This email from BOOM! has caused quite a buzz among the What’cha Reading staff. All the details are below, but basically BOOM! and Humble Bundle are offering a bundle of BOOM! comics in a pay-what-you-want* set up to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. And if you pay $15 or more, you unlock extra books. We’ve reviewed a lot of these comics such as Bee and Puppycat, Lumberjanes, and Dead Letters, and loved them–I’m definitely getting in on this. Hurry up, though, the bundle deal ends on August 20!
*Humble Bundle’s pay-what-you-want has an interesting angle, not only can you pay the amount you like, you can also decide the percentage that each party receives.
Press Release: Los Angeles, Calif. – August 6, 2014
Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the launch today of the Humble BOOM! Bundle, a two-week initiative that will allow fans to pay what they want to download DRM-free digital copies of BOOM! titles while supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form.
Customers can name their price and receive the following titles:
Written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo
To pay for his son’s medical treatment, a man sets out to earn the bounty on a killer who has been terrorizing his small town, only to discover the murderer is a werewolf.
Day Men #1-3
Written by Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
To protect their vampire employers during the daytime, a select group of humans are trained to serve as their fixers, problem-solvers, and protectors.
Dead Letters #1-4
Written by Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by Chris Visions
A man wakes up with no memory how of he got where he is and will have to use every trick from his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales, and big secrets.
Evil Empire #1-3
Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti
Say Anything frontman Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.
Written by Bryce Carlson
Illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey
In 1955 Los Angeles, while infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen knows as “Hit Squads.”
Imagine Agents #1-4
Written by Brian Joines
Illustrated by Bachan
An agency responsible for keeping kids’ imaginary friends in line is confronted by a plot by an evil faction to become real.
RoboCop: Last Stand Part 1 TP (4 issues)
Written by Frank Miller and Steven Grant
Illustrated by Korkut Öztekin
Based on Frank Miller’s unused screenplay for the RoboCop 3 film, RoboCop takes a last stand against OCP to protect the citizens of Detroit.
RoboCop (2014) #1-2
Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Picking up right after the end of the first film, a deadly and charismatic criminal is released from jail and instantly targets RoboCop for destruction.
Sons of Anarchy #1-11
Written by Christopher Golden and Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Damian Couceiro
Based on the hit FX Network TV show. The only people standing between the daughter of an old SAMCRO member and certain death are the Sons of Anarchy.
Those who pay more than the average price will also receive:
Created by Alyssa Milano
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Illustrated by Marcus To and Ian Herring
The owners of the largest social media company in the world moonlight as do-gooder hackers, but are compromised when the US government moves in.
Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1-6
Written by David Petersen
Illustrated by David Petersen
This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series about an elite group of warriors charged with protecting the mouse territories.
Planet of the Apes Vols. 1-4 (16 issues)
Written by Daryl Gregory
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Find out what happens 1,300 years before the arrival of Colonel George Taylor from the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie! Ape and Human societies have reached a new golden age, but peace never lasts for long.
Six-Gun Gorilla TP (6 issues)
Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Jeff Stokely
On another world in the 22nd century, a rogue gorilla gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future.
Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss
From the mind of Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and his wife/writing partner Chondra Echert, this is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see, exploring the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.
The Woods #1-3
Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
An entire high school is transported to a strange, primordial wilderness and confronted with trying to survive.
Readers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus:
Bee and PuppyCat #1-2
Written by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Illustrated by Natasha Allegri
Based on the popular web series, it’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.
Bravest Warriors Vol. 1 (4 issues)
Written by Joey Comeau
Illustrated by Mike Holmes
Based on the hit animated series! Join Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny—four 16-year-old heroes-for-hire—as they warp from galaxy to galaxy, saving alien races with the power of their…emotions.
Written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!
The Midas Flesh #1-8
Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline
The space crew of Joey, Fatima, and Cooper have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.
“As a corporate member, we are extremely proud to partner with Humble Bundle to help support one of our favorite charities, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,” said President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Plus, this is a great, inexpensive way for people new to BOOM! Studios to try out some of our great titles, from our authentic licensed works to our innovative original stories. No matter what you like to read, there’s something in here for everyone.”
As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated between the publisher, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (CBLDF).
The Humble BOOM! Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $40 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com.
About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. www.cbldf.org
BOOM! STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH HUMBLE BUNDLE TO BENEFIT COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND