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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!

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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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Secret Voice

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

CBLDF – Transgender Children’s Books Under Attack in Wichita – Grrrrr.

Ottawa Sun – Holy handcuffs! Arrest made in theft of $1.4 million comic book collection – Good.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: The Ongoing Adventures of Dr. Galapagos in Zack Soto’s Secret Voice – Free comics folks!

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Newsarama – Guardians of the Galaxy #1

8 Days to Get the Biggest Dynamite Humble Bundle Ever!

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As they prepare for their 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That’s right, this is their biggest bundle ever!

 The bundle will only be available for a limited time, so check it out! – Dynamite Fan Faves & New Hits

Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.

Humble Bundle’s “Pay What You Want” structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues – adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270! 

Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of Red Sonja #1 from Mark Russell and Mirko Colak and Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep from Scott Duvall and Vincenzo Federici.

Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!

$1 Tier For way less than a cup o’ Joe, fans can come away with an impressive stash!

  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Volume 1
  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Volume 2
  • Vampirella: Masters Series Volume 1
  • Bettie Page Vol 2 #1 (NEW!)
  • Battlestar Galactica Classic Volume 1
  • Battlestar Galactica Classic Volume 2
  • Chaos: Highway to Hell
  • Masks
  • The Twilight Zone Volume 1
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Ex-Con 

That’s over 50 issues, almost 1,500 pages and savings of over 99% on a regular value of over $200!!!

$8 Tier
Bump it up to just a bit and the avalanche of classic comics continues!

  • Vampirella Masters Series Volume 2-4
  • The Lone Ranger Vol 3 #1-3 (NEW!)
  • Nancy Drew #1-5 (NEW!)
  • Battlestar Galactica Volume 1
  • Battlestar Galactica Volume 2
  • Battlestar Galactica Volume 3
  • Galactica 1980
  • Project Superpowers: Blackcross
  • Game of Thrones #1-4
  • Ash vs the Army of Darkness (NEW!)
  • Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 1 (NEW!)
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 1
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 2
  • American Flagg Definitive Edition
  • Grand Passion

Count with me…that’s 90 more comic books, 2,400+ pages and 98% off of $347! Now with everything combined that’s almost 150 comics across almost 4,000 pages – you would normally pay over $550 for all this loot! 

$15 Tier
Not even doubling the previous tier, but the comics are going through the roof! If these were physical comics you might be drowning!

  • Elvira #1-3 (NEW!)
  • Tales of Army of Darkness (Robert Kirkman!)
  • Red Sonja Volume 1: Queen of Plagues
  • Red Sonja Volume 2: The Art of Blood and Fire
  • Red Sonja Volume 3: The Forgiving of Monsters
  • Swords of Sorrow Omnibus
  • Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation
  • The Boys Volume 1: The Name of the Game
  • The Boys Volume 2: Get Some
  • The Boys Volume 3: Good for the Soul
  • Vampirella: Masters Series Volume 5-8
  • Green Hornet Volume 1: Bully Pulpit
  • Green Hornet Volume 2: Birth of a Villain
  • Bob’s Burgers Volume 1
  • Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare
  • Barbarella Volume 1: Red Hot Gospel (NEW!)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit Returns
  • Django/Zorro
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 1
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 2
  • Dreadstar Omnibus
  • John Carter: The End (NEW!)

Here comes the big treasure chest! Over 175 MORE issues and almost 4,400 pages! Which you would normally pay a whopping $570+ for! Wow! Everything so far is over 300 issues, over 8,000 pages, and well over $1,000 in savings! You would have to be insane to pass up this deal! 

Throw on just another three bucks, and still under 20 is the $18 tier with these bountiful bonuses! 

  • John Wick #1-3 (NEW!)
  • The Undisputed Street Fighter
  • The Art of Atari
  • Skin & Earth by LIGHTS
  • Swords of the Swashbucklers

The perfect cherry on top! This gets your total haul to almost 10,000 pages of high quality comic book and art book goodness! Well over 98% savings on this bundle!

Don’t miss these limited deals! Dynamite Fan Faves & New Hits

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It’s a new week and we’re coming close to the end of the year and have three new comic films all out this week, which feels amazing. Which do you all plan on seeing? What are you excited about? Sound off below.

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The Hollywood Reporter – Former Valiant Executive Editor Joe Illidge Releases Open Letter to the Industry – We wish Joe the best and can’t wait to see what he does next.

CBLDF – CBLDF Seeks Community Development Manager – If you’re looking for a job or change in career.

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Comics Bulletin – Oblivion Song #10

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.

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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