.

D&D Kicks-Off Extra Life Tabletop Weekend. Help Raise Money for Charity.

Wizards of the Coast LogoTabletop Appreciation Weekend begins today! Wizards of the Coast team members (+ friends and family) will begin a 48-hour D&D tabletop roleplaying game in support of the Extra Life charity’s inaugural weekend to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

  • The Dungeons & Dragons game will be broadcasted today starting at 12pm PST on the D&D Twitch Channel and will conclude at 8pm PST on Sunday, October 4. As the team raises more money, players will unlock previews of the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide. Track the team’s progress at D&D Extra Life team page.
  • The Magic: The Gathering game will be broadcasted on the Magic Twitch Channel beginning tomorrow and will conclude on Sunday morning.

In addition, the team will return on Extra Life Game Day on November 7 for even more D&D fun, streaming digital games like Sword Coast Legends and Neverwinter.

Help Support a Good Cause

The money raised through Extra Life goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, helping to fund research and training, purchase life-saving equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. CMN hospitals treat every patient that comes through their doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The goal is to help save and improve the lives of as many children as possible, and the funds raised will make it possible for the hospitals to do that!

Players can join the D&D team or the Magic team or set-up their own playgroup at home. Players, DMs, and Planeswalkers around the country are encouraged to join either team and contribute to the overall team totals.

Whether you love the classic tabletop games or prefer to take your adventure digital, you can play D&D and contribute to the cause! Try out the new Sword Coast Legends or any of the other D&D video games, such as Neverwinter or classics like Baldur’s Gate. You can also show your support for the D&D team by adding the D&D Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

Magic players have many options as well! Whether you’re playing paper Magic: The Gathering, Magic Online, or the recently released (and free) Magic Duels: Origins, all the donations you generate will count towards the Magic team goal!

Earn Rewards

All participating members of the D&D Extra Life team who raise at least $50 and respond to a survey after the event will receive a promotional certificate for use in D&D Adventurers League play. Additionally, every hour Wizards of the Coast will be giving away different prizes to donors, so participating members should stay tuned throughout the program to see what’s available. Finally, until October 5, anyone can purchase the exclusive D&D Extra Life Rage of Demons shirt.

Tune in and play along!

Look to the Sky, Superman is Real

The trailer for the new documentary film Look to the Sky debuted online on Thursday. The not-for-profit film features the uplifting true stories of young people who have demonstrated the “Superman spirit” in life-threatening situations, physical challenges, loss and through heroic acts of community service. The film also explores the cultural meanings of Superman and whether the character has continued relevance in contemporary society.

LookToTheSky_Poster_FINALDirector Brett Culp‘s previous film – Legends of the Knight – looked at how Batman influenced individuals to do good and help others. The film screened in over 100 cities and raised over $75,000 for charity.

Over the past year, Culp and his team have filmed in 14 cities, capturing the stories of inspirational young people and experts on superhero stories, psychology and literature. Well-known interviewees include author Neil Gaiman, former DC Comics president Paul Levitz and Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.

The film is being produced through The Rising Heroes Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded by Culp and his wife, Tricia Culp.  The organization is focused on creating uplifting and educational films to inspire personal growth, community service and positive engagement in viewers of all ages.

The production team for Look to the Sky is now raising funds through Indiegogo to finish the film. The campaign gives supporters of the project the opportunity to pre-order copies of the finished film and other incentives as a way of funding this documentary project.

Release date of the film will be Fall 2016.

Creators Support Banned Books Week With Forbidden Comics Bundle!

2015-09-23_2120In preparation of Banned Books Week, Humble Bundle is offering an assortment of comics, as well as authors, that have been challenged and in some cases banned. Many notable creators are represented here, including Alan Moore, Scott Snyder, Jeff Smith, Jeff Lemire, Wendy Pini, Garth Ennis, Cory Doctorow, Jock, Kevin O’Neill, the Hernandez Brothers, Julie Doucet, and more. With the help of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), this bundle was curated to be representative of the comics that need protection under the First Amendment. Free from censorship, a wide range of titles from award-winning creators are offered in honor of the week that celebrates them.

Banned Books Week, Humble BundleCustomers can name their price for Maggie the Mechanic (Love & Rockets)The Frank BookLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3CBLDF Presents: LibertyMadame Paul Affair, and Bone Vol. 1.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive The Little ManThe Boys: HerogasmHeartbreak Soup (Love & Rockets)SideScrollersBarefoot Gen Vol 1: A Cartoon Story of HiroshimaEssex County, andElfquest: The Final Quest Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus Not Funny HahaWytches Vol. 1and Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free (Audiobook).

Even more controversial titles to be added mid-promotion on September 30, 2015.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. Humble Comics Bundle: Forbidden Comics Supporting Banned Books Week supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Humble Comics Bundle: Forbidden Comics Supporting Banned Books Week runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Baltimore Comic Con Art Auction to Benefit Seth Kushner

Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook 2015 1Have you bought your tickets for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con? Returning to the Inner Harbor this September 25-27, the 16th annual show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention is running some art auctions to benefit great causes.

The art created for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction at 5pm on Saturday, September 26th in our Exclusives Booth in the Main Hall lobby, with art from the book displayed in the Exclusives Booth throughout the day.

Additionally, to benefit the family of comic book creator and photographer Seth Kushner, we are auctioning a print of his Stan Lee portrait, signed by Stan “The Man” himself. Also up for auction are two fully signed trading card packs of 12 of his top Graphic NYC creator portraits, with creators Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Becky Cloonan, David Mack, Brian Michael Bendis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Molly Crabapple, Scott McCloud, Dean Haspiel, Larry Hama, and Alex Ross.

The Baltimore Batman Struck and Killed

MD BatmanIn 2012, Lenny B. Robinson made national news when he was pulled over by Maryland Montgomery County police for driving his Batmobile without tags. The MCPD even released video of the stop it was such a big thing. The Washington Post has reported that the 51-year-old Robinson was struck and killed by a car.

On Interstate 70, he was struck by a car near Hagerstown, MD after his Batmobile broke down on his way back from a car show in West Virginia. He was experiencing engine trouble and had pulled over with the car “partially in the fast lane.” The Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry, which caused the broken down car to hit Robinson. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Camry was not injured. So far no charges have been filed, but the crash is under investigation.

Robinson lived outside of Baltimore and after doing well in the cleaning business, he purchased the car and costume and embarked on his journey. Robinson would dress as Batman and drive his Lamborghini “Batmobile” to charity events and visit sick children in hospitals. He was known for giving out superhero paraphernalia to kids to help brighten their day. Robinson worked closely with Hope for Henry, a D.C. organization that helps sick children. His story went viral when the stop in Maryland started to make its way around social networks.

It’s a very sad loss of someone who put a smile on so many faces. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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