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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! We’re checking out more virtual conventions during ours. What geeky things are you all up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – The Hero Initiative Adds Two Board Members – Fantastic additions.

Smash Pages – ‘Doctor Aphra’ wins a GLAAD Media Award – Such a great series!

Review

How to Love Comics – Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Image and Skybound Helps Raise Over $140,000 For the BINC Foundation to Support Comic Shops

Image Comics Logo

Image Comics has announced that recent Humble Bundles have generated over $140K in proceeds to benefit the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The organization provides assistance to employees and shop owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances.

Over $35K was raised to benefit Traveling Stories, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to empower kids to outsmart poverty by helping them fall in love with reading by the fourth grade. In a joint Bundle with multiple other publishers, over $4M was raised to benefit Race ForwardNAACP Legal Defense Fund, and The Bail Project charities to support the Black community during the Black Lives Matter movement.

The “The Walking Dead by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment” Bundle, “Creator Spotlight on Jonathan Hickman”, and the currently running Image Comics Showcase” Bundle purchases all contributed to the total amount so far raised for Binc Foundation.

The “Image Comics Showcase” Bundle is live now and, in fewer than 24 hours, is already on track to be the highest ordered Image Central Humble Bundle in the past five years. Its proceeds will go toward Binc Foundation too, as well as to The Hero Initiative.


For more than twenty years, the Binc Foundation has helped bookstore and comic book store employees and owners who encounter unexpected financial crises. The Binc Foundation works to keep book people in their homes, in their jobs, and with their families – stabilizing the brick and mortar bookstore community. The Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) in the country dedicated exclusively to strengthening the book industry by supporting the people who work in bookstores and comics shops.


The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen 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. 

Around the Tubes

New Mutants

It was a long weekend in the US so Monday’s news was rather quiet. Still, we’ve got some from around the web to kick off your Tuesday. While you start your day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Comicbook – New Mutants Movie Will Feature Credits by Bill Sienkiewicz – This alone will make it worth seeing the film.

Newsarama – Nicola Scott, John Tyler Christopher Join Hero Initiative’s Pro-Fan Events Line-Up – A great organization. Go and support them!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: BOYFRIEND OF THE DEAD proves love exists even during an apocalypse – Free comics!

Reviews

The Beat – I Know You Rider
The Beat – Wave, Listen to Me!

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.

Humanoids Announce a Groupees Digital Comics Bundle to Benefit the Hero Initiative

Humanoids Groupees

Humanoids is partnering with Groupees to offer fans a limited-time digital comics bundle featuring the company’s iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels. The bundle is available for 15 days, beginning May 5, 2020, and offers three tiers of titles, including The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius, Metabarons by writer Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez, Barbarella by Jean-Claude Forest, adapted by bestselling writer KellySue DeConnick, and I Am Legion by Fabien Nury and John Cassaday. Humanoids first ever digital comic bundle will raise money for the Hero Initiative.

You can donate now to get comics and help the Hero Initiative.

Tier 1 offers the following titles for $2.00:

  • CARTHAGO Volumes 1-3 
  • EXO Volume 1
  • I AM LEGION Volume 1
  • IGNITED issue 1 
  • LOVING DEAD Volumes 1-3
  • METAL HURLANT Volumes 1-3
  • MISS: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRIME Volumes 1 and 2
  • OMNI issue 1 
  • STRANGELANDS issue 1

Tier 2 offers the following titles for $8.00:

  • I AM LEGION Volume 2 and 3
  • THE INCAL Volumes 1 – 3
  • IGNITED issue 2 
  • MARILYN’S MONSTERS Graphic novel
  • THE METABARONS Volumes 1-4
  • METAL HURLANT 2 Volumes 1-3
  • MISS: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRIME Volumes 3 and 4
  • OLYMPUS Volumes 1 and 2 Geoff Johns
  • OMNI issue 2 
  • STRANGELANDS issue 2

Tier 3 offers the following titles for $15.00:

  • BARBARELLA Volumes 1 and 2
  • BEFORE THE INCAL Volume 1-6 
  • THE BIG COUNTRY graphic novel
  • THE EYES OF THE CAT graphic novel
  • IGNITED issues 3 and 4
  • THE INCAL Volumes 4-6
  • THE METABARONS Volumes 5-8
  • OMNI issues 3 and 4
  • STRANGELANDS issues 3 and 4
  • THE TWILIGHT MAN 
  • WEAPONS OF THE METABARON graphic novel

In addition, the more money that is raised, the more comics that are unlocked.

Support the CBLDF and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesday

The 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 its 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 2019 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.


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 $700,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who helped build the industry into 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 Brings FIVE Top Guests to Baltimore Comic-Con

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need, is traveling to Baltimore Comic-Con October 18-20, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now available.

Hero will be the EXCLUSIVE home of a number of top creators at the con! Brett Breeding (Superman), John McCrea (Wolverine), Kevin Nowlan (Batman), Ty Templeton (Superman), and Adam Warren (Empowered) will all be found ONLY at the Hero Initiative booth! They’ll be sketching and signing all weekend, so don’t miss out!

And don’t miss the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year award, both part of the Mike Wieringo Comic Industry Awards, Saturday October 19! The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics.

And please check out Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor! Mark BuckinghamJim CalafioreRichard CaseKatie CookSteve Englehart, GerhardSanford GreeneJamal IgleGreg LandJoseph Michael LinsnerStuart MooreAndrew PepoyTom PeyerBrandon Peterson, Joe PruettTom RaneyRon RandallWalter SimonsonAndy SmithJoe StatonGus VasquezRobert VendittiMark WaidMarv WolfmanThom Zahler, and more will have their Hero Initiative donation jars out collecting for the cause. Please visit them!

Aspen Comics and Humble Bundle Team Up for a Bundle to Benefit the Hero Initiative

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

The Humble Comics Bundle: Highlights From Aspen Comics features a vast array of Aspen’s flagship offerings for a total of over $675, including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris and more from their 15-Year anniversary lineup of new and returning titles, and a special incentive code to choose and receive a free physical copy of a rare Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald exclusive cover from a pre-selected assortment of his popular DC and Marvel Comics Aspen Comics variants.

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 the charitable organization for comic book creators, The Hero Initiative.

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, Charismagic Volume One, Shrugged Volume One, No World Volume One, Psycho Bonkers #1, Aspen Universe: Revelations Volume One and Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killians Tide.

Those who match or exceed $8 or more will receive the above-listed tier in addition to the following items: BubbleGun Omnibus #1Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #2, Lola XOXO Omnibus #1 (includes Volumes One and Two and Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam), Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #2, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #2, Charismagic Volume Two, Shrugged Volume Two, Dellec Volume One, Aspen Universe: Decimation Volume One, Portal Bound Volume One, Aspen Splash 2018, and The Michael Turner Remastered Sketchbook.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above-listed tiers plus: a redeemable code for http://www.AspenStore.com to choose and receive one free exclusive Michael Turner variant cover from a pre-selected assortment of six covers *Further details upon purchase, as well as Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #3, Jirni Omnibus #1 Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus #3, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus #3, Charismagic Volume Three, Charismagic: The Death Princess Volume One, Shrugged Volume Three, Overtaken Volume One, Mindfield Volume One, The Aspen/Valhalla Collection (Includes The Scourge and Dead Man’s Run), The Aspen Mascots and Halloween ComicFest Bundle and The Michael Turner Legacy issue.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Highlights from Aspen Comics is available NOW and expires December 12th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.

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.

Titan and Humble Bundle are Celebrating 30 Years of Tank Girl

Titan Comics and Humble Bundle have launched the Humble Comics Bundle: Tank Girl 30th Anniversary by Titan to support The Hero Initiative!

You’re invited to the most raucous, messy, outrageous birthday celebration of the year! The bundle is up now running for two-weeks, and is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover this comic icon, or if you’re already an aficionado, to add to your digital library – while at the same time supporting the work of The Hero Initiative!

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.

Born in 1988 in British indie comics magazine “Deadline”, co-creators Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, delivered a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, anarchic, shaven-haired heroine, who along with her main-squeeze, Booga the kangaroo, Jet Girl, Sub Girl and a host of other friends (and enemies) have gone on to be a scourge of the industry ever since.

This must-have birthday bundle takes you from the early black and white strips by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett; through to The Power of Tank GirlEverybody Loves Tank GirlTank Girl CariocaBad Wind Rising; the return of Jamie Hewlett on 21st Century Tank Girl; the epic Tank Girl trilogy of Two Girls One TankTank Girl Gold and World War Tank Girl by Alan Martin and artist Brett Parson; and two issues of the glorious The Wonderful World of Tank Girl.

Plus, a very special birthday requires something a little extra, and we present Tank Girl: Skidmarksavailable in digital for the first time, and a never-before-released, special edition of Tank Girl: Gold #2!

It’s gonna be one helluva’ ride!

The Humble Comics Bundle: Tank Girl 30th Anniversary by Titan will be available for purchase from October 10 at 11am PST to October 24, 2018 at 11am PST.

BUNDLE CONTENT:

TIER ONE: Pay $1 or more for…

Tank Girl Classic #1-5

Everybody Loves Tank Girl #1-3

The Power of Tank Girl (The Gifting/Visions of Booga/The Royal Escape)

Tank Girl: Carioca #1-6

Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising #1-4

TIER TWO: Pay $8 or more for Tier One and…

21st Century Tank Girl complete collection

Solid State Tank Girl complete collection

Tank Girl Classic #6-10

Tank Girl: Full Color Classic #1

Tank Girl: Skidmarks – Humble Bundle Exclusive!

TIER THREE: Pay $15 or more for Tiers One, Two and…

Tank Girl Classic #11-14

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank complete collection

Tank Girl: Gold complete collection

World War Tank Girl complete collection

The Wonderful World of Tank Girl complete collection

Tank Girl: Gold #2 Special Edition – Humble Bundle Exclusive!

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