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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.

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!

Around the Tubes

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

It’s been an interesting week or so for comics and things are only going to get crazier over the next month. We’re still rolling and will have all of the latest news and reviews for you. Check out some of what you’ve missed.

ICv2 – Binc Has Distributed Over $350K in Covid-19 Relief Since Mid-March – Great to hear this much has been raised and paid out. Sad that this needs to happen.

Newsarama – Emergency Relief Initiative Launched for Canadian Comic Shops – If you can help, please do.

The Mary Sue – Suicide Squad Director Responds Fairly Thoughtfully to Harley Quinn Costume Criticism – Yes he did.

Review

Comic Book – Anti/Hero

Cosplay Comedy Assembles to Raise Money for BINC

Cosplay Comedy Assembles

Comedians from across the country are donning their capes and performing live, April 25, 2020 at 7pm PST, via livestream to make the nation laugh as well as to raise money for small business.

Cosplay Comedy Assembles: is a unique show where professional stand-up comedians perform in costume and In-Character as your favorite heroes and villains. The show will be streamed online through Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch.

Viewing is donation based. Money will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), who is helping Comic Retailers and their employees with medical expenses, eviction prevention, funeral expenses, disaster assistance, domestic violence survival, utility shut-off prevention, unexpected loss of household income, and more. A portion of donations will also go directly to the small businesses that host their comedy shows: Black Cat Comics in Burbank, CA and The Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment in Oakland, CA.

Donations can be made now. The lineup of more than 30 comedians include artists who have appeared on Comedy Central, Netflix, America’s Got Talent, and Last Comic Standing, as well as clubs all across the United States.

Cosplay Comedy launched in 2015 at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. The show has been featured at the Long Beach Comic Con, Phoenix Fan Fusion, LA Comic Con, The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and the Great American Comic Con: Las Vegas.

The Creators 4 Comics Auction has Begun!

A group of over 120 comic creators are launching an effort to raise money to help benefit comic shops. Creators4Comics was organized by Sam HumphriesBrian Michael BendisKami GarciaGwenda Bond, and Phil Jimenez.

Beginning April 15 and running through April 20 head to Twitter to follow the hashtag #Creators4Comics and join in on the auction. Comic Books, artwork, and one-of-a-kind experiences are all on the block. Money raised will benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

The auction is simple:

  • Creators will run their own auctions tweeting the item to be bid on with #Creators4Comics
  • You can scroll items being auctioned on Twitter and reply to the individual item placing your bid.
  • The winning bid then donates to BINC and shows their donation receipt to the auctioneer to claim the item

Check out the running Twitter feed below and start bidding (we already have)!

Comic Creators are Coming together for a Twitter Charity Auction to Benefit Comic Shops

Creators 4 Comics

A group of over 120 comic creators are launching an effort to raise money to help benefit comic shops. Creators4Comics was organized by Sam Humphries, Brian Michael Bendis, Kami Garcia, Gwenda Bond, and Phil Jimenez.

Beginning April 15 and running through April 20 head to Twitter to follow the hashtag #Creators4Comics and join in on the auction. Comic Books, artwork, and one-of-a-kind experiences are all on the block. Money raised will benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

Creators named as participating in #Creators4Comics include Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Joe Hill, Scott Snyder, Shannon Hale, Tom King, Gene Luen Yang, Danielle Paige, Jason Aaron, Mark Guggenheim, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Gabriel Picolo, Gail Simone, Brad Meltzer, Ryan North, Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire, David Mack, Greg Rucka, G. Willow Wilson, James Tynion IV, Cassandra Clare, Mariko Tamaki, David Pepose, and many more.

If you’d like to join the effort or learn more, you can do so at the effort’s website.

The auction is simple:

  • Creators will run their own auctions tweeting the item to be bid on with #Creators4Comics
  • You can scroll items being auctioned on Twitter and reply to the individual item placing your bid.
  • The winning bid then donates to BINC and shows their donation receipt to the auctioneer to claim the item

Numerous creators have turned to auctions to help shops. Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld have held a number of auctions raising $10s of thousands and will likely raise well into the six figures when the effort is done. Lee is also auctioning items to raise money for BINC while Liefeld’s benefits specific comic shops.

Stores looking for help can go to the BINC website for more information about their relief efforts.

DC Donates $250,000 to Charity to Help Comic Stores

DC Comics logo

WarnerMedia has announced that DC is donating $250,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) with the goal of helping comic stores and their employees.

The donation is in response to the need of shops due to the economic impact being felt due to COVID-19. In mid-March, BINC announced they were going to help comic book stores in need.

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

Binc is Preparing to Help Book and Comic Retailers

Binc

With COVID-19 shutting regions down and impacting consumer spending, retailers are feeling the pinch. The situation looks dire, especially with no end in sight. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) is preparing to assists booksellers and comic retailers in these trying times.

Binc’s assistance will vary 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.

They are encouraging sellers with needs to reach out with concerns and help for request.

They also have numerous handy tips to prepare and protect in these times.

Those interested in donating to Binc can do so here and those with a request related to COVID-19 can do so here.

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

NYCC 2019: Lion Forge and Binc Launch The Forge Fund for Comic Retailers

Forge Fund

At New York Comic Con, David Steward II and Annie Philbrick of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) greeted a room full of retailers at the Diamond Comics breakfast with the introduction of The Forge Fund, a renewal of their partnership to support direct market retailers and their employees in times of hardship.

Lion Forge has donated $100,000.00 of seed money to Binc to establish this special fund for comic shops. In addition to this initial investment, going forward, 5% of proceeds from select titles will go to Forge Fund, with this week’s release of the Gail Simone written Catalyst Prime series Seven Days to be the first in the program.

This new fund gives the Foundation the ability to assist those working in the comic book industry who are facing financial emergencies today and in the future.

The Binc Foundation provides confidential financial assistance to comic retailers and booksellers, who have a demonstrated need arising from severe hardship or emergency circumstances. Retailers and their families who are suffering from financial challenges due to illness, death in the family, expenses associated with escaping domestic violence, homelessness prevention, natural disaster recovery and more now have a place to call when help is needed.

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