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Support the CBLDF and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

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The 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 its 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 2019 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.


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 $700,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who helped build the industry into 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.

Dynamite’s 15th Anniversary Celebrated With Humble Bundle!

Dynamite Entertainment is celebrating its 15th year of publishing in 2019. To celebrate this benchmark and give back to the loyal fans both new and old, the publisher is teaming up with Humble Bundle and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to offer an unparalleled digital comics bundle! The biggest Dynamite bundle to date!

The bundle will only run for a limited time, so fans should jump on it! – Dynamite 15th Anniversary Bundle

The bundle pulls together classics, overlooked gems and today’s hottest hits from throughout Dynamite’s storied history. Including the very first comic published by Dynamite, Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #1 by Andy Hartnell (Danger Girl) and a breakout performance by artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine & the X-Men). Other touchstones included are the earliest Red Sonja issues under the Dynamite banner, Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Golden Age-turned anew superhero epic Project Superpowers, the mega event Chaos! by hardcore fan turned celebrated creator Tim Seeley (Nightwing), and the most ambitious Dynamite crossover to this day, Gail Simone’s (Birds of PreySwords of Sorrow. Plus of course 2019’s big mainstream rediscovery of The Boys is represented. And the biggest hits of today like the new Vampirella by Christopher Priest (Black Panther) and the critically acclaimed Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, The Wicked + The Divine).

A portion of all proceeds will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This important organization plays a pivotal role in the comic book industry and art form by researching, educating about and fighting against censorship and other injustices enacted against cartoonists and their work.

There’s a special little story that fans can only get here too! Bestselling writer Scott Duvall (They Called Us Enemy, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep) and artists Edu Menna (KISS: The End) and Jordan Michael Johnson (Bettie Page) have got quite the unique Army of Darkness story to celebrate the anniversary. When Ash Williams makes his way to a book signing to promote his new autobiography, a fan shows up with a different book for him to sign…the kind that is constantly out to get Ash and turn him into a deadite! Ash’s plan to promote literacy becomes a life or death romp through (and under) New York you won’t want to miss!

Humble Bundle’s innovative “Pay What You Want” structure for digital goods allows fans to contribute exactly what they want to the bundle and associated charity, while unlocking tiers with more content at different levels. Across four tiers all under $20, readers can snag over 340 comics, amounting to 11,600 pages and 98% off a regular retail price of over $850. Dynamite’s biggest bundle ever!

Check out the available tiers below:

$1 Tier
Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command #1
Crackdown #1
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1George R.R. Martins’ A Game of Thrones #1 – 3
The Librarians #1
The Lone Ranger (2018) #1
Nancy Drew #1
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World #1 – 6
Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #1
Obey Me #1
Turok (2019) #1
Vampirella vs. Reanimator #1
Barbarella / Dejah Thoris #1
Xena: Warrior Princess (2019) #1
22 issues for a buck! How could you pass on that? Over 670 pages of taste testing of fantastic series. And it goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway!, that’s over 98% off! 

$8 Tier
 Bettie Page (2017) #1 – 4
Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 – 5
Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1
Charmed #1 – 5
Chaos! #1 – 6
Evil Ernie: Godeater #1 – 5
Jeepers Creepers #1 – 5
KISS: Blood and Stardust #1 – 5
Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares #1 – 6
Project Superpowers: Chapter Three #0 – 6
Uncanny #1 – 6
Charlie’s Angels vs. The Bionic Woman #1
The Death-Defying ‘Devil (2019) #1
KISS / Army of Darkness #1

Still pocket change and one can upgrade to over 2,700 whopping pages that would normally be valued at over $200! Just shy of 100 issues total, so why not go to the next tier..?

$15 Tier Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman #1 – 6
Army of Darkness (1992) #1 – 3
Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #1 – 4
Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop Dead #1 – 4
Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator #1 – 4
Tales of the Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness (2006) #5 – 7
Battlestar Galactica (2006) #1 – 5
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #1 – 4
Galactica 1980 #1 – 4
Bionic Man (2011) #1 – 26
The Black Bat #1 – 12
The Blood Queen #1 – 6
The Blood Queen Annual 2014
Blood Queen vs. Dracula #1 – 4
Jungle Girl #0 – 5
Jungle Girl: Season 2 #1 – 5
Project Superpowers #0 – 7, 1/2
Project Superpowers: Chapter Two #0 – 12
Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 – 6
The Boys #1 – 14
Vampirella (2010) #1 – 20
Vampirella (2010) Annual #1 – 2
Warlord of Mars #1 – 18
Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1
Vampirella (2019) #1

BOOM! More than doubled the number of issues and pages – coming out to 7,559 pages across 276 issues. 

$18 Tier
Army of Darkness: Ash the Author EXCLUSIVE
Art of Army of Darkness
Art of Atari
Art of Sean Phillips
Art of The Boys
Dynamite Art of Alex Ross
John Wick #1 – 5
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle #1 – 4
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front (2008) #1 – 4
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front (2009) #1 – 4
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon #1 – 8
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Free Comic Book Day
Jose Gonzalez’s Vampirella Art Edition
Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art
Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation
Red Sonja (2005) #0-6, 8-18
Red Sonja: Petitioning the Queen
Swords of Sorrow #1 – 6
Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special
Swords of Sorrow: Chaos! Prequel
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1 – 3
Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato
Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury & Lady Rawhide
Swords of Sorrow: Pantha & Jane Porter Special
Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #1 – 3
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #1 – 4
Ten Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure
Vampirella: Make Up To Break Up

Here is the huge haul! Those few extra dollar went a long way, bringing the total to 11,600 pages, nearly 350 issues, and a ridiculous 98% off the usual total of $863!

Don’t miss these limited deals! Dynamite 15th Anniversary Bundle

Archie Comics Joins CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Archie Comics has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world, with franchises that have introduced comic books, art and reading to billions of people all over the world. Their iconic characters, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch are spotlighted weekly on The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ and upcoming ‘Katy Keene’ TV series and the Netflix series ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, and have been featured in animation, television, film and music.

CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world. Most recently the organization co-published the civics awareness comic book This Is What Democracy Looks Like in partnership with the Center for Cartoon Studies, and is providing support for numerous identity censorship cases across the United States. You can learn more about their work, and sign up for their upcoming free webinars at 

Archie stands beside Abrams, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Boom! Studios, comiXology, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Discount Comic Book Service, Diamond Comic Distributors, FAKKU, Humble Bundle, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Lion Forge, NeverWear, Oni Press, Penguin Random House, Rebellion, ReedPOP, Scholastic, Valiant, Viz Media, and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation as a corporate member supporting CBLDF’s important work.

Art by Veronica Fish

Around the Tubes

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The weekend is almost here and we’re hopefully heading to Small Press Expo! If you’re in the Washington, DC area, it’s a show that’s a must to go to. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – CBLDF Welcomes Bob Schreck As Deputy Director – An interesting addition.

The Beat – Zack Soto joins Oni Press as Editor – Interesting.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Batman Universe #3
CBR –
Levius

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Marvel Comics #1000

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBLDF – Free CBLDF Banned Books Week Webinar Announced! Addressing Identity Censorship – This should be interesting to watch.

Newsarama – Hailee Steinfeld in Talks for Hawkeye‘s Kate Bishop – Report – Interesting casting choice.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Coffin Bound #2
Fortress of Solitude –
Marvel Comics #1000
ICv2 –
Owly: The Way Home
The Beat –
Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san

Get Tons of Red Sonja Comics and Exclusive Story on Humble Bundle to Benefit the CBLDF and National Coalition Against Censorship!

Dynamite and Humble Bundle have launched a Hyrkanian-sized bundle deal with over 120 digital issues of Red Sonja and supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! AND ongoing Red Sonja writer Mark Russell has written a new standalone tale exclusive to Humble Bundle!

Humble Bundle’spricing scale allows fans to pay what they want to fit their budget exactly. Their purchase will fall into one of four tiers, unlocking more and more comics with each tier and including those from the previous ones. At the top tier, one can get the equivalent of 131 issues for only $18, which is 95% off what would normally be approximately a whopping $350! In terms of page count, that all adds up to an insane 3,797 pages of comic books.

Stories from top writers and artists are included in this bundle, including but not limited to Gail Simone, Peter David, Frank Cho, Mike Carey, Amy Chu, Lucio Parrillo, Luke Lieberman, Michael Avon Oeming, Marguerite Bennett, Walter Geovani, Carlos Gomez, Mel Rubi and countless more!

The exclusive story, titled “Petitioning the Queen,” is a fun special story of Red Sonja struggling to prepare for a massive war while juggling her other new duties as Queen of Hyrkania. A pair of “magical” dwarves cause havoc in the streets and force Sonja to confront powers far beyond her understanding. It’s not to be missed, as story elements here will reverberate in the flagship and something else coming up…

Ongoing Red Sonja writer and multiple Eisner nominee Mark Russell is joined by co-writer Bryce Ingman for this story. The gentleman drawing it is Craig Rousseau. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are also migrating over from the main series to serve up colors and letters, maintaining visual consistency through this acclaimed run. While it’s all wrapped up in the beautiful bow of a cover by regular artist Mirko Colak (Conan).

To sweeten the deal even more, a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship. The former is a cherished institution within the comic book industry that provides legal support for artistic professionals around the globe whose work is challenged by censors. From elementary school libraries to imprisoned political cartoonists, they tackle cases of all sizes and notoriety. Other functions of the CBLDF include research and education on the history of censorship of this art form. The National Coalition Against Censorship is an umbrella alliance of 50 American based organizations with a shared mission of combating censorship across art and expression, including the CBLDF.

Check out the available tiers below:

$1 Tier
Savage Red Sonja: Queen of the Frozen Wastes #1-4
Red Sonja: Unchained #1-4
Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods #1-5
Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom #1

How could you turn down 14 issues for just a buck? That’s 97% off! 

$8 Tier

Red Sonja (2005) #0-6Red Sonja (2013) #0-6
Red Sonja (2016) #1-6
Red Sonja: Worlds Away #0
Red Sonja: Revenge of the Gods #1-5Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #1-5
Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1-4
Adventures of Red Sonja TP Vol 1-3

14 issues sounded great, how about 71? Up to over 2,000 pages total and still 95% off!

$15 Tier
Red Sonja (2005) #8-18
Queen Sonja #1-5
Red Sonja: Worlds Away #1-11
Red Sonja (2019) #1-5
Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1-2
Red Sonja & the Ballad of the Red Goddess OGN
Red Sonja: Long Walk to Oblivion
Red Sonja Holiday Special 2018
Red Sonja/Tarzan #1-6

Math, math, math! 126 total issues. Over 3,500 pages of comics. 97% off a retail price of $276.68! These kinds of deals cannot be beaten!

$18 Tier
Red Sonja by Frank Thorne Art Edition Volume 1

A real cherry on top to reward fans for supporting the bundle and charity sponsors – the book collecting high quality scans directly from definitive Sonja artist Frank Thorne’s original art. See all his lines and even imperfections exactly as they would look in person.

SDCC 2019: comiXology Originals Presents the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party

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Start off San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with many of the industry’s best comic creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by comiXology Originals and hosted by superstar creators Tula Lotay & Jock in a “British Invasion” theme brought about by the help of Thought Bubble. Additionally,  Kieron Gillen will DJ the party along with Tula Lotay and surprise guests. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be there with a new British Invasion fragrance for CBLDF supporters! The party is open to the public and starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th, at the Westgate Hotel. Free for CBLDF members, with a $20+ dollar donation at the door requested from all others, with food and cash bar provided. Get your tickets now.

Long known as the best party during Comic-Con, this year the British are coming to put a fresh spin on this free speech fundraiser! With Thought Bubble’s Lotay and Jock leading the charge, CBLDF supporters will also be able to meet top British creators including Richard Starkings, Andy Diggle, Joe Glass and more!  Stemming the tide of the British Invasion, creators and industry luminaries working on comiXology Originals line of exclusive content will be in attendance including; Will Dennis, Kristian Donaldson, Max Dunbar, Clive Hawken, Shawn Martinbrough, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, MK Reed, Mark Sable, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, Magdalene Visaggio, and Jim Zub.

CBLDF protects the Free Expression rights of creators and readers everywhere. This year, they are standing up to a rise in identity censorship, including attempts to ban books by and about the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people of color. CBLDF fights censorship by providing legal aid, resources, and education to help protect the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Your support at the CBLDF SDCC Welcome Party helps fund this important work!

The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a fun night of fabulous creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives!

Mingle and Meet Great Creators! In addition to all the creators mentioned already, every year you can find some of the greatest creators in comics dropping in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with writers, artists, letterers, colorists, and editors!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag that includes limited edition The Stone King posters from comiXology Originals!

Smell Amazing with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! Our friends at BPAL will be bringing a brand new British Invasion exclusive fragrance to support the Fund’s important work!

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives! CBLDF has an exclusive assortment of great items promoting intellectual freedom for Comic-Con attendees! We have all-new stickers, patches, and pins that you can get at the party!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction! Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including art by Walter Simonson, Cathy Guisewite, Stan Sakai, J.O’Barr, Frank Miller & more!

Come support free speech and experience the most talked about party at Comic-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $20 donation at the door, please. Reserve your ticket now!

David Steinberger is Elected to the Board of Directors of the CBLDF

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David Steinberger has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Steinberger is the co-founder and CEO of comiXology, an Amazon Company. Steinberger will serve alongside other current officers: President Christina Merkler; Vice President Chris Powell; Treasurer Ted Adams; and Secretary Dale Cendali. CBLDF’s at-large directors are Jeff Abraham, Jennifer L. Holm, Reginald Hudlin, Katherine Keller, Paul Levitz, and Gene Luen Yang. CBLDF’s Board of Directors oversees CBLDF’s mission protecting, preserving, and promoting the freedom to read comics.

For more than thirty years, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of comics field and developed powerful education efforts in the service of the community. CBLDF has supported a wide range of cases in 2019, including successfully protecting the graphic novel Fun Home in New Jersey and providing legal support to retailers, educators, and creators. The organization’s resources support understanding and protection of First Amendment rights, most recently with Be Heard!, a comic book for students to help them understand their protest rights and the upcoming retailer handbook Selling Comics.

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DCeased #1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! But, we’re starting early with a few reviews today! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – May 2019 Comics Sales Estimates: DCeased #1 ships 242,000 copies, five titles above 100k – For those that enjoy the horse race.

IGN – DC’s Zombie Outbreak Spreads to New DCeased One-Shot – The series is infecting us… so we’re good with this.

The Beat – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund offering a FREE webinar on LGBTQ comics & the challenges they face for Pride Month – Check it out!

Review

Newsarama – Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1

Humble Bundle Names the CBLDF as the Featured Charity for February

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been named as the “Featured Charity” for February at Humble Bundle, allowing fans of comics, books, and video games to contribute to make an impact for CBLDF’s important work protecting the freedom to read!  Humble Bundle sells a variety of digital content, raising money for charity with every type of product sold. This month, CBLDF will be featured alongside their bundles for fans of gaming, books, and comics!

Humble Bundle helps raise funds for charity through everything it sells. The platform allows individuals to purchase groupings of games, comics, ebooks, and more at great prices allowing buyers to split their purchases between the publisher, platform, and charity in percentages they choose.

Humble Bundle’s community had contributed an incredible US $143 million to charity.

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