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TKO’S Covid-19 Initiative Benefited Over 650 Comic Shops

In 2020 TKO Studios launched an initiative to help comic shops suffering during COVID-18. Launched in March, the comic publisher sent 50% of every sale from their webstore to the local comic shop of a customer’s choosing.

The initiative ended in August and during the 6 months, the publisher sent over 1,500 checks to over 650 comic shops! In May the publisher announced they had sent “over a thousand checks to over 600 stores”.

It’s an impressive initiative showing how publishers can help directly boost comic shops impacted during economic struggles. It was one of the numerous ways publishers and creators rallied to help shops make it through the year. In October, BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation announced they had raised over $950,000 to benefit comic retailers.

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Kuo-Yu Liang Joins the BINC Board while Kera Yonker Joins as Development Coordinator

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

As the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation kicks off their 25th anniversary year, they welcome Kuo-Yu Liang as a new Board member. Kuo-Yu has spent 30+ years in the books and comics business. His first job out of school was at Central Park Bookstore in San Mateo, CA. From there the journey took him to publishing (Random House), distribution (Diamond Comics), events (BookExpo and New York Comic Con). He has served on various advisory boards (including Bertelsmann, Lucasfilm, and Shelf Awareness) and is the founder of a pop culture publishing consultancy, Ku Worldwide. Originally from Taiwan, he now lives in Seattle.

Jen Reynolds and Lori Tucker-Sullivan are both board members who will be stepping down from their positions. Jen is a national accounts manager for W. W. Norton. She has worked in bookselling and publishing for 25 years, including at Joseph-Beth/Davis-Kidd Booksellers, PGW/Perseus, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She served on the advisory council of the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance and on the boards of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Friends of Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University. She is especially known among our Board for her advocacy and strong showing in Binc’s annual year-end fundraising campaign.

Lori Tucker-Sullivan is an author and a program manager for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Wayne State University. She was previously executive director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, Inc. Lori served seven years as Board president, spending this final year on the Board as immediate past-president. Binc thanks Lori for her long service and deft counsel as the Foundation has grown in the past eight years in its mission of serving booksellers and comic retailers across the country.

Binc also welcomes Kera Yonker as development coordinator. Kera joined Binc in November, just in time to play a key role in their record-setting year-end campaign, which raised more than $160,000. Kera began her career as a bookseller at Green Apple Books & Music in San Francisco. She has since worked in sales and marketing for a number of publishers and distributors including PGW, Oxford University Press, and Perseus Books Group. Before joining the Binc Foundation, she combined her passions for writing and bookselling as a freelance book editor and marketer.

The Attack on Titan Humble Manga Bundle Has Launched

Just in time for the final season of the hit anime, Kodansha USA and Humble Bundle have teamed up to launch the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle! Right now, fans can get over $750 worth of the original Attack on Titan digital manga, its spinoff series, light novels, guides, and even audiobooks, for only $20. It’s a perfect jumping on point for new fans of the franchise or those that only know the anime, as well as a great opportunity for existing fans to build-up their Attack on Titan library!

Read ’em anywhere: The manga, light novels, and guides featured in the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle are all available digitally 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: Not only will you be immersing yourself in the action-packed world of Attack on Titan but you’ll also be donating to great causes! Choose where the money goes — among Kodansha Comics and the preselected charities, the ACLU and Doctors Without Borders — or choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle

Below are the different tiers for the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle and what fans can expect to receive:

Pay $1 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 1 – 4
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1

Pay $5 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 5 – 10
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 2 – 3
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 2 – 3
Spoof on Titan Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Light Novel)

Pay $10 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 11 – 16
Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 4 – 6
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City (Light Novel) Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Vol. 1

Pay $15 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 17 – 21
Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 7 – 11
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 4 – 5
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Vol. 2
Spoof on Titan Vol. 2
Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound (Light Novel) Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 1

Pay $20 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 22 – 26
Attack on Titan Anthology
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 12 – 17
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City Vol. 1 & 2 (Audiobook)
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City (Light Novel) Vol. 2
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 2

And available digitally for the first time ever as part of the $20 tier:
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition
Attack on Titan: Anime Guide

Get Your Last Minute Donations in and Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative Before the End of the Year

With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or those impacted by the pandemic you have a few days to get your last-minute donations in before the end of the year. We have some handy comic focused charities, though there’s many more you can give to that are very worthy as well. Sound off in the comments with those you donate to!

Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

The organization has pivoted to help booksellers and comic shops during the current pandemic.

Binc’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. Binc is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

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.

The organization has pivoted in the current period by becoming a resource for comic shops and creators in need of support, new ideas, or relief. They’ve become an invaluable one-stop shop to disseminate information to help the industry.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, 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 2019 annual report now and see why they’re important.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

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 $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

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.

Despair and Hope in “Borderx”

BORDERX

CONTENT WARNING: This graphic novel covers the human rights violations of migrants imprisoned in ICE detention centers. This includes scenes abuse, starvation, neglect, physical violence, and racial slurs, many of which involve children.

SPOILER WARNING: There are spoilers minor and major ahead.

DISCLOSURE: A copy of BORDERX was provided for by a contributor.

Publisher: BORDERX Publishing
Editor and Producer: Mauricio Alberto Cordero
Project Assistance: Roel Torres
Design Assistance: Adriana Cordero
Story & Art: Various Artists


Comics can be more than just escapist entertainment. I don’t just mean the dark, gritty “comics aren’t just for kids anymore” kind of stuff, although I do enjoy a good bit of sex and violence in my panels. Increasingly, the medium has been used to tell real stories about real people. Whether it’s autobiographical comics such as Spinning and Fun Home, or historical comics like Maus or Big Black: Stand At Attica. Many of the latter aren’t just good stories. They provide context to important moments in history and can inspire a sense of urgency to continue on the good fight against racism, homophobia, police brutality, and so much more.

BORDERX is a charity anthology about the current crisis of the injustices against migrants here in the U.S. The goal as stated by publisher and editor-in-chief Mauricio Alberto Cordero is to educate readers about the border crisis and raise money for charity. Not only that, but Cordero hopes to make the focus on the migrants themselves, paint a human picture of them that reminds everyone that these are people–not criminals–who deserve rights and respect.

The cover to this anthology shows a red skeleton approaching a border. This should make it clear the position the anthology has on the crisis. The contributors are not fans of ICE, the Border patrol, or the American government. These groups are clearly placed in the wrong, sometimes artists interpreting agents as vicious dogs or eldritch abominations. If you’re coming into this book hoping for a pro-ICE stance or “both sides” deal, well I suggest you look elsewhere, preferably here:

True Story Behind the 2016 Election Dumpster Fire GIF

However, I must comment that the cover does not set a clear tone. The design here induces dark feelings. It’s a forewarning to content that will be unsettling. Certainly, it is. I would argue though that a cover should clearly match the tone of its content. In that regard, BORDERX is a mix of both darkness and light, something the cover fails to capture. Yes, there are stories in here about horrible human rights abuses, but it also includes hopeful and educational ones as well. Having a cover that reflects only half of your content is insufficient.

I appreciate the anthology’s clearness of intent. There are no meaningless apolitical platitudes found here. It also provides important context to the reader. Introductions by Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley, Warren Binford, and Michael Garcia Bochenak describe the poor conditions migrants experience in the ICE detention centers, the brutal and traumatizing practice of separating families, and the subsequent public responses. From there Cordero chimes in to layout how the anthology addresses the crisis, namely through 5 segments, each with their own purpose:

  1. The Exhibits — views on the border
  2. The Responses — profiles of people and organizations helping migrants
  3. The Context — personal accounts of people whose lives have been touched in various ways by the border crisis
  4. The Ruminations — fictional allegories and satire
  5. The Posters — art pieces

BORDERX is clearly an anthology with lofty goals, clear intent, and what looks like a well thought out plan. Unfortunately, I found the execution to be mixed. Starting with the Exhibits section, there is a conflict between Cordero’s stated intent and the content provided. When he described this segment as “views on the border”, I imagined it would be a series of experts giving their thoughts. Instead, it’s a collection of comics illustrating various accounts from migrants in the detention center. This is not a bad thing. These stories are the meat and potatoes of the anthology. However, it is disappointing that Cordero wrongly stated what the Exhibits would be about when he started off with such a clear plan in mind. I know this is nitpicking, but a work like this tackling such a serious subject matter cannot afford muddling its intent.

As for the comics themselves, these are easily the best in the anthology. Each of the stories are real life declarations from detainees provided by Project Amplify, an organization dedicated to collecting and making their stories available to the public. The creative teams do a fantastic job of transferring the declarations into the comics medium. They all follow the usual formula of filling panels with images and narration captions that correlate with one another. The visuals all vary, ranging from presentational to expressionistic, realism to surrealism. There are even styles that resemble children’s cartoons, no doubt a purposeful subversion to highlight just how horrible these events are. I can’t say that every comic is a work of art, but each one does accomplish its goal of bringing to life the detainees and what they went or still are going through.

The Exhibits is also the most difficult part of BORDERX to read. The stories are brutal. The detainees live in freezing cold buildings, locked up in cages. There are insufficient supplies, terrible food, not enough beds and blankets, insufficient medical care, limited if any times to bath or brush teeth, sickness, abuse and neglect from ICE staff, lights kept on all day and night, and the detainees have no idea what their rights are or what will happen to them. All of these accounts are from children, including newly born babes. Just imagine being separated from your parents and forced to live in these conditions, constantly treated like dirt. These aren’t even all the stories, or even the worse ones.

Reading the Exhibits boiled my blood. An anger that lay dormant from when I, like most Americans, learned about these abuses rose in me, tenfold this time now that I had faces to associate to all those poor children. Which is a good thing. This visceral reaction I experienced should be the end goal of illustrating these stories. Probably the best piece is “Eisegeis” by Lee A. Gooden, Rod Jacobsen, and Dan Demille. It interrupts the regular flow for scenes of two roommates watching the story being told from a T.V. It’s in the point-of-view of the more sympathetic viewer, and a meta challenge to the reader not to forget what is happening here. Outrage and empathy is not enough. Those feelings must fuel action.

The Responses is the shortest segment of BORDERX, and the most consistently educational. We learn about important individuals and organizations supporting migrants. I was surprised to see Peter Kuper in here. For those of you who don’t know, Kuper is a critical-acclaimed indie comics artist, probably most known for his work on MAD Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy”. He is easily the best artist in his anthology, and I couldn’t help but experience delight as his cartoon animals explained migration law.

Throughout the Responses, I learned about organizations like Safe Passage Project and the Southern Texas Human Rights center, how they help migrants in various ways. I found this not only educational, but also uplifting. After reading about all the abuse in the previous segment, it was important to know about people actually helping immigrants. Links to these organization’s websites are also provided, which is a great way to encourage readers to continue educating themselves long after they’re done reading.

As much respect as I have for this segment, there are deeply flawed pieces. “Crisis in Clint” is about Warren Binford, an activist who helped Project Amplify collect declarations from detainees. It’s an inspiring story, but one told with choppy progression that left me feeling like there was information lost. I get a strong feeling that the creative team struggled to decompress her story properly. I can’t imagine that it was an issue of page limit. Kuper‘s comic gave a clear picture of the Safe Passage Project with 15 pages, and there pieces that tell their narratives with as little as 4. Another piece, “Anime Blue” by Paolo Massagli, is not very educational despite being about Open Arms. It’s an NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to search and rescue at sea. I didn’t learn any of that until I googled them. The only thing you learn about them is their name alone.

It’s a shame because the comic itself is amazing, a work of goddamn art I would even argue. It’s a wordless tale about a drowning baby that is lifted to the safety of the surface by the spirits of dead migrants. The visuals are profound in both their beauty and melancholy. I had quite the emotional reaction, tears of both grief and joy running down my facee.

Issues with the anthology continue onto the Context segment, not so much of quality as organization. These are supposed be personal accounts from people whose lives have been touched in various ways by the border crisis. The pieces I read are split between autobiographical and historical. Yes, they do give context to the border crisis, but not in a way completely accurate to Cordero’s statement.

Let me just start off by saying that these pieces are fantastic. “As Long As They Come Here Legally” by Phoebe Cohen and “Cynthia” by Roel Torres tell the stories of how their families immigrated to the U.S. under legally dubious circumstances. If they didn’t, they would have been dead, something they hold in common with many migrants in those horrible ICE detention centers. These pieces challenge the reader to think about their own families. Many were immigrants as well, and probably had to do what was necessary.

The historical pieces talk about various immigrant crises throughout American history. “…But It Does Rhyme” by Paul Axel, Craig Florence, Alvon Ortiz, and Jerome Gagnon features a different atrocity committed against migrants and indigenous people by the American government and our military. The Trail of Tears, Japanese-American internment camps during WW2, the list goes on. Each and every one of them shows how we were tied to a migration crises, and how we only made it worse by responding not with compassion but violence. What is going on at the ICE detention centers is violence, cold and sadistic. And the sad part? It seems to have always been that way.

Other pieces in this segment don’t seem to fit at all. “Dora”, for example, reads more like the stories from the Exhibits. It’s also the worst written. For some reason, the writer tried mixing English and Spanish together, which makes for a reading experience that is choppy and often bewildering. Actually, to be quite frank, the entire organization of the Context is messy. Even the good pieces I find should have been put in different categories from each other. It would have made the segment much stronger.

The Ruminations is by far the worst part of BORDERX. The comics here approach the border crisis by using genre fiction as an allegory, kind of like The Twilight Zone. Despite me liking a lot of the art, the stories are mostly half-baked ideas with mediocre writing. For example, there’s one story that tries to take the monkey’s paw concept into a new direction, only for it to be a confusing, repetitive slog. Given how much the editing in previous segments was superior, I do wonder if time was running out on the deadline and the publisher had to make do. Cordero does mention all the contributors worked on a tight schedule.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t good pieces. “Rose Colored Glass” by Sal Fitzgerald and Raymond Griffith is a post-apocalyptic scenario where apparently there are certain people in America denied the permission to breathe oxygen, so they must wear these helmets that look like old scuba gear and not take them off or their heads explode. The world-building is vague and the whole concept in of itself is ridiculous, but it’s the most successful in using genre fiction as an allegory for immigration.

The most irritating of them all is “Sink?” by Tom Hart. It’s stylized as a newspaper comic strip, starting off with a guy going on an incoherent rant, then the whole thing cuts to a bunch of guys on boats. They rant as well, but are more coherent, mostly just about how unhappy they are with their marriages and jobs. Every now and then, a scene of war, floods, and other horrible events interrupts the rambling. This whole comic is a ham-fisted attempt at tut-tutting first world problems while the real problems are happening elsewhere. It’s not righteous or supportive. It’s cynical and condescending. Yes, it’s framed as a bunch of privileged men acting like their privilege is the worse thing ever, but I too often see people with ADHD, depression, and anxiety get swept under the same vague umbrella. It’s not about actually caring about real issues, but smugly showing off a sense of moral superiority.

The best piece is “Silence” by Dean Westerfield. The art style is an underground, black-and-white style without much of the stylistic grandeur as other comics in the Ruminations. However, it also has the most impact. It’s dialogue-less and interlaced with passages from Audre Lorde’s “The Transformation of Silence to Language and Action”. A woman wakes up early, tired and old. After getting her kids off to school (no father in sight) she has to work, her facial expression growing increasingly melancholic. Turns out she is a janitor at one of the ICE centers. She cleans up while passing by all those cages full of children sleeping on floors. At the end of the story, the Audre Lorde passage ends with this observation:

There is so much you can observe about this comic. Are we to judge her for not speaking up, or should we consider there are reasons she can’t? After all, we don’t know much about her other than being a mother of two small children and working a janitorial job. That’s not someone with a lot of options to rebel. She could be an immigrant herself and scared to speak up. The message about silence being deadlier than indifferences rings true while not judging her coldly, and I appreciate that. It should say something that the most effective piece of fiction in the Ruminations doesn’t rely on genre as an allegory.

Which isn’t me saying genre fiction can’t work as an allegory. Classic works such as The Twilight Zone, 1984, and Aesop’s Fables proves that it can. The problem is that if you put those allegories in the same book as the real life atrocities, they will always pale in comparison. Personally, I would have taken the material at hand and done two separate anthologies. The first would be the real life stories from the Exhibits, the Responses, and the Context; the second could be the allegorical stories in the Ruminations, and in both you could give the contributors more room to make their stories better.

The Posters is the last segment, and it’s top quality! The point here is to use the artform of posters to make commentary, much like the WPA era. This commentary ranges from the strength and beauty of migrants to ICE brutality to satire. Some of these posters are one page comics, a particularly brutal one by Donna Barr that shows the different reactions between Germans learning about the concentration camps and Americans finding out about the detention centers. It is incredibly chilling.

All in all, BORDERX is a mixed reading experience. On one hand, its lofty goals are muddled by issues of organization and quality control. It should have been either shorter or split in two. With that said, it does succeed in educating the reader about the border crisis. Most importantly, it recognizes the humanity of the detainees, reminding me that this is an issue that I and every American have to continue fighting for. We can’t be so naive as to think that just because Donald Trump is out of office, we can rely on his Democratic replacement to fix it. After all, this is an issue the American government on all sides has been contributing to for centuries.

The electronic PDF version includes bonus material, which I do encourage you to get because it’s all spectacular. Probably the best piece is this one:

This is the future we should be fighting for, even when we’re not at our best.

NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I apologize for not being able to talk about all the contributors to the anthology. Whatever my opinion of each individual work is, I recognize and respect how hard you all worked on your comics.

Available at Amazon

Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesday

With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or impacted by the pandemic, a special #GivingTuesday is taking place today! #GivingTuesday is a day that 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), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

The organization has pivoted to help booksellers and comic shops during the current pandemic.

Binc’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. Binc is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

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.

The organization has pivoted in the current period by becoming a resource for comic shops and creators in need of support, new ideas, or relief. They’ve become an invaluable one-stop shop to disseminate information to help the industry.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, 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 2019 annual report now and see why they’re important.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

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 $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

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.

The Unquotable Trump Donates $11,000 to the ACLU

Drawn & Quarterly has announced that $11,000 has been raised for the ACLU. When R. Sikoryak’s The Unquotable Trump was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2017, 25% of net proceeds were earmarked for donation to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU is a civil rights organization focused on defending voting rights of all Americans and a focus on fighting voter suppression and minority vote dilution.

Once the remaining stock of The Unquotable Trump has been sold, the book will go out of print and Drawn & Quarterly anticipates making another donation of approximately $3,000 USD.


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The Unquotable Trump

Get Street Fighter and Darkstalkers Comics to Benefit the Hero Initiative

Street FIgher Udon Humble Bundle

UDON is partnering with Humble Bundle for a great cause: from now through November 18, 2020, Capcom fans can NAME THEIR OWN PRICE and gain access to some of the best Capcom Comics UDON has to offer! In addition to the complete Street Fighter and Darkstalkers graphic novel collections, they’ve included three Capcom Tribute art books as part of this exclusive promotion. All files are DRM-Free and fans can pay as little or as much as they want to access these collections at Humble Bundle!

Proceeds from each purchase will benefit The Hero Initiative, which creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Check out the complete list of Capcom titles that are available for this limited time:

  • Street Fighter Classic Vol.1-5
  • Street Fighter IV Vol.1
  • Super Street Fighter Omnibus Vol.1
  • Street Fighter Unlimited Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter V Vol.1-2
  • Darkstalkers Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
  • Street Fighter Legends: Cammy
  • Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li
  • Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki
  • Street Fighter Legends: Sakura
  • Street Fighter Tribute
  • Darkstalkers Tribute
  • Capcom Fighting Tribute

The HUMBLE BUNDLE offer ends WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020!  Grab your bundles today!

AfroComicCon is Collaborating with Moonshot Jr. to empower girls in STEAM

Moonshot

AfroComicCon and OTEC have announced a‌ ‌partnership‌ ‌with‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌Jr.  for a special program that trains ‌girls‌ ‌and‌ ‌young‌ ‌women‌ ‌of‌ ‌color‌ ‌who‌ are interested in ‌pursuing careers in ‌STEAM‌ ‌(‌Science,‌ ‌Technology,‌ ‌Engineering,‌ ‌Arts,‌ ‌Math‌)‌. ‌As‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌entrepreneurship and‌ ‌innovation‌ ‌in‌ ‌Tech,‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Robotics,‌ ‌Artificial‌ ‌Intelligence,‌ ‌App‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌Game‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Creative‌ ‌Art‌ ‌fields.‌ ‌

‌The partnership will create an‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌for‌ ‌6‌ ‌children‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌ages‌ ‌of‌ ‌10‌ ‌-‌ ‌17‌ ‌to‌ have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌program‌ ‌for‌ ‌12‌ ‌months.‌ ‌They‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ curriculum‌ ‌provided‌ ‌by‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌and‌ ‌accountability‌ ‌measures‌ ‌included‌ ‌with‌ AfroComicCon.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌program,‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌showcase‌ ‌and‌ presentation‌ ‌from‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌product‌ ‌they‌ ‌created.‌

You can learn more about this amazing program and make a donation to support it through the AfroComicCon website.

Comic Veterans are Uniting for the “Give Comics Hope” Fundraiser

Give Comics Hope is a new charitable initiative and has put out a call for public donations alongside high value, unique items donated by industry professionals to support two upcoming charitable auctions. The initiative was created by and headed by comic book industry veteran Bill Schanes and designed for all members of our community to rally together to provide vital aid to comic book stores, the heart, and the roots of our vibrant comic book community.

Give Comics Hope is an ambitious charitable initiative created in response to the financial impact created by the current global health crisis on the pivotal small businesses at the center of the comic book industry – comic book shops. Created by and spearheaded by former Vice President of Purchasing of Diamond Comic Distributors and co-founder of Pacific Comics, Bill Schanes, Give Comics Hope is supported by a group of current and former comic book industry professionals, who have all donated their time and resources to initially bring two auction initiatives to life.
 
Give Comics Hope’s initial charitable efforts will be focused on two auctions designed to raise an initial slate of funds to be distributed to comic book stores in early 2021. Give Comics Hope is calling on publishers, creators, retailers, fans, convention organizations, printers, media, and indeed every member of the community to unite together and give back to comic book shops by donating premium collectibles from their personal collections to two upcoming charitable auctions. 

The first auction will be conducted by Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, for all received donations with an estimated value of $500 or more to take place between Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The initial auction will include donations from industry insiders including cover art from The Walking Dead donated by Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman, paintings by legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz, Star Wars original art by award-winning artist P. Craig Russell, original art from New Mutants #88 by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, original art from X-Factor #55 and Amazing Spider-Man #326 signed by New York Times bestselling artist Colleen Doran, Excalibur #125 original art signed by Dave Hoover, and many, many more. Public donations for the first auction are due by Friday, October 2, 2020.

The second auction will be conducted by Jesse James Comics/Comic Book Shopping Network in partnership with eBay. All public donations with an estimated value of $499 or less will be offered through public auctions and “Buy It Now” opportunities on eBay between Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and Friday, December 11, 2020. Public donations for the second auction are due by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Give Comics Hope has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting comic retailers and booksellers, to oversee the management and disbursement of the funds raised by Give Comics Hope. The initiative will take no organizational fees, and will only deduct any actual, direct costs incurred from the funds raised. Since its inception, Binc has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book and comic industries. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the book and comic industries came together in an extraordinary way allowing Binc to help 2,191 booksellers, comic retailers, and stores with $2.7 million in urgently needed assistance.

The Give Comics Hope logo was created by Craig Yoe of Yoe Studio. The Give Comics Hope website was designed and is managed by Gary Smith of AtPlay Creative.

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