While it is certainly true that most comics out there are done specifically to generate money for the publisher, and creators involved, it is always nice to find comics that are published with a specific cause in mind. Which is why both Hero Comics (The Hero Initiative), and Liberty Comics (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) are especially interesting to comicbook fans, as both support causes that are near and dear to both comicbooks fans and pros alike.
According to its website, The Hero Initiative is designed to create a financial safety net for comicbook creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, as well as an avenue back into paying work. Since its inception, in 2000 the Initiative has been fortunate enough to provide benefits for over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid and assistance to creators in need.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) was officially incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in January of 1990 from the money left over from donations raised to defend Friendly Frank’s arrest for selling “obscene comics” in Lansing, IL in 1986. Since then, the CBLDF has helped over a dozen comic book retailers and professionals fend off the censors, some successfully, some not. Over the past couple of years both organizations have begun publishing sporadic anthology comics tapping some of the most popular and biggest stars in the comicbook field.
The Initiative has produced a number of very cool items for comic fans, including a series of “100 Covers” spotlighting 100 illustrated covers (Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine), that were drawn by various fan favorite artists. Hero Comics, has produced a couple of comics that are each compilations of short stories that delivers a pile of very cool stuff, including a new Howard Chaykin American Flagg, alongside the works of Gene Colan, Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, William Messner Loebs and others.
Liberty Comics, produced by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is also an anthology comic with three issues currently in print. Each comic features a handful of stories from top creators, most of which revolve around the theme of censorship, so clearly, it is a very cool comic, and (of course) the money goes to a very good cause.
Both of these organizations comics deliver top-flight comics from A-list creators and since the money all goes to good causes (that support the comicbook industry itself), it is a big win for everyone involved.
Hero Comics ($3.99: IDW) is available from The Hero Initiative
Liberty Comics ($4.99: Image) is from the CBLDF