Occupy Comics launches 'Creator-Owned Initiative'

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Occupy Comics, the anthology series inspired by Occupy Wall Street that drew together the largest coalition of socially-conscious comics creators since ever, including Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer-winning Maus), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), Molly Crabapple (Shell Game), Joshua Hale Fialkov (I Vampire), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Tyler Crook (Petrograd), Ales Kot (Wild Children), Joshua Dysart (The Unknown Soldier), J.M. DeMatteis (JLA, Spider-Man, Imaginalis, Brooklyn Dreams), Mike Allred (Madman, FF), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and dozens more, has announced an effort to support independent comics creators with its "Creator-Owned Initiative."

"One of the themes that's emerged in the Occupy Comics contributions is for people to 'occupy' the comics market by supporting independently-produced, creator-owned comics rather than the 1% of comics: Disney- and Warner Brothers-owned megacorporations whose empires were built on the backs of creators like Siegel, Shuster, Kirby, Ditko, and so many more," said organizational spearhead Matt Pizzolo. "With that in mind, it seems Occupy Comics can be a helpful way to encourage diverse readers to discover more creator-owned comics. So we'll be taking the ideas of Occupy and implementing them locally in the comic market."

Occupy Comics #1, scheduled for release in comic shops and digitally on May 1st, will include a download code that opens up a digital storefront filled with free #1 issues of excellent creator-owned comics series. The idea is that if a reader gets hooked by a free PDF or CBR of #1, she or he will go out and support the rest of the series. The initiative will not be limited to books only from Occupy Comics contributors, although it will certainly include them.

All Occupy Comics profits will be donated to current Occupy-related initiatives, such as Strike Debt, Rolling Jubilee, and rescue efforts like Occupy Sandy.

Cover credits - issue 1: Mike Allred, issue 2: Riley Rossmo, round 2 cover: David Lloyd.



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