On October 3, I’ll be turning 35. I’m usually one of those people who let their birthday pass by with minimal notice, but this year I’m doing something a little different. Between now and my birthday I’m going to do all I can to raise a bit of money for the Hero Initiative, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It’s my birthday present to two of my favorite service organizations.
So: I have this book called Clockwork, Volume I. It’s a collection twelve five-page comics, drawn by twelve extraordinary artists, and was the very first comic I ever put out. Clockwork is available for free online, but I also have a handsome, square-bound print collection that I sell for $15. I’m incredibly proud of this book. If you take a few seconds to check it out online, I think you’ll see why (also, check out the list of incredible artists at the bottom of this post!).
Between now and October 3, if you buy a copy of Clockwork (at govtcomics.bigcartel.com, $10 of the cover price will go to the Hero Initiative and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. That’s five dollars each, to these two wonderful organizations.
The remaining $5 stays with me, to help defray the cost of printing and making the book.
THE ORGANIZATIONS (descriptions taken from their web sites):
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Our work takes us into courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States where we provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to protect the First Amendment rights of the readers, creators, retailers, publishers, and librarians of comics, manga, and graphic novels.
The Hero Initiative 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. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 50 creators and their families with over $500,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
The twelve short comics in Clockwork defy genre lines, taking you on a journey from the Old West to outer space, from death row to a child’s home.
All Stories written by Paul Allor
Nikki Cook – The Things I See
Silvio dB – The End of This Story
Ben Dewey – Another Life
Ken Frederick — Skull Buzz
Jesse Hamm – Cage Around My Heart
Aaron Houston – X-Row
JM Ken Niimura – Warlord
Leandro Panganiban – The Day I Go Home
Borch Penya – Plutoville
Carl Peterson – The Hottest Part of Winter
Juan Romera – Reach the Sun
Brett Weldele – Mercy Kill
Cover Pencils/Inks: Aaron Houston
Cover Colors: Matthew Wilson
So, that’s it! Again, Clockwork is online at www.clockworkcomic.com, so this is a no-risk purchase. If you like what you see, please consider going to govtcomics.bigcartel.com, to order a copy and assist me in helping these two awesome organizations. And, of course, if you’d like to donate directly, you can always do so at http://www.heroinitiative.org/ and http://cbldf.org/.
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