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The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library is Honoring Dennis O’Neil

Comic writer and editor Dennis O’Neil is being honored this December by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. O’Neil is being recognized for his “lifetime of achievements in pursuing causes of peace and justice.”

The weekend of programming will take place December 7-8 in Atlanta.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration and is dedicated to providing information about the life of President Jimmy Carter.

O’Neil is the centerpiece in the Library’s “Comic Books and Social Justice” weekend. Events will include:

Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil and Beyond: Bringing Change Through Comics
Dennis O’Neil’s comic scripts of the early 1970s took the major issues of the day—racism, poverty, drug addiction and more—and brought them front and center into comics. O’Neil is joined by Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke), Christopher Herndon (Star Trek), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats) and more to discuss how comics have changed our lives and will continue to do so.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m.
Family Day: Comics Chat and Marketplace
Christopher Herndon, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Priest, Kyle Puttkammer, Darren Vincenzo, and other comic creators will talk about their work, what propelled them into their career choice, and how they use their talents to fight for justice, following in the footsteps of Dennis O’Neil.
Select books and merchandise will be available for sale from Galactic Quest Comics, and a limited autograph signing with the creators will take place.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil on Batman and More
Dennis O’Neil talks about his life and times: How he entered the comics biz, and later brought Batman back to his gothic roots. O’Neil will explain his tenures at both Marvel and DC Comics, and what he’s seen over the arc of a legendary career.

Get Out and Vote Today!

Today, Tuesday, November 6 is the US election and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote if you haven’t done so already. We know this is an election where emotions are running high and it’s really not an exageration to say this is the most important election of our lifetime so far. There’s numerous Federal and State races, but don’t forget the local races, ballot initiatives, bonds, and more to vote on. Some of these may set the direction of the country even more than the President! Every elected position impacts you and this is your chance to voice your opinion and have a say as to who represents you.

You still have a lot of time to figure out everything you’ll be voting for and Local Vote has a handy website to find out what you need to know in voter guides. If you need to find your polling place or what’s on your local ballot Vote 411 can help.

Most importantly, get out and vote this Tuesday!

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How Did the Comics Industry Donate this Election Cycle?

Tomorrow is midterms election day in the United States with the House, some of the Senate, Governors, State races, and more up for election. We of course encourage everyone to get out and vote. If you still need help deciding who to vote for, you can use this handy site to help you out.

With an election cycle, it also means lots of money donated to both sides and PACs who either go all in for a part or hedge their bets. So, when it comes to donations, how does the comic industry shake out?

Using the FEC website, we took a look searching for about a dozen publishers. What isn’t included is some creators who haven’t listed a publisher or those that list Disney or Warner Bros. We standardized the employer (ex. Marvel Studio vs Marvel Studios, Marvel TV vs Marvel Television) and then marked if the donation was to a Democratic cause or Republican. For PACs, I used Open Secrets to see who that PAC donated to, and if it was clear it benefited one party, they were included in that party. In almost every case, PACS were partisan. The exception to that is the Walt Disney Employees PAC which splits their givings about 50/50 and seems to change with the political winds. Marvel Entertainment was included while Marvel Studios, Marvel Animation, and Marvel Television were not.

So, how does the industry donate?

The comic industry donated over $74,546.40

The industry also heavily favors donations to Democrats in a ratio of a little over 2:1.

That comes from 1,762 contributions from 136 individuals.

That comes to an average donation of $42.31 but there’s a massive difference between parties.

A New Humble Bundle 100% Supports the ACLU to Get Out the Vote

Support the ACLU with a limited-time collection of ebooks from Humble Bundle, featuring the exclusive debut of the anthology Resist! All proceeds to be donated to the ACLU. With the US midterm elections just around the corner, Humble Bundle has just launched a fun and informative selection of curated titles in support of a more perfect union. The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU focuses on civics, volunteerism, and positive resistance – with one cookbook, an angry bear, Cory Doctorow, and a few dystopian novels and comics in the mix too.

Participating publishers coming together for this project include DC Comics, IDW, Image Comics, Lonely Planet, Microcosm Publishing, No Starch Press, Oni Press, Quirk, Skyhorse, and Tachyon.

Working in conjunction with the ACLU and writer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), this promotion will be the first to offer the new science fiction anthology, Resist: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, featuring some of today’s most celebrated SF writers.

100% of all proceeds from this promotion will be donated to the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, they take up the toughest civil liberties fights.

The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU will run from October 22 through November 5 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:

  • Make A Difference: The Ultimate Volunteer Handbook
  • The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America
  • American Presidents
  • The Little Black Book of Political Wisdom
  • The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Full Bleed Vol 2 (Exclusive Excerpt)
  • Prez

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get:

  • Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Sh*t Politicians Say
  • Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance
  • Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
  • Girls Resist!
  • Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow
  • Bitch Planet

Those who pay $15 or more will receive:

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  • We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce
  • Letter 44
  • A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice
  • Stable Strategies and Others
  • Pirate Utopia
  • What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t
  • Paddle Against the Flow
  • Stuff Every American Should Know
  • Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide To Making A Difference Around the World

Those who pay $18 or more will receive the Humble exclusive debut of Resist!: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, edited by Gary Whitta, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey.

This hot-off-the-digital-press anthology will featured short works from renowned writers including:

Charles Yu Beth Revis
Charlie Jane Anders David Wellington
Hugh Howey Kieron Gillen
John Scalzi Desirina Boskovich
Sarah Kuhn Jason Arnopp
Laura Hudson Kevin Hearne
Leigh Alexander Jake Kerr
Daniel H. Wilson Madeleine Roux
Saladin Ahmed Fran Wilde
C. Robert Cargill Delilah S. Dawson
Chet Williamson Elizabeth Bear

The total MSRP for this entire collection, including Resist! and all 30 books is $365.

NYCC 2018: Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Talks Comic Conventions and Politics

Conventions are becoming a regular location for folks to get political. This year’s San Diego Comic-Con saw numerous groups registering voters. So, how odd would it to see a Presidential candidate at one? New York Comic Con had a visit from 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a first.

Andrew’s platform is centered around the idea of providing a “Freedom Dividend” – a form of universal basic income (UBI) – to every American adult. It’s a concept that’s been seen in pop culture like Star Trek and The Expanse.

Andrew has been endorsed by technology futurists like Y Combinator founder, Sam Altman, as well as labor leaders like former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern.

He’s a big sci-fi and comics fan (particularly of Star Trek and the Marvel Universe) and is heading to the convention this week to meet the attendees and build support.

Listen in and find out what it’s like to campaign at a comic convention and what we can learn from comics.

You can learn more at Yang 2020.

Veterans Affairs Stonewalls Congress Protecting Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter

Officials at Veterans Affairs are declining to give members of Congress documents related to the influence Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter has over the agency.

The issue is the influence that Perlmutter, primary care specialist Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, and attorney Marc Sherman have over veterans policy decisions by the Trump administration. None of the men hold government positions. All three are confidants of Trump and members of his Mar-a-Lago resort.

ProPublica ran a report in August that showed frequent contact between the men and top VA officials that included policy matters and personal favors.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has told lawmakers he met with the trio only once during a courtesy trip and they have had no role in crafting department policy. However, when House Democrats requested correspondence between the men and the VA in August, Wilkie refused. He cited “ongoing litigation alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act” making them “not appropriate for release at this time.”

That has to do with a lawsuit filed by VoteVets to block the trio from further contact with VA leadership concerning official matters.

Top ranking Democrat on the veterans’ House panel, Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said Wilkie’s excuse was “unacceptable” and without legal merit.

Walz said:

We have received nothing from VA except excuses. The reports of corruption and cronyism are serious and we cannot allow VA to sweep this under the rug. This issue will remain a top concern of the committee until all our questions have been answered.

Walz has demanded that the documents are turned over by the end of the month.

Rally for Justice at the 1st Ever Justice Rally During New York Comic Con

Rally for justice at New York Comic Con this Sunday for the first ever Justice Rally, an intersection of onscreen and real-life superheroes.

The rally takes place from 4 to 6pm at Hudson Park between 10th and 11th Ave/ 34th and 35th Street.

Partner and speakers include MoveOn, Justice League NY, New York Civil Liberties Union, NOH8 Campaign, Families Belong Together, Moms Rising, Planned Parenthood, and Patricia Okoumou.

NYCC 2018: Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Meets Convention Goers

Conventions are becoming a regular location for folks to get political. San Diego Comic-Con saw numerous groups registering voters. Congressman John Lewis has been to numerous conventions to promote his graphic novel March. New York Comic Con is getting a visit from 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang who will be located at booth #2010

Andrew’s Platformis centered around the idea of providing a “Freedom Dividend” – a form of universal basic income (UBI) – to every American adult. It’s a concept that’s been seen in pop culture like Star Trek and The Expanse.

Andrew has been endorsed by technology futurists like Y Combinator founder, Sam Altman, as well as labor leaders like former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern.

Andrew is a big sci-fi and comics fan (particularly of Star Trek and the Marvel Universe) and is heading to the convention this week to meet the attendees and build support.

Oni Press’ Draw Out the Vote is Here

Why rock the vote, when you can draw it? Oni Press has launched Draw Out the Vote, a free state by state comics voting guide to view, download, print, and share, available now! Join creators Kiku Hughes (ELEMENTS: Fire – A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color), Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O.!), Bianca Xunise (The Nib), Shamus Beyale (Ghetto Klown), Melanie Gillman (As The Crow Files), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality), Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime), Arigon Starr (Super Indian), Terry Blas (Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom), Rashad Doucet (Alabaster Shadows), and more, discussing a variety of topics centered around the act of voting.

Fifty-two different artists explore what voting, politics, and living in American mean to them in this collection of black-and-white comics. Cartoonists from each state (plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico) were invited to contribute to the project, which Oni hopes will increase voter awareness and encourage comics readers to vote in the November midterm elections. Included with each comic are instructions on how to register to vote in each state—as well as what to do to actually vote, and other things to note that may affect your ability to vote. (Can you wear a campaign shirt to the polls? Can you vote if you have a felony conviction?) Voting is our civic duty, and Oni Press wants to make it as easy as possible for people to register and vote in 2018.

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