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Get Tons of Red Sonja Comics and Exclusive Story on Humble Bundle to Benefit the CBLDF and National Coalition Against Censorship!

Dynamite and Humble Bundle have launched a Hyrkanian-sized bundle deal with over 120 digital issues of Red Sonja and supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! AND ongoing Red Sonja writer Mark Russell has written a new standalone tale exclusive to Humble Bundle!

Humble Bundle’spricing scale allows fans to pay what they want to fit their budget exactly. Their purchase will fall into one of four tiers, unlocking more and more comics with each tier and including those from the previous ones. At the top tier, one can get the equivalent of 131 issues for only $18, which is 95% off what would normally be approximately a whopping $350! In terms of page count, that all adds up to an insane 3,797 pages of comic books.

Stories from top writers and artists are included in this bundle, including but not limited to Gail Simone, Peter David, Frank Cho, Mike Carey, Amy Chu, Lucio Parrillo, Luke Lieberman, Michael Avon Oeming, Marguerite Bennett, Walter Geovani, Carlos Gomez, Mel Rubi and countless more!

The exclusive story, titled “Petitioning the Queen,” is a fun special story of Red Sonja struggling to prepare for a massive war while juggling her other new duties as Queen of Hyrkania. A pair of “magical” dwarves cause havoc in the streets and force Sonja to confront powers far beyond her understanding. It’s not to be missed, as story elements here will reverberate in the flagship and something else coming up…

Ongoing Red Sonja writer and multiple Eisner nominee Mark Russell is joined by co-writer Bryce Ingman for this story. The gentleman drawing it is Craig Rousseau. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are also migrating over from the main series to serve up colors and letters, maintaining visual consistency through this acclaimed run. While it’s all wrapped up in the beautiful bow of a cover by regular artist Mirko Colak (Conan).

To sweeten the deal even more, a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship. The former is a cherished institution within the comic book industry that provides legal support for artistic professionals around the globe whose work is challenged by censors. From elementary school libraries to imprisoned political cartoonists, they tackle cases of all sizes and notoriety. Other functions of the CBLDF include research and education on the history of censorship of this art form. The National Coalition Against Censorship is an umbrella alliance of 50 American based organizations with a shared mission of combating censorship across art and expression, including the CBLDF.

Check out the available tiers below:

$1 Tier
Savage Red Sonja: Queen of the Frozen Wastes #1-4
Red Sonja: Unchained #1-4
Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods #1-5
Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom #1

How could you turn down 14 issues for just a buck? That’s 97% off! 

$8 Tier

Red Sonja (2005) #0-6Red Sonja (2013) #0-6
Red Sonja (2016) #1-6
Red Sonja: Worlds Away #0
Red Sonja: Revenge of the Gods #1-5Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #1-5
Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1-4
Adventures of Red Sonja TP Vol 1-3

14 issues sounded great, how about 71? Up to over 2,000 pages total and still 95% off!

$15 Tier
Red Sonja (2005) #8-18
Queen Sonja #1-5
Red Sonja: Worlds Away #1-11
Red Sonja (2019) #1-5
Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1-2
Red Sonja & the Ballad of the Red Goddess OGN
Red Sonja: Long Walk to Oblivion
Red Sonja Holiday Special 2018
Red Sonja/Tarzan #1-6

Math, math, math! 126 total issues. Over 3,500 pages of comics. 97% off a retail price of $276.68! These kinds of deals cannot be beaten!

$18 Tier
Red Sonja by Frank Thorne Art Edition Volume 1

A real cherry on top to reward fans for supporting the bundle and charity sponsors – the book collecting high quality scans directly from definitive Sonja artist Frank Thorne’s original art. See all his lines and even imperfections exactly as they would look in person.

Fantoons’ Tío Simón ABC Raises Money for Venezuelan Children’s Charities

Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. To celebrate his immense cultural impact, Fantoons will release a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words with a Venezuelan twist, to encourage children to both learn the words themselves, as well as the culture behind them.

In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind. 

Assembled by Fantoons’ David Calcano, the Venezuelan-born creative director, recognized for his work with Disney Channel, alongside projects in publishing and animation with Rush, Frank Zappa and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Calcano, and his Fantoons team of illustrators and designers, assembled 60 beautifully illustrated pages inspired by images of Venezuela.

$1 for every book sold will be donated to charities dedicated to help Venezuelan children in starvation. It’s a small gesture to help a country, and its children, in need.

Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide since the 1960s. His children’s TV show, Contesta por Tío Simón, aired for a decade, and its messages and popularity earned him the unofficial title of “the Mr. Rogers of Venezuela.” His music has been covered more than 200 times in a dozen languages, and Diaz is a known influence on artists such as Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and The Gipsy Kings. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy from the Latin Grammys in 2008.

Features a foreword about his life and legacy by Tío Simón’s (Simón Díaz) daughter Bettsimar Díaz

Tío Símon ABC will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on October 15, and is available for preorder now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and will carry a cover price of $12.99.

Tío Símon ABC

Horror and Fantasy Creator James A. Moore Needs Help

James A. Moore

A GoFundMe has been launched to help creator James A. Moore who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

While Moore does have insurance, it doesn’t cover all the costs and he still looks to be facing staggering bills.

The GoFundMe is looking to raise $30,000 and so far has raised $20,033 of that amount as of this writing.

Creator Christopher Golden has written below about Moore’s contributions and we encourage individuals to chip in. Even a few dollars will help Moore.

I could tell you about the work and career of James A. Moore (and I will). I could tell you that for twenty-five years, Jim’s been producing beloved works of horror and fantasy. His earliest work appeared in Marvel’s comics exploring the universe of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER and he was one of the primary contributors to White Wolf Games massively popular WRAITH: THE OBLIVION and WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE, and other World of Darkness volumes. Over the course of his career thus far, he’s written dozens of original horror and fantasy novels, from his landmark SERENITY FALLS to his brilliant grimdark fantasy series SEVEN FORGES, and been nominated for multiple awards, including two Bram Stoker Awards. He’s written media tie-in novels in the ALIEN, PREDATOR, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER universes, among others. And if you’re familiar with James A. Moore from his writing, that’s wonderful.
 
But there’s a lot more to the man than the words he’s written down. Equally important are his spoken words, the hundreds of writers he has coached, mentored, inspired, and even threatened to get them to “sit their asses in a chair and write,” to “finish the damn book.” I’m not going to write a bunch of stuff that will make Jim uncomfortable (he’s uneasy enough with the very idea of asking for help because if nothing else, he’s a stubborn old mule). What I will tell you is that Jim would be the very first person with a hand up to volunteer if someone else needed help…and he often has been. Now, he’s the one who needs help. As I’ve said elsewhere, Jim has a lot of books left to write, but at the moment, cancer’s getting in the way.
 
I’ve included much of the text of our GoFundMe appeal below, but updated with the latest information from my visit with Jim today. If you’ve ever enjoyed work of Jim’s, or of mine, or you just love books or comics, or you just want to rage at the injustice of our health care system, I’d be deeply grateful if you’d consider donating to this GoFundMe. Whether it’s $5 or $50 or $500, the help is appreciated.  As someone wrote in response to my original post about this GoFundMe, our system is broken, but our community is not. It’s a shame that we need to crowdfund our health care, but it’s a testament to the good that remains in the human heart that we do.
 
You can keep reading, but if you’d like to skip right to the GoFundMe page, here it is:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/
please-help-author-james-a-moore
  
 
Thanks, so much, for reading.
 
—Christopher Golden

SDCC 2019: BOOM! Studios and Hasbro’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 Variant to Benefit Make-A-Wish

BOOM! Studios and Hasbro are releasing a special edition variant cover to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 in collaboration with Make-A-Wish, to be available exclusively at 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, from July 17-21 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. This special edition cover, from superstar artist Goñi Montes, features the Beast Morphers Orange Ranger, a new character created by Hasbro for a Make-A-Wish kid. 

The Beast Morphers Orange Ranger is inspired by Tyler, an 8-year old boy from New Jersey, whose greatest wish is to be an Orange Power Ranger so he can make the world a safer place for everyone. This special edition cover celebrates Tyler’s wish that came true at the Annual Make-A-Wish New Jersey Gala on June 13.

Twenty percent of the sale price from every copy of this Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 special edition variant cover will go directly to Make-A-Wish to grant more life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The special edition will be exclusively available for sale at Comic-Con at the BOOM! Studios booth #2229.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 variant

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Clue: Candlestick #2

We spent the weekend at the ALA Conference and will have our thoughts later in the day (it was amazing). It was an amazing experience celebrating books, comics, libraries, and more! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Streamer Raises Almost $1 Million For Charity In Just Four Hours – Not comic related but great to see this.

New York Post – Ex-employee of famed comic shop accused of swiping $50K in merchandise – That’s not good.

Queensland Times – Comic book drug plot alleged ringleader in court – This has been fascinating to learn about.

CBR – Venom 2: Sony Confirms Sequel is Happening, Tom Hardy Returning – The first made a ton of money. Of course it’s returning with Hardy!

Reviews

Newsarama – Captain America #11
AIPT! –
Clue: Candlestick #2

The Inkwell Awards Offer a Challenge Spotlight on David Finch

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, will auction the artwork for their fourth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which focuses on DC’s Batman pencil art of award-winning creator David Finch. The fundraiser event debuts on June 23.

The Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which grew out of the Inkwell’s original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, showcases various contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. The previous three pencilers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and Erik Larsen.

This year’s 24 participating ink artists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Gerry Acerno
  • Ken Branch
  • Brett Breeding
  • AJ Cassetta
  • Keith Champagne
  • Kevin Conrad
  • Marc Deering
  • John Dell
  • Guy Dorian Sr.
  • John Floyd
  • Scott Hanna
  • Tony Kordos
  • Jay Leisten
  • Criss Madd
  • Jose Marzan Jr.
  • Mark McKenna
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Rodney Ramos
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Andy Smith
  • Mark Stegbauer
  • LeBeau Underwood
  • Keith Williams
  • Walden Wong

Founder/director Bob Almond said:

We are excited to see the amazing work from such a skilled and talented group. We realize schedules are tight and ever-changing so we are grateful to those able to step up for this one. I want to credit committee vet Erick Korpi for not only initiating this year’s program but for recruiting A.J. Cassetta, the Kubert School student recipient of the 10th annual Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Award, to the line-up!

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art boards featuring a tightly pencilled David Finch Batman pinup were sent to the artists to finish and/or embellish in ink. Each inked page is signed by Finch and the inker, and includes a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered 1 to 24 by Almond. All pages will be auctioned off on eBay as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the pencilled and inked versions through a gif to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

Comicker Press Announces Shots Fired, a Charity Comics Anthology

Comicker Press logo

Comicker Press is back with Shots Fired, a revamped version of the comics anthology formerly known as Every Day. As with its previous iteration, Shots Fired will raise funds for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition to help end gun violence in America via a Kickstarter campaign that will pay for printing and shipping of the comics anthology. Once printed, all proceeds from additional book sales will go directly to the CSGV and CJRC.

Comicker Press co-founder Sean E. Williams said,

Since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, when it became apparent that our last one wasn’t going to reach its goal, we decided to regroup and try again as quickly as possible. This issue is too important to not do this book, and the stories the creators are telling are truly unparalleled and need to be read.

With the upcoming 28-day campaign for Shots Fired, Comicker Press has capped the size of the book to around 168 pages and is limiting shipping to the United States to keep the budget down. They are also adding a Kickstarter Exclusive limited-edition hardcover, which won’t be made available after the campaign.

The talent donating their time to Shots Fired include Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, David Lafuente, Phil Hester, Ariela Kristantina, Jamal Igle, Devin Grayson, Joe Keatinge, Doselle Young, Marguerite Sauvage, Ron Marz, Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Steven Grant, Roger Langridge, Matt Miner, Ray Fawkes, CW Cooke, Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Williams, Emma Beeby, and more.

The Shots Fired campaign launches on Kickstarter on June 18th, and runs through July 16th.

A Wave Blue World is Donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted Profits to the Trevor Project in in June

A Wave Blue World is celebrating 2019 Pride Month with a donation campaign honoring the diversity of the LGTBQ+ community, by donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted profits for the month of June to the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

All We Ever Wanted Editor Matt Miner said in the announcement:

When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, there really wasn’t any media that normalized LGBTQ+ people.  With All We Ever Wanted, we’ve been able to create a beautiful book where many of the stories just have queer folks existing and being normal and living their lives and having adventures not always tied to their sexuality and struggle – and I think if books like this had existed when I was growing up, I might have had an easier time coming to terms with who I am.  The Trevor Project is doing vital life-saving work and I’m proud that A Wave Blue World has chosen to donate some of the proceeds from our book to that cause.

All We Ever Wanted is an anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future that gives a platform for a multitude of creative voices that shares A Wave Blue World’s mission of connecting people through storytelling.

The A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted’s Trevor Project Donation Campaign comes ahead of the 50-year mark of the 1969 Stonewall Riots on June 28th, a pivotal moment in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.

All We Ever Wanted

Jim Lee, Tom King, and the USO Bring Batman to the Troops

In honor of Batman’s 80th anniversary celebration, DC has joined forces with The United Service Organizations (USO) to bring the World’s Greatest Detective to the nearly 12,000 U.S. military members stationed in Kuwait. Taking The Dark Knight’s 80-year cultural legacy to the Middle East, legendary artist Jim Lee and award-winning Batman writer Tom King embarked on a multi-day tour alongside Nafessa Williams, who plays Anissa Pierce/Thunder on WBTV’s Black Lighting on The CW; as well as Candice Patton (Iris West Allen) and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost) who star on The Flash. In addition, DC  brought the famed ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile – bringing an immersive Batman experience to active-duty service members currently stationed abroad.

Jim Lee (DC Chief Creative Officer, Publisher and legendary artist) and Tom King (Batman comic book writer) visit military ships on the Camp Patriot base in Kuwait on May 30.
credit: DC

To honor the service members in Kuwait, DC toured five military bases, including Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem, Camp Patriot and Al Jaber, giving dozens of military units the chance to meet and take pictures with the celebrity visitors as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit inside the ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile. Service members were also treated to an exclusive first look at the highly anticipated Pennyworth television series.

Legendary artist Jim Lee taught a comic artistry masterclass to a packed room of service members at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on June 1 and commemorated the third annual Comic-Con event with an impromptu drawing of the Dark Knight.
credit; DC

In true superhero style, DC and the USO orchestrated exclusive screenings, cosplay contests, and special group panels where acclaimed DC writer Tom King shared his experience as a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer and his transition into comic books and writing Batman. Artist Jim Lee also taught an art masterclass for service members interested in illustration, while actresses Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker and Nafessa Williams met with fans, signed autographs, participated in panel discussions and made special unit visits to service members on the job.

For the first time ever the iconic ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile was deployed on a special USO Tour to visit U.S. service members at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait on May 30. The 2-ton ‘Tumbler’ traveled from London to Luxembourg and on to Kuwait in a custom 1.7 ton crate.
credit: DC
DC celebrates Heroes Without Capes during a USO Tour to Kuwait, bringing a Batman Comic-Con experience to fans at Camp Buehring on June 1. The visit included panels, signings, trivia and cosplay contests, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to take photos with the iconic ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile. L-R Tom King (Batman comic book writer), Candice Patton (star of The CW’s “The Flash”), Nafessa Williams (star of The CW’s “Black Lightning”), Danielle Panabaker (star of The CW’s “The Flash”), and Jim Lee (DC Chief Creative Officer, Publisher and legendary artist).
credit: DC

In addition, service members had the opportunity to take photos with the legendary ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile and the Camp Buehring Base Commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kate Conkey, rode in the famed vehicle while service members posed alongside for photographs.

Later this year, DC and the USO are bringing Batman to service members around the world with a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1

The weekend is over. Everyone recovered from Free Comic Book Day? We’re still re-reading our comics and still excited about all of the new comics we need to check out. While we work on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The State – Ohio man donates more than 140,000 comic books worth $2.5M to USC’s library – This is fantastic to see. Some are reporting it’s 180,000 comics!

ICv2 – Kids Graphic Novels in the Book Channel Up 40% in 2018 – This is very good to see.

Newsarama – Major Comic Book/Graphic Novel Distributor Stops Sales To Individual Comic Stores & Bookstores – This is an interesting shift.

The Mary Sue – Uncanny X-Men Writer Matthew Rosenberg Apologizes for “Trans Panic” Storyline

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1
ICv2 –
The White Snake

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