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Help the Hero Initiative with this Comic Anthology on Kickstarter Now

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology features over one hundred creators contributing one-page stories about what “help” means during the COVID-19 pandemic. Running Kickstarter, the project will raise funds for The Hero Initiative. That organization aids comic professionals in need. You can also donate directly to The Hero Initiative through their website.

The Help anthology project started when state lockdowns for COVID-19 began, forcing many comic shops to close and creating a ripple effect throughout the comic industry, resulting in widespread business and job loss and book cancellations. Help became a way for creators to donate their time and skills to tell one-page stories on the theme of helping others, while ultimately serving to raise money for those in the community in need of help during the pandemic.

Comic book writer Omar Spahi and editor Hannah Means-Shannon teamed up to create the Help anthology and partnered with The Hero Initiative to raise money for comic professionals. This marks the first time The Hero Initiative has ever been involved in a Kickstarter campaign.

Even as conditions improve and publishing schedules become more robust, many people in the comic book industry have been affected by business and job loss, and the impact of that loss will linger. The hope is that even after this initial Kickstarter campaign is complete, this project continues to encourage charitable giving to help support the comic community.

The stories submitted for the anthology were open-hearted, examining what it means to help and how we experience aid and value it in comics. These stories span from fiction to non-fiction, some taking silent approaches, and some engaging in intimate monologues. This collection captures how comic creators felt, and continue to feel, about giving and receiving help within their community and world in a heartwarming and kind way, despite living through a time of crisis.

The Kickstarter campaign allows backers to choose from a number of tiers for rewards, including: $10 for a digital copy of HELP: The Hero Initiative Anthology, $25 for a softcover printed copy, $55 for a hardcover printed copy, with additional tiers onwards up to $1000 for original artwork from select creators of the anthology along with a hardcover copy of the book.

All proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel will support The Hero Initiative’s mission to help comic book creators in medical or financial need.

Help: The Hero Initiative Anthology is designed by Dezi Sienty and features a cover by Charlie Adlard. The anthology features the following contributing creators:

Serg Acuna, Ted Anderson, David Baillie, Nick Barber, Corinna Bechko, Steve Becker, John Bivens, David M. Booher, Conor Boyle, Lizzie Boyle, Nick Brokenshire, Mark Bouchard, Scott O. Brown, Erik Burnham, Caio Cacau, Dennis Calero, Jim Campbell, Mario Candelaria, Richard Case, Peejay Catacun, Michael W. Conrad, Gab Contreras, Joe Cooper, Joe Corallo, Alex Cormack, Jorge Corona, Marcelo Costa, CRANK!, Frank Cvetkovic, Nenad Cviticanin, Tony Donley, Siike Donnelly, Rich Douek, Dave Dwonch, Matt Emmons, Taylor Esposito, Scott Ewen, Eduardo Ferigato, Nick Filardi, Bob Fingerman, Tony Fleecs, Michael Jan Friedman, Antonio Fuso, Alfie Gallagher, Dillon Gemmill, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Frank Gogol, Simon Gough, Mathew Groom, Gabriel Hardman, DC Hopkins, Matt Horak, Mike Isenberg, Van Jensen, Rich Johnston, Justin Jordan, Zack Kaplan, Joseph Keatinge. Gideon Kendall, Dearbhla Kelley, Lovern Kindzierski, D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, Sean Konot, Piotr Kowalski, Ilias Kyriazis, Jonathan Lang, Christine Larsen, Janet Lee, John Lees, Fabian Lelay, Shawn Lee, Cath Lobo, Marissa Louise, Andrew MacLean, Andy MacDonald, James Maddox, Ariana Maher, Ryan Maniulit, Shaun Manning, Shanna Matuszak, Hannah Means-Shannon, Oliver Mertz, Joe Mulvey, Andrea Mutti, Micah Myers, Mike Norton, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Eric Palicki, Chas! Pangburn, David Pepose, Cris Peter, Troy Peteri, Fred Pham Chuong, Curt Pires, Sebastian Piriz, Ahmed Raafat, Cardinal Rae, Livio Ramondelli, Frank Reynoso, Sean Rinehart, Rafer Roberts, Fabrice Sapolsky, Erika Schnatz, Tim Seeley, Dezi Sienty, Brad Simpson, Arune Singh, Omar Spahi, Mark Stafford, Dave Stoll, Dane Styler, Dave Swartz, Keana Taire, Bryan Talbot, Fred Van Lente, Magdalene Visaggio, and Kelly Williams.

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.

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.

Get Street Fighter and Darkstalkers Comics to Benefit the Hero Initiative

Street FIgher Udon Humble Bundle

UDON is partnering with Humble Bundle for a great cause: from now through November 18, 2020, Capcom fans can NAME THEIR OWN PRICE and gain access to some of the best Capcom Comics UDON has to offer! In addition to the complete Street Fighter and Darkstalkers graphic novel collections, they’ve included three Capcom Tribute art books as part of this exclusive promotion. All files are DRM-Free and fans can pay as little or as much as they want to access these collections at Humble Bundle!

Proceeds from each purchase will benefit The Hero Initiative, which creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Check out the complete list of Capcom titles that are available for this limited time:

  • Street Fighter Classic Vol.1-5
  • Street Fighter IV Vol.1
  • Super Street Fighter Omnibus Vol.1
  • Street Fighter Unlimited Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter V Vol.1-2
  • Darkstalkers Vol.1-2
  • Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
  • Street Fighter Legends: Cammy
  • Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li
  • Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki
  • Street Fighter Legends: Sakura
  • Street Fighter Tribute
  • Darkstalkers Tribute
  • Capcom Fighting Tribute

The HUMBLE BUNDLE offer ends WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020!  Grab your bundles today!

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.

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