You may have heard of Humble Bundle's frequent and fantastic deals, where usually bunches of video games are offered at a pay-what-you-can rate, with the proceeds largely going to charity. Well, now it looks like comic books are in on the action.
Image Comics and Humble Bundle announced today that readers can get up to nine top Image books at www.humblebundle.com. By naming their own price (i.e., donating what they want to, even as little as a penny) will garner electronic versions of:
- Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s East of West, Vol. 1
- Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus, Vol. 1
- Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s Morning Glories, VOL. 1
– Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale, Vol. 1.
If you pay more than the average price (which as of press time was $7.46), readers also get Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga, Vol. 1, Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival, Vol. 1, and John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, Vol. 1. For $15 or more, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, volumes 1 and 20, will also be available.
While everyone’s certainly heard of Mr. Kirkman’s book by now, hard-core comics fans will know all of these books and creator names; these are some of the most lauded series to come out over the past few years. This Humble Image Comics Bundle offers a great way for the more casual fan to get acquainted with high-quality, original, creator-owned comics. But, more importantly, proceeds are split between creators and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). The CBLDF exists to protect the First Amendment rights of folks in the comic book industry, as well as educate. As you can imagine, comic book creators and store owners rarely are swimming in piles of money a la Uncle Scrooge; the CBLDF has come to the defense of unlawfully arrested citizens, has fought against censorship, and continues its efforts through the support of its donors. This comics bundle will help the CBLDF continue its advocacy.
The Humble Image Comics Bundle deal is live for about two weeks (ends May 6, 11 a.m. PDT).