Womanthology: $100k may go to help start a new comics imprint — UPDATED

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Anytime someone comes into a big sum of money, people will start asking what they’re going to do with it, whether it’s go to Disneyland or start a publishing company.

So when WOMANTHOLOGY, the all-woman anthology started by artist Renae De Liz raised an unprecedented $109,000 on Kickstarter — the biggest comics project ever and the 25th biggest project ever–it was inevitable that people would be asking a lot of questions. Especially since, as I learned myself, the contributors would not be paid. However, De Liz seems to have already answered most of the questions that have been raised.

Tokyopop’s Stu Levy is on Kickstarter for earthquake documentary

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When last we saw former Tokyopop owner and publisher Stu Levy, he was in Japan, sleeping in a truck on his way to deliver food to the victims of the March 11th Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that left parts of the country devastated. At the same time that Toykopop was shutting down for good, Levy announced his intention to spend a year making a documentary about the disaster and the survivor’s heroic efforts to help others through the tough times.

Well, now there’s a trailer for this documentary and a Kickstarter page looking to raise $20,000 for post (color grading, etc) and marketing for the film, whose purpose he explains thusly:

SDCC11: CBLDF has t-shirts, posters, perfume, party, auction

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The Beat endorses the CBLDF — the freedom you save may be your own. Clothe yourself, smell good, bid on some great art and then hang out at one of the best parties Comic-Con has to offer.

Another creator in need: Don McGregor

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Don McGregor is the writer of such Bronze Age classics as Black Panther and Killraven, and the first direct sales graphic novel, Sabre. Clifford Meth reports that family health emergencies have forced him to sell some of his art collection, including iconic pages from the above series:

Announcing: Womanthology

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Artiest Renae De Liz (THE LAST UNICORN) is putting her energy where her mouth is and compiling WOMANTHOLOGY, an anthology of female creators, with a lineup that includes:

Bid on a giant piece of Molly Crabapple art!

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It’s to benefit the CBLDF — a giant piece of art created by Molly Crabapple at Stumptown. Measuring 8 feet by 7 feet, you need a giant home to display it properly, but it will be a nice conversation starter:

The Hero Initiative reunites original SANDMAN team

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HERO COMICS 2011 is a benefit comic for the Hero Initiative, the highly worthy charity which helps down and out creators get back on their feet. Editor Scott Dunbier has a special treat planned for the issue: a reunion of the SANDMAN #1 team of Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for an all new story. However, Kieth has already started work on a 9-page “making of” story (above) that he calls “a little allegorical.”

Hero Initiative and Marvel team to help Josh Medors

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Artist Josh Medors has been battling a rare form of spinal column cancer for several years. The Hero Initiative has been helping him for some time, and now they are teaming up with Marvel for a special Spider-Man print to benefit Medors. PR below:

Hero Initiative and Marvel team to help Josh Medors

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Artist Josh Medors has been battling a rare form of spinal column cancer for several years. The Hero Initiative has been helping him for some time, and now they are teaming up with Marvel for a special Spider-Man print to benefit Medors. PR below:

First new Bill Watterson art in 16 years benefits Team Cul-de-Sac

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Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson has a been a notorious recluse for 16 years or so; however, he has broken his visual silence for a pretty worthy cause, Michael Cavna reports. Watterson has donated a painting — yes a painting — of Richard Thompson’s Petey character from Cul-de-Sac to a Parkinson’s disease benefit. (Thompson suffers from that illness.)

To do Sunday: SAW Benefit Reading at KGB

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Hey peeps, we’ll try to give you a bit more warning about awesome events and here’s a do not miss: A benefit reading for Tom Hart and Leela Corman’s new school in Florida with an all-star lineup. A great night for a great cause.

NICE art: James Jean art and benefit

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Holy shit, James Jean.

His latest show of paintings is up at the Martha Otero gallery in Hollywood and it runs until April 30. We’re jealous of those who get to see it in person.

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Jean has also just released this limited edition silk scarf which you can buy at the link. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE RED CROSS. THe scarf retails for $385. Only 50 were made. There is a B&W version as well, same price, same run.

Stuart Levy's Japan relief efforts and more

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A few weeks ago we were ragging on Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy for insensitive tweeting, and business mistakes, but now he’s in Sendai, helping with relief efforts, tweeting about it:

CBLDF and Cryptozoic team for comics creator trading cards

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We’ve seen trading cards for everything from NASCAR to bakeries, so why not cartoonists? Trading cards were a huge fad in the ’90s, so it’s not surprising that most of the cartoon trading sets we’ve seen hail from that era.

But now, the current crop of superstars is getting its OWN trading card legacy, courtesy of the CBLDF and Cryptozoic Entertainment, called The Liberty Trading Cards. The set will spotlight the Fund’s exploits in defending the First Amendment and include sketch cards, chase cards and autographs, along with more than 70 of today’s top creators.

The Beat UN-gift list: Plant your butt where Frank Miller planted his

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The CBLDF is auctioning off a very interesting item: Frank Miller’s Drawing Chair, SIGNED.

Girl Wonder seeks new board

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Girl-Wonder.org, the mostly superhero-focused organization for female readers and characters is looking for new board members.