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Image Comics joins the Cartoon Art Museum as a Corporate Member

Image_Comics_logo_largeThe Cartoon Art Museum has announced Image Comics as its newest corporate member. Founded in 1992, the Berkeley-based publisher spearheaded the creator-owned movement and introduced a number of groundbreaking series including Spawn, Savage Dragon, Saga, and The Walking Dead.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located in San Francisco, CA and is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.

In a release CAM’s executive director Summerlea Kashar said:

We’re extremely pleased to welcome Image as a corporate member. We’ve developed a great relationship with them over the years and worked closely with them during our 20th anniversary retrospective of their work. Their latest show of support not only gives CAM a boost, but also rewards their employees with free museum admission and discounts at our bookstore.

Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics added:

Image is thrilled to support the Cartoon Art Museum,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They do a fantastic job of fostering enthusiasm for sequential art and its historical and cultural value here in the Bay Area, and after having such a great experience hosting our Image Expo after party at the museum this past January, we look forward to continuing our partnership into the future.

Designed for businesses both large and small as a way to reward their team, CAM’s Corporate members also giving back to the community, the Cartoon Art Museum’s Corporate Memberships feature free admission for company employees, bookstore discounts, private tours, museum rentals, and advance ticket access to exclusive museum events depending on the level of sponsorship. Basic memberships start at $1,000.


NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Launches 2014 Fundraising

NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Launches 2014 FundraisingThe NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) seeks to rally the world-wide tabletop miniature gaming community to join together as a “Compassionate Force” and, in so doing, demonstrate the commitment and passion the community has for helping to ease the suffering of others. To that end, the Foundation is proud to announce the following 2014 fundraising initiatives in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Child’s Play, Doctors Without Borders, and The Fisher House Foundation:

Army Raffles: Last year’s charity army raffles raised more than $10,000 for charity, and the convention is expecting to raise even more this year. This year’s offerings include the Battle for Macragge, Deathwatch, Ogre Kingdoms, and more! Winners will be announced at the closing awards ceremony of the 2014 NOVA Open Convention (don’t have to be present to win).

Weekly Raffles: NOCF will run weekly raffles of $25 gift certificates from its sponsors TheWarStore, Secret Weapon Miniatures, KR Multicase, and PoweredPlay Gaming. Everyone who buys a ticket for the army raffles is eligible for the weekly raffles- there are no loss of ticket results in the army raffles but you may only win the weekly raffles once between now and September 1.

NOCF expects all raffles to open on April 1.

Comic Art Professional Society’s Ebay Auctions to Benefit Family of Stan Sakai

CAPS_Stan_Sharon_Sakai_2004_SpainOn Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

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Contributors include:  Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Darwyn Cooke, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart,  Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – Comic Art Professional Society Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

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Get Comics and Help a Charity With Groupees.com

Groupees.com is a website where they organize comic, game, and/or music and bundle them up to benefit charities. Similar to the video game focused Humble Bundle. They’ve launched a Indie Comic bundle with some killer titles including, !, American Terrorist, Evil Diva, Grimm Crew Presents: Dead Future, Grimm Crew Presents: Winter’s Eye, Myth, Smoke & Mirror, Spies, Swipe, The Deadbeat, and The Lexian Chronicles. That’s a whole lot of comics and you get to help a charity!

The platform is aimed at turning the digital download experience into a fun, social event. This campaign includes titles from Alterna, Markosia, Raven Warren, GrayHaven, Angry Viking, and A Wave Blue World. When people buy the bundle they can choose for part of their contribution to be donated to one of 3 wildlife charities, Wolf Haven International, Animal Welfare Institute, and Farm Sanctuary.

Having read a few of these comics, it’s well worth the money, even if it’s just a dollar (we encourage you to give more though). When certain goals are met, new comics unlock as well, this is a great idea and we encourage everyone to pitch in! The event runs until March 6.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing to enjoy it?

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – ‘DC Deck-Building’ Expansion and New Game – Interesting.

The Beat – Ike Perlmutter, Philanthropist – If only he wasn’t so stingy when it comes to the companies he runs.

Bleeding Cool – Opportunities Missed: Turning Franchise Viewers into Comic Readers – Pretty sure we’ve been discussing this on this site and our radio show for some time now.

TechCrunch – White House Unveils Patent Protections, Including Crowdsourcing, To Help Find Prior Claims – How about fixing DMCA abuse?

ABC 27 – Comic book creator breaks ground with autistic hero – Awesome to see!

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Alex + Ada #4

Talking Comics – Alex + Ada #4

CBR – Daredevil #36

Comic Vine – Green Lantern: New Guardians #28

CBR – Justice League #28

Comic Vine – The Punisher #2

Comic Vine – Quantum & Woody #8

Comic Vine – Supergirl #28

Comic Vine – Undertow #1

Comic Vine – Unity #4

Comic Vine – X-Men #11

Gen Con Announces Charity Partner for 2014

gen-con-logoGen Con, the annual game convention with nearly 50,000 unique attendees, has selected its annual charity partner for 2014– ­ Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Each year, Gen Con partners with one local charity, developing events programming intended to give back to the local community.

Gleaners President & CEO, Cindy Hubert said in a release:

We are so grateful to have a community-driven event like Gen Con here in Indianapolis. The partnership with Gen Con will be a great one, and we are glad to have them assisting us in the fight against childhood hunger.

Last year, Gen Con’s charity programming generated more than $25,000 for the convention’s 2013 Charity Partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. This August 14-17, Gen Con will serve as host to numerous charity events supporting Gleaners, including a charity auction, the construction and demolition of a giant “Cardhalla” made of assembled trading cards, the “Slay the Creature” balloon sculpture battle, and many other highly anticipated events.

Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC said:

Traditionally, Gen Con selects a charity partner that serves the youth of the Indy community, and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana makes a daily impact on the lives of many children at-risk for hunger. Our team is honored to work with another terrific organization, and we look forward to the traditional outpouring of support from the generous gaming community.

Specifically, Gen Con will support Gleaners with their BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program, a youth initiative that provides weekend, take-home lunches through local schools. BackSacks are distributed to more than 10,000 at-risk children in grades K-6 in Indiana. These free lunches provide a nutrition resource to more than 230 participating schools.

Neil Gaiman reads Green Eggs and Ham

Neil Gaiman reads Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, in honor of the Worldbuilders 2014 charity hitting a $500,000 stretch goal.

Dark Horse Donates Digital Comic Collection to Children’s Cancer Association

Dark Horse Comics is turning pages for the Children’s Cancer Association with its digital comics. The entire Dark Horse Digital collection, which features over three thousand comics, will be made available for CCA’s program.

The Children’s Cancer Association partners with six Portland-area health care providers, including Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and others, to offer programs and services free of charge to seriously ill children, teens, and their families. CCA’s programs and resources can now also be found in thirty-three pediatric hospitals across the nation.

Dark Horse Comics is also donating four Apple iPads to the charity for CCA’s use. These iPads will be loaded with Dark Horse content and will feature an age gate for kids twelve and under.


IDW & Comickaze Comics, Books and More Combine Forces to Host Benefit for Artist Joe Phillips

San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.

Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.

Date:    Saturday, January 25
Place:   Modern Times’ Lomaland Fermentorium
Time:   5PM – 9PM
Food:   Stuffed! Food Truck (for purchase)

The goal is to raise a total of $15,000 (or more) and there will be many different options available so attendees can contribute to this very worthy cause and get some truly unique items in return. 100% of all proceeds will go to Joe Phillips and IDW Publishing will match total donations up to $5,000.

Raffle ($5.00 each)

  • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Red Label from IDW Limited. $125 retail value, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs in a hardcover portfolio
  • Enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (1) copy of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Black Label from IDW Limited. $300 retail value, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies, features original artwork from Joe Phillips secured in a hardcover portfolio, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs.

Comic Sketches ($10.00 – $55.00)

  • Your choice of sketch cards or IDW blank cover comics (minimum 1, maximum 11).  These will be the only items eligible to receive sketches/signatures at this event.
  • If pre-ordered at www.comickaze.com you will receive one (1) extra card for free. Pre-order sketch cards available for pick up at the event with a copy of your PayPal receipt. Limit one (1) free sketch card per person.
  • Artists scheduled to appear: Carlos D’Anda, Jeromy Cox, Lance Hutto, Batton Lash, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair (Alex has also donated a limited edition print to raffle at the event) and more to come!


  • $10.00:  For every $10 donated, receive one (1) IDW graphic novel.
  • $25.00:  For every $25 donated, receive three (3) IDW graphic novels.
  • $100.00:  Get Your Book Lettered by Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key).  Maximum 3, up to 32 pages each.


  • Bidding will start at $50.00 for a chance to have a tour of IDW Publishing headquarters guided by Ted Adams, which will culminate in a trip to the IDW warehouse where he’ll give you the chance to stock up your IDW library.

For those of you who cannot make this event and would still like to contribute, there is a “Donate” button at www.comickaze.com.

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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