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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.

Comic Creators Coming Together to Help Puerto Rico

As our nation mostly sits on its hands to help our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico devastated by hurricanes, a group of creators are coming together to create a charitable anthology “highlighting the beauty, culture, and history” of Puerto Rico.

Its been a week since Hurricane Maria’s devastation and the island is still waiting for aid. Millions await the basics of fuel, food, and water with 97% of the US commonwealth’s 3.4 million residents still in the dark as of this Wednesday. All of this has led to rationing as there’s not enough food to go around and individuals are being forced to drink rainwater. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have seen fewer personnel since Hurricane Marian hit than Texas and Florida during their recent hurricanes. Lack of supplies are leading to tragic and tough choices everywhere. Hospitals don’t have enough energy to properly care for individuals who rely on ventilators to survive as an example.

Marco Lopez, one of the individuals spearheading the anthology, wrote on Facebook:

Puerto Rico is an island of 3.5 million American citizens with a rich history that goes back hundreds of years. To those Boricua that live on the island and across the U.S. it is not only their home or home away from home it is an essential part of their very being of what makes them and their families who they are. Puerto Rico doesn’t just hold a special place in the hearts of Puerto Ricans, the island, people, and culture hold a very special place in the hearts to other people in the Latinx community and those of non Latinx origin.

When news of Hurricane Maria made airwaves, so soon after Hurricane Irma many of us saw the writing on the wall. Puerto Rico, for all its beauty, life and culture, also has a history of colonization and oppression. Currently suffering in massive debt and due to the Jones Act unable to receive aid from other countries, it is up to us, the public, to offer aid and support.

There are many ways to donate and support the islanders who are currently without water, food, electricity, and supplies. The four of us, Marco Lopez, Derek Ruiz, Desiree Rodriguez, and Neil M Schwartz, have decided to use our collective creativity to organize a charitable anthology that highlights the beauty, culture and history of Puerto Rico told by the voices of Puerto Rican creators along with other Latinx and non-Latinx allies.

All proceeds for this anthology will go directly to aiding the people of Puerto Rican who desperately need all the help they can get. More information will be released in the following weeks. We hope you will support this endeavor and more importantly, support the people of Puerto Rico.




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We’ll have more details when they’re released and of course you can always donate to those organizations to help out now.

Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart and Dark Horse Comics Announce A Hellboy Limited Edition Fundraiser To Support The Houston Food Bank

Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and Dark Horse Comics are releasing a limited edition Hellboy print at Rose City Comic Con, with all proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The 11” x 17” print features an illustration of Hellboy by Mignola colored by Stewart. 500 numbered prints, retailing for $20.00, will be available at Rose City Comic Con, September 8-10 in Portland, OR.

Lion Forge Donates $25,000 to Help Comic Book Shops Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Following the devastating storm which rocked the Gulf Coast just over two weeks ago, Lion Forge has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to provide help directly to comic book retailers affected by this storm and beyond.

Hurricane Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the US, with many areas of eastern Texas receiving more than 40 inches of rainfall, causing catastrophic flooding.

In the release, Lion Forge founder, David Steward II said:

As a publisher, we have a responsibility to the comic book community from our fans to our retail partners. A healthy retailer community means a healthy industry, and when a specific area of the industry is struggling, it affects all of us. We urge our fellow publishers with the means to join us in providing support to comic book stores in Texas and the gulf coast affected by the storm with a donation to the designated Emergency Assistance relief fund,at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Pamela French, Executive Director of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation said:

During this time of catastrophe and urgent need we are honored to work with Lion Forge to help comic book shop employees now and in the future. We are grateful for their support of comic book sellers.

For more information on how to receive assistance email help@bincfoundation.org or call 1-866-733-9064 to make a donation. Publishers can donate here to help make a difference.

Transformers/G.I. Joe Comic Book Humble Bundle Available For a Limited Time

Humble Bundle and IDW Publishing have launched their biggest comics bundle together to date – the Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW. This two-week digital promotion is offered in support of the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

This two-week digital promotion featuring digital content previously never bundled, including volumes from The IDW Collection. These popular volumes collect all of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics in chronological order making it fun and easy to dive in and get caught up on their comic book adventures.

Featuring work from some of the most talented writers and artists to ever take on these iconic characters, including James Roberts, John Barber, Mairghread Scott, Mike Costa, Christos Gage, Jae Lee, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, S.L. Gallant, Antonio Fuso, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Corin Howell, Livio Ramondelli, John Rieber, and more.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW supports the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW will run from August 16 – August 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

What’s included in the bundle:

Customers can pay $1 or more to receive: G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 1: Homefront; G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 2: Threat Matrix; G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 3: Siren’s Song; G.I. Joe (2014), Vol. 1: The Fall of G.I. Joe Part 1; G.I. Joe (2014), Vol. 2: The Fall of G.I. Joe Part 2; G.I. Joe: Cobra Command Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: Cobra Command Vol. 2; G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra; G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow, Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files, Vol. 2; and Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get: G.I. Joe: Cobra – The Last Laugh; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files, Vol. 2; Transformers: Combiner Wars; Transformers: Evolutions – Hearts of Steel; Transformers: Nefarious; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 2; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 3; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 4; and Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1.

Customers can pay $15 or more for all of that plus: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1; Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: Tyrants Rise, Heroes are Born; Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy; Transformers: Salvation; Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 2; Transformers: Windblade – Dawn of The Autobots; and Transformers: Windblade – Distant Stars.

Customers who pay $20 or more will receive the content from the first three tiers as well as: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $25 or more will receive all of the above, plus: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 8; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 2; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 3; and Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 4.

Retailers to Donate Comics to Military Through Operation Gratitude

Frankie’s Comics and The Variant Collective of The Comic Mint, Sad Lemon, 7ate9, Amorphous Ink, and Golden Apple have announced their variant for The Defenders #4 by Gabriel Dell’Otto. They also announced that all 3000 copies of the regular variant are being donated to the U.S. Military to be included in care packages sent to the troops by Operation Gratitude.

Amorphous Ink’s Joshua Cozine proposed the idea, and Kevin Fields (Frankie’s), Steven Finkel (Comic Mint), Simon Payne (Sad Lemon), Chris Bowers (7ate9), and David Dryden (Golden Apple) all agreed that Defenders was the perfect book to honor those that put their lives on the line so that we can sleep at night.

While the regular edition will not be available to fans, collectors won’t be completely left out. 600 copies of a virgin variant edition will be put up for sale on the various websites for $20, a very low price for a short run Marvel variant.

Defenders #4 releases on 8-9-17.  The virgin edition is available to order now.


Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology to Benefit Children’s Charity Barnardos

Image Comics has announced the Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6, which will feature some of the top creators in the industry and will benefit the children’s charity Barnardos. It will be available this September.

The Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology is a collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from 18th to 24th September 2017.

The anthology will feature work from such creative comics titans as Jason Aaron, Jen Bartel, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Graham, Jody Houser, Jason Latour, Emi Lenox, Simon Roy, Marley Zarcone, and many more.

hought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6 (Diamond Code JUN178088) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is this Monday, July 24th.

Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics

Humble Bundle has once again teamed up with Aspen Comics for an incredible array of pay-what-you-want comics.

The Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics features a host of Aspen’s flagship offerings by the late superstar creator, including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, and a special incentive code to receive a free physical copy of an exclusive Harley Quinn #1 variant cover exclusive to this bundle.

Customers can pay what they want by naming their own price of $1 or more, and can also choose how the money is allocated between Humble Bundle, Aspen, and two charity partners, Hero Initiative and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Customers can pay just $1 or more to receive: Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani Omnibus, Art of Aspen Comics Omnibus #1, Shrugged Volume One, Aspen Sourcebooks: Omnibus #1 and Aspen Seasons: Omnibus #1.

Those who match or exceed $8 or more will also receive: Aspen Universe: Revelations issues 1-5, Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Fathom Dawn of War Volume One, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Cannon Hawke Volume 1, Soulfire: Chaos Reign Volume 1, Soulfire: Dying of the Light Volume 1 and Aspen Showcase: Omnibus #1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus: Code to receive one free Harley Quinn #1 exclusive cover*, Executive Assistant: Assassins Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom (Volume 6) #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire (Volume 6) #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga issues 1-5, Trish Out of Water Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Shadow Magic issues 0-5, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: New World Order issues: Beginnings, 0-5, Ekos Preview, Worlds of Aspen Omnibus, Michael Turner Art Edition #1, Michael Turner Art Editions #2 and Michael Turner Re-mastered Sketchbook.

The Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics is available NOW and expires June 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.


The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s 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.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Win Tickets To SDCC And Party With The Cast of Wynonna Earp

Imagine winning the ultimate San Diego Comic-Con experience where you and a friend will party with the cast of the hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp, take a selfie with Kevin Eastman, and you’ll bring home a curated collection of IDW Publishing comic books! Plus, the winner will also get round-trip airfares for 2 and hotel accommodations in beautiful San Diego.

The sweepstakes will run until 11am on June 14, 2017. Anyone in the world can bid on the sweepstakes prize for as little as $10. Each bid is a donation to Traveling Stories, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in San Diego that helps kids fall in love with reading by the 4th grade.

Traveling Stories is shooting for a goal of $30,000 – and in the event they raise less than that amount, they’ll instead split the money they do receive with the grand prize winner.

The sweepstakes grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
  • Hotel accommodations for 2
  • 2 four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con
  • 2 tickets to the Wynonna Earp Cast Party
  • Meet-n-Greet with Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • A collection of comic books curated by IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams

“Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” is the Latest Comics Humble Bundle

Dynamite Entertainment again teams with Humble Bundle to offer an essential collection of filmmaker Kevin Smith‘s fan-favorite work at the publisher. The promotion, which includes over 70 issues (many of which inhabit the universe of Smith’s groundbreaking Green Hornet reimagining), launches today and will run through 11:00am PDT on May 17th.

Humble Comics Bundle: Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” features Kevin Smith’s first-ever Dynamite series, Green Hornet, took the comic market by storm in 2010 by introducing a modern incarnation of Britt Reid’s masked alter-ego, fighting crime undercover side-by-side with a fearsomely adept female bodyguard, Kato. Smith’s fellow comic book collaborators Phil Hester and Ande Parks expanded on his ten-issue saga with further Green Hornet and Kato projects. Now, Dynamite Entertainment offers fans an exclusive opportunity to pick up a massive collection of Green Hornet comics by these exceptional talents, and explore their other Dynamite work, as well. Furthermore, projects like Cryptozoic Man — created by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men television show — and the Sundance Film Festival movie tie-in Yoga Hosers one-shot (premiering as a digital comic on Humble Bundle for the first time ever) welcome more glimpses into the creative world surrounding one of master storytellers of the modern age.

Part of the proceeds from the “Humble Comics Bundle: Kevin Smith & Friends Presented by Dynamite” promotion will contribute to The Wayne Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of CSEC occurring in the United States, and providing direct services to young women victimized by commercial exploitation.

The “Pay What You Want” model offers readers the chance to unlock over 70 comics — a total of over 1,500 pages of content!

The core selection, set at a tier of $1.00 minimum, will give Kevin Smith fans access to:

  • Green Hornet #1-10 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  • Army of Darkness (2014) #1 by Cullen Bunn, Larry Watts, and Featuring a Cover by Walter Flanagan
  • Cryptozoic Man #1-4 by Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan
  • Seduction of the Innocent #1-4 by Ande Parks and Esteve Polls
  • The Shadow Annual 2013 by Ande Parks and Bilquis Evely

For those whose contribution meets or exceeds $8.00, they will also unlock the following titles:

  • Green Hornet #11-15 by Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau
  • Green Hornet #16-19 by Phil Hester, Ande Parks, and Igor Vitorino
  • Kato #1-14 by Ande Parks, Diego Bernard, Ale Garza, and Lee Ferguson
  • “Ink”, a Short Story from Vampirella Masters Series Vol. 4 by Phil Hester and Stephen Segovia
  • Black Terror #5-14 by Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau, Mike Lilly, Wagner Reis, and Jack Herbert
  • The Shadow Special 2014 by Phil Hester and Ivan Rodriguez

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

  • Yoga Hosers by Kevin Smith, Jeff Quigley, and Liam Quigley
  • Green Hornet #20-27 by Ande Parks, Igor Vitorino, and Ronan Cliquet
  • Green Hornet: Blood Ties #1-4, by Ande Parks and Johnny Desjardins
  • Kato Annual #1 by Ande Parks and Edgar Salazar
  • “Magic”, a Short Story from Vampirella: 1969 by Phil Hester and Jethro Morales
  • Masquerade #1-4 by Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Carlos Paul, Jean Diaz, and Manny Clark
  • Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude by Joe Casey, Phil Hester, Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, Mike Lilly, Carlos Paul, Alex Ross, and Edgar Salazar

All customers, who purchase any threshold, will also be rewarded with a digital code that allows them access to the Dynamite.com website, where they can enjoy Kevin Smith’s comic writing talent in all its glory by purchasing the physical copy of the much-coveted Yoga Hosers comic book for only $14.99 (plus shipping and handling).

As an added bonus for Humble Bundle fans, fifteen (15) of the digital comic books featured in this bundle will include exclusive cover artwork: Green Hornet #1-10, Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1, Cryptozoic Man #1, Kato #1, Masquerade #1, and Yoga Hosers.

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