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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and there’s a lot coming at you. While it’s a holiday here, we still have a packed day ahead! Let’s get things going with some news from around the web you might have missed.

Gamesradar – Tom Veitch, the comic writer who helped revitalize Star Wars, has died at age 80 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

Global Voices – Seven African comics and graphic novels that center Black experiences are being adapted to film – Some comics to check out before they come to the screen!

The Mary Sue – Here Are All Upcoming DC Shows Releasing in 2022 and Beyond – A nice handy guide.

Star Wars Dark Empire

Around The Tubes

It’s one of two new comic book days! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

OkayAfrica – How A New Generation of Comic Book Creators is Sharing Africa’s History – There’s some great comics.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Are you HELLBOUND? – Free comics!


Atomic Junk Shop – Night Bus

Night Bus

DC’s We Can Be Heroes Raises Money on IndieGoGo

badge_v2DC Entertainment last year launched a new initiative to combat the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Their effort, We Can Be Heroes uses their popular properties to raise awareness, and money, to help with relief efforts. The comic publisher has launched a fundraising effort on the crowd funding platform IndieGoGo as part of this effort.

Their initial goal of $50,000 has been passed and since then they’ve upped their effort with a target of raising $100,000 that will be given to their non-profit partners.

Each fundraising effort will take on a different theme focusing on a character, the first one up is Batman. For donating, you’re able to get various items like comic books, t-shirts, posters, or even a trip to San Diego Comic Con.

This stuff is only available until May 7, 2013, so check out the latest perks.

The funds raised go to:

Save the Children—Tirelessly committed to improving the lives of children and families whose lives have been changed by the hunger crisis.

International Rescue Committee—delivering life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Mercy Corps—Unfailingly dedicated to making life more livable in the world’s toughest places.

Comics By and For African Teens

Coat of arms of Namibia.

My Heroes is a new social-issues comic aimed for African teens. This totally non-profit project is for the Namibian government and is currently a joint project between volunteers from the non-profit Pact (which gets some funding from the U.S. Agency for International development) and some teenagers from a government-run gome in the Namibian capital, Windhoek. The final book will teach orphaned and vulnerable children all over Namibia how their children’s homes should be run.

Namibia has the seventh-highest rate of HIV worldwide, which adds to its large number of orphans and vulnerable children: about 250,000 in 2010, an estimated 28% of whom were orphaned by AIDS. By 2012 there were 849 children living at children’s homes.

The final book is scheduled to be published in 2013. You can find some examples of what’s being put together at http://spin-doctors.tumblr.com which posts regular artwork and behind the scenes material.

DC Entertainment Announces “We Can Be Heroes”

Official Press Release

Featuring Iconic Justice League Characters, Multilayered Campaign To Leverage All Time Warner Advertising Platforms Generating Significant Awareness of the Crisis
Multi-Million-Dollar Commitment Will Support Three Aid Groups Working in Africa:
Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps

(January 23, 2012 – New York, NY)  DC Entertainment, home of the world’s greatest super heroes, today unveiled an unprecedented giving campaign to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.  This multi-million-dollar commitment over the next two years will be supported across all Warner Bros. Entertainment’s and Time Warner’s businesses and feature DC Entertainment’s iconic Justice League characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, issuing the call to action, “We Can Be Heroes.”  The announcements were made at a press conference today in New York by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.; Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; and Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment.

We Can Be Heroes will support the efforts of three humanitarian aid organizations working in Africa—Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps—as part of the global effort to fight the current hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.  The region is suffering its worst drought and famine in over 60 years, with 13 million in need of critical assistance and 250,000 facing starvation in Somalia alone.  Each partner organization was chosen for its track record of effective and expeditious humanitarian aid efforts in Africa.
We Can Be Heroes will be supported via promotional exposure across all of Time Warner’s divisional advertising platforms (Warner Bros., Turner Broadcasting, Time Inc., HBO), generating millions of consumer impressions and creating crucially needed awareness of this crisis worldwide.  Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps will equally share a corporate donation of at least $2 million over the next two years comprised of cash donations, employee matching funds and consumer matching funds.
“Warner Bros. has a long history of corporate philanthropy and outreach, and this campaign proudly continues that tradition,” said Meyer.  “We are a global company, and this is a global issue.  By marshalling our expertise in consumer and fan engagement and creating global awareness, we hope we’re able to inspire others to join us in becoming ‘heroes’ and make a difference in the Horn of Africa.”
The Justice League characters were chosen by DC Entertainment both for their global recognition as well as their demonstration of strength in unity and numbers.  The campaign’s graphic identifier features the iconic Justice League characters—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg—outlined in silhouette against the African continent.  Each of these characters is a super hero in his or her own right, but when they band together as the Justice League, they become an unstoppable force for good and right in the universe—a key message of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. While many individuals may feel powerless to effect change on their own, as part of a global campaign such as this, their efforts, combined with those of other donors, can create a world of change.
A key launch element of We Can Be Heroes is the campaign’s website, www.WeCanBeHeroes.org.  Here, consumers can make donations which DC Entertainment will match 100 percent (up to $1 million in donations), purchase specially branded merchandise, with 50 percent of the purchase price going to fight the hunger crisis via We Can Be Heroes,  sign up for newsletters and updates, and join the We Can Be Heroes online community.  The site will also feature information on each of the partner organizations and updates on current conditions in the Horn of Africa.
“This campaign goes straight to the heart of our core competency, as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment both have a rich legacy of telling socially relevant, compelling stories with characters embraced by global audiences,” said Robinov.  “The fact that we’re able to take what we do and use it to raise awareness—and inspire action—around a cause as important as this is gratifying.  With the support of the entire Studio and our Time Warner sister companies, this campaign, like the DC Comics super heroes, will make a great impact on an important issue.”
“The members of the Justice League are an international team of super heroes beloved by a broad range of fans, including men and women, young and old.  This makes them the perfect ‘spokescharacters’ for this campaign,” said Nelson.  “Their dedication to social justice and commitment to band together to defend the helpless brilliantly supports the ideals of the We Can Be Heroes campaign.  The hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is something we can reverse if we all work together.  I’m proud and grateful we’re able to harness the power and standing of the DC Comics brand and iconic characters as well as for the support from both Warner Bros. and Time Warner that has allowed us to pursue this unprecedented initiative.”
“This is a tragic situation affecting millions and millions of people.  Everyone has the ability to be a part of the solution and efforts such as We Can Be Heroes help bring us closer to that goal,” said Dr. Jill Biden, who visited refugees in Kenya in August and has worked to raise awareness of the crisis.  “I commend the efforts of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and other organizations who are using their global reach to help raise awareness of the crisis.”
For more information on We Can Be Heroes, visit www.WeCanBeHeroes.org.  For more information on the campaign’s partner organizations, visit their websites: www.savethechildren.org (Save the Children); www.rescue.org (International Rescue Committee) and www.mercycorps.org (Mercy Corps).
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About DC Entertainment: 
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Choice Quotes

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Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1

Logan – Rwanda to the west.  Genocide, corruptions, journalists being disappeared.  Burundi to the southwest.  Civil war, child soldiers, one of the poorest countries on Earth.  Uganda to the north.  A million-and-a-half people are refugees in their own country, the army abducts little girls for “wives.”  Tanzania to the east.  Massive drugs gateway, one in ten people have HIV.


Logan – African heads o’ state are all the same.  Put ’em in power and they all go nuts.

Emma Frost – Nelson Mandela?

Logan – Lemme tell you something about Nelson Mandela.  He ran a guerilla war — which means he ran kill teams.  Civilians died.  What do they call that kind o’person in the United States, kid?

Hisako – … a terrorist?

Logan – Don’t sound so surprised.  I mean, give the man credit, he copped to it himself.  “I do not deny that I planned sabotage.  I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation.”  Ain’t no saints in Africa, is all I’m saying.  Know how he got caught in the end?

Hisako – No, but you’re going to tell me…

Logan – The C.I.A. told the South African security forces where he was.


Ororo – Robert Mugabe.  “Let me be a Hitler tenfold,” he said, and then he actually grew himself a Hitler mustache.

New Mutants #13

Hank- And that’s the problem with faith… the stronger it gets the more people tend to die.

Siege #4

Steve Rogers – I want you people to promise me Osborn pays for his crimes.  In an American court.  He pays.  He goes to jail for this.

Simpsons Fan? Now’s the Time to Support Craft Village

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A stone bust of Mr. Burns stares at me every day peaking over my television and hanging out with my tiki statue.  A unique addition to my Simpsons memorabilia, the unique soap stone sculpture was purchased from the previously covered Craft Village.

Craft Village is an interesting way to fight poverty that plagues African families and particularly artisans who reside there by allowing them to support themselves through the arts.

Craft Village is a unique Fair Trade business with no religious or political affiliations.

We harness the popularity of animation and film to improve the lives of African artisans and their families.

We are a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Enjoy your visit to our website!

They are now running contests, deals and free shipping to the US, GB and EU.  Along with discounts if you purchase four statues (20%) or all 12 (30%) there’s a scavenger hunt to find a code hidden on the website.  If you find it you’ll be able to get a free statue with your order.

For those that love the Simpsons, busts or supporting a great cause you should definitely check it out.

Simpsons Soap Stone Carvings

Mr. Burns Soap Stone CarvingThis is very round-about when it comes to comic books but I came across this from Jon Favreau’s Twitter account (the one directing Iron Man, comic connection #1) and is about the Simpsons (who have appeared in comic form, connection #2).

Craft Village is selling soap stone carvings of Simpsons characters.  From their website:

Craft Village is a unique Fair Trade business with no religious or political affiliations.

We harness the popularity of animation and film to improve the lives of African artisans and their families.

We are a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Enjoy your visit to our website!

Craft Village is a wonderful program to help those in economically disadvantaged countries support themselves through the arts.  It helps provide African artisans a world wide audience and promotes “fair wages, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

Craft Village UK work directly with craftspeople in poor countries, developing sustainable, copyright protected, animation inspired products.

We believe the popularity of famous cartoons can be harnessed to improve the working and living conditions of African artisans and their families

Krusty the Clown Soap Stone CarvingWe’re proud to supply Simpsons fans with high quality animation art, whilst having a positive impact in Kenya.

Our debut Simpsons range comes with bespoke packaging and an educational booklet showing who makes the statues, how they are made, and where.

It’s goal is to improve the working and living conditions of the craftspeople and their families.

I placed my order recently and within a week I received my bust of Mr. Burns.  The package is wonderful and both it and the bust are of the highest quality.  It’s a very unique item and benefits a great cause.

Choice Quotes

Dark X-Men #2

Michael Pointer – This blood on my hands is mine to clean.  You’d just replace it with the blood of your enemies.

Norman Osborn – Michael… let us be clear about something.  There will always be blood.  This is the world we live in.  The question is, whose blood will it be?


Norman Osborn – You may ask why I want you.  I really like your war.  I’d like to be able to say to the daylight side of the U.S. Government that my people are making major advances in the “War on Drugs.”  I’d like to show them that when one sets aside law and gives order it’s due — Then “wars” which were previously hypocritical gestures — can be fought for real and won.

Unknown Soldier #10

Moses – But what is it exactly you imagine you do here, for us?

Mrs. Wells – I, uh… I guess I drag the media to a place where it wouldn’t normally go, you know?  I take people who follow the most vapid aspects of my culture back home, and I force them to see me in the context of the world.

Moses – Sounds like performance art to me.

Mrs. Wells –  Well, that implies this is all some fiction.  But it isn’t, is it?  Don’t get me wrong.  I also want to understand.  To talk.  To learn… to educate.

Moses – To be honest, Mrs. Wells, I think you push bad PR for a continent that has a PR problem to begin with —


Moses – Rich people drinking and throwing money at the problem?  Aid just keeps pouring into the continent and social conditions get worse and worse and nothing ever changes!

Soldier – Sir, I need you to calm down.

Mrs. Wells – Jack, relax, okay?  I’m willing to have a conversation with you, but…

Moses – Investment in our markets! Honest trade with the outside world! Micro-loan agencies! Stable banks! Leaders who give a fuck! That’s what we need!

Soldier – Back it up right now!

Moses – We need the world to stop stealing from us with one hand and giving back crumbs with the other!


Moses – How can you empower an African child!?  With photographs?  By adopting them?  The answer is you can’t!  They need Africans to look up to!!

Choice Quotes

Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Star Lord – We don’t do this!  We don’t threaten lives!  You just crossed a line Phyla-vell!  You just took away any moral authority we had when we walked in here!

Unknown Soldier #8

GUSCO Staffer – Here you are a human being, Paul.  Not a soldier, not a symbol… only a young man… and you will never, ever be asked to die for an idea again.


Dr. Lwanga – All those I have admired, including my Lord and Savior, have held true to this idea… that a human life is at its greatest when it is given as an engine for change.

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