San Francisco-based manga publisher VIZ Media has teamed up with graphics software company Autodesk and over 40 contributing artists from around the world to create Art for Hope, a very special digital artbook to benefit reconstruction efforts in Japan. Art for Hope will debut on VIZManga.com on December 1, and will be available for download for $4.99. All of VIZ Media's net proceeds for this eBook for either web-enabled computers/devices or iOS device like the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will be donated to support ongoing disaster reconstruction efforts in Japan by Architecture for Humanity.
In addition to Art for Hope, VIZManga.com also has Smile: Pray for Japan by Takehiko Inoue, a 4-volume collection of inspiring digital sketches created by the creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond, and Real, in response to the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami.
Created only with his fingertip and an iPad, Inoue's images of smiling people, young and old were meant to offer a message of courage and hope to the survivors and to Japan in this time of crisis. Proceeds from the sale of these $1.99 digital sketchbooks will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Located in San Francisco's South of Market district near the SF Modern Art Museum, The Cartoon Art Museum offers a year-round program of exhibits, lectures, film screenings, classes, cartooning demos and much more. They also have a large archive of original comics art and ephemera.
Support CAM with your membership, donation or purchase from the Museum Shop, and keep the laughs coming all year 'round.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund offers legal support to comics creators, retailers and readers in some pretty challenging times. With the case of Brandon X looming (the U.S. manga reader who had his laptop searched at the US/Canada border and is now facing possible jail time), the CBLDF needs your support more than ever.
Support CBLDF by joining at any level -- you'll get your choice of exclusive goodies like prints, buttons and signed graphic novels. You can also bid in their benefit auctions and get your hands on some rare and hard-to-find collectibles, or donate, just because they're there to help comic retailers, creators, and fans and protect your right to sell, create and read comics.
Also on the East Coast is ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a fun and friendly home for comics, animation and cartoon fans, readers, and creators. The museum hosts exhibits, holds special events, cartooning classes geared to educate, inspire and entertain kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. Join today or give a gift membership to keep the fun happening all year long.
If you need a reason to give, check out these compelling comics about CCS by Gabby Schulz (Monsters), Joe Lambert, Max de Radiguès, or pick up one of these graphic novels, comics and mini-comics created by CCS students, staff and alumni.
Charles M. Schulz Museum: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California 95403 Ph: (707) 579-4452 | http://www.schulzmuseum.org/
As many comics artists have discovered, creating some of the most beloved comics characters is no guarantee of financial security when you come upon hard times, or a medical emergency or natural disaster occurs. That's where The Hero Initiative comes in.
The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support, and/or a way back to earning a living from the work they love to do. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has helped over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of aid when they needed it most. Give back to the creators who have given so much joy to readers of all ages with your tax-deductible donation to The Hero Initiative.
Creating and reading comics can play an important role in education. That's why Reading With Pictures was founded, to "advocate the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy" and to "get comics into schools and get schools into comics."
Your donation can help fund RWP's projects or buy your copy of the Reading With Pictures comics anthology, featuring stories and art by Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Eric Wright (Frankie Pickle) and Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja).