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Worldbuilders “Geeks 4 HOPE” Raises More Than $40k For Healthcare Workers Battling COVID-19

Geeks for Hope

Worldbuilders’ Geeks 4 HOPE fundraiser, Project HOPE will be able to provide more than $40,000 worth of personal protection equipment, training, and other support to health care workers fighting the COVID-19.

This last week featured several events for those of the geek-minded to enjoy, from gaming with Satine Phoenix and the Sirens to virtual book signings by S.L. Huang, thoughtful chats with authors Myke Cole and Michael Martinez to conversation-filled twitch livestreams from Worldbuilders founder Patrick Rothfuss, geeks of the world found a place to coalesce during these hard times and unite for a cause for good.

Congrats to everyone involved and to those who contributed to a good cause.

Diamond and Alliance Launch “Back the Comeback” to Support Comic and Game Retailers

Back the Comeback

Diamond Comic Distributors and Alliance Game  Distributors, Geppi Family Enterprises companies, have announced the launch of Back The Comeback, a multi-phased campaign focused on supporting local comic and game stores as they reopen, restart and rebuild. Centered around the rallying cry of, “Our Comeback Will Be Bigger Than Our Setback,” Diamond and Alliance created the campaign in partnership with publishers and industry influencers to shine a light on the unique relationship consumers have with their local comic and game retailers while raising funds to support restart efforts.

Back The Comeback launches today with a social media challenge. In a video message posted on Twitter, Facebook, as well as various YouTube channels, Steve Geppi challenges five friends to #BackTheComeback and post messages of support for their favorite comic or game store while asking their friends and fans to do the same.

Viewers can visit the official website for additional information including tools to help make their own social messages and a link to purchase campaign T-shirts. All from T-shirt sales will be distributed to charities that support comic and game stores.

Charity recipients include:

The second phase of this campaign begins later this summer when Diamond International Galleries (DIG) launches a Back The Comeback charity auction. Steve Geppi has kicked off donations to the auction with items valued at approximately $50,000. The winning bidders will donate directly to one of three charities that support comic and game retailers and submit proof of donation to DIG to claim their item.

The third phase of this campaign focuses on in-store promotion. Alliance will offer weekly promotions to retailers and Diamond will partner with publishers to place the Back The Comeback logo on the cover of select comics to commemorate this time period and the emphasis on rebuilding. More information on these additional phases of the campaign will be released in the coming weeks.

The X-Men Podcast Community Unites to Raise Money for Comic Shop Owners

Podcasts X-Reads, X is For Podcast, Comic Book Queers, The Wolverine Podcast that Goes Snikt, The Cerebros, and Homo Superior are all raising funds for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and their Comicbook United Fund. To do this, they are offering perks to their listeners who donate to the fund. 

Some of the perks that listeners will enjoy for donating to the fund include social media shout outs, name call-outs on the podcast recordings, digital X-Men art from artists such as Rich Bernatovech, and the opportunity to appear as a guest on a podcast.

Donations must be made directly to the BINC Foundation.

Podcasts Unite

Hershey’s and DC are Teaming Up for Superhero Chocolate Bars with the First Batch to Frontline Workers

Are you up for collecting Hershey bars? This summer Hershey’s and DC Comics are teaming up for chocolate bars featuring iconic DC heroes. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman will be on the packaging while logos or a simple “Bam!” will be on the chocolate itself.

While the bars will be available to the public in July for a limited time, frontline workers fighting the current pandemic are getting them first.

Boxes are being sent to hospitals, police stations, and fire houses in hard hit areas like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. It’s a small thank you from Hershey’s to them.

Beyond the bars, the company has also donated millions in money, product, and expertise to help the effort to fight the disease.

(via Delish)

TKO Studios Has Sent Over a Thousand Checks to Over 600 Stores

TKO Studios

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, TKO Studios is sharing 50% of purchases on their online store to local comic shops.

The publisher has announced that so far, the publisher has sent “over a thousand checks to over 600 stores.”

They have also announced that anyone who has purchased or purchases between now and the end of threat will receive an “additional gift” as a thank you.

Creators4Comics Raises Over $430,000 to Help Comic Stores

Creators 4 Comics

The comic community rallied around stores raising over $430,000 with proceeds going to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

The auction took place on Twitter under the hashtag #Creators4Comics and saw over 100 contributors participate and offer experiences, art, comic collections, and more.

BINC has expanded its mission to help book stores and comic stores during these times. BINC’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. BINC is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate directly to the charity to help stores and employees in need.

Combined efforts of donations by publishers, this auction, and more have raised well over $1 million help comic shops.

(via New York Times)

Exclusive: Jim Lee’s Next Charity Sketch is Cyborg

Jim Lee is one of the numerous comic creators who have stepped up to raise funds to benefit comic shops struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The iconic creator has been auctioning off sketches of characters to raise money, creating 60 sketches in 60 days with all proceeds going to the Comicbook United Fund, a special relief effort designed to help struggling comic book retailers and managed by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC). DC is also donating $250,000 to the fund.

Each sketch is available to bid on for 3 days with the winner of each sketch naming the next DC character that Jim will draw. No characters can be duplicated ensuring some pretty unique sketches!

You can place your bids now! Over $207,000 has been raised so far through auctions by Lee and other contributors.

The next sketch…. Cyborg!

You can check it out below.

Help Forbidden Planet NYC Survive With a GoFundMe

Forbidden Planet

COVID-19 has impacted the comic industry shutting down distribution and putting stores, publishers, and creators, in a precarious situation

Forbidden Planet NYC has launched a GoFundMe to help raise money and keep the store open. They’re looking to raise $300,000.

The store is an industry icon launching in New York City in 1981 but the staff has been forced to work from home in the current crisis.

The GoFundMe says the store has had a month with zero revenue coming in but expenses still going out and lets face it, the cost to do business in New York City is astronomical.

We can’t do the store justice as to what it means to the comic community, let alone the New York comic community. You can read organizer Jeff Ayers’ heartfelt tribute on the fundraising page.

Think about chipping in some money, any amount, to help this institution.

Geeks Gather to Support Healthcare Workers Battling COVID-19

Geeks for Hope

Worldbuilders, the geeks doing good non-profit founded by best-selling fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, announces a fundraiser for healthcare workers battling COVID-19 – Geeks 4 HOPE.

Beginning, Friday, April 24, 2020 through May 1, 2020 – Geeks 4 HOPE  will focus the power of geekery and fandom to provide Personal Protection Equipment, training, and support to health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. People can visit to watch live streams and make donations.

The week will feature live-streamed interviews, discussions, performances, and more with authors, artists, and gamers hosted by the Worldbuilders staff. Donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds will go to Project HOPE to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for health care workers and in our communities. 

Geeks 4 HOPE schedule: 

Friday, April 24 – 8 pm cdt  –  10 pm cdt Dungeon Master, Artist, & Performer Satine Phoenix & the Sirens (Gilded Light Studios)

Saturday April 25 – 2 pm cdt – 4 pm cdt D&D Dungeon Master VIP Darcy Ross explains modern D&D for Gray, a lapsed player, and Zay.

Sunday, April 26 – 6 pm cdt  – 7 pm cdt Author Michael Martinez (MJ-12: INCEPTION and the DAEDALUS trilogy)

Monday, April 27 – 2 pm cdt  – 4 pm cdt Patrick Rothfuss live streaming

6pm cdt – 7pm cdt Myke Cole (author of Sixteenth Watch The Armored Saint) talks with Rabih Torbay, CEO of Project HOPE

Tuesday, April 28 – 1 pm cdt Author S. L. Huang’s Critical Point book release and virtual book signing

2 pm cdt  – 4 pm cdt Patrick Rothfuss live streaming

Wednesday, April 29 – 2 pm cdt  – 4 pm cdt Patrick Rothfuss live streaming

8 pm cdt Gray, Zay and the Rothfuss

Thursday, April 30 – 2 pm cdt  – 4 pm cdt Patrick Rothfuss live streaming

6 pm cdt – 7 pm cdt James Ernst & Mike Selinker

Friday, May 1 – 2 pm cdt  – 4 pm cdt Patrick Rothfuss live streaming

More guests and performances will be announced during the week-long fundraiser. 

Gilbert Hernandez T-Shirt Fundraiser for BINC

Snag this sweet new Love and Rockets tee to support indie bookstores and comic shops! After querying the Instagram hive mind, Fantagraphics have created a brand new shirt, featuring art by the one and only Gilbert Hernandez, ripped straight from the pages of Love and Rockets Vol. IV #8!

It’s also a fundraiser for BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation) who are working to support independent bookstores and comic shops nationwide through these unstable times.

30% of each purchase (which is the net profit after fees and taxes) will go to BINC to support their increasingly necessary work.

Flaunt your antisocial comics nerd cred for a great cause!

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