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SDCC 2016: Valiant and CBLDF Reveal Faith #1 SDCC Liberty Variant by Acclaimed Artist Ronald Wimberly

Valiant is supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) with the Faith #1 SDCC Liberty Variant – a limited edition release of the FIRST ISSUE of Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s history-making ongoing series! Featuring a brand-new cover by Glyph Comics Award-winning artist Ronald Wimberly, the Faith #1 SDCC Liberty Variant will debut on Wednesday, July 20th exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con and will be limited to 1,000 copies.

Written by rising star Jody Houser with artwork by Harvey Award nominee Pere Perez and Russ Manning Award nominee Marguerite Sauvage – plus a special guest appearance by Eisner Award winner and comics icon Colleen Doran – this exclusive edition of Faith #1‘s much-anticipated 48-page debut features Wimberly’s first-ever cover artwork for Valiant Entertainment and continues the ascendent hero’s adventures from the pages of her five-time sold-out limited series and into a much anticipated monthly series. From The New York Times and The Atlantic to The Guardian and The Huffington Post to Today and People, find out why Faith is the singular hero grabbing the spotlight worldwide – and why her first ongoing series is already making waves as the most successful superhero debut of 2016 from any independent publisher in comics today!

In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters and, even worse, celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence – like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe…and could they be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless?

Series writer Jody Houser will appear at the CBLDF’s booth (#1918) for two signings during Comic-Con International 2016. The first, on Thursday, July 21st, will begin at 12:30 pm PT sharp; the second, on Saturday, July 23rd, will begin at 1 pm PT sharp.


Around the Tubes

cbldfThe weekend is over and we’re starting to get ready for San Diego Comic-Con next month! What do you all expect for the convention? Sound off in the comments below!

While you debate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – CBLDF Job Openings – Go work for an org that’s doing some good!

ICv2 – IDW Raising $4 million – Very interesting.

Heroclix – 2016 Heroclix World Championships Top 4 Builds – For those who want to know what heroes and villains work well together!

Newsarama – Los Bros Hernandez’s Love & Rockets Returns As Monthly Ongoing Series – Yay!!!

Newsarama – Michael Sheen To Write/Direct/Star In Green River Killer Adaptation – It’s a fantastic graphic novel. Read it before everyone else finds out about it!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

ICv2 – Faith: Hollywood Vine Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Service X Service Vol. 1

Talking Comics – She Wolf #1

Image Comics To Publish the CBLDF’s She Changed Comics

she changed comicsWomen have been making comics since the medium’s very beginning, but there’s an important story that hasn’t yet been told: how women changed free expression in comics. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will tell that story in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book coming out this October 2016 from Image Comics. She Changed Comics was a runaway success on Kickstarter last month, where backers funded the project in eight hours and supported several stretch goals, including teaching guides for middle school, high school, and higher education, as well as a nationwide teaching tour.

Covering female comics creators from the turn of the 20th century to present day, She Changed Comics will profile more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expression and expanded the comics artform. It will also examine the plights of women who have been persecuted for expressing themselves through cartoons and feature interviews with some of the most influential women working in comics today. The book will be illustrated throughout, with a professional index and links to additional resources, making it invaluable for educators and fans alike.She Changed Comics

will be an invaluable tool in CBLDF’s ongoing mission to educate people about the value of comics as art and literature.

Dynamite and Humble Bundle Team Up for the Essential Garth Ennis Bundle

As the world awaits the premiere of the adaptation of Garth Ennis‘ seminal Vertigo series, Preacher, on AMC, Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of the acclaimed writer’s work at the publisher. The Essential Garth Ennis Humble Bundle features over 130 issues’ worth of trademark Ennis grit will run through Wednesday, May 25th.

Garth Ennis’ Dynamite series, The Boys, has been a fan favorite since it first appeared ten years ago. Also recently announced as being set for television adaptation, The Boys was the first of many series by one of comics’ biggest name writers at the publisher, along with current series like A Train Called Love and Red Team. Now, Dynamite Entertainment offers fans an exclusive opportunity to pick up a massive collection of comics and graphic novels by this fan-favorite creator.

Part of the proceeds from the Essential Garth Ennis Humble Bundle promotion will contribute 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.

The “Pay What You Want” model offers readers the chance to unlock over 130 comics (collected in 22 dense volumes) — a total of over 3,400 pages of content!

The core will give comics fans access to:

  • The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game
  • The Boys Vol. 2: Get Some
  • The Boys Vol. 3: Good for the Soul
  • The Boys Vol. 4: We Gotta Go Now
  • Battlefields Vol. 1: The Night Witches
  • Battlefields Vol. 2: Dear Billy

For those who pay more than the average price at time of purchase will also unlock all of the above PLUS:

  • The Boys Vol. 5: Herogasm
  • The Boys Vol. 6: The Self-Preservation Society
  • The Boys Vol. 7: The Innocents
  • The Boys Vol. 8: Highland Laddie
  • Battlefields Vol. 3: The Tankies
  • Battlefields Vol. 4: Happy Valley
  • Battlefields Vol. 5: The Firefly and His Majesty
  • Jennifer Blood Vol. 1: A Woman’s Work is Never Done
  • The Shadow Vol. 1: The Fire of Creation

$15 or more will get you all of the above PLUS:

  • The Boys Vol. 9: The Big Ride
  • The Boys Vol. 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker
  • The Boys Vol. 11: Over the Hill With the Swords of A Thousand Men
  • The Boys Vol. 12: The Bloody Doors Off
  • Battlefields Vol. 6: Motherland
  • Battlefields Vol. 7: The Green Fields Beyond
  • Battlefields Vol. 8: The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova

Visit today to start your collection of Dynamite’s Garth Ennis library!

Dynamite, Image, IDW, Oni, Groupees Bundle for Charity

Four of the leading independent comic book publishers have come together with Groupees to offer fans a low cost entry into the world of original storytelling from some of the leading names in graphic fiction!

This cross-publisher pay what you want “Bundle of Independents” features approximately $300 worth of books from Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Oni Press, and Dynamite Entertainment, by some of the industry’s greatest creators from Garth Ennis, Greg Rucka, Duane Swierczynski, Andy Diggle, Howard Chaykin, Peter Milligan, Andy Diggle, Jim Starlin, Jae Lee, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Tim Seeley, Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Brian Wood, Rick Remender, Joe Hill, Sam Keith, Charles Soule, Cullen Bunn, and more!

The first tier is unlocked with a $5.00 minimum contribution, while a $12.00 minimum minimum offers fans an additional batch of graphic novels, with even more available with a $25.00 or more contribution. The more fans contribute, the more it allows publishers and creators to continue to release cool comics.

The $5.00 Tier includes 8 comics and collections, valued at an approximately $70 value:

  • The Boys Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (Image)
  • Ciudad by Joe and Anthony Russo, Ande Parks and Fernando Leon Gonzalez (Oni Press)
  • The Fuse Vol. 1 by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood (Image)
  • The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • A Boy and a Girl by Jamie S. Rich and Natalie Nourigat (Oni Press)
  • Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
  • Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

The $12.00 Tier features an additional 11 comics and collections, valued at approximately $100:

  • Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Shutter Vol. 1 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca (Image)
  • Saga Vol. 1 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
  • Wasteland Vol. 1 by Antony Johnston and Christopher S. Mitten (Oni Press)
  • Devolution #1 and #2 by Rick Remender and Jonathan Wayshak (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith (IDW)
  • The Living Corpse Vol. 1 by Ken Haeser and Buz Hassan (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Stumptown Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth (Oni Press)
  • Uncanny Vol. 1 by Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell (Dynamite)
  • American Flagg! Vol. 1 by Howard Chaykin (Dynamite Entertainment)

The $25.00 Tier features even more – 16 additional graphic novels, at an approximate value of $135:

  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Ragnarok Vol. 1 by Walter Simonson (IDW)
  • Deadly Class Vol. 1 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge (Image)
  • Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)
  • Starve Vol. 1 by Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj (Image)
  • Letter 44 Vol. 1 by Charles Soule and Drew Moss (Oni Press)
  • Sixth Gun Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (Oni Press)
  • Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press)
  • Ex-Con by Duane Swierczynski and Keith Burns (Dynamite)
  • Dreadstar Vol. 1 by Jim Starlin (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Complete Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood (IDW)
  • Morning Glories Vol. 1 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Image)
  • Low Vol. 1 by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini (Image)
  • Ghost Projekt by Joe Hill and Steve Ralston (Oni Press)
  • Danger Girl Deluxe by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell (IDW)
  • Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures by Various (IDW)

As tiers unlock, the following collections will be added to the bundles:

  • Locke & Key Vol. 2 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Parker: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
  • Hellshock Vol. 1 by Jae Lee (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Bunker Vol. 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari (Oni Press)
  • Terminal Hero (Dynamite)
  • Hellbreak Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Churilla (Oni Press)

Group bonuses will continue to be unlocked throughout the promotion, giving fans the chance to earn even more great graphic novels. A percentage of proceeds will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help continue their efforts of protecting first amendment rights in the comic book industry.

Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones at Groupees to Benefit the CBLDF

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Groupees will host the all-new “Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones” comic book bundle promotion, allowing fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 30 digital Dynamite comics with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry’s most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The bundle promotion begins today, Thursday, April 21st, and runs through Wednesday, May 4th.

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide, with a minimum contribution of $5.00. The full retail value of this bundle’s digital content — including work from such fan-favorite fantasy creators as George R.R. Martin, Sam Raimi, Marguerite Bennett, Ron Marz, and more — would be over $65.00 if purchased individually, but the Groupees “Pay What You Want” model allows Swords-and-Sorcery enthusiasts to pick up high-quality stories for a fraction of that price.

The “Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones” bundle includes the following digital comic books:

  • Adventures of Red Sonja #1-7, by Bruce Jones, Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Esteban Maroto, Dick Giordano, and Frank Thorne
  • Army of Darkness: The Movie Adaptation #1-3, by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and John Bolton
  • Blood Queen #1-6, by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
  • A Game Of Thrones #3-4, by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, and Tommy Patterson
  • John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7-14, by Ron Marz, Ian Edgington, and Ariel Medel
  • Pathfinder: Origins #1-3, by Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, F. Wesley Schneider, Tom Garcia, and Kevin Stokes
  • Red Sonja (Vol. 3) #1-2, by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke

Part of the proceeds from the “Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones” bundle will contribute 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.

Dynamite Launches Latest Charity Bundle

Want to enjoy holiday cheer AND some great comics!? Dynamite Entertainment is once again teaming up with StoryBundle to host an all-new comic book and graphic novel promotion hosting over 2,500 pages of horror and fantasy-inspired stories! The “Pay What You Want” model lets readers pay as little as $5, with a portion of the proceeds contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Saved Whiskers Animal Rescue. The more YOU give, the more THEY receive! YOU’LL receive MORE as well, with bonus comics unlocked at the $15 and $20 thresholds!

StoryBundle is offering a fixed set of Dynamite comics featuring iconic characters ranging from Vampirella to Herbert West, Evil Ernie and more in each bundle, but available ONLY till Thursday December 31st! With over 2,500 total pages available, this promotion has something for both longtime fans and newcomers, all empowered to decide how much they want to pay for awesome graphic fiction.

The first tier of the all-new Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked with a minimum purchase of $5, includes the following graphic novels:

  • Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight #1
  • Evil Ernie Vol 2: The Rise Of Evil Ernie
  • Raise The Dead #1-4
  • Dark Shadows #10 – 15
  • Vampirella Vol 3: Throne Of Skulls

The second tier of the Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked upon reaching a $15.00 threshold, includes the following collected editions, increasing the total page count to over:

  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Vol 1
  • Lady Demon #1-4
  • Super Zombies #1-5
  • Alice Cooper Vol 1: Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Dead Irons

The third tier of the Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked upon reaching a $20.00 threshold, includes the following collected editions, increasing the total page count to over 2,500:

  • Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation
  • Game Of Thrones #1-4
  • Purgatori #1-5
  • Reanimator #1-4
  • Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 2
  • Cryptozoic Man Vol 1: Decapitation Strike
  • Living Corpse Omnibus
  • Dean Koontz’s Fear Nothing

Before the End of Year, Support the CBLDF

cbldfAll year round, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) works hard to protect the right to read. This year saw the most attacks on the freedom to read comics in a generation, including calls to ban graphic novels in schools and libraries, threatened legal actions, and unconstitutional legislation that endangers the rights of readers, creators, and retailers. CBLDF responded to all of these threats with timely direct assistance, expert legal action, and a deep, prevention-minded education program.

The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of their annual budget in the year-end gifts from supporters like you. If you are still finalizing your charitable giving plans, 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.

They can only do their important work because of the generosity of supporters.

They had a very busy 2015.

CBLDF does all of this work — and more — with a small dedicated staff.

One of the best ways you can support our work is by becoming a member today!

Around the Tubes

Days are counting down until a new year, but we still have one more new comic book day! We have our picks in a few hours, but are there any you’re excited for?

While you await for that, here’s some news from around the web to keep you entertained.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – 10 Comics CBLDF Defended in 2015 – Go support them!

Advocate – Steve Orlando Isn’t Waiting for Gay Heroes, He’s Creating Them – And you should read what he’s doing!

GamePolitics – FTC Closes 2015 With No New Secret Shopper Report – Maybe because everyone realized they were doing a good job?


Around the Tubes

CBR – Chew #53

CBR – Daredevil #2

Talking Comics – King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1

Talking Comics – Rocketeer at War #1

BlogCritics – Zombillenium: Control Freaks

Support the CBLDF, Reading With Pictures, and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesdayThe holiday season us upon us and the end of the year is coming soon, and that means it’s the second year of #GivingTuesday, highlighting charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible). December is usually the most important fundraising month for charities. Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Reading With Pictures, and the Hero Initiative.

The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of their annual budget in the year-end gifts from supporters like you. If you are still finalizing your charitable giving plans, 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.

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.

Donate any amount, and receive a special #GivingTuesday edition of CBLDF’s podcast featuring a vintage 1980s interview between Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, discussing creativity, free expression, and the power of comics! All donors who contribute by 12:00 a.m. PST today will receive this very special item!

There’s a whole bunch of cool incentives based on your giving level. You can find out more about what the CBLDF has done this past year and make a contribution today.

Reading With Pictures has become a major player in the field of visual literacy. This year they have:

  • Launch Comics Uniting Nations, a global initative that has already reached thousands around the world
  • Spread the word of comic book literacy to teachers and children around the world
  • Joined the Literacenter, Chicago’s dedicated space for literacy
  • Presented at San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and many more!

You can contribute to Reading With Pictures here.

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 $700,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who helped build the industry in to what it is today. Their own website sums it up the best.

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.

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