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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.

Wrestler Kane, aka Glenn Jacobs, Wins Mayoral Bid for Knox County, Tennessee

While we don’t regularly cover wrestling, we do have a political bent, so we bring the news that the Big Red Machine is heading to the Mayor’s office. Glenn Jacobs, who is better known as the WWE wrestler Kane, won his bid for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

Jacobs beat his opponent by a wide margin garnering 51,804 versus the Democratic nominee Linda Haney’s 26,224. Jacobs won the Republican primary by just 23 votes over fellow Republican Brad Anders.

Knox County is the home to Knoxville and the third-most populous count in Tennessee.

Jacobs originally wanted to play pro footbally but a knee injury ended those dreams. Instead, he focused on wrestling and spent years in local promotions before joining the WWE in 1995. He debuted “Kane” two years later.

Jacob’s new position isn’t a strange turn for a wrestler. Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota on the third-party Reform Party ticket in 1998 and served as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995. B. Brian Blair was elected Couty Commissioner in 2004 for Hillsborough, Florida. Rick Steiner won for school board for the Cherokee County School District in 2006. Ludvig Borga spent seven years on the Finnish Parliament. The recently deceased Nikolai Volkoff ran in 2006 for Maryland State Delegate but was unsuccessful. Jerry “The King” Lawler ran for Mayor of Mepmphis and garnered 11.7% of the votes coming in third. Bob Backlund ran for Congress in Connecticut in 2000 as a Republican and lost. Linda McMahon, the CEO of the WWE ran for U.S. Senator in Connectict losing with 43% of the vote. She’s currently a member of the Trump Administration heading the Small Bussiness Administration. Antonio Inoki was an extremely successful politician whose career began while he still competed in the ring. He was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 1989 and even led a one-man mission to Iraq in 1990 to negotiate the release of Japanese hostages with Saddam Hussein.

X-Men: Days of Future Past and Iron Man 3’s Bingbing Fan’s Silence Worries Fans

Actress Bingbing Fan is one of the world’s highest paid actors and fans are worried about her as she hasn’t been seen in public since July 1 and generally gone silent on social media. The prolific user hasn’t been active on her account since July 23rd when she “liked” a number of posts.

In May, Fan was accused of tax evasion but she has denied any wrongdoing. The accusation includes signing secreat contracts known as “Yin-Yang” contracts. This allowed her to avoid paying taxes. Yin means dark and yang means light, so one contract is public and the other is not. Fan’s team called the accusation defamation and the reporter later apologized.

What is also concerning is censorship by the Chinese government concerning her. In June, Chinese authorities issued guidelines calling on state media to not report on these contracts or tax issues concerning the entertainment industry.

In late July, it was reported by independent Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer that police in Jiangsu province were examining Fan’s financial case, and some of her staff were also under police investiaction. It was reported that Fan, and her brother, were barred from leaving the country. After publication, that report was taken offline.

Posts about Fan’s whereabouts were also censored from social media. Comments expressing support and concern by supporters and fans have been deleted.

The Chinese government routinely censors the internet blocking sites and keywords that “threaten” the “public order.”

Fan was Wu Jiaqi in the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 and played Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past among her 53 credits.

ABC Cancels Roseanne After Racist Tweet

After delivering a season that made it the number one scripted show on television and getting a season renewal, ABC has cancelled Roseanne after a racist Tweet from star Roseanne Barr.

In the Tweet, Roseanne said that former President Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett was not only a member of the Muslim Brotherhood but also called her an “ape,” a common racist term for Black individuals.

Roseanne apologized and said she was deleting her Twitter account but it was still live as of this report. She did delete the Tweet about Jarrett.

Barr was condemned by Sara Gilbert who returned to the show along with the original cast and Wanda Sykes, a producer on the show, quit. Beyond Sykes, it’s unknown if any other cast members or staff quit or threatened to.

Roseanne has embraced alt-right/Trump politics in recent years and has run for President. She regularly Tweets conspiracy theories and very questionable statements. The Roseanne revival embraced the right-wing turn with the Conners revealed to be Trump supporters. The show’s return often dove into questionable statements and stories skirting the line in taste with many socio-political topics. The original, while dealing with similar topics, was not as overtly political in who the Conners supported and focused on the day to day of their living in white collar America.

Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment said in a statement:

Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.

While ABC had no issue with Roseanne‘s dealing with hot button political issues while the channel also reportedly refused to air an episode of Black-ish where kneeling in protest was discussed.

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