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Around the Tubes

We’re hitting the airport and heading to the West Coast for San Diego Comic-Con! But, that’s not stopping us with news from around the web.

CBLDF – Read CBLDF Summer Report! – A good organization to support!

Deadline – Stan Lee & POW! Launch New Comic Series After $1B Lawsuit Dropped – Interesting turn of events.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Newsarama – The Flash #50

Talking Comics – She Could Fly #1

Lion Forge Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Lion Forge has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge strives to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, creating content that is just as original.

 

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.

 

Rebellion Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Rebellion has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as a corporate member. The publisher is the company behind 2000 AD as well as publishing imprints Abaddon Books, Solaris, and Ravenstone.

Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of Europe’s leading independent game and comic publishers.

The 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.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship Releases a Comic to Help Protect Students’ Rights

As millions of American students assert their First Amendment rights in protests across the country, advocacy groups Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship have released a new comic book to help protect students’ rights. Be Heard! is a free comic by cartoonist Kai Texel that outlines best practices to help kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly and petition, warns about risks, and provides resources to get more help. Be Heard! is available for free from CBLDF and NCAC, readers are encouraged to share it freely and broadly in advance of the National School Walkout on March 14, the March for Our Lives on March 24 and local protests across the country.

IDW Founder & CEO Ted Adams Joins the CBLDF Board of Directors

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights, has announced that Ted Adams has joined its Board of Directors. As founder and CEO of IDW Media Holdings, Adams oversees one of the nation’s leading comics publishing brands whose dedication to developing new readers, preserving comics history, and providing avenues for important creative voices to flourish aligns with CBLDF’s important work of protecting the freedom to read comics.

Adams’s addition to the CBLDF Board of Directors bolsters the organization’s efforts to protect First Amendment rights of readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. Adams joins creators Reginald Hudlin, the iconic writer, producer and director behind films including Marshall, Django Unchained and the Black Panther animated series; three-time Newbery honoree Jennifer L. Holm; celebrated comics authors and executives Paul Levitz and Larry Marder; Bone creator Jeff Smith; as well as industry leaders Jeff Abraham, president of Penguin Random House Publisher Services; legendary IP litigator Dale Cendali, a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp; Sequential Tart founder Katherine Keller; DCBS Service co-owner Christina Merkler, and Chris Powell, VP Retailer Services at Diamond Comics Distributors, in serving on the Fund’s Board in direct oversight of its activities protecting the freedom to read.

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. In 2017, CBLDF responded to more than thirty censorship cases while developing important resources including Panel Power – a handbook for parents about the value of comics in encouraging literacy. In 2018, the Fund will maintain its readiness in legal emergencies, while developing new programs, including Retailer Rights Workshops, a touring series of training events for comic store staff that illuminates the law and best practices for protecting the right to sell creative content.

Around the Tubes

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

The Wrap – Vin Diesel in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ Movie – This could be huge for the comic publisher.

CBLDF – Mike Allred Creates 2018 CBLDF Member Art! – Go! Get a membership!

CBR – Deadpool 2 Will Not Replace TJ Miller As Weasel – Remember this when the film comes out.

 

Reviews

AIPT! – Bingo Love

The Beat – The Legend of Pinky Book 1

ICv2 – Sparks!

Comic Charities May Have a Rough 2018. So Donate!

With the end of the year around the corner charitable donations are on some individuals’ minds to take advantage of last minute tax deductions. Charity donations in December account for 31% of giving for the year with 12% of giving occurring in the last three days. 28% of nonprofits raise between 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask. It’s a pretty big deal.

In the new year, things may change due to the recent Republican tax reform that impacts every American.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will absolutely impact behaviors of Americans, rewarding some and penalizing others. Unfortunately, it may be nonprofits and charities that may be penalized.

It’s estimated that the tax law will drain $16 billion to $24 billion a year from the nonprofit sector.

The issue is that while deductibility of charitable contributions still exists the incentive decreases. While many give from their heart, that’s just not the case for all.

The law raises the standard deduction which decreases the need to itemize. No need to itemize, no need for that tax deduction to charity. You can only deduct donations if you itemize. Fewer deductions, fewer donations is the logic.

Numerous charities that impact the comic industry need your help and you can still donate in 2017 for deductions on your taxes filed next year.

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 2017 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.

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.

Of course, you can always continue to donate because it’s the right thing to do too.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here, the last of the year! What are folks doing? Any geek themed New Years parties? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the day to be over and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Kirkman’s Oblivion Song leads advance reorders for March; Comichron pages for December, January added – For those that enjoy the horse race.

CBLDF – 2017: CBLDF Takes Legal Action – Find out what they did in 2017.

 

Reviews

Comic Book Bin – Helena Crash Vol. 1

Newsarama – Phoenix Resurrection #1

Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Gets One Second Printing to Benefit the CBLDF

Valiant is proud to announce that Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano – has sold out at the distributor level in advance of its upcoming Wednesday, December 20th release date and will soon return to store shelves with a special, highly limited Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Second Printing!

…So limited, in fact, that we’re only printing ONE COPY and immediately going back to press for the Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Third Printing!

Yes, you read that right: To officiate the imminent return of the world’s worst superhero team to comic shops everywhere, Valiant will be producing a single-copy second printing of its newest monthly series debut. In turn, this sacrosanct relic of comic book collectibility will then be entrusted to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), who are currently hosting an auction of the sole copy of the Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 Second Printing anywhere in existence. The resulting proceeds from its sale will be used to further the CBLDF’s ongoing mission to protect the First Amendment and the freedom to read.

Visit the CBLDF’s eBay auction here to enter your bid anytime now through Sunday, December 24th. But don’t delay…this is one item so rare, it almost doesn’t exist!

With great power comes great sibling rivalry!

Take Advantage of the Archie Comics Riverdale Humble Bundle and Help Charity

Archie Comics is teaming with Humble Bundle on a new Riverdale & Archie Comics Humble Bundle! This new digital comics bundle collects stories from the groundbreaking new era of Archie Comics that inspired the hit TV series Riverdale and the classics that have made Archie and friends cultural icons for over 75 years.

This diverse collection of digital comics, valued at over $375, features some of the world’s most popular characters, including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, and more!

Humble Bundle’s unique “name your price” system allows customers to choose their own price for the bundle.

Customers can pay $1 or more and will receive ARCHIE VOL. 1, JUGHEAD VOL. 1, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL. 1, REGGIE AND ME, ARCHIE’S PAL KEVIN KELLER VOL. 1, and BETTY & VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES.

Customers who pay $8 or more will receive RIVERDALE VOL 1, THE ARCHIES #1, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 1, ARCHIE VOL 2, JUGHEAD VOL 2, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 2, CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA VOL 1, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL 1, THE BLACK HOOD VOL 1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus ARCHIE VOL 3, ARCHIE VOL 4, JUGHEAD VOL 3, ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 3, THE ART OF ARCHIE: THE COVERS, THE DEATH OF ARCHIE, THE BEST OF ARCHIE DELUXE VOL 1, THE BEST OF ARCHIE DELUXE VOL 2

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their money is allocated, between the publisher and charities. The Humble Riverdale & Archie Comics Bundle supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the freedom to read comics through legal action and education initiatives in support of the readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators of comics.

The Humble Archie Comics Bundle runs from now until Wednesday, December 13 at 11 AM PST.

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