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David Finch Spotlight Challenge Inkwell Awards Artists Announced

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of 24 artists participating in its fourth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight. This year’s Challenge features artist David Finch‘s take on DC’s iconic Batman. The artwork will be auctioned afterwards for fundraising.

The artists (in alphabetical order) are:

Gerry Acerno
Brett Breeding
John Beatty
Keith Champagne
Kevin Conrad
Marc Deering
John Dell
John Floyd
Scott Hanna
Scott Koblish
Tony Kordos
Jay Leisten
Criss Madd
Mark McKenna
Andrew Pepoy
Joe Prado
Rodney Ramos
Victor Olazaba Serna
Bill Sienkiewicz
Andy Smith
Mark Stegbauer
LeBeau Underwood
Keith Williams
Walden Wong

According to founder/director Bob Almond, the Spotlight Challenge, which grew out of its original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, showcases other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a more limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. The previous three pencillers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams and Erik Larsen.

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

Inkwell Awards Announces David Finch Spotlight Challenge

Inkwell Awards

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, the only organization devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, announces its fourth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight focusing on the pencil art of a legendary comics creator. This year features artist David Finch‘s take on DC‘s iconic Batman. The artwork will be auctioned afterwards for fundraising. Previous pencillers used have included Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and Erik Larsen.

The original Joe Sinnott Challenge, which features pencils by the inking legend inked by various professionals, semi-professionals and amateur inkers, began in 2010 but is being postponed for next year due to scheduling reasons.

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 will be sent to just 24 artists to finish and/or embellish in ink. 

Each inked page will be signed by Finch and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will then be auctioned off at a later date as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the penciled and inked versions to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

The list of participating inkers will be named later.

David Finch Batman

Love is Love Raises an Additional $51,000 in Support of LGBTQ Community

IDW Publishing, with the support of DC Comics, has announced that Love Is Love, the impactful graphic novel anthology published as a response to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub tragedy, has raised over $51,000 for this year’s charity recipient: The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

Curated by writer Marc Andreyko, the Love Is Love anthology was published in December 2016, and by March 2017, it raised $165,000 for the OneOrlando Fund supporting Pulse victims and families. All proceeds are donated to LGBTQ charities, with a new recipient designated each year. The anthology made the 2018 donation at last night’s TrevorLIVE LA gala, which celebrates the organization’s work to save young LGBTQ lives.

Contributors to the Love Is Love project included such comic and entertainment luminaries as Brian Michael BendisMarguerite BennettMarc BernardinPaul DiniMing DoyleKieron GillenSina GracePhil JimenezJim LeeDavid MackBrad MeltzerMark MillarGrant MorrisonNyambi NyambiPatton OswaltIvan ReisGail SimoneScott SnyderCat StaggsJosé Villarrubia, and G. Willow Wilson, among many others.

Love Is Love is currently in its sixth printing, available via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. The anthology is also available through digital platforms.

Aspen Comics and Humble Bundle Team Up for a Bundle to Benefit the Hero Initiative

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

The Humble Comics Bundle: Highlights From Aspen Comics features a vast array of Aspen’s flagship offerings for a total of over $675, including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris and more from their 15-Year anniversary lineup of new and returning titles, and a special incentive code to choose and receive a free physical copy of a rare Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald exclusive cover from a pre-selected assortment of his popular DC and Marvel Comics Aspen Comics variants.

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 the charitable organization for comic book creators, The Hero Initiative.

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, Charismagic Volume One, Shrugged Volume One, No World Volume One, Psycho Bonkers #1, Aspen Universe: Revelations Volume One and Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killians Tide.

Those who match or exceed $8 or more will receive the above-listed tier in addition to the following items: BubbleGun Omnibus #1Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #2, Lola XOXO Omnibus #1 (includes Volumes One and Two and Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam), Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #2, Charismagic Volume Two, Shrugged Volume Two, Dellec Volume One, Aspen Universe: Decimation Volume One, Portal Bound Volume One, Aspen Splash 2018, and The Michael Turner Remastered Sketchbook.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above-listed tiers plus: a redeemable code for www.AspenStore.com to choose and receive one free exclusive Michael Turner variant cover from a pre-selected assortment of six covers *Further details upon purchase, as well as Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #3, Jirni Omnibus #1 Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #3, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #3, Charismagic Volume Three, Charismagic: The Death Princess Volume One, Shrugged Volume Three, Overtaken Volume One, Mindfield Volume One, The Aspen/Valhalla Collection (Includes The Scourge and Dead Man’s Run), The Aspen Mascots and Halloween ComicFest Bundle and The Michael Turner Legacy issue.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Highlights from Aspen Comics is available NOW and expires December 12th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.

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 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.

You can donate now and get some cool items like the above patch to show off your support.


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.

Once Upon a Deadpool has Zero F’s Given

On December 12, Deadpool 2 is back in theaters with zero F’s given To kick off the holiday season audiences of almost all ages will soon be able to enjoy the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.

Fred Savage will join Ryan Reynolds in new scenes for Once Upon a Deadpool in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic The Princess Bride.

For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as Fuck Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release.

Top Cow teams with Humble Bundle to aid those affected by recent deadly wildfires in California

Top Cow Productions and Humble Bundle have reunited to offer a collection of new and classic Top Cow titles to help raise money for a charity of your choice! Your pay-what-you-want contribution can go to Direct Relief. The humanitarian aid organization is currently supplying respiratory masks, inhalers, nebulizers, eye-wash solution, and other vital medicines to California residents affected by the deadly wildfires. The two other featured charities are the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Musicians on Call.

Here are all titles available through The Darkness Sci-Fi and Sex bundle:

$15
The Darkness Compendium Vol. 1
The Darkness Compendium Vol. 2
The Darkness: Accursed Vol. 6 – 7
The Darkness: Rebirth Vol. 3
The Darkness: Close Your Eyes
The Darkness: Vicious Traditions
Broken Trinity
Aphrodite: Ares
Aphrodite V #4
Art of Marc Silvestri
Art of Witchblade
Art of Witchblade 20th Anniversary
Blood Stain Vol. 3
Postal Vol. 5 – 7
Sunstone Vol. 4 – 5
The Darkness: Rebirth Vol. 1 – 2
The Darkness: Levels #0 – 5
The Darkness: Hope
The Darkness / Pitt Vol. 1
Art of The Darkness

$8
Witchblade #10
Witchblade #180
Witchblade #181
Aphrodite V #2 – 3
Art of Top Cow
Art of Rahsan Ekedal
Blood Stain Vol. 2
Eclipse Vol. 1 – 2
Port of Earth Vol. 2
Stairway Vol. 1
Sugar Vol. 1
Postal Vol. 3 – 4
Swing Vol. 1
Witchblade (2017)
Sunstone Vol. 2 – 3

$1
The Darkness: Shadows & Flame  #1
Trinity: Blood on the Sands
Blood Stain Vol. 1
Aphrodite V #1
Bonehead Vol. 1
Cyber Force: Awakening Vol. 1
Dissonance Vol. 1
God Complex: Dogma Vol. 1
Golgotha Vol. 1
Port of Earth Vol. 1
Postal Vol. 1 – 2
Sunstone Vol. 1
The Freeze / Infinite Dark Preview

These comics can be downloaded as CBZ, PDF, and ePub files. That way you can read your rewards on your computer, e-reader, iPad, or any mobile device! The minimum donation required is $1, but you can download $760 worth of comics for only $15.

The Darkness SCI-FI & SEX bundle ends Wednesday, November 28th!

The Jekyll Island Chronicles Helps Raise Money to Complete the National WWI Memorial

With its second volume landing in bookstores everywhere this week, The Jekyll Island Chronicles is an award-winning series of alternate-history graphic novels, featuring an unlikely band of World War I veterans who continue to serve their country by battling an anarchist cabal in a post-war era of invention.

On the centennial of the end of that war, the creators and publishers of the series have prepared a very special way for readers to join in honoring the heroes of “The Great War.”

Through the end of 2018, a portion of every purchase of The Jekyll Island Chronicles, whether in print or digital, will go toward helping complete the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.

A New Humble Bundle 100% Supports the ACLU to Get Out the Vote

Support the ACLU with a limited-time collection of ebooks from Humble Bundle, featuring the exclusive debut of the anthology Resist! All proceeds to be donated to the ACLU. With the US midterm elections just around the corner, Humble Bundle has just launched a fun and informative selection of curated titles in support of a more perfect union. The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU focuses on civics, volunteerism, and positive resistance – with one cookbook, an angry bear, Cory Doctorow, and a few dystopian novels and comics in the mix too.

Participating publishers coming together for this project include DC Comics, IDW, Image Comics, Lonely Planet, Microcosm Publishing, No Starch Press, Oni Press, Quirk, Skyhorse, and Tachyon.

Working in conjunction with the ACLU and writer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), this promotion will be the first to offer the new science fiction anthology, Resist: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, featuring some of today’s most celebrated SF writers.

100% of all proceeds from this promotion will be donated to the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, they take up the toughest civil liberties fights.

The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU will run from October 22 through November 5 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:

  • Make A Difference: The Ultimate Volunteer Handbook
  • The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America
  • American Presidents
  • The Little Black Book of Political Wisdom
  • The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Full Bleed Vol 2 (Exclusive Excerpt)
  • Prez

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get:

  • Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Sh*t Politicians Say
  • Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance
  • Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
  • Girls Resist!
  • Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow
  • Bitch Planet

Those who pay $15 or more will receive:

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  • We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce
  • Letter 44
  • A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice
  • Stable Strategies and Others
  • Pirate Utopia
  • What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t
  • Paddle Against the Flow
  • Stuff Every American Should Know
  • Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide To Making A Difference Around the World

Those who pay $18 or more will receive the Humble exclusive debut of Resist!: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, edited by Gary Whitta, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey.

This hot-off-the-digital-press anthology will featured short works from renowned writers including:

Charles Yu Beth Revis
Charlie Jane Anders David Wellington
Hugh Howey Kieron Gillen
John Scalzi Desirina Boskovich
Sarah Kuhn Jason Arnopp
Laura Hudson Kevin Hearne
Leigh Alexander Jake Kerr
Daniel H. Wilson Madeleine Roux
Saladin Ahmed Fran Wilde
C. Robert Cargill Delilah S. Dawson
Chet Williamson Elizabeth Bear

The total MSRP for this entire collection, including Resist! and all 30 books is $365.

Valiant and Groupees Announce the Biggest-Ever Valiant Universe Digital Bundle – Available Today!

Valiant Entertainment has announced that it has joined forces with Groupees for the launch of a brand new, DRM-free, pay-what-you-want digital bundle of Valiant comics – the biggest ever offered in Valiant’s history!

Starting today on October 16th, hundreds of Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles – from inspiring creators like Joshua Dysart, Matt KindtPaolo RiveraJody HouserRobert GillRoberto 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!

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