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IDW Founder & CEO Ted Adams Joins the CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights, has announced that Ted Adams has joined its Board of Directors. As founder and CEO of IDW Media Holdings, Adams oversees one of the nation’s leading comics publishing brands whose dedication to developing new readers, preserving comics history, and providing avenues for important creative voices to flourish aligns with CBLDF’s important work of protecting the freedom to read comics.

Adams’s addition to the CBLDF Board of Directors bolsters the organization’s efforts to protect First Amendment rights of readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. Adams joins creators Reginald Hudlin, the iconic writer, producer and director behind films including Marshall, Django Unchained and the Black Panther animated series; three-time Newbery honoree Jennifer L. Holm; celebrated comics authors and executives Paul Levitz and Larry Marder; Bone creator Jeff Smith; as well as industry leaders Jeff Abraham, president of Penguin Random House Publisher Services; legendary IP litigator Dale Cendali, a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp; Sequential Tart founder Katherine Keller; DCBS Service co-owner Christina Merkler, and Chris Powell, VP Retailer Services at Diamond Comics Distributors, in serving on the Fund’s Board in direct oversight of its activities protecting the freedom to read.

For more than thirty years, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of comics field and developed powerful education efforts in the service of the community. In 2017, CBLDF responded to more than thirty censorship cases while developing important resources including Panel Power – a handbook for parents about the value of comics in encouraging literacy. In 2018, the Fund will maintain its readiness in legal emergencies, while developing new programs, including Retailer Rights Workshops, a touring series of training events for comic store staff that illuminates the law and best practices for protecting the right to sell creative content.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you interested in? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Wrap – Vin Diesel in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ Movie – This could be huge for the comic publisher.

CBLDF – Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art! – Go! Get a membership!

CBR – Deadpool 2 Will Not Replace TJ Miller As Weasel – Remember this when the film comes out.

 

Reviews

AIPT! – Bingo Love

The Beat – The Legend of Pinky Book 1

ICv2 – Sparks!

Comic Charities May Have a Rough 2018. So Donate!

With the end of the year around the corner charitable donations are on some individuals’ minds to take advantage of last minute tax deductions. Charity donations in December account for 31% of giving for the year with 12% of giving occurring in the last three days. 28% of nonprofits raise between 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask. It’s a pretty big deal.

In the new year, things may change due to the recent Republican tax reform that impacts every American.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will absolutely impact behaviors of Americans, rewarding some and penalizing others. Unfortunately, it may be nonprofits and charities that may be penalized.

It’s estimated that the tax law will drain $16 billion to $24 billion a year from the nonprofit sector.

The issue is that while deductibility of charitable contributions still exists the incentive decreases. While many give from their heart, that’s just not the case for all.

The law raises the standard deduction which decreases the need to itemize. No need to itemize, no need for that tax deduction to charity. You can only deduct donations if you itemize. Fewer deductions, fewer donations is the logic.

Numerous charities that impact the comic industry need your help and you can still donate in 2017 for deductions on your taxes filed next year.

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 2017 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.

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.

Of course, you can always continue to donate because it’s the right thing to do too.

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The weekend is almost here, the last of the year! What are folks doing? Any geek themed New Years parties? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the day to be over and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Kirkman’s Oblivion Song leads advance reorders for March; Comichron pages for December, January added – For those that enjoy the horse race.

CBLDF – 2017: CBLDF Takes Legal Action – Find out what they did in 2017.

 

Reviews

Comic Book Bin – Helena Crash Vol. 1

Newsarama – Phoenix Resurrection #1

Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Gets One Second Printing to Benefit the CBLDF

Valiant is proud to announce that Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano – has sold out at the distributor level in advance of its upcoming Wednesday, December 20th release date and will soon return to store shelves with a special, highly limited Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Second Printing!

…So limited, in fact, that we’re only printing ONE COPY and immediately going back to press for the Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Third Printing!

Yes, you read that right: To officiate the imminent return of the world’s worst superhero team to comic shops everywhere, Valiant will be producing a single-copy second printing of its newest monthly series debut. In turn, this sacrosanct relic of comic book collectibility will then be entrusted to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), who are currently hosting an auction of the sole copy of the Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Second Printing anywhere in existence. The resulting proceeds from its sale will be used to further the CBLDF’s ongoing mission to protect the First Amendment and the freedom to read.

Visit the CBLDF’s eBay auction here to enter your bid anytime now through Sunday, December 24th. But don’t delay…this is one item so rare, it almost doesn’t exist!

With great power comes great sibling rivalry!

Take Advantage of the Archie Comics Riverdale Humble Bundle and Help Charity

Archie Comics is teaming with Humble Bundle on a new Riverdale & Archie Comics Humble Bundle! This new digital comics bundle collects stories from the groundbreaking new era of Archie Comics that inspired the hit TV series Riverdale and the classics that have made Archie and friends cultural icons for over 75 years.

This diverse collection of digital comics, valued at over $375, features some of the world’s most popular characters, including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, and more!

Humble Bundle’s unique “name your price” system allows customers to choose their own price for the bundle.

Customers can pay $1 or more and will receive ARCHIE VOL. 1, JUGHEAD VOL. 1, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL. 1, REGGIE AND ME, ARCHIE’S PAL KEVIN KELLER VOL. 1, and BETTY & VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES.

Customers who pay $8 or more will receive RIVERDALE VOL 1, THE ARCHIES #1, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 1, ARCHIE VOL 2, JUGHEAD VOL 2, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 2, CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA VOL 1, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL 1, THE BLACK HOOD VOL 1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus ARCHIE VOL 3, ARCHIE VOL 4, JUGHEAD VOL 3, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 3, THE ART OF ARCHIE: THE COVERS, THE DEATH OF ARCHIE, THE BEST OF ARCHIE DELUXE VOL 1, THE BEST OF ARCHIE DELUXE VOL 2

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their money is allocated, between the publisher and charities. The Humble Riverdale & Archie Comics Bundle supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the freedom to read comics through legal action and education initiatives in support of the readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators of comics.

The Humble Archie Comics Bundle runs from now until Wednesday, December 13 at 11 AM PST.

Support the CBLDF 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 #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 2017 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.

There’s a whole bunch of cool incentives based on your giving level. One is a new pin designed by Raina Telgemeier and everyone contributing today will get a digital download of CBLDF’s 2017 #GivingTuesday Anthology.  You can find out more about what the CBLDF has done this past year and make a contribution today.


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 two 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.

CBLDF & Valiant Debut Joint Fundraising Activities for New York Comic Con 2017 with Exclusive Tours, Signings, and More!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and award-winning comics publisher Valiant Entertainment are joining forces to offer an exclusive fan experience that benefits the CBLDF’s important work in protecting the First Amendment and the freedom to read comics.

In tandem with New York Comic Con 2017 – running from Thursday, October 5th through Sunday, October 8th – Valiant is opening the doors of its Midtown Manhattan headquarters to fans who donate in support of the CBLDF’s vitally important cause. For donations beginning at just $100, qualifying fans can obtain an all-access tour of Valiant HQ – located just steps from New York Comic Con’s central nerve center at the Javits Center – as well as rare and limited-edition Valiant comics and merchandise, the opportunity for one-on-one signings with Valiant creators and staff, and more:

$100 DONATION – REGULAR TIER

  • Tour of Valiant HQ, hosted by Valiant staff
  • Valiant/CBLDF Variant Bundle, provided by CBLDF

$150 DONATION – PREMIUM TIER

  • Tour of Valiant HQ (capped to five participants), hosted by Valiant staff
  • Valiant/CBLDF Variant Bundle, provided by CBLDF
  • SECRET WEAPONS #1 Variant Bundle, provided by Valiant Entertainment

$250 DONATION – ULTRA-PREMIUM TIER

  • Tour of Valiant HQ (individual tours, limited to five total), hosted by Valiant staff
  • Valiant/CBLDF Variant Bundle, provided by CBLDF
  • SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 Variant Bundle, provided by Valiant Entertainment
  • Sit-down signing (limit 30 minutes per group) with SECRET WEAPONS writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin

$300 DONATION – ULTIMATE V.I.P. TIER

  • Tour of Valiant HQ (individual tours, limited to three total), hosted by Valiant staff
  • Valiant/CBLDF Variant Bundle, provided by CBLDF
  • SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 Variant Bundle, provided by Valiant Entertainment
  • Sit-down signing (limit 30 per group) with SECRET WEAPONS writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, plus WAR MOTHER writer Fred Van Lente, Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani

Click through the links above to donate and secure your space now! Tours and signing times will be assigned for Friday, October 6th or Saturday, October 7th at Valiant’s discretion.

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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 comic news and reviews from around the web.

 

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CBLDF – Why Do Comics Get Challenged? – An interesting read.

Durham Region – Durham police need help in comic book thefts – If anyone can help.

DC Comics – Breaking News: Saturn Girl Comes to The CW’s Supergirl – This will be pretty cool!

 

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bam! Smack! Pow! – Spider-Men II #3

Small Press Expo Presents the Annual Library of Congress Lecture: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom

This year’s annual Small Press Expo Lecture is The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

 

Where: Library of Congress Madison Building
West Dining Room, 6th floor
Metro Stop: Capitol South
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:00 PM

A trend that began in the 1940s continues today—challenges to comic books! Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share the history of comic book censorship from the medium’s origins to the present day.

Participants will learn about the history of comic book censorship, and how that history still informs challenges to graphic novels happening right now. Learn what CBLDF does to protect this valuable medium, discover some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, and what you can do to make a difference.

Emerge from this session with a new or renewed passion for comics, graphic novels, and manga and as a strong advocate for protecting this form of free speech!

A selection of comic books from the Serial and Government Publications Division will be on display.

This is the sixth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division.

 

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