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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 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!

Hero Initiative Hits Baltimore Comic-Con

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need, is travelling into Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Ringo Awards are now available.

Hero will be the exclusive home of a number of top creators at the con! Marc AndreykoTom DeFalcoTom GrummettKarl KeselDenny O’NeilJohn Ostrander, and Adam Warren will all be found at the Hero Initiative booth #2205 only! They’ll be sketching and signing all weekend, so don’t miss out!

And as part of the Ringo Awards on Saturday, September 29th at the con, Hero’s Lifetime Achievement and Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Awards will be presented! Not to be missed!

And please check out Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor! Howard ChaykinJose Luis Garcia-LopezBarry KitsonTom RaneyLouise SimonsonWalter Simonson, and many more will have their Hero Initiative donation jars out collecting for the cause. Please visit them!

BOOM! Studios and Hero Initiative Announce “The Adventure Time 100 Project”

BOOM! Studios, Cartoon Network, and Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, have announced The Adventure Time 100 Project, a new graphic novel celebrating the eponymous franchise in stores May 2018. Finn, Jake and the entire Adventure Time crew take center stage in Hero Initiative’s famous “100 Project” format, which invites 100 amazing artists from around the world to create one-of-a-kind original covers, this time on the blank variant cover editions of Adventure Time #36. The results are here, with stunning art from Jeffrey Brown, John Cassaday, Emi Lenox, Whilce Portacio, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson, and more!

The original art from The Adventure Time 100 Project will be auctioned off beginning in on June 2nd, 2018 during a launch party event at Challengers Comics in Chicago, IL and continuing online.

Print copies of The Adventure Time 100 Project will be available for sale in May 2018 at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Top Shelf Fan Favorite Graphic Novels Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is offering one heck of a deal running for the next two weeks only. The result is a win-win that supports The Hero Initiative‘s work with comic creators in need and Traveling Stories‘ work providing books to underprivileged kids — while introducing you to a few of your new favorite graphic novels!

Name your own price, and for as little as $1, you’ll get DRM-free digital editions of books that will knock your socks off, with more and more books “unlocked” as you scale up.

What’s inside? Erin Nations‘ powerfully personal GumballsNate Powell‘s Eisner-Award-winning Swallow Me WholeJeff Lemire‘s heartbreaking Essex CountyJennifer Hayden‘s profoundly moving The Story of My TitsAlan Moore & Kevin O’Neill‘s jaw-dropping League of Extraordinary GentlemenRobert Venditti & Brett Weldele‘s bestselling The SurrogatesAlex Robinson‘s beloved Box Office PoisonShannon Wheeler‘s hilarious Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. TrumpEddie Campbell‘s life-changing Alec: The Years Have Pants… and that’s barely scratching the surface! It’s your whole 2018 reading list taken care of in one click — or an incredible gift for someone dear to you.

Visit Humble Bundle for more details and to grab your bundle today!

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.

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