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Dynamite Goes DRM Free and Raises Money for the CBLDF

Dynamite10thAnnivImageDynamite Entertainment is going DRM-free with comics available in PDF file format. All of this is part of the publisher’s 10th anniversary celebration.

The program launches today with an available selection of over 80 individual comic books, which includes creator-owned and licensed titles from Dynamite’s massive library. The debut selection represents a wide variety of titles:.

  • Cryptozoic Man by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson
  • Blood Queen by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
  • The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson
  • Captain Action Cat by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Smits
  • Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and more
  • Chaos! by Tim Seely and Mirka Andolfo
  • Chastity by Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
  • American Flagg by Howard Chaykin
  • The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano
  • Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider and Jason Craig
  • Garth Ennis’ Red Team by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
  • Jennifer Blood: Born Again by Steven Grant and Kewber Baal
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez
  • Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Adriano Batista
  • Justice, Inc. by Michael Uslan and Giovanni Timpano
  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  • Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
  • Miss Fury by Rob Williams and Jack Herbert
  • The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar
  • The Ninjettes by Al Ewing and Eman Casallos
  • Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
  • Project Superpowers by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, and Carlos Paul
  • Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
  • Red Sonja: Blue by Peter Brett and Walter Geovani
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Chase Conley
  • The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin
  • Terminal Hero by Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell
  • Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter
  • Vampirella Master Series by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, and more
  • Vampirella vs. Fluffy by Mark Rahner and Cezar Razek

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Dynamite will offer ten of its comic books at 10 cents apiece, introducing new readers to Dynamite’s most accessible and successful titles at a great value. The introductory-priced comic books include:

  • Blood Queen #1
  • The Boys #1
  • Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
  • Jungle Girl #0
  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1
  • Miss Fury #1
  • The Mocking Dead #1
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
  • Vampirella #1

cbldfDynamite will also offer ten (10) free wallpapers to consumers featuring The Boys, Cryptozoic Man, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper’s The Last Temptation, Red Sonja, and Vampirella. These wallpapers can be downloaded from Dynamite’s digital DRM-free page for a limited time.

Following today’s launch, Dynamite plans to release its DRM-free comics on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, with new offerings announced via the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and website as they are made available for download. There will be a slow, focused roll-out over time that will grow the available titles to reflect the vast majority of Dynamite’s library.

Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales 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.

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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and I’m doing my best to recover from Gen Con (especially after a massive failure by US Airways, do everything you can to avoid them). We’ve got a special guest on tonight Graphic Policy Radio, so listen in LIVE tonight!

Until the episode airs, here’s some news to keep you busy.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Articulated Lego Batman Figure – So cool!

The Spire – Bill Watterson Auction Raises $62000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation – Great to see!

ICv2 – ‘Action Comics’ #1 Soars to $1.6 million – Oh I’m sure I’ve got a copy laying around somewhere….

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Adventure Time: The Original Cartoon Title Cards Vol. 1 HC

ICv2 – The Art of Princess Mononoke HC

Talking Comics – Batman #34

CBR – Batman Eternal #19

CBR – Hexed #1

Talking Comics – Original Sin #7

Real Life Hero Phoenix Jones Does the Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on social networks you’ve probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about, and money for ALS research.

It’s been about a week since the dump cold water on your head, or donate $100 to ALS research really kicked off, and the real life hero Phoenix Jones has decided to take part, except he has decided to up the game a bit.

BOOM! Studios Comes to Humble Bundle. Updated with More!

Update: There’s even more awesomeness added to this bundle. Here’s a list of what’s been added.

Fairy Quest: Outlaws (collects the complete miniseries)
Written by Paul Jenkins
Illustrated by Humberto Ramos
Polarity TP (collects the complete miniseries)
Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Jorge Coelho
Suicide Risk Vol. 1 TP (issues #1-4)
Suicide Risk Vol. 2 TP (issues #5-9)
Written by Mike Carey
Illustrated by Elena Casagrande
Protocol: Orphans #1-4 (complete miniseries)
Written by Peter Facinelli, Rob DeFranco, and Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Mariano Navarro

Humble BOOM! BundleBOOM! Studios today have launched the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics  art form.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated between the publisher, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (CBLDF). You can give it all to one of them, or split it between two or three of them!

The Humble BOOM! Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

The BOOM! Studios offering stands out as it includes many recent releases. Customers can name their price and receive the following titles:

Curse #1-4

Written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo
To pay for his son’s medical treatment, a man sets out to earn the bounty on a killer who has been terrorizing his small town, only to discover the murderer is a werewolf.

Day Men #1-3

Written by Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
To protect their vampire employers during the daytime, a select group of humans are trained to serve as their fixers, problem solvers, and protectors.

Dead Letters #1-4

Written by Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by Chris Visions
A man wakes up with no memory how of he got where he is and will have to use every trickfrom his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales, and big secrets.

Evil Empire #1-3

Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti
Say Anything frontman Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watchmodern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.

Hit #1-4

Written by Bryce Carlson
Illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey
In 1955 Los Angeles, while infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen knows as “Hit Squads.”

Imagine Agents #1-4

Written by Brian Joines
Illustrated by Bachan
An agency responsible for keeping kids’ imaginary friends in line is confronted by a plot by an evil faction to become real.

RoboCop: Last Stand Part 1 TP (4 issues)

Written by Frank Miller and Steven Grant
Illustrated by Korkut Öztekin
Based on Frank Miller’s unused screenplay for the RoboCop 3 film, RoboCop takes a last stand against OCP to protect the citizens of Detroit.

RoboCop (2014) #1-2

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Picking up right after the end of the first film, a deadly and charismatic criminal is released from jail and instantly targets RoboCop for destruction.

Sons of Anarchy #1-11

Written by Christopher Golden and Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Damian Couceiro
Based on the hit FX Network TV show. The only people standing between the daughter of an old SAMCRO member and certain death are the Sons of Anarchy.

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

Hacktivist #1-4

Created by Alyssa Milano
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Illustrated by Marcus To and Ian Herring

The owners of the largest social media company in the world moonlight as do-gooder hackers, but are compromised when the US government moves in.

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1-6

Written by David Petersen
Illustrated by David Petersen
This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series about an elite group of warriors charged with protecting

Planet of the Apes Vols. 1-4 (16 issues)

Written by Daryl Gregory
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Find out what happens 1,300 years before the arrival of Colonel George Taylor from the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie! Ape and Human societies have reached a new golden age, but peace never lasts for long.

Six-Gun Gorilla TP (6 issues)

Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Jeff Stokely
On another world in the 22nd century, a rogue gorilla gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future.

Translucid #1-3

Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss
From the mind of Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and his wife/writing partner Chondra Echert, this is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see, exploring the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.

The Woods #1-3

Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
An entire high school is transported to a strange, primordial wilderness and confronted with

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

Bee and PuppyCat #1-2

Written by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Illustrated by Natasha Allegri
Based on the popular web series, it’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.

Bravest Warriors Vol. 1 (4 issues)

Written by Joey Comeau
Illustrated by Mike Holmes
>Based on the hit animated series! Join Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny, four 16-year-old heroes-for-hire, as they warp from galaxy to galaxy, saving alien races with the power of

Lumberjanes #1-4

Written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

The Midas Flesh #1-8

Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline
The space crew of Joey, Fatima, and Cooper have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.

Ale Fit for A King to Benefit The Hero Initiative

Label_kirby_printShmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, NY will host a fundraiser birthday party on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 to celebrate the late Jack “The King” Kirby’s birthday. Kirby is considered by many to be the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of the Marvel Comics Universe. Kirby co-created many of the superheroes being adored by fans of Marvel’s recent blockbuster movies, including the Avengers, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four and many more.

A group of local comic professionals approached Shmaltz about doing an event, with proceeds to be donated in Jack Kirby’s honor to Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need. Shmaltz stepped up in a big way, creating a limited-edition, Kirby-labeled ale exclusively for the party. King Kirby Ale will make its debut at the event, and a limited number of cases will be available for purchase. With a special edition label designed and drawn by Clifton Park artist Paul Harding, the ale will be available in both Pale and Dark varieties.

The Aug. 28 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and feature an impressive array of comic professionals, including Green Lantern and Silver Surfer writer Ron Marz, sculptor Paul Harding, X-Men artist Tom Raney, Conan and Spider-Man writer Fred Van Lente, writer Crystal Skillman and many others, who will be signing and sketching for donations to Hero Initiative. Van Lente and Skillman are the co-authors of the recent play “King Kirby,” about Jack Kirby’s life, which enjoyed a successful, well-reviewed run in New York City. Fans attending the party will be able to get autographs and sketches from the comic pros, and enjoy a beer tasting as well as a piece of special Jack Kirby birthday cake. Live music will be provided by Saratoga-based rock ensemble Sugar Pill, led by John Stack on guitar and vocals. Party tickets are $20, with proceeds donated to Hero Initiative. Door prizes have been donated by Comic Depot of Saratoga Springs, and Excellent Adventures Comics of Ballston Spa.

Tickets for the event are available online.

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One-of-a-Kind My Little Pony Variant and Original Artwork Raises $8,750 for Charity

mlp charity variantThe Heritage Auctions for the one-of-a-kind variant of IDW‘s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #12 and the original cover artwork by fan-favorite Sara Richard closed on August 9 raising a total of $8,750*, with the one-of-a-kind variant ending at $5,500 and the Richard original cover artwork ending at $3,250.

The proceeds of the auctions are earmarked to benefit Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that provides children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families a memorable and cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions.

IDW, Hasbro, and Heritage Auctions have extended a big “thank you” to everyone who participated in the auctions and helped to raise this impressive donation for Give Kids The World. A special “thanks” goes to Sara Richards for her generous donation of the original artwork, which greatly contributed to the success of this charitable effort.

*Totals does not include the Buyer’s Premium

BOOM! Studios Comes to Humble Bundle

Humble BOOM! BundleBOOM! Studios today have launched the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics  art form.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated between the publisher, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (CBLDF). You can give it all to one of them, or split it between two or three of them!

The Humble BOOM! Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

The BOOM! Studios offering stands out as it includes many recent releases. Customers can name their price and receive the following titles:

Curse #1-4

Written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo
To pay for his son’s medical treatment, a man sets out to earn the bounty on a killer who has been terrorizing his small town, only to discover the murderer is a werewolf.

Day Men #1-3

Written by Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
To protect their vampire employers during the daytime, a select group of humans are trained to serve as their fixers, problem solvers, and protectors.

Dead Letters #1-4

Written by Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by Chris Visions
A man wakes up with no memory how of he got where he is and will have to use every trickfrom his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales, and big secrets.

Evil Empire #1-3

Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti
Say Anything frontman Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watchmodern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.

Hit #1-4

Written by Bryce Carlson
Illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey
In 1955 Los Angeles, while infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen knows as “Hit Squads.”

Imagine Agents #1-4

Written by Brian Joines
Illustrated by Bachan
An agency responsible for keeping kids’ imaginary friends in line is confronted by a plot by an evil faction to become real.

RoboCop: Last Stand Part 1 TP (4 issues)

Written by Frank Miller and Steven Grant
Illustrated by Korkut Öztekin
Based on Frank Miller’s unused screenplay for the RoboCop 3 film, RoboCop takes a last stand against OCP to protect the citizens of Detroit.

RoboCop (2014) #1-2

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Picking up right after the end of the first film, a deadly and charismatic criminal is released from jail and instantly targets RoboCop for destruction.

Sons of Anarchy #1-11

Written by Christopher Golden and Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Damian Couceiro
Based on the hit FX Network TV show. The only people standing between the daughter of an old SAMCRO member and certain death are the Sons of Anarchy.

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

Hacktivist #1-4

Created by Alyssa Milano
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Illustrated by Marcus To and Ian Herring

The owners of the largest social media company in the world moonlight as do-gooder hackers, but are compromised when the US government moves in.

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1-6

Written by David Petersen
Illustrated by David Petersen
This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series about an elite group of warriors charged with protecting

Planet of the Apes Vols. 1-4 (16 issues)

Written by Daryl Gregory
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Find out what happens 1,300 years before the arrival of Colonel George Taylor from the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie! Ape and Human societies have reached a new golden age, but peace never lasts for long.

Six-Gun Gorilla TP (6 issues)

Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Jeff Stokely
On another world in the 22nd century, a rogue gorilla gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future.

Translucid #1-3

Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss
From the mind of Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and his wife/writing partner Chondra Echert, this is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see, exploring the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.

The Woods #1-3

Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
An entire high school is transported to a strange, primordial wilderness and confronted with

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

Bee and PuppyCat #1-2

Written by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Illustrated by Natasha Allegri
Based on the popular web series, it’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.

Bravest Warriors Vol. 1 (4 issues)

Written by Joey Comeau
Illustrated by Mike Holmes
>Based on the hit animated series! Join Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny, four 16-year-old heroes-for-hire, as they warp from galaxy to galaxy, saving alien races with the power of

Lumberjanes #1-4

Written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

The Midas Flesh #1-8

Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline
The space crew of Joey, Fatima, and Cooper have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.

Comic Con and Hall H

Brett Schenker:

An interesting take on fandom and using it to good and make positive change.

Originally posted on Acting Like A Chef:

Comic Con 2014 was my first Comic-Con. I was there networking for a film I’m producing Wraith of Love. Not that I haven’t followed it in previous years or never been to another convention, but San Diego Comic-Con is something special. And in the last 6 or 8 years it has become a pop culture phenomenon, causing so much fan frenzy that convention goers stand in line for hours, many even sleeping outside of the convention hall the night before to get into Hall H the following morning. Keep in mind that Hall H holds about 6,500 people, but at some point in the Comic Con rise to fame, fans were so worried about not getting up early enough to stand in line that they started sleeping outside.

Hall H Hobbit Panel 2014

Inside Hall H during the Hobbit panel 2014.

You heard me right, people sleep outside of a convention hall of…

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Skybound and Humble Bundle’s Walking Dead Package

humble bundle walking deadHumble Bundle actually has two comic packages running today. Earlier we posted about the IDW/Transformers one, but Skybound is also in on the action with a package packed with comics from The Walking Dead and a few of their other series like Ghosted and Invincible.

Humble Bundle works by having individuals pledge whatever amount they want, split between various things. In this case it’s Humble Bundle, Skybound, and three different charities, Penny Harvest, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and Indie Cade Foundation. You can give it all to one, just a few, or split among them all.

This has some interesting tiers too. If you pledge $40, you get a t-shirt, and volume 20 of The Walking Dead. For $65, you get a limited edition Negan figure.

This is a great way to get all kinds of cool stuff, and support a charity!

IDW Celebrates SDCC with a Transformers Humble Bundle Deal

transformers humble bundleHere’s a bundle that’s “more than meets the eye.” Humble Bundle and IDW Publishing, under license from Hasbro, are kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a digital comic collection of epic proportions. Customers can pay what they want while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW.

Customers can name their price for Transformers Classics, Volumes 1-4, featuring a digital reincarnation of 48 issues from the original comics. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 1-4, Transformers: Autocracy and Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 1. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Vol. 1 and 2 and Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 1 and 2, bringing a total of nearly 100 comic book issues to the bundle.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity, the Hasbro Children’s Fund. So, not only do you get some awesome comics, but you also get to support a charity as well!

The Transformers Humble Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

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