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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.

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 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.

There’s a whole bunch of cool incentives based on your giving level. One is a new pin designed by Raina Telgemeier and everyone contributing today will get a digital download of CBLDF’s 2017 #GivingTuesday Anthology.  You can find out more about what the CBLDF has done this past year and make a contribution today.


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.

Hero Initiative Heads to Baltimore Comic-Con

Hero Initiative, the non-profit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Baltimore Comic Con September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

And Hero’s booth, #1501, is the ONLY place to find creators Joshua Dysart (Living Level-3: Iraq), Dennis O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), and Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers). This amazing group will be signing and sketching all weekend to support out cause! Don’t miss out!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors will be collecting for Hero on the con floor. Please swing by and say “hi” to: Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, JG Jones, Matt Kindt, Barry Kitson, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, Dustin Nguyen, Jerry Ordway, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker, Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Keith Pollard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Bart Sears, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Andy Smith, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, and Rich Woodall. Stop on by and do the right thing!

Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics

Humble Bundle has once again teamed up with Aspen Comics for an incredible array of pay-what-you-want comics.

The Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics features a host of Aspen’s flagship offerings by the late superstar creator, including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, and a special incentive code to receive a free physical copy of an exclusive Harley Quinn #1 variant cover exclusive to this bundle.

Customers can pay what they want by naming their own price of $1 or more, and can also choose how the money is allocated between Humble Bundle, Aspen, and two charity partners, Hero Initiative and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Customers can pay just $1 or more to receive: Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani Omnibus, Art of Aspen Comics Omnibus #1, Shrugged Volume One, Aspen Sourcebooks: Omnibus #1 and Aspen Seasons: Omnibus #1.

Those who match or exceed $8 or more will also receive: Aspen Universe: Revelations issues 1-5, Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Fathom Dawn of War Volume One, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Cannon Hawke Volume 1, Soulfire: Chaos Reign Volume 1, Soulfire: Dying of the Light Volume 1 and Aspen Showcase: Omnibus #1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus: Code to receive one free Harley Quinn #1 exclusive cover*, Executive Assistant: Assassins Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom (Volume 6) #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire (Volume 6) #1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: The Elite Saga issues 1-5, Trish Out of Water Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Shadow Magic issues 0-5, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: New World Order issues: Beginnings, 0-5, Ekos Preview, Worlds of Aspen Omnibus, Michael Turner Art Edition #1, Michael Turner Art Editions #2 and Michael Turner Re-mastered Sketchbook.

The Humble Comics Bundle: The Art of Michael Turner presented by Aspen Comics is available NOW and expires June 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.

 

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s 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.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Support the CBLDF, Reading With Pictures, 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 three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Reading With Pictures, 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 2016 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.

cafe_patch_1024x1024Donors supporting the organization on #GivingTuesday will receive exclusive Comics Are For Everybody merchandise created by Jordie Bellaire (@woahjordie) and Steven Finch (@fonografiks). Comics should be an art form that welcomes and encourages all voices and viewpoints. CBLDF’s efforts to protect the First Amendment are essential in creating a climate ensuring that remains the case. Your #GivingTuesday contribution proudly declares Comics Are For Everybody and helps CBLDF continue to provide legal action and education protecting the comics medium in 2017.

There’s a whole bunch of cool incentives based on your giving level. You can find out more about what the CBLDF has done this past year and make a contribution today.


Reading With Pictures has become a major player in the field of visual literacy. This year they have:

  • Expanded Comics Uniting Nations, a global initiative that has already reached thousands around the world
  • Rang the bell for NASDAQ!
  • Spread the word of comic book literacy to teachers and children around the world
  • Presented at San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and many more!

You can contribute to Reading With Pictures here.


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 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.

Hero Initiative Announces Joe Giella as Lifetime Achievement Recipient for 2016

GLThe Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, announces Joe Giella as the 2016 Lifetime Achievement recipient. This award promotes the merits of a dedicated career in the comic book industry and recognizes individuals who have produced outstanding work in this American art form. Joe Giella will accept the honor at the 2016 Harvey Awards in recognition for his longevity as DC Comics inker and Mary Worth pencil artist. Tickets for the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con are available now.

Long before drawing Mary Worth, Joe Giella started his career during the Golden Age of comics, working at Fawcett and Timely Comics during the 1940s. Starting in the late 1940s, Giella worked at DC Comics on titles such as The Flash, Green Lantern, Strange Adventures, and Batman under the direction of Julius Schwartz. He continued working for DC all the way through the 1960s and 1970s, inking for top talents of the Silver Age such as Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, and into the Bronze Age with Gil Kane and Dick Dillin.

He remained a constant artist of DC Comics through the early 1980s. Since 1991, Joe Giella has drawn Mary Worth for King Features, up until his retirement this year, and previously worked on Flash Gordon and The Phantom comic strips. As Joe retires from the business, Hero Initiative and Baltimore Comic-Con are honored to have him as our guest. Hero will host this top talent all weekend!

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be offered at the the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday September 3rd at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Hero Initiative Presents John McCrea at the Baltimore Comic-Con

Hitman #1Once again, there is major buzz surrounding the incredible talent Hero Initiative will be bringing to the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 2-4, 2016, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Hero Initiative, the comic creator charity, will have a full house of guest artists supporting the cause. At the booth, John McCrea will be Hero Initiative’s guest at Baltimore. Hero Initiative and Baltimore are excited to have such an award-winning artist at the show. Buy your tickets now and avoid waiting in additional lines at the show.

John McCrea is a respected illustrator and comic book artist, perhaps most popular for his work with Garth Ennis on Preacher, Punisher, and Hitman. John is currently working on Mars Attacks! for IDW Publishing. He has worked for many comic book companies, including Marvel and DC Comics, where he has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, the Demon, and England’s own Judge Dredd. His work can be seen at – www.johnmccrea.com.

John rarely makes it to this side of the Atlantic, and this is his only US visit for 2016, so grab your books and sketch portfolio! Who knows — you may be lucky enough to get a head-shot of the Demon and support the charity in Baltimore. John will be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend so stop on by to get your books signed or buy a sketch.

Dark Horse’s 30 Years Humble Bundle to Benefit the Hero Initiative

Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics have teamed up to launch the Dark Horse Comics 30th Anniversary Bundle today. Starting today, fans of the legendary publisher can pay what they want for over $400 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause.

These comics together usually cost as much as $483. At Humble Bundle, though, customers choose their price! Fans can pay what they want for Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 1, Aliens vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt, Captain Midnight Volume 1: On the Run, Conan Volume 1: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter and Other Stories, Cravan: Mystery Man of the Twentieth Century, Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 1, Cut, Dark Horse Heroes Omnibus Volume 1, Ghost Omnibus Volume 1, X Omnibus Volume 1, Project Black Sky: Secret Files, and SpyBoy Volume 1: The Deadly Gourmet Affair.

Those who pay more than the average price will also unlock The Secret, Two Past Midnight, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai, The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories, Skyman Volume 1: The Right Stuff, Mass Effect Volume 1: Redemption, Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth, Itty Bitty Mask, SpyBoy Volumes 2–3, and Father’s Day.

Fans who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Ghost Volume 1: In the Smoke and Din, Ghost/Hellboy Special, Deep Gravity, Empowered Volume 1, Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, MIND MGMT Volume 1: The Manager, Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, Predator: Prey to the Heavens, The Massive Volume 1: Black Pacific, The Goon Volume 6: Chinatown, and King Tiger.

On Wednesday, August 17, look for eight additional volumes to join the bundle!

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated between the publisher and the charity. The Humble Comics Bundle: Dark Horse 30th Anniversary supports the Hero Initiative, though customers can also choose a favorite organization from a database of over thirty thousand charities.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Dark Horse 30th Anniversary will run from August 10 to August 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Dark Horse 30 Years Humble Bundle

Aspen Comics’ Humble Bundle Has Over $585 of Comics

ASPEN COMICS logo-final Humble Bundle has teamed up with Aspen Comics to offer the publisher’s first bundle from the charity fundraising platform. Humble Comics Bundle: Aspen Comics features some of Aspen’s top series in a pay what you want format where you name your own price and choose how the money is allocated.

Customers can pay any amount to receive: Michael Turner’s Fathom: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Blue Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire: Volume 1, Executive Assistant: Iris: Volume 1, Charismagic: Volume 1, The Four Points: Volume 1, and The Art of Aspen: Volume 1.

Those who pay above the average price will also receive: Charismagic Omnibus Edition #1, Damsels in Excess: Volume 1, Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #1, Jirni: Volume 1, Jirni: Volume 2, Lola XOXO: Volume 1, Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus Edition #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus Edition #1, Legend of the Shadow Clan: Volume 1, The ZooHunters #1-3.

Folks who pay $15 or more will receive “digital-exclusive” firsts: Michael Turner’s Ekos Preview, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killian’s Tide Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Swimsuit Edition, Michael Turner’s Sketchbook: Digital Re-Mastered Digital First Edition, Michael Turner’s Aspen Extended Edition, and Homecoming: Volume 1.

The bundle helps raise money for The Hero Initiative and will run until April 6, 2016.

On This Flash Appreciation Day, Be a Hero and Support the Hero Initiative

flash appreciation dayOn February 11, 2006 “Flash and Substance” debuted. It was the premiere episode of Justice League Unlimited and in it the Flash was honored for his heroism with a celebration dubbed “Flash Appreciation Day.” Every year since, fans of the Scarlet Speedster celebrate the day.

On the tenth anniversary of this episode, ourselves and eight other websites are paying honor not just to the Flash, but also helping raise awareness for his creators, and all of the comic creators in need of help. Today, we’re asking for you to help chip and help support The Hero Initiative.

Hero InitiativeFormed in 2000, the Hero Initiative is a nonprofit that helps as a “financial safety net” for comic creators. In 2001 it was officially a nonprofit and since then they’ve granted over $700,000 to over 50 comic vets helping with emergency medical aid, financial support, and an avenue back into paying work. As they say on their website, “it’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.”

Created during the Golden Age of comics in January 1940, The Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 published at the time by All-American Publications. Writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert have the credit and their creation is still known today, not just by his superhero alter ego, but his regular name of Jay Garrick, a character that has a prominent role on today’s television series The Flash.

But, there’s been many iterations and people who have donned the mask. The one that might be most familiar to people is the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. First appearing in Showcase #4 in October 1956, this second Flash was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino.

Kanigher is a name many comic fans are probably are unfamiliar with. Not as well known as Siegel, Shuster, Kane, or Finger, Kanigher ushered in the Silver Age of Comics and rebooted characters such as The Flash and Wonder Woman, he also created the Batman villain Poison Ivy and also the character Ragman (along with creator Joe Kubert), as well as a major impact on classic “war comics.” In 2014 Kanigher was recognized with the Bill Finger Award, 12 years after he had passed.

the_flash_creditInfantino had a long career, not just as a penciler, but also as DC Comics editorial director in the late 60s and DC Comics’ publisher in the 1970s. Infantino would also create another Flash, Wally West, as well as a large part of his supporting cast including Iris West, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Gorilla Grodd, as well as Elongated Man and Batgirl. In 2004 he sued DC Comics and Time Warner for the rights of those characters, which he created while a freelancer. He withdrew the lawsuit shortly after as the case was settled out of court for an unknown sum.

And that gets us back to the Hero Initiative. Looking at the latest issue of The Flash, or the television series, you wouldn’t know the names Gardner Fox, Harry Lampert, Robert Kanigher, or Carmine Infantino. While their names are listed in IMDB, they have never benefited from the cross media explosion of the characters they created. In other words, while DC and Time Warner have made millions from the Flash, the creators behind him have not and never will.

It’s unfortunate that something like the Hero Initiative has to exist, creators should be treated fairly, but we live in reality not fantasy and there is a need. The concepts of creators rights were foreign, with it being the late 70s and 80s before they become a movement, and the idea of those creations being on the big or small or computer screen were decades away for some. Many never benefited from their creations while their bosses did. That’s reality.

Be a hero like the Flash, there’s a lot you can do to help creators, the easiest being chip in $5 and help support them. It’s a small thanks for the enjoyment they’ve given us.

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