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Clayton Crain designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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After teaming with Fables creator Bill Willingham and Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis for a special beer label, The Hero Initiative is taking the show west, to California.

The charity, which is dedicated to helping creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish ale, designed by Ghost Rider and Carnage artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Proceeds from sales of the items will benefit The Hero Initiative.

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Celebrate Kirby’s legacy, help Hero Initiative with Kirby4Heroes

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With Jack Kirby’s birthday just 11 days away, his granddaughter Jillian has kicked off the fourth annual Kirby4Heroes campaign to help creators in need. Watch the launch video below.

In celebration of what would’ve been the comics legend’s 98th birthday, on Aug. 28 retailers across the country will throw “birthday parties,” and donate a portion of that day’s proceeds to The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a financial assistance to creators. Many artists also participate in Wake Up and Draw, in which they create illustrations in tribute to Kirby and then auction them later on eBay, with the money going to the nonprofit.

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The Hero Initiative taps into Gravity No. 9 craft beer fundraiser

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Following the initial announcement last month by Boom Island Brewing Company, The Hero Initiative has revealed more details about the debut of the craft beer Gravity No. 9 at Wizard World Minneapolis.

The Belgian strong features a label specially designed by Fables creator Bill Willingham to support the organization, which helps to provide a financial safety net for creators in need.

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Cartoon Art Museum is moving, destination unknown

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When it was founded in 1984, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum was a “museum without walls,” with no permanent exhibit space. It moved to several locations before settling into its current space on Mission Street in 2001. And now it will move again, but no one is sure where.

The museum revealed Thursday that it has received a notice to vacate, and it will leave the premises by the end of June. The announcement hinted that San Francisco’s notoriously high rents are to blame.

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Bill Willingham designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis will mix comics and craft beer May 1 with a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative featuring Fables creator Bill Willingham.

The acclaimed writer and artist will autograph the label he designed for Boom Island’s Belgian strong Gravity No. 9 specifically to support the comics industry charity, which will receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

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Reginald Hudlin joins CBLDF board of directors

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Writer and director Reginald Hudlin has joined the board of directors of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

“Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democracy,” he said in a statement. “As Americans, we all need to stand united to protect our liberties. I’m flattered to be asked to join an organization that does just that.”

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Make a year-end CBLDF donation, get a Neil Gaiman recording

cbldf_logoWhether you’re looking to benefit a good cause or simply trying to squeeze in another tax deduction before 2014 comes to an end, you need look no further than the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The nonprofit, dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers and retailers, is rewarding contributions — of any amount — made by midnight Wednesday with an exclusive download of Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin, the 2001 CBLDF benefit reading that includes performances of “Chivalry” and “Being an Experiment Upon Strictly Scientific Lines …”

If, for some reason, you’re uncertain of precisely what the CBLDF does, this post on the organization’s website touches upon the highlights of its “busy year”; there’s also a handy chart, which you can see below.

Regular readers of ROBOT 6 will undoubtedly recall the nonprofit’s involvement in Banned Books Week (which this year focused on comics) and the debate over Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home in the South Carolina legislature.

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Hero Initiative reveals ‘Wake Up and Draw,’ Kirby4Heroes plans

jack kirby1Following the launch of the third annual Kirby4 Heroes campaign, The Hero Initiative has announced of the “Wake Up and Draw” and in-store events planned for Aug. 28 in celebration of Jack Kirby’s 97th birthday.

The nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing a financial assistance to creators in need, has recruited more than 40 artists to “Wake Up and Draw,” with their drawings featured in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.com; they’ll be auctioned later on eBay, with proceeds benefiting The Hero Initiative. Follow #WakeUpAndDraw on Twitter and Instagram on Aug. 28 to see the drawings as they’re posted.

Phil Hester has set out to do a staggering 97 drawings for Kirby’s birthday, which you’ll be able to check out on his Twitter stream. He’ll also have details on where you can purchase the drawings.With Fan Expo Canada kicking off Aug. 28 in Toronto, artists including Kaare Andrews, Greg Land, Joe Prado, Ty Templeton, Jill Thompson, Richard Zajac and more will “Wake Up and Draw” with The Hero Initiative, while in San Francisco, Paolo Rivera will appear at the Cartoon Museum.

For a rundown of in-store appearances, art auctions and retailers who have agreed to donate a portion of sales on Aug. 28 to the organization, visit The Hero Initiative and the Kirby4Heroes Facebook page.

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Kirby Museum refutes claim it stole photocopied art

jack kirby museumThe Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center denies the allegation it stole more than 3,000 photocopies of the legendary artist’s pencil work, insisting they were donated by illustrator Greg Theakston, not loaned.

“After examining the evidence of the interaction between the two parties, we are confident the Museum has done no wrong,” the organization’s board of trustees said in a statement posted Monday.

A pop-culture historian and a friend of Jack and Roz Kirby, Theakston announced last week that he intended to file a stolen-goods report against the museum regarding the Xerox archives given to him by the Kirbys. Theakston, maintains he allowed museum trustee Randy Hoppe to borrow those copies with the understanding that “I would want them back someday.”

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Kirby’s granddaughter launches 2014 Kirby4Heroes campaign

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Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian has kicked off the third annual Kirby4Heroes campaign to help creators in need.

On Aug. 28, what would’ve been the legendary artist’s 97th birthday, comics stores across the country will donate a portion of that day’s sales to The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a financial assistance to creators. (An in-progress list of participating stores can be found on the Kirby4Heroes Facebook page.)

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CBLDF debuts ‘Banned Books Week Handbook’

cbldf handbookAhead of Banned Books Week, which this year will focus on comics and graphic novels, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has unveiled its first Banned Books Week Handbook, featuring a cover by Jeff Smith, whose critically acclaimed fantasy adventure Bone was listed among the most frequently challenged titles of 2013.

Debuting today at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the free guide provides an overview frequently challenged comics, and offers tips for readers on how to report and fight censorship and suggestions for librarians, retailers and educators for planning Banned Books Week celebrations.

A PDF of the handbook can be downloaded here; bundles of the printed edition can be ordered on the CBLDF website or through Diamond Comic Distributors.

The organization has also released the first of its discussion guides, designed to begin conversations, and address concerns and misconceptions, about specific comics, including Fun Home, Persepolis and Watchmen.

Banned Books Week is scheduled for Sept. 21-27.

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Prism Comics opens submissions for 2014 Queer Press Grant

queer press grantPrism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender creators, comics and readers, has opened submissions for the 2014 Queer Press Grant.

The grant is awarded to writers/artists or teams self-publishing comic books, comic strips, webcomics or graphic novels with significant LGBT characters and themes; creators don’t need to be LGBT to apply. Entries are judged by the Prism board and past recipients based first on artistic merit, and then financial need, proposal presentation and the work’s contributions to the LGBT community.

The grant is funded through donations from creators and fans. Past winners include Hazel Newlevant, Robert Kirby, Eric Orner and Megan Rose Gedris.

Guidelines can be found on the Prism Comics website. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 1; the recipient will be announced at the Alternative Press Expo, held Oct. 4-5 in San Francisco.

CBLDF makes UK debut at London Super Comic Con

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund makes its first-ever U.K. appearance this weekend at London Super Comic Convention as part of the organization’s efforts “to develop stronger international exchange for fighting global trends in comics censorship.”

Among the thank-you gifts for supporters will be the debut of Mark Millar and Goran Parlov’s Starlight #1 CBLDF Liberty Variant from Image Comics, a new Martha Washington print that will be signed Saturday at 11 a.m. by Dave Gibbons, and the return of Frank Miller’s classic CBLDF Band-Aid image, signed by the artist.

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Jamie Hewlett, more join in Greenpeace’s ‘Save Santa’s Home’ campaign

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Jamie Hewlett has already produced work concerned with ecological concerns before: His band Gorillaz’s third studio album Plastic Beach often ruminates on imagery inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now he’s taken part as one of a wealth of artists and designers who’ve created Christmas cards as part of Greenpeace’s “Save Santa’s Home” campaign.

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Jack Kirby Museum to pop up for seven days in Manhattan

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The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, which has been without a physical home since its founding in 2005, will materialize next week — if only for seven days — on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the neighborhood where the artist was born and raised.

According to the museum, its temporary home at 178 Delancey Street was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign launched by Made in the Lower East Side, an organization dedicated to transforming unused storefronts into “vibrant community hubs” on a short-term basis.

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