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A Wave Blue World offers Free Comics to Supporters of Mark Waid’s Legal Fund

A Wave Blue World (AWBW), publisher of anthologies such as Broken Frontier, All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, and the upcoming Death of the Horror Anthology, announces they will send free digital copies of This Nightmare Kills Fascists and a special color version of the All We Ever Wanted ashcan edition to anyone who donates $15USD or more to Mark Waid‘s legal fundraiser.

The longstanding comic book pro is currently being sued by one of the perceived leaders of the online harassment movement called ‘ComicsGate’. To fund his defense against the suit, Waid has launched a crowdfunding appeal on Go Fund Me.

Curated and edited by Matt Miner (GWAR, Poser) and Eric Palicki (No Angel, Atlantis Wasn’t Built For Tourists), This Nightmare Kills Fascists is a horror anthology in the style of Creepy and Eerie, told against the backdrop of modern politics.  It boasts stories from a plethora of hot creators including Vita Ayala, Tini Howard, Justin Jordan, Ariela Kristantina, Ryan Ferrier, and many, many more.

All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World is an upcoming anthology spearheaded by the same editorial team plus AWBW publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner that looks into a more hopeful and positive future, and has been described as “less Mad Max, more Star Trek.”  Currently available to order in the October issue of Previews, the anthology is set to hit stores in December.

The print version of the ashcan was an exclusive for NYCC ‘18, but can now be obtained digitally only by those who support this fund. It contains three of the stories from the anthology by creators Robbi Rodriguez, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Paul Allor, Juan Romera, Eric Palicki, and Eryk Donovan.

AWBW publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner said in the release:

Over his entire career, Mark Waid has always been a champion for creators’ rights and now he’s standing up for them against bullying and harassment. It’s important for us to come together now as a comics community to support him.

Comic creator Matt Miner added:

If our fascist-smashing anthology can help Mark Waid fight against actual fascists in comics then I’m all for it. I stand with my LGBT family and trans friends in denouncing comicsgate and all the hate that they spew.

Comic creator Eric Palicki also said:

I don’t know Mark personally, but I’ve followed his work for as long as I’ve been reading comics. It’s no surprise a writer who understands Superman or Daredevil so profoundly would devote so much of himself to standing up to real-life bullies, and I’m proud to help Mark in any way I can.

To obtain the PDFs for This Nightmare Kills Fascists and the All We Ever Wanted ashcan, please send a screenshot of your receipt of your donation of $15USD or more to Mark Waid’s fundraiser to tyler@awbw.com.

Mark Waid Launches a GoFundMe for His Legal Defense

Comic creator Mark Waid has launched a GoFundMe with money going towards his legal defense. Waid is being sued by Richard Meyer, a leader in the Comicsgate movement, who claims Waid interfered in business dealings.

Comicsgate is a hate and harassment movement which claims it’s a “consumer revolt.” The group harasses primarily minority creators, women, African American, LGBTQ+, while claiming comics have “too much leftwing politics” within them today.

Meyer was an early member/founder who gained fame with attacks on creators on Twitter and YouTube, examples you can see below. In a video dubbed “the Dark Roast” he claimed Waid is a pedophile, a slanderous claim with no merit or any basis in reality.

Meyer is suing Waid saying Waid interfered with a deal that Meyer had with Antarctic Press to publish his comics. Antarctic Press denies this is the case and Waid did no such thing.

Waid has stated the lawsuit is without merit and that his defense is standing up to bullies and it’s an attempt to silence those who stand up publicly agaisnt bigotry and racism so they can continue to harass creators without ramifications. He is seeking to raise $75,000 towards his defense.

We, without pause, support Mark Waid in every way in this lawsuit.

Small Press Expo Launches a GoFundMe for Defend the 11

Last month, eleven members of the independent comics community and one publisher were served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.

Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Josh O’Neill, Tom Kaczynski, Hazel Newlevant, Emma Louthan, Ben Passmore, Emi Gennis, Jordan Shiveley, Morgan Pielli, and Rob Clough, as well as the indie comics publisher Uncivilized Books, all need our help to defend themselves against these charges!

SPX has established the Defend The 11 legal aid fund to help these members of our creative community in their time of need. SPX is organizing this fund in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which brings legal and fundraising experience to the effort.

Cases like this can be costly and drag out for years reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills. An amount of $20,000 was initially pledged to help with the defense and give these creators immediate access to legal representation. Most of that money has already been spent on legal bills.

SPX announced its intent to establish a legal aid fund in a September 1, 2018 joint statement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s new President, Christina Merkler. SPX’s annual comic arts festival takes place this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, those wishing to donate to the #Defendthe11 legal aid fund can do so in-person at the festival.

The Small Press Expo Establishes a Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

Small Press Expo has announced that it will immediately make available $20,000 and also launch a legal aid fundraising vehicle to support members of the SPX community who are currently facing a defamation lawsuit. The fundraising vehicle, administered by SPX, and created in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will be established for the purposes of defraying the cost of legal representation for the eleven members of the independent comics community named as defendants in the ongoing lawsuit.

SPX is seeding the immediately needed monies with a $10,000 donation. Additionally, SPX will forego its annual $10,000 donation it had planned to give to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for 2018, instead redirecting those resources–with the full encouragement of the CBLDF Board of Directors–to serve the legal defense of our community members in their moment of need. SPX has already made this initial $20,000 available to the defendants, to ensure their access to appropriate legal counsel as quickly as possible.

In the next few weeks, SPX will establish the ongoing legal aid fundraising vehicle for the public to help cover the costs of the defendants in this case. The CBLDF will continue to provide legal and fundraising consulting to the defendants in this case, as they have since becoming aware of the lawsuit.

The group of 11 defendants has put together a statement for this announcement:

“As artists, writers, art educators, comics critics, and small independent publishers, many of whom rely on freelance work to pay our bills, a lawsuit like this is going to put an enormous financial strain on all of us. Simply put, we can’t afford to fight this without help. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community, and are especially grateful for the generosity of SPX to provide us with financial assistance. We also appreciate efforts by the CBLDF and other institutions and individuals who have provided additional fundraising support and legal advice.”

“For many years, SPX has quietly extended financial support to cartoonists in need, but there is no being quiet about this case,” said Warren Bernard, Executive Director of the Small Press Expo. “Our community must come together in support of its members who are facing unprecedented challenges—and to defend the kind of community we wish to be. From the very beginning, our two organizations agreed that we must do whatever we can to help.”

“We came together on a solution that makes the best use of the strengths of each of our organizations to support the members of our community in fighting this lawsuit. The SPX special fund will help by providing immediate cash, a structure for raising more money if required, and continuing access to experts that will help those in need,” said Christina Merkler, President, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Emerald City Comicon Being Sued for Not Paying Volunteers

Emerald City ComiconThe use of non-paid volunteers and interns by conventions and businesses is a much debated topic and the legality of it all can be a fine line. There’s currently a lawsuit concerning judges for Magic: The Gathering over the issue. A new lawsuit has been filed by an individual concerning volunteers at Emerald City Comicon concerning the 2014 and 2015 shows. In 2015 the show was purchased by ReedPop and the convention promoter pays employees. The claimant seeking a Class Action designation citing there are at least 250 current and former volunteers “not paid for work performed.”

The ability to volunteer is competitive and those who do entered a contract with the convention making the lawsuit not quite as clear cut. There is compensation in the form of access to the convention. The contract doesn’t get ECCC off the hook, they could be found in violation of labor laws even with it.

Singh Rekhi, the attorney behind the case said:

In Washington, the base is that if you are an employer, you have to pay the minimum wage. We don’t believe that someone should be able to profit off unpaid labor, even if it’s something people love to do.

Some conventions get around labor issues as nonprofits where the rules aren’t as strict.

The impact of this case will have ramifications and have ripple effects throughout the convention circuit.

(via Seattlish)

Wizards of the Coast Responds to Employment Lawsuit

Wizards of the Coast LogoWizards of the Coast, the company behind the popular game Magic: The Gathering, is being sued by individuals who are claiming that volunteering with the company’s Judge Program constitutes employment. The program is used by the company to oversee the numerous events that go on every week.

Short version, the complaint is that these individuals are not being paid and that under California law individuals can not volunteer for a “for profit” company. You can read the lawsuit here.

Wizards of the Coast has responded to the lawsuit themselves.

A handful of individuals who have been Magic judges for many years recently brought two lawsuits against Wizards of the Coast alleging that participating in the Magic community as a judge equates to employment with Wizards. These lawsuits are meritless.

With the exception of the Pro Tour, the World Magic Cup, and the Magic World Championship, Magic events are run by tournament organizers and local game stores who directly engage judges. But these lawsuits claim that Wizards runs all events and that the people judging those events are Wizards employees. Anyone who has played at their local store knows this simply is not true.

Magic: The Gathering is fortunate to have the greatest community in gaming. Fans choose to become judges out of a sincere love of the game and as a way to enjoy their favorite hobby. They ensure events are fair and fun, and we appreciate everything they do.

We look forward to quickly resolving the matter. While we defend against these spurious lawsuits, we want to assure the Magic community that we will do everything possible to ensure that premier events continue to run smoothly. We thank the entire Magic community—players, organizers, and judges—for their continued support.

We’re still evaluating the lawsuit and will have more within the week. With some pretty big implications in geekdown, you better believe we’ll be following this one closely.

Star Trek Fan Film Lawsuit Gets Lawyers

Prelude to AxanarDecember ended and January kicked off with the news that CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation were suing Axanar Productions and Alec Peters for copyright infringement regarding a Star Trek fan.

This film was fan funded with a budget of $1 million, a territory that’s rather new, and likely what raised some flags at CBS and Paramount. The film was to take place 21 years before the original Star Trek and was the story of Garth of Izar, a Starfleet Captain, and his crew during the Four Years War, which was between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

Axanar Productions has announced that they have engaged Winston & Strawn, one of the leading IP practices in the country, to provide legal counsel in its lawsuit. Representing Axanar Productions and Peters will be attorneys Erin Ranahan and Andrew Jick from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

CBS and Paramount’s suit asks for damages from the production company, Peters, and unnamed defendants involved in the production of Prelude to Axanar.

Axanar Productions has suspended fundraising activities for the production and announced a delay in principal photography while the lawsuit plays out.

Axanar has until February 22nd for their formal response to the court. We’ll be following this story closely as it plays out, especially its impact of fan films in general.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! We’ll have our picks as to what you should get in a few hours, and of course we have reviews and previews to help you out. The first of our post SPX coverage will be up today as well!

Until then, here’s some comic book news from around the web you might enjoy!

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Kickstarter Reorganizes – Does it being a “Public Benefit Corporation” now mean they won’t profit over the scam projects, and maybe take responsibility for the fraud that occurs on their platform?

CBLDF – Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF RESOURCES! – Some handy resources!

CBR – AMC Looks for Dismissal of Darabont’s Contract Claims in “Walking Dead” Lawsuit – Not really surprising, pretty standard.

CBR – The Mission: The Batman, America’s Black Youth, and Dark Nights Ahead – As always, Joe is a great read. Definitely check out what he has to say.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Cognetic #1

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #7

Judge Talks Justice League in Her Opinion

The New 52 Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack Boxed SetIt looks like discussing superheroes is the new hotness when it comes to opinions issued by judges. Following the Supreme Court’s lead, D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett decided to discuss Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League in her opinion in PETA v. Dep’t of Agriculture.

The case concerned the USDA extending the Animal Welfare Act to birds. They’ve taken ten years to figure out how to do so, so PETA sued them.

Here’s what the judge said in the opinion.

The same principles that prevent any individual caped crusader from using the courts to vindicate his or her views as to the proper enforcement of the laws should preclude the same gambit by a group of likeminded individuals. As for Batman or Wonder Woman, so too for the Justice League.

There’s a law that says as an individual you can’t sue an agency to enact your opinion. Since individuals can’t do it, then a group can’t. That’s the above in a nutshell.

This is the second high-profile time a justice has cited comics. Justice Kagan talked Spider-Man in her opinion Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. Maybe Judge Millett with the Justice League consider the Circuit Court she’s in?

(via Above the Law)

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for this week? We’ve got reviews (and of course previews) to help you decide.

Here’s some news from around the web that you can check out while you decide what you’re going to get this week.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Superheroes soar into New-York Historical Society – This is pretty cool!

Comichron – July 2015 comics sales estimates online: Archie #1 tops 100k copies – Some good sales data for those that are interested!

GamePolitics – Google, Facebook, and Twitter fight the MPAA in court – Seriously MPAA!?

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