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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.

Around the Tubes

It was a pretty quiet Thursday as far as comic news that we didn’t cover. But, here’s some things from around the web that might be interesting! With the weekend coming up, what geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some news and a review!

CBDLF – The History of Censorship in America – Some good history here.

Review

Laughing Place – Star Wars: Darth Vader #8

Star Wars: Darth Vader #8

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.

Around the Tubes

Suicide Squad #8

It’s a new week for comics and we’ve got lots coming at you! While you wait for things to get rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – There’s Blood on my Comics!: Black Horror Matters – Our own contributor Ricard Serrano Denis looks at Black Horror comics.

The Comichron – The “Shutdown Split” Era: Comichron adds comics sales projections for April through July 2020 – The charts are back.

CBLDF – CBLDF Joins NCAC in Protest Against Removal of Editorial Cartoon in Texas School – The first action under the new leadership.

Reviews

Geek Dad – Suicide Squad #8
Talking Comics – Voyage to the Stars #1

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

CBLDF – Mission: What’s Possible – For those interested in the process of updating and righting the organization.

How to Love Comics – The Groundbreaking Superhero Horror Of New Mutants: The Demon Bear Saga – Get the scoop on the comic story that inspired the film.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: When all else fails, LET’S GET BURGERS! – Free comics!

Review

The Beat – Daredevil Annual #1

Daredevil Annual #1

Jeff Trexler Named Interim Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

CBLDF logo

The Comic Book Defense Legal Fund (CBLDF) has announced that Jeff Trexler will assume the role of Interim Director, effective immediately. Trexler was unanimously selected following a thorough interview process in which both the current board members and staff participated. He will oversee and update the organization’s operations to more effectively execute the CBLDF mission, drawing on his breadth of legal experience as a law professor and an ethics advisor for a variety of non-profit organizations, media companies, and fashion brands.

Prior to joining CBLDF, Trexler served as Associate Director of the Fashion Law Institute where his work on ethics issues included advising government officials on sexual harassment legal reform. A lifelong comics fan, he also provides analysis on legal matters impacting the comics business for multiple industry outlets.

Trexler is a member of the Ethics Committee at Kering Americas and also served on the board of the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Duke University, and he is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and New York bars.

Around the Tubes

Act-Age

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited about? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about it, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comics Journal – No Oversight Leads to a History of Sexual Misconduct And Bullying at the CBLDF – This is far more than anyone knew as of a week ago.

How to Love Comics – Batman: Joker War Reading Order Checklist – For those interested in reading the event.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Discover your inner Chimera in URBAN ANIMAL – Free comics!

Review

The Beat – Act-Age
But Why Tho Podcast – Batman #94
Games Radar – Fire Power #1
Games Radar – Fire Power Vol. 1
But Why Tho Podcast – Supergirl: Being Super

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RWBY OFFICIAL MANGA

It’s a new day of comics! Well, DC and digital comics at least. We’ll have a rundown of what you can get today as well as tomorrow later in the day. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Publisher’s Weekly – Ten Speed to Publish Graphic History of Black Panther Part – We’re there for this!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Beware of your doppelganger in PARALLEL CITY – Free comics!

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Vagrant Queen’ Canceled at Syfy – Not surprising since it’s SyFy but disappointing.

CBLDF – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board Update – A new update with numerous individuals retiring or resigning.

How to Love Comics – Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Comics Reading Order Guide – For those who’ve been wondering.

Reviews

The Beat – Love Me For Who I Am
CBR – RWBY: The Official Manga Vol. 1

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! We’ve got lots to do today and this weekend for this site and beyond including catching up on so many videos that need to be done… while we do that and you await the weekend, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Graphic novel buyer James Killen laid off at Barnes & Noble – A very important person in the industry that few on the outside knew of.

CBLDF – An Update From Our Board of Directors – An update from the board as to where things stand including releasing one former staffer from their NDA.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #93
Laughing Place – Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #3

Batman #93

Charles Brownstein is Out as Comic Book Legal Defense Board Executive Director

CBLDF logo

The writing was on the wall and rumors swirled all throughout the day but Charles Brownstein is officially out as the Executive Director at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund “effective immediately.”

The calls for Brownstein’s removal were raised again last week after the numerous revelations of abusers and harassers in the comic industry. Brownstein’s issues stem back to 2006 and that event along with other criticisms of the organization, some justified and some not, continued through the weekend until today’s event and change in leadership. Brownstein began with the organization in 2002.

Creators in the comic industry began to speak up how they would no longer support, or weren’t supporting, the CBLDF over Brownstein’s employment.

Read the CBLDF’s statement below:

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has accepted the resignation of Charles Brownstein as Executive Director, effective immediately. 

Our organization exists to serve the comics community and the First Amendment, and we can’t do that without an open and honest discourse. We believe our organization’s management and staff should be representative of and responsive to the community they serve. As we move forward, it will be with a renewed focus on accountability and transparency. And as we plan for the future with new leadership in place, we will work with our staff and human resources experts to continue developing policies that will make us a stronger organization. 

We hear and understand the concerns of our community and recognize that this is only a first step in building greater trust and understanding regarding our mission and how it is carried out.

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