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Kodansha’s Isekai Humble Manga Bundle is Here!

Kodansha and Humble Bundle have teamed up once again to bring fans a bundle that’s from another world! Manga fans can get over $700 worth of exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt isekai manga during the Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha event, going on until August, 26, 2021.

The Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha offers 65 volumes totaling over $700 worth of series themed around one of the hottest genres in manga today, isekai! Series you can expect to be part of this bundle include recent fan-favorites, like The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon!, as well as spinoffs of classic isekai series like, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest, to rom-com isekai like, I Guess I Became the Mother of the Great Demon King’s 10 Children in Another World, as well as anime-inspiring isekai like, I’m Standing on a Million Lives.

Read ’em anywhere: All the manga featured as part of the Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha will be delivered digitally upon purchase in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices!

Support charity: For this Humble Bundle, Kodansha will be leveraging the purchasing power of each bundle – whether it’s at the $1 tier or the $25 to donate a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause! Choose where the money goes among Kodansha and the preselected charity, the BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation – an organization helping bookstore owners, booksellers, and comic store employees and owners with unforeseen emergency financial needs. Or you can also choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha

Zenescope Raises $10,000 For Independent Comic Shops

In March 2021, Zenescope Entertainment began working with comic book retailers across the country by utilizing the company’s fast-growing livestream events. This year, so far, Zenescope has raised and donated over $10,000 cumulatively through its “Retailer Livestreams” to continue its initiative of giving back to the comic book community.

Zenescope features a new store on every stream and donates 50% of all sales to that livestream’s featured comic shop. All products ship directly from the Zenescope warehouse, so there’s zero cost or risk to participating retailers.

Zenescope also recently partnered with Binc (Book Industry Charitable Foundation) for their “Survive to Thrive” campaign, to help reach their goal of $2 million in donations.

For any comic book retailers looking to be featured on an upcoming Zenescope Livestream, you can contact the company’s direct market sales rep, Jason Condeelis at jcondeelis@zenescope.com for more information.

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The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and Binc Come Together in Support of the “Survive to Thrive” Campaign

In celebration of the eleventh (or was it tenth?) epic anniversary of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) are coming together to bring fans of the cult classic comic series and Edgar Wright film an exclusive limited-edition T-shirt designed by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Binc to support their “Survive to Thrive” campaign, which provides monetary grants to comic book stores negatively impacted by the pandemic. “We are honored to be included in this major anniversary event. Bryan’s generosity will help comic shops across the country as they work to recover from the impact of the pandemic. We continue to be humbled by the comic community’s support and advocacy,” said Pam French, Binc Foundation executive director. From March through December 2020, Binc raised and distributed over $2.9M, helping more than 2,200 book and comic stores and more than 600 individuals.

Featuring Ramona Flowers against a black backdrop with her classic star bag, the T-shirt is available for $35 via the Oni Press webstore. Preorder the limited edition T-shirt now until 11:59 P.M. PT on May 19, 2021. The shirt will ship by August.

Garth Stein Invites Authors & Creators to Join Survive to Thrive

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Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and chair of Binc’s annual Author Leadership Circle Campaign, is inviting authors and comics creators to join him in donating to a pool of matching funds to drive the next stage of fundraising for the Survive to Thrive grant program. Authors and creators who donate by 5pm on April 23 will be recognized as part of the matching gift that will propel Survive to Thrive towards its goal of $2 million.

Authors and creators can join the matching pool by donating and being sure to click on the author/creator checkbox.

The first author to join in contributing to the matching pool is Amor Towles, the author of the New York Times best sellers A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility. His new novel, The Lincoln Highway, will be out October 5.

On March 30, Binc launched the Survive to Thrive campaign with generous corporate support from the publishing and bookselling communities, announcing the initiative had raised $1 million, half of its $2 million goal.

The Survive to Thrive grant program is open to independent bookstores and comic shops throughout the United States. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made via a juried review process designed to provide grants to stabilize stores and help them thrive. Depending on fundraising, the program will provide grants to as many as 200 brick-and-mortar bookstores and comic shops that have been able to adapt throughout the pandemic and have community-minded innovation plans going forward.

Binc plans to announce the Survive to Thrive expert review panel and the opening of applications shortly. Application reviews will take place in May, while the fundraising campaign continues, and grants will be announced and awarded in early June.

BINC Announces $2 million Survive to Thrive Initiative

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The Book Industry Charity Foundation (Binc) announced today the establishment of the Survive to Thrive bookstore grant program. Founded with initial support from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group, the program will quickly provide grants to independent bookstores and comic shops affected by COVID-19.

With a leading gift of $500k jointly from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group, $250k from Bookshop.org, and an additional $250k total from HachetteHarper CollinsMacmillan Publishers, and Penguin Random House, the Survive to Thrive initiative has raised the first million dollars of its $2 million goal.

The Survive to Thrive grant program will provide substantial support to as many as 200 brick-and-mortar bookstores and comic shops in the U.S. that have a strong foundation in their community but are facing financial challenges due to the impacts of the pandemic.

With $2 million, the Survive to Thrive initiative could make grants of up to $10,000 to 200 independent bookstores and comic shops.

Grants will be made via a juried review process designed to provide grants to stabilize stores and help them thrive, retaining the many and varied benefits local bookstores and comic shops provide to their communities. The Survive to Thrive jury of reviewers will be made of industry leaders who love book and comic shops and have the knowledge and expertise to review the grant applications. The Survive to Thrive applications are expected to open in mid-April, with grants to be distributed in early June.

Survive to Thrive is relying on industry and community support. All gifts to Binc in support of the Survive to Thrive grant program will make a difference for independent bookstores and comic shops that, with some help, can continue to be vital Main Street anchors, community gathering spots, and the backbone of the book and comics industries. Visit to donate today.

In 2020, Binc distributed $2.9 million to help more than 2,200 bookstores, comic shops, and individual store owners and employees. In 8 weeks beginning in late March 2020, Binc distributed more aid than in the prior 8 years combined.

Applications Open March 3 for Binc Foundation 2021 Higher Education Scholarship Program

Applications will be accepted from March 3rd through April 15th, 2021 for the Binc Foundation’s annual higher education scholarship program. The 2021 scholarship program supports bookstore and comic book shop owners and employees, and former Borders Group employees by helping their dependents, spouses, and partners pursue their higher education goals. Binc will again this year award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of bookstore and comic shop employees and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an independent bookstore or comic book shop employee who has overcome a learning adversity or is a nontraditional student.

Binc’s Scholarship Program seeks to make a lasting impact in the lives of bookstore and comic book shop employees and former Borders Group employees by offering scholarships to their dependents and spouses/partners based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement. These scholarships can help make a college education more affordable for families. Scholarships are offered for full or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The program will again be administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic achievement and leadership capabilities (including participation in school and community activities) as well as work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

Since 2001, the Binc Foundation has supported the educational goals of over 720 students, awarding $1.94 million dollars in higher education scholarships. Now in its twentieth year, the scholarship program continues to focus on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore and comic book shop employees, owners, and their families.

Applications must be completed by 3:00 PM Central time on April 15, 2021.

Kuo-Yu Liang Joins the BINC Board while Kera Yonker Joins as Development Coordinator

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

As the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation kicks off their 25th anniversary year, they welcome Kuo-Yu Liang as a new Board member. Kuo-Yu has spent 30+ years in the books and comics business. His first job out of school was at Central Park Bookstore in San Mateo, CA. From there the journey took him to publishing (Random House), distribution (Diamond Comics), events (BookExpo and New York Comic Con). He has served on various advisory boards (including Bertelsmann, Lucasfilm, and Shelf Awareness) and is the founder of a pop culture publishing consultancy, Ku Worldwide. Originally from Taiwan, he now lives in Seattle.

Jen Reynolds and Lori Tucker-Sullivan are both board members who will be stepping down from their positions. Jen is a national accounts manager for W. W. Norton. She has worked in bookselling and publishing for 25 years, including at Joseph-Beth/Davis-Kidd Booksellers, PGW/Perseus, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She served on the advisory council of the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance and on the boards of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Friends of Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University. She is especially known among our Board for her advocacy and strong showing in Binc’s annual year-end fundraising campaign.

Lori Tucker-Sullivan is an author and a program manager for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Wayne State University. She was previously executive director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, Inc. Lori served seven years as Board president, spending this final year on the Board as immediate past-president. Binc thanks Lori for her long service and deft counsel as the Foundation has grown in the past eight years in its mission of serving booksellers and comic retailers across the country.

Binc also welcomes Kera Yonker as development coordinator. Kera joined Binc in November, just in time to play a key role in their record-setting year-end campaign, which raised more than $160,000. Kera began her career as a bookseller at Green Apple Books & Music in San Francisco. She has since worked in sales and marketing for a number of publishers and distributors including PGW, Oxford University Press, and Perseus Books Group. Before joining the Binc Foundation, she combined her passions for writing and bookselling as a freelance book editor and marketer.

Get Your Last Minute Donations in and Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative Before the End of the Year

With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or those impacted by the pandemic you have a few days to get your last-minute donations in before the end of the year. We have some handy comic focused charities, though there’s many more you can give to that are very worthy as well. Sound off in the comments with those you donate to!

Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

The organization has pivoted to help booksellers and comic shops during the current pandemic.

Binc’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. Binc is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

All year-round, the CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Their efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers.

The organization has pivoted in the current period by becoming a resource for comic shops and creators in need of support, new ideas, or relief. They’ve become an invaluable one-stop shop to disseminate information to help the industry.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, we ask you to please consider their worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given. Please help CBLDF continue their important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution. You can read their 2019 annual report now and see why they’re important.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative helps comic creators in need. Formed in 2000, the organization is a safety net for comic creators in need. The organization became a not-for-profit in 2001 and has since granted over $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

You can help them out and contribute today, and if you can’t give money, there’s affiliate links on their website which they will receive a portion.


Please donate so these three worthy organizations can continue their good works. If you have more suggestions of comic-related non-profits that people can donate to, sound off in the comments below.

Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

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With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or impacted by the pandemic, a special #GivingTuesday is taking place today! #GivingTuesday is a day that highlights charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible).

Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

The organization has pivoted to help booksellers and comic shops during the current pandemic.

Binc’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. Binc is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

All year-round, the CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Their efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers.

The organization has pivoted in the current period by becoming a resource for comic shops and creators in need of support, new ideas, or relief. They’ve become an invaluable one-stop shop to disseminate information to help the industry.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, we ask you to please consider their worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given. Please help CBLDF continue their important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution. You can read their 2019 annual report now and see why they’re important.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative helps comic creators in need. Formed in 2000, the organization is a safety net for comic creators in need. The organization became a not-for-profit in 2001 and has since granted over $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

You can help them out and contribute today, and if you can’t give money, there’s affiliate links on their website which they will receive a portion.


Please donate so these three worthy organizations can continue their good works. If you have more suggestions of comic-related non-profits that people can donate to, sound off in the comments below.

Comic Veterans are Uniting for the “Give Comics Hope” Fundraiser

Give Comics Hope is a new charitable initiative and has put out a call for public donations alongside high value, unique items donated by industry professionals to support two upcoming charitable auctions. The initiative was created by and headed by comic book industry veteran Bill Schanes and designed for all members of our community to rally together to provide vital aid to comic book stores, the heart, and the roots of our vibrant comic book community.

Give Comics Hope is an ambitious charitable initiative created in response to the financial impact created by the current global health crisis on the pivotal small businesses at the center of the comic book industry – comic book shops. Created by and spearheaded by former Vice President of Purchasing of Diamond Comic Distributors and co-founder of Pacific Comics, Bill Schanes, Give Comics Hope is supported by a group of current and former comic book industry professionals, who have all donated their time and resources to initially bring two auction initiatives to life.
 
Give Comics Hope’s initial charitable efforts will be focused on two auctions designed to raise an initial slate of funds to be distributed to comic book stores in early 2021. Give Comics Hope is calling on publishers, creators, retailers, fans, convention organizations, printers, media, and indeed every member of the community to unite together and give back to comic book shops by donating premium collectibles from their personal collections to two upcoming charitable auctions. 

The first auction will be conducted by Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, for all received donations with an estimated value of $500 or more to take place between Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The initial auction will include donations from industry insiders including cover art from The Walking Dead donated by Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman, paintings by legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz, Star Wars original art by award-winning artist P. Craig Russell, original art from New Mutants #88 by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, original art from X-Factor #55 and Amazing Spider-Man #326 signed by New York Times bestselling artist Colleen Doran, Excalibur #125 original art signed by Dave Hoover, and many, many more. Public donations for the first auction are due by Friday, October 2, 2020.

The second auction will be conducted by Jesse James Comics/Comic Book Shopping Network in partnership with eBay. All public donations with an estimated value of $499 or less will be offered through public auctions and “Buy It Now” opportunities on eBay between Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and Friday, December 11, 2020. Public donations for the second auction are due by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Give Comics Hope has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting comic retailers and booksellers, to oversee the management and disbursement of the funds raised by Give Comics Hope. The initiative will take no organizational fees, and will only deduct any actual, direct costs incurred from the funds raised. Since its inception, Binc has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book and comic industries. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the book and comic industries came together in an extraordinary way allowing Binc to help 2,191 booksellers, comic retailers, and stores with $2.7 million in urgently needed assistance.

The Give Comics Hope logo was created by Craig Yoe of Yoe Studio. The Give Comics Hope website was designed and is managed by Gary Smith of AtPlay Creative.

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