The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been named as the “Featured Charity” for February at Humble Bundle, allowing fans of comics, books, and video games to contribute to make an impact for CBLDF’s important work protecting the freedom to read! Humble Bundle sells a variety of digital content, raising money for charity with every type of product sold. This month, CBLDF will be featured alongside their bundles for fans of gaming, books, and comics!
Humble Bundle helps raise funds for charity through everything it sells. The platform allows individuals to purchase groupings of games, comics, ebooks, and more at great prices allowing buyers to split their purchases between the publisher, platform, and charity in percentages they choose.
Humble Bundle’s community had contributed an incredible US $143 million to charity.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
As they prepare for their 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That’s right, this is their biggest bundle ever!
Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.
Humble Bundle’s “Pay What You Want” structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues – adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270!
Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of Red Sonja #1 from Mark Russell and Mirko Colak and Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep from Scott Duvall and Vincenzo Federici.
Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!
$1 Tier For way less than a cup o’ Joe, fans can come away with an impressive stash!
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Volume 1
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Volume 2
Vampirella: Masters Series Volume 1
Bettie Page Vol 2 #1 (NEW!)
Battlestar Galactica Classic Volume 1
Battlestar Galactica Classic Volume 2
Chaos: Highway to Hell
The Twilight Zone Volume 1
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle
That’s over 50 issues, almost 1,500 pages and savings of over 99% on a regular value of over $200!!!
$8 Tier Bump it up to just a bit and the avalanche of classic comics continues!
Vampirella Masters Series Volume 2-4
The Lone Ranger Vol 3 #1-3 (NEW!)
Nancy Drew #1-5 (NEW!)
Battlestar Galactica Volume 1
Battlestar Galactica Volume 2
Battlestar Galactica Volume 3
Project Superpowers: Blackcross
Game of Thrones #1-4
Ash vs the Army of Darkness (NEW!)
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 1 (NEW!)
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 1
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 2
American Flagg Definitive Edition
Count with me…that’s 90 more comic books, 2,400+ pages and 98% off of $347! Now with everything combined that’s almost 150 comics across almost 4,000 pages – you would normally pay over $550 for all this loot!
$15 Tier Not even doubling the previous tier, but the comics are going through the roof! If these were physical comics you might be drowning!
Elvira #1-3 (NEW!)
Tales of Army of Darkness (Robert Kirkman!)
Red Sonja Volume 1: Queen of Plagues
Red Sonja Volume 2: The Art of Blood and Fire
Red Sonja Volume 3: The Forgiving of Monsters
Swords of Sorrow Omnibus
Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation
The Boys Volume 1: The Name of the Game
The Boys Volume 2: Get Some
The Boys Volume 3: Good for the Soul
Vampirella: Masters Series Volume 5-8
Green Hornet Volume 1: Bully Pulpit
Green Hornet Volume 2: Birth of a Villain
Bob’s Burgers Volume 1
Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare
Barbarella Volume 1: Red Hot Gospel (NEW!)
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Returns
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 1
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 2
John Carter: The End (NEW!)
Here comes the big treasure chest! Over 175 MORE issues and almost 4,400 pages! Which you would normally pay a whopping $570+ for! Wow! Everything so far is over 300 issues, over 8,000 pages, and well over $1,000 in savings! You would have to be insane to pass up this deal!
Throw on just another three bucks, and still under 20 is the $18 tier with these bountiful bonuses!
John Wick #1-3 (NEW!)
The Undisputed Street Fighter
The Art of Atari
Skin & Earth by LIGHTS
Swords of the Swashbucklers
The perfect cherry on top! This gets your total haul to almost 10,000 pages of high quality comic book and art book goodness! Well over 98% savings on this bundle!
It’s a new week and we’re coming close to the end of the year and have three new comic films all out this week, which feels amazing. Which do you all plan on seeing? What are you excited about? Sound off below.
The holiday season us upon us and the end of the year is coming soon, and that means it’s #GivingTuesday, a day which highlights charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible).
Graphic Policy is asking you to support two worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) 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. You can read their 2018 annual report now and see why they’re important.
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 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.
Starting today on October 16th, hundreds of Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles – from inspiring creators like Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Paolo Rivera, Jody Houser, Robert Gill, Roberto de la Torre, and many more – will be available for purchase on the Groupees website for the next two weeks at pay-what-you-want prices! A portion of the proceeds from all sales will support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the First Amendment rights of the people who make, read, sell, and teach comics.
Customers can pay a minimum of $5 or more to unlock the ORIGINS tier of comics which includes Volume 1 trades of Faith, Bloodshot (2012), Harbinger, Unity, and Shadowman (2012), plus The Valiant and Book of Death!
Paying at the $10 ESSENTIALS tier level will unlock another new crop of critically acclaimed first volumes and single issues, including Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar (2017), Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage, Secret Weapons #0, Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1, and more – plus everything unlocked in the ORIGINS tier for a combined retail value of $172!
At the next level, customers can unlock the VALIANT tier for a minimum of $20 and obtain entire runs of Faith, Harbinger, Unity, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, and much more – plus everything from the ORIGINS and ESSENTIALS tier, for a combined value of $526!
And then, for $500 at THE UNIVERSE tier, fans can snag a full set of Valiant’s entire digital comic collection – a $1,812 retail value for just over a third of the cost!
The highest contributor to the Groupees Bundle will receive a free VALIANT VIP PASS to New York Comic Con 2019 – including two NYCC badges, preferred seating at all of Valiant’s panel presentations throughout the weekend, a deluxe tour of Valiant Headquarters, and dinner with members of Valiant’s hardworking and talented staff! (Travel and lodging costs are not included.)
PLUS: As more bundles are sold, the campaign will also feature surprise bonus STRETCH GOALS that unlock even more free content for contributors at every single level!
The Valiant Universe Groupees Bundle will run for two weeks and ends on October 30th!
Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta, Grace Ellis, Pornsak Pichetshote, Charles Soule, and Skottie Young.
Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 23rd-29th. Each Image Comics Library Livestream will be a freewheeling discussion on creativity, freedom of expression, and the power of storytelling that library patrons around the world will be able to enjoy.
IMAGE COMICS LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:
Presented by Image Comics with The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Image Comics Library Livestreams feature:
Pornsak Pichetshote – Tuesday, Sept. 25th
Nick Dragotta – Wednesday, Sept. 26th
Grace Ellis – Thursday, Sept. 27th
Charles Soule – Friday, Sept. 28th
Skottie Young – Saturday, Sept. 29th
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Simply visit the Image Comics Twitch page. All webinars will run from 7-8pm EST and will include a discussion between moderator and creator for 40-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A participation with the live audience. No registration is required to view these livestreams.
Last month, eleven members of the independent comics community and one publisher were served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.
Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Josh O’Neill, Tom Kaczynski, Hazel Newlevant, Emma Louthan, Ben Passmore, Emi Gennis, Jordan Shiveley, Morgan Pielli, and Rob Clough, as well as the indie comics publisher Uncivilized Books, all need our help to defend themselves against these charges!
SPX has established the Defend The 11 legal aid fund to help these members of our creative community in their time of need. SPX is organizing this fund in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which brings legal and fundraising experience to the effort.
Cases like this can be costly and drag out for years reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills. An amount of $20,000 was initially pledged to help with the defense and give these creators immediate access to legal representation. Most of that money has already been spent on legal bills.
SPX announced its intent to establish a legal aid fund in a September 1, 2018 joint statement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s new President, Christina Merkler. SPX’s annual comic arts festival takes place this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, those wishing to donate to the #Defendthe11 legal aid fund can do so in-person at the festival.
Small Press Expo has announced that it will immediately make available $20,000 and also launch a legal aid fundraising vehicle to support members of the SPX community who are currently facing a defamation lawsuit. The fundraising vehicle, administered by SPX, and created in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will be established for the purposes of defraying the cost of legal representation for the eleven members of the independent comics community named as defendants in the ongoing lawsuit.
SPX is seeding the immediately needed monies with a $10,000 donation. Additionally, SPX will forego its annual $10,000 donation it had planned to give to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for 2018, instead redirecting those resources–with the full encouragement of the CBLDF Board of Directors–to serve the legal defense of our community members in their moment of need. SPX has already made this initial $20,000 available to the defendants, to ensure their access to appropriate legal counsel as quickly as possible.
In the next few weeks, SPX will establish the ongoing legal aid fundraising vehicle for the public to help cover the costs of the defendants in this case. The CBLDF will continue to provide legal and fundraising consulting to the defendants in this case, as they have since becoming aware of the lawsuit.
The group of 11 defendants has put together a statement for this announcement:
“As artists, writers, art educators, comics critics, and small independent publishers, many of whom rely on freelance work to pay our bills, a lawsuit like this is going to put an enormous financial strain on all of us. Simply put, we can’t afford to fight this without help. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community, and are especially grateful for the generosity of SPX to provide us with financial assistance. We also appreciate efforts by the CBLDF and other institutions and individuals who have provided additional fundraising support and legal advice.”
“For many years, SPX has quietly extended financial support to cartoonists in need, but there is no being quiet about this case,” said Warren Bernard, Executive Director of the Small Press Expo. “Our community must come together in support of its members who are facing unprecedented challenges—and to defend the kind of community we wish to be. From the very beginning, our two organizations agreed that we must do whatever we can to help.”
“We came together on a solution that makes the best use of the strengths of each of our organizations to support the members of our community in fighting this lawsuit. The SPX special fund will help by providing immediate cash, a structure for raising more money if required, and continuing access to experts that will help those in need,” said Christina Merkler, President, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.