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Read the 2016 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Annual Report

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.

cafe_patch_1024x1024Donors supporting the organization on #GivingTuesday will receive exclusive Comics Are For Everybody merchandise created by Jordie Bellaire (@woahjordie) and Steven Finch (@fonografiks). Comics should be an art form that welcomes and encourages all voices and viewpoints. CBLDF’s efforts to protect the First Amendment are essential in creating a climate ensuring that remains the case. Your #GivingTuesday contribution proudly declares Comics Are For Everybody and helps CBLDF continue to provide legal action and education protecting the comics medium in 2017.

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.

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 #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 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. You can read their 2016 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.

cafe_patch_1024x1024Donors supporting the organization on #GivingTuesday will receive exclusive Comics Are For Everybody merchandise created by Jordie Bellaire (@woahjordie) and Steven Finch (@fonografiks). Comics should be an art form that welcomes and encourages all voices and viewpoints. CBLDF’s efforts to protect the First Amendment are essential in creating a climate ensuring that remains the case. Your #GivingTuesday contribution proudly declares Comics Are For Everybody and helps CBLDF continue to provide legal action and education protecting the comics medium in 2017.

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:

  • Expanded Comics Uniting Nations, a global initiative that has already reached thousands around the world
  • Rang the bell for NASDAQ!
  • Spread the word of comic book literacy to teachers and children around the world
  • 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.

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3 Stops for some Charity Work

The third issue of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3 will hit comic shop shelves on December 21st, but a few folks will have the chance to get it a bit early. The 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank team are continuing their tradition of trying to raise money for charity and having books with a lot of different covers.

This exclusive edition, limited to 105 copies, features a brand new cover by series wallpaper designer Courtney Menard and some bonus process pages that will not be featured in the regular issues. All of the proceeds from this edition will be donated to The National LGBTQ Task Force.

Instead of just doing a variant, the creators will actually be donating money from the sales of the comic.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Tyler Boss, lettered by Thomas Mauer, cover by Menard, and flats by Clare Dezutti will have 3 different version on sale direct from Courtney Menard’s webstore.

The first version is just the comic for $10, second is comic + sketch for $20, and third is comic + sketch + script + original page for $300.

The regular edition will be in stores December 21st.

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Donate Comics to the YPSI High Superhero Program

The YPSI High Superhero Program is a high school youth initiative located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that utilizes superheroes to improve character through creative storytelling and fictional character development.

The program is being developed through the Eastern Michigan University’s Bright Futures after-school program.

From the program’s website:

Superheroes are colorful representations of our dreams, hopes, and life experiences. The journeys they endure are often inherently reflective of our own lives. Rather it’s overcoming their fears to defeat a formidable enemy, or accepting the responsibility that comes with great power; superheroes, at their core, are human. This program uses these principles and converts them into life lessons for youth. These lessons will help build character and improve confidence while providing students with a platform to creatively tell their own superhero stories, where they are the heroes.

A primary goal for the program is challenging the student’s imagination by introducing them to a diverse selection of comic book storytelling possibilities. This will allow them to gain some familiarity with the medium before creating their own stories. However, we need help gathering as many comics for the students as possible. We hope that each of them will find at least one story that both empowers and inspires them.

They’re particularly looking for the following: 

  • books featuring black and other people of color characters
  • books written and/or drawn by black or other people of color artist
  • books featuring women leads—ESPECIALLY women of color
  • books by independent or self-published creators
  • books that are appropriate for high school teenagers (ages 14-18)

Please drop-off or ship your comics to FUN 4 ALL Comics & Games at 3773 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Digital comics can be emailed to design@jermainedickerson.net.

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Grab over $200 of Doctor Who comics with Humble Bundle!

Titan Comics and Humble Bundle are pleased to announce the launch of the Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle, which is guaranteed to bring you on an adventure through time and space, to far-flung galaxies, ancient history, and futures you can only imagine.

Humble Bundle offers collections of videogames, books, and comics at a price determined by the customer. Content is divided into three tiers: pay $1 or more to purchase the first tier; pay $8 or more to purchase tier one and two; and pay $15 or more for content from all three tiers. A portion of each Humble Bundle sale goes to charity. Over $80 million has been donated to charities around the world since the company’s launch in 2010.

When purchasing the Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle, in addition to furnishing your chosen digital device with an enviable Doctor Who comics library, you’ll also be able to choose to donate any percentage of the Bundle’s retail price to BBC Children In Need, which currently supports over 2,400 projects to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Check out what’s included in the bundle below…

Seven classic Doctor Who stories from the archives featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, including time traveling adventures to Victorian England and 1940s Casablanca, alien body-swapping, and sculptures that hide deadly secrets!

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The second Tenth Doctor collection, where the Doctor encounters the terrifying weeping Angels in the bomb-besieged trenches of World War I, the second Eleventh Doctor collection, where he battles the evil machinations of SERVEYOUInc., and the first ever Twelfth Doctor collection, where there’s a sentient star on the warpath and an ancient celestial being murdering her way towards resurrection. Plus, meet the Third Doctor, read how the action continues with the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, and enjoy the Twelfth Doctor Holiday Special

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The Tenth Doctor encounters the terrifying Weeping Angels in the bomb-beseiged trenches of World War I; meanwhile the Eleventh Doctor battles the evil machinations of SERVEYOUInc.; and in the first Twelfth Doctor collection, there’s a sentient star on the warpath and an ancient celestial murdering her way towards resurrection. Plus, meet the Third Doctor, read how the action continues, and the 2015 Holiday Special!

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Humble Book Bundle Forbidden Books Supports the CBLDF

In honor of Banned Books Week, Fantagraphics has teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer a collection of controversial comics by some of our most popular artists including Jaime Hernandez, Simon Hanselmann, Matt Furie, Johnny Ryan, R. Crumb and more! When you purchase a bundle, not only do you get great digital comics at an amazing price, you also get to choose what portion of the proceeds will benefit our friends at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Along with fantastic books from Fantagraphics, there’s also comics from Image and more!

How Does Humble Bundle Work?

  • Pay What You Want— Name your price. Pay more than the average to upgrade your bundle and unlock additional content
  • Read Anytime, Anywhere with DRM-Free downloads to your favorite devices like Kindle, iPad and Nook
  • Support Charity— Choose exactly how your contribution should be divided between the creators and charity

CBLDF is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Their work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, & educators who face the threat of censorship. They monitor legislation & challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. They create resources that promote understanding of comics & the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day CBLDF publishes news & information about censorship events as they happen. They are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project & Banned Books Week. Their expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. Please support their work!

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DC and IDW’s Love is Love Helps Honor Orlando Victims and Raise Money this December

This December, the comic book is coming together to honor the victims of the June 12 shooting a the Pulse nightclub, as well as help raise money for Equality Florida‘s fund for those affected. Being published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing, Love is Love is a 144-page comic book featuring over 100 stories.

Organized by Marc Andreyko, the comic’s one to two-page stories features creators such as Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Phil Jimenez, Olivier Coipel, Rafael Albuquerque, Pete Woods, Joe Harris and more.

The comic will retail for $9.99.

A Batwoman pinup by Rafael Albuquerque, from the “Love Is Love” comic.

A Batwoman pinup by Rafael Albuquerque, from the “Love Is Love” comic.

 

(via New York Times)

Valiant Teams with Keep A Breast to Raise Awareness and Money

Valiant Entertainment and The Keep A Breast Foundation are teaming up with a new ongoing partnership dedicated to furthering the California-based non-profit’s ongoing mission with new initiatives in educational publishing, fundraising merchandise, convention and exhibitions outreach around the world, and much more.

Valiant’s own leading super-heroine, Faith, who will make her debut as Keep A Breast’s official “comics ambassador” at New York Comic Con 2016. Faith will then subsequently be utilized throughout a number of Keep A Breast promotional endeavors globally in 2016 and beyond. Keep A Breast is a global youth-based breast cancer prevention organization.

Additionally, Valiant and Keep A Breast’s joint mission to promote breast health and cancer prevention across all facets of comics fandom and culture will continue with special fundraising endeavors throughout New York Comic Con 2016. From Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th, Valiant’s Faith will appear on two limited-edition collectibles, specially produced to benefit Keep A Breast and available exclusively at the publisher’s NYCC booth #1635:

FAITH #3 KEEP A BREAST #CHECKYOURSELFIE VARIANT ($10)

Faith, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Ninjak, and many more of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes unite to promote Keep A Breast’s #CHECKYOURSELFIE social media campaign – a hugely successful promotion embodied by placing three fingers to their breast, symbolizing an individual’s monthly commitment to selfcheck.

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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FAITH/KEEP A BREAST BUTTON BADGE ($1)

Support Keep A Breast one dollar at a time by purchasing a collectible Faith button badge, as Valiant’s leading heroine demonstrates #CHECKYOURSELFIE for the world!

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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Additionally, Keep A Breast Founder & CCO Shaney jo Darden will appear at the Valiant: Spotlight on Faith panel presentation on Thursday, October 7th at 6:45 pm in Room 1A05 to further detail plans for the newly minted partnership, alongside Faith writer Jody Houser, comics legend Louise Simonson, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Future collaborations between Keep A Breast and Valiant will include specially designed Faith comics content promoting breast health and cancer prevention, an array of co-branded Faith/Keep A Breast merchandise, and, most notably, Valiant-sponsored Keep A Breast programming at more than 50 live events and comic book conventions nationwide – furthering Keep A Breast’s noted and longstanding mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.


Over a decade ago, Keep A Breast’s founders, then involved in their own arts organization, rallied to support a friend with breast cancer. They developed an idea to express the female experience of breast cancer by reimagining the traditional canvas as a participatory sculpture. After some experimentation and partnerships with the right people, they developed and tested a technique for capturing the female bust in a plaster. The result was a white cast that was then customized by artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Mike Giant, Dalek and many more. The success of these breast casts as conversation starters, awareness builders and fundraising tools ultimately led them to what is now the non-profit The Keep A Breast Foundation.

Their mission is simple: equip young people with breast health education early on in their lives. They do that by talking to them face-to-face about breast cancer in their own voice and on their own turf. As the latest promotional affiliates dedicated to enabling Keep A Breast’s vital mission, Valiant joins a long list of individuals and organizations past and present that also includes 100% Pure, bareMinerals, Harveys, Pacifica, preen.me, Spy Optics, Stance, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as musicians Blink 182, Devo, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, and dozens more.

IAmElemental’s Courage Battles Childhood Cancer

courage-battle-childhood-cancerIn support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, IAmElemental, creator of the first female action figures designed specifically for children, is bringing its superheroes to the fight against pediatric cancer. The company’s popular Courage Core Power female action figures – modeled on Joan of Arc and embodying Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence and Fear – are being deployed to comfort and inspire children and their families affected by these devastating diseases.

During September, IAmElemental is conducting a Buy One, Donate One program for every Courage Core Power female action figure purchased in the company’s online store. The company will distribute one figure to a child affected by cancer for each figure purchased. The 6.5″ Core Power female action figure, which retails for $24.99, is a fusion of all Elements in Series 1/Courage.  She features more than 30 points of articulation and includes removable accessories including a helmet, armor, flaming Energy sword and Courage shield.

IAmElemental’s Series 2/Wisdom female action figures, with ancient Alexandrian STEM pioneer Hypatia as the muse, include Creativity, Ingenuity, Curiosity, Logic, Exploration, Mastery and Oblivion and are scheduled to ship in fall 2016.

Richmond Public Library Receives the 2016 SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

this-book-is-for-you-spxThe Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced that the Richmond Public Library was the 2016 recipient of the Small Press Expo Library Gift Program.

This program, the first of its kind in the United States, is an outright gift of graphic novels to the library as selected by the library’s collections specialists, who selected 65 titles comprising 298 individual books.

There was a formal presentation of the books to Scott Firestine, Director of the Richmond Public Library by Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program Director Catherine Fraas on Saturday, September 10. The presentation was accompanied by special comics related events at the main library branch in downtown Richmond.

The books were selected by the library’s collection staff from the offerings of publishers Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books, Cartoon Books, and Koyama Press, all of whom support this program.

The artist Lucy Bellwood designed a special bookplate that has been placed in all of the books donated by SPX.

SPX’s Graphic Novel Gift Program is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo.

The goals of this program are:

  • to facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries,
  • to promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries, and
  • to provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 17 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 12-6pm at the North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

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