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American Cancer Society Partners With Heroes For Causes To Bring You Center Ice

American Cancer Society Gold Together for Childhood Cancer

Fourteen-year-old Weston Herman is a four-time, brain cancer survivor who has battled through multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. His positivity and passion to help others make him the ultimate comic book superhero, Center Ice. Fighting cancer both on and off the rink, facing the nefarious Mr. I (an acronym for the outdated technology used in cancer treatments) and his legion of evil robots, Center Ice is a story of hope, activism, and the power of thinking beyond yourself to help others. Copies of the comic book will be shared with childhood cancer patients through partnering hospitals and other entities. Copies scan be purchased at American Cancer Society Discovery locations and on Ebay. Donations to support the cause can be online.

The project was created by Jeremiah Stemple, Joseph A. Michael, and Donovan Petersen, co-founders of Heroes 4 Causes, which aims to bring hope and smiles to every child through superheroes like Center Ice.

Heroes 4 Cause

Donations and proceeds from the project support the American Cancer Society’s Gold Together initiative dedicated to increasing awareness of childhood cancer, supporting families facing a diagnosis, and raising funds to end childhood cancer. Since 2014, Gold Together has raised more than $2.25 million to support childhood cancer initiatives. Center Ice’s debut is set to coincide with September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. One in 266 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.

Heavy Metal and Floyd Mayweather Team for Undefeated

Heavy Metal has announced a new Floyd Mayweather comic that will be co-produced with Herø Projects. Undefeated, a 22-page one-shot comic, highlights the life and success of Floyd Mayweather, the iconic American boxer, winner of fifteen major world championships, and Olympic medalist.

Undefeated is written by Matthew Medney and Morgan Rosenblum, who co-created the comic with Voodoo Bownz and Jonny Handler, with illustrations by Rodrigo Lorenzo.

Undefeated will be exclusively available this fall to anyone who buys one of the 11,000+ Floyd Mayweather NFTs from floydNFT.com. Each Floyd NFT feeds 15 people and grants access to “Floyd’s world.”

Undefeated

Kodansha’s Isekai Humble Manga Bundle is Here!

Kodansha and Humble Bundle have teamed up once again to bring fans a bundle that’s from another world! Manga fans can get over $700 worth of exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt isekai manga during the Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha event, going on until August, 26, 2021.

The Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha offers 65 volumes totaling over $700 worth of series themed around one of the hottest genres in manga today, isekai! Series you can expect to be part of this bundle include recent fan-favorites, like The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon!, as well as spinoffs of classic isekai series like, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest, to rom-com isekai like, I Guess I Became the Mother of the Great Demon King’s 10 Children in Another World, as well as anime-inspiring isekai like, I’m Standing on a Million Lives.

Read ’em anywhere: All the manga featured as part of the Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha will be delivered digitally upon purchase in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices!

Support charity: For this Humble Bundle, Kodansha will be leveraging the purchasing power of each bundle – whether it’s at the $1 tier or the $25 to donate a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause! Choose where the money goes among Kodansha and the preselected charity, the BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation – an organization helping bookstore owners, booksellers, and comic store employees and owners with unforeseen emergency financial needs. Or you can also choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Humble Manga Bundle: Isekai by Kodansha

The Joe Sinnott Tribute Challenge Spotlight Announces Participating Artists

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of artists participating in its Joe Sinnott Tribute Challenge Spotlight. The event features artist Ron Frenz‘s exclusive pencil art of Marvel‘s Thor, which was scanned and sent to a variety of ink artists to embellish. The artwork will be then auctioned for fundraising.

The event was launched to commemorate the life and career of legendary ink artist Joe Sinnott around the anniversary of his passing last year, along with the annual inking event that bore his name since 2010.

The Tribute furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Each inked page will be signed by Frenz and the inker. All pages, plus a certificate of authenticity signed by Almond, will then be auctioned off as a fundraiser in biweekly waves beginning Monday, July 5.

Information about the upcoming fundraising auctions can be found on the Inkwell’s website and  Facebook group page.

Help the Hero Initiative with this Comic Anthology on Kickstarter Now

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology features over one hundred creators contributing one-page stories about what “help” means during the COVID-19 pandemic. Running Kickstarter, the project will raise funds for The Hero Initiative. That organization aids comic professionals in need. You can also donate directly to The Hero Initiative through their website.

The Help anthology project started when state lockdowns for COVID-19 began, forcing many comic shops to close and creating a ripple effect throughout the comic industry, resulting in widespread business and job loss and book cancellations. Help became a way for creators to donate their time and skills to tell one-page stories on the theme of helping others, while ultimately serving to raise money for those in the community in need of help during the pandemic.

Comic book writer Omar Spahi and editor Hannah Means-Shannon teamed up to create the Help anthology and partnered with The Hero Initiative to raise money for comic professionals. This marks the first time The Hero Initiative has ever been involved in a Kickstarter campaign.

Even as conditions improve and publishing schedules become more robust, many people in the comic book industry have been affected by business and job loss, and the impact of that loss will linger. The hope is that even after this initial Kickstarter campaign is complete, this project continues to encourage charitable giving to help support the comic community.

The stories submitted for the anthology were open-hearted, examining what it means to help and how we experience aid and value it in comics. These stories span from fiction to non-fiction, some taking silent approaches, and some engaging in intimate monologues. This collection captures how comic creators felt, and continue to feel, about giving and receiving help within their community and world in a heartwarming and kind way, despite living through a time of crisis.

The Kickstarter campaign allows backers to choose from a number of tiers for rewards, including: $10 for a digital copy of HELP: The Hero Initiative Anthology, $25 for a softcover printed copy, $55 for a hardcover printed copy, with additional tiers onwards up to $1000 for original artwork from select creators of the anthology along with a hardcover copy of the book.

All proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel will support The Hero Initiative’s mission to help comic book creators in medical or financial need.

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology is designed by Dezi Sienty and features a cover by Charlie Adlard. The anthology features the following contributing creators:

Serg Acuna, Ted Anderson, David Baillie, Nick Barber, Corinna Bechko, Steve Becker, John Bivens, David M. Booher, Conor Boyle, Lizzie Boyle, Nick Brokenshire, Mark Bouchard, Scott O. Brown, Erik Burnham, Caio Cacau, Dennis Calero, Jim Campbell, Mario Candelaria, Richard Case, Peejay Catacun, Michael W. Conrad, Gab Contreras, Joe Cooper, Joe Corallo, Alex Cormack, Jorge Corona, Marcelo Costa, CRANK!, Frank Cvetkovic, Nenad Cviticanin, Tony Donley, Siike Donnelly, Rich Douek, Dave Dwonch, Matt Emmons, Taylor Esposito, Scott Ewen, Eduardo Ferigato, Nick Filardi, Bob Fingerman, Tony Fleecs, Michael Jan Friedman, Antonio Fuso, Alfie Gallagher, Dillon Gemmill, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Frank Gogol, Simon Gough, Mathew Groom, Gabriel Hardman, DC Hopkins, Matt Horak, Mike Isenberg, Van Jensen, Rich Johnston, Justin Jordan, Zack Kaplan, Joseph Keatinge. Gideon Kendall, Dearbhla Kelley, Lovern Kindzierski, D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean Konot, Piotr Kowalski, Ilias Kyriazis, Jonathan Lang, Christine Larsen, Janet Lee, John Lees, Fabian Lelay, Shawn Lee, Cath Lobo, Marissa Louise, Andrew MacLean, Andy MacDonald, James Maddox, Ariana Maher, Ryan Maniulit, Shaun Manning, Shanna Matuszak, Hannah Means-Shannon, Oliver Mertz, Joe Mulvey, Andrea Mutti, Micah Myers, Mike Norton, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Eric Palicki, Chas! Pangburn, David Pepose, Cris Peter, Troy Peteri, Fred Pham Chuong, Curt Pires, Sebastian Piriz, Ahmed Raafat, Cardinal Rae, Livio Ramondelli, Frank Reynoso, Sean Rinehart, Rafer Roberts, Fabrice Sapolsky, Erika Schnatz, Tim Seeley, Dezi Sienty, Brad Simpson, Arune Singh, Omar Spahi, Mark Stafford, Dave Stoll, Dane Styler, Dave Swartz, Keana Taire, Bryan Talbot, Fred Van Lente, Magdalene Visaggio, and Kelly Williams.

20 Fists #1 Gets a Pride Variant Raising Money for Brace Space Alliance of Chicago

20 Fists #1 Pride Variant

The first issue of the critically acclaimed action-romance series 20 Fists is getting a re-release Pride Variant by Kira Okamoto available on sourcepointpress.com for a limited time. Half of all proceeds from the 20 Fists #1 Pride Variant will be donated to Brave Space Alliance, an LGBTQ+ Center located in Chicago.

20 Fists is written by Frankee White, illustrated by Kat Baumann with color by Gabriela Contreras and letters by DC Hopkins.

This a comic about fist fights and bad romance. The No Names are new to the 20 Fists Fight League. As they begin to make a name for themselves the worst possible thing happens: their leader Chel falls for Billie, the leader of their rival crew The Big Jackets. Now, with their crews about to meet up for another battle, Chel and Billie need to decide… to make love or war?

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ community of Chicago. To learn more and/or donate, visit bravespacealliance.org.

The 20 Fists #1 Pride Variant is available on sourcepointpress.com for the month of June, 2021.

Zenescope Raises $10,000 For Independent Comic Shops

In March 2021, Zenescope Entertainment began working with comic book retailers across the country by utilizing the company’s fast-growing livestream events. This year, so far, Zenescope has raised and donated over $10,000 cumulatively through its “Retailer Livestreams” to continue its initiative of giving back to the comic book community.

Zenescope features a new store on every stream and donates 50% of all sales to that livestream’s featured comic shop. All products ship directly from the Zenescope warehouse, so there’s zero cost or risk to participating retailers.

Zenescope also recently partnered with Binc (Book Industry Charitable Foundation) for their “Survive to Thrive” campaign, to help reach their goal of $2 million in donations.

For any comic book retailers looking to be featured on an upcoming Zenescope Livestream, you can contact the company’s direct market sales rep, Jason Condeelis at jcondeelis@zenescope.com for more information.

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SPJA Opens Anime Expo Lite Registration for This Year’s Online Convention

Anime Expo Lite 2021

Anime Expo Lite 2021 adds a vivid array of video game and visual novel brands to this year’s two-day, livestream convention, commencing on Saturday, July 3rd and continuing through July 4th.

Programming will include exclusive game-related panels and special online content presented by Sekai Project and WayForward with additional participants to be announced shortly.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream ends on July 4th, ticketholders will be able to re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming on a VOD basis from July 5th -16th, 2021.

Registration information:

  • Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12pm – 8pm (PST)
  • Ticket Registration
  • Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. This year’s programming will feature streamed content from additional industry partners such as Bushiroad, Bandai Namco Arts, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf Anime, VIZ Media and more soon to be announced! Additional content, programming details, and participating brands will be announced in the coming weeks.

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Gaming Programming will Include:

  • Panel discussions with industry leaders
  • Industry announcements
  • Live content
  • Exclusive content from Japan
  • Q&As
  • Community & Educational Segments
  • Community Features

Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

GlobalComix Announces Resilience: Creators Against COVID, a Charity Anthology

Resilience: Creators Against COVID

GlobalComix has announced Resilience: Creators Against COVID. The anthology is the digital platform’s first original release. GlobalComix has teamed up with creators for original stories about perseverance and hope. 100% of the revenue will go to the creators for them to donate to causes or comic shops of their choosing.

Resilience: Creators Against COVID features 7 chapters which will be released twice a week starting on May 18.

Check out the full creative lineup below:

Persevere
Released on May 18 2021, made by
Landry Walker (Batman),
Eric Jones (Star Wars),
Taylor Esposito (Daredevil)
are donating to Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, CA

Supposed to Be
Released on May 20 2021, made by
Jamal Igle (Wonder Woman),
Jess Fleming (Outgoing)
are donating to The Trans Women of Color Collective in Bethesda, MD

The Fantastic Flame
Released on May 25 2021, made by
Alex Segura (Archie),
Chantel Acevedo (Muse Squad),
Richard Ortiz (DC Bombshells),
Ellie Wright (Black Ghost),
Taylor Esposito (Daredevil)
are donating to A&M Comics in Miami, Florida

Persian Version of Pop Culture in America
Released on May 27 2021, made by
Sina Grace (Iceman)
is donating to Secret Headquarters Comics in Los Angeles, CA

Surviving Camino Del Diablo
Released on June 1 2021, made by
Henry Barajas (Helm Graycastle),
Nicky Rodriguez (Pulse),
Gabbie Downie (Harleen)
are donating to Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ

7 O’clock
Released on June 3 2021 by
Frank Tieri (Wolverine),
Leisha Riddel (Smooth Criminals),
Christina Rose Chua (Adventure Time)
are donating to The Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses

The Hike
Released on June 8 2021 by
Jeremy Holt (After Houdini, Made in Korea),
Chris Peterson (Dead Beats),
Gab Contreras (Witchblood)
are donating to Vinyl Fantasy in Brooklyn, New York

Janelle Asselin provided editorial management for Resilience: Creators Against COVID, a Charity Anthology while Kat Jackson provided the cover art.

Image and Skybound Reveal Pride Month Charity Variants to Benefit the Transgender Law Center

In celebration of Pride Month this June, Skybound Entertainment will release a line of nine variant covers featuring art by LGBTQI+ creators.

All proceeds  from the sales of these Pride Month variant covers,  will be donated to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Skybound will continue these charity initiatives throughout the year along with additional actions in support of underrepresented and vulnerable communities.

Skybound’s  Pride Month variant covers will be available exclusively at comic book stores and include:

Available on Wednesday, June 2—

  • Fire Power #12 Cover M by Kira Okamoto (Diamond Code MAR219145)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #16 Cover D by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAR219153)

Available on Wednesday, June 9—

  • Birthright #50 Cover B by Binglin Hu (Diamond Code MAR219155)
  • The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 Cover C by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR219150)
  • Oblivion Song #31 Cover B by Em Allen (Diamond Code MAR219149)

Available on Wednesday, June 16—

  • Stillwater #8 Cover B by Gabrielle Kari (Diamond Code MAR219151)
  • Ultramega #4 Cover E by Kris Anka (Diamond Code MAR219152)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #17 Cover E by Marty G (Diamond Code MAR219154)

Available on Wednesday, June 23—

  • Manifest Destiny #44 Cover B by TBA (Diamond Code MAR219148)
Fire Power #12 Pride Month Variant
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