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Comic Veterans are Uniting for the “Give Comics Hope” Fundraiser

Give Comics Hope is a new charitable initiative and has put out a call for public donations alongside high value, unique items donated by industry professionals to support two upcoming charitable auctions. The initiative was created by and headed by comic book industry veteran Bill Schanes and designed for all members of our community to rally together to provide vital aid to comic book stores, the heart, and the roots of our vibrant comic book community.

Give Comics Hope is an ambitious charitable initiative created in response to the financial impact created by the current global health crisis on the pivotal small businesses at the center of the comic book industry – comic book shops. Created by and spearheaded by former Vice President of Purchasing of Diamond Comic Distributors and co-founder of Pacific Comics, Bill Schanes, Give Comics Hope is supported by a group of current and former comic book industry professionals, who have all donated their time and resources to initially bring two auction initiatives to life.
 
Give Comics Hope’s initial charitable efforts will be focused on two auctions designed to raise an initial slate of funds to be distributed to comic book stores in early 2021. Give Comics Hope is calling on publishers, creators, retailers, fans, convention organizations, printers, media, and indeed every member of the community to unite together and give back to comic book shops by donating premium collectibles from their personal collections to two upcoming charitable auctions. 

The first auction will be conducted by Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, for all received donations with an estimated value of $500 or more to take place between Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The initial auction will include donations from industry insiders including cover art from The Walking Dead donated by Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman, paintings by legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz, Star Wars original art by award-winning artist P. Craig Russell, original art from New Mutants #88 by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, original art from X-Factor #55 and Amazing Spider-Man #326 signed by New York Times bestselling artist Colleen Doran, Excalibur #125 original art signed by Dave Hoover, and many, many more. Public donations for the first auction are due by Friday, October 2, 2020.

The second auction will be conducted by Jesse James Comics/Comic Book Shopping Network in partnership with eBay. All public donations with an estimated value of $499 or less will be offered through public auctions and “Buy It Now” opportunities on eBay between Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and Friday, December 11, 2020. Public donations for the second auction are due by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Give Comics Hope has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting comic retailers and booksellers, to oversee the management and disbursement of the funds raised by Give Comics Hope. The initiative will take no organizational fees, and will only deduct any actual, direct costs incurred from the funds raised. Since its inception, Binc has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book and comic industries. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the book and comic industries came together in an extraordinary way allowing Binc to help 2,191 booksellers, comic retailers, and stores with $2.7 million in urgently needed assistance.

The Give Comics Hope logo was created by Craig Yoe of Yoe Studio. The Give Comics Hope website was designed and is managed by Gary Smith of AtPlay Creative.

Give Comics Hope logo

Image and Skybound Helps Raise Over $140,000 For the BINC Foundation to Support Comic Shops

Image Comics Logo

Image Comics has announced that recent Humble Bundles have generated over $140K in proceeds to benefit the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The organization provides assistance to employees and shop owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances.

Over $35K was raised to benefit Traveling Stories, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to empower kids to outsmart poverty by helping them fall in love with reading by the fourth grade. In a joint Bundle with multiple other publishers, over $4M was raised to benefit Race ForwardNAACP Legal Defense Fund, and The Bail Project charities to support the Black community during the Black Lives Matter movement.

The “The Walking Dead by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment” Bundle, “Creator Spotlight on Jonathan Hickman”, and the currently running Image Comics Showcase” Bundle purchases all contributed to the total amount so far raised for Binc Foundation.

The “Image Comics Showcase” Bundle is live now and, in fewer than 24 hours, is already on track to be the highest ordered Image Central Humble Bundle in the past five years. Its proceeds will go toward Binc Foundation too, as well as to The Hero Initiative.


For more than twenty years, the Binc Foundation has helped bookstore and comic book store employees and owners who encounter unexpected financial crises. The Binc Foundation works to keep book people in their homes, in their jobs, and with their families – stabilizing the brick and mortar bookstore community. The Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) in the country dedicated exclusively to strengthening the book industry by supporting the people who work in bookstores and comics shops.


The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. 

Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix Mini-Comics in September

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ice Cream Man creators W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo launched an online-only series of mini-comics set in the ICM universe. The collection of these stories, Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix #1, will be available in print for the first time from Image Comics this September.

These strange little ditties were originally meant to tide folks over while the industry was on pause—and also raise money for struggling comic shops; 50 percent of all digital proceeds were donated to Comicbook United Fund/BINC Foundation.

Now, collected into print format, this is an extra-length collection of all six issues of these Quarantine Comix, featuring brand-new cover art and bonus stories by guest creators. And, as before, 50 percent of creator profits will go to Comicbook United Fund/BINC Foundation to help stores get back on their feet—because comic shops are sweet.

Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 9.

Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix #1 remains available to purchase in digital format on the Quarantine Comix website.

Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix #1

IDW Publishing Launches a Joe Hill Humble Bundle Featuring Locke & Key and More!

IDW Publishing teams up with Humble Bundle to launch Joe Hill’s Locke & Key & More by IDW Humble Comics Bundle, beginning today!

With this “Pay What You Want” promotion, readers pick their own price for a captivating selection of Joe Hill’s finest comics work, including Locke & KeyDying is EasyThe CapeTales from the Darkside, and more, while also supporting two important charity organizations with a portion of their contributions: Book Industry Charitable Foundation and DonorsChoose!

The retail value of the comics in this bundle is as much as $177. However, the value of the Humble Comics Bundle format is that readers can make a minimum $1.00 purchase to attain a basic tier, then increase their contribution to attain upgrades to their bundle.

The $1 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #1
  • Locke and Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
  • Locke and Key Vol. 2: Head Games
  • Joe Hill’s The Cape
  • Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury

The $8 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #2
  • Locke and Key Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows
  • Locke and Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
  • Joe Hill’s The Cape: 1969
  • Road Rage
  • Joe Hill’s Thumbprint
  • Tales from the Darkside

The $15 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #3
  • Locke and Key Vol. 5: Clockworks
  • Locke and Key Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega
  • Locke & Key: Heaven & Earth
  • Locke & Key: Dog Days
  • Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Edition
  • The Cape: Fallen
  • The Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

Joe Hill’s Locke & Key & More by IDW Humble Comics Bundle runs for three weeks from May 13 through June 2.

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

Around the Tubes

Bad Karma #1

The weekend is almost here! We’re excited because that means it’s one more day closer to seeing more new comics and the industry getting closer to normal. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Binc Distributing Over $950,000 to Comic Stores – Glad this money is getting out there to help.

Den of Geek – Best DC Comics to Binge Read on DC Universe – Any you’d add?

Kotaku – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Making Animal Crossing Housecalls – This is pretty cool.

Deadline – ‘Deadpool 2’ Fined Nearly $300,000 For Safety Violations In Accident That Killed Stuntwoman Joi Harris

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Bad Karma #1
Newsarama – Batman: The Adventures Continue #3
Newsarama – The Green Lantern: Season Two #3
Monkeys Fighting Robots – The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel
Geek Dad – Pollock Confidential: A Graphic Novel

Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesday

With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or impacted by the pandemic, a special #GivingTuesday is taking place today! #GivingTuesday is a day that highlights charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible).

Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

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.

The organization has pivoted to help booksellers and comic shops during the current pandemic.

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 now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

All year-round, the CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Their efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers.

The organization has pivoted in the current period by becoming a resource for comic shops and creators in need of support, new ideas, or relief. They’ve become an invaluable one-stop shop to disseminate information to help the industry.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, we ask you to please consider their worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given. Please help CBLDF continue their important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution. You can read their 2019 annual report now and see why they’re important.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative helps comic creators in need. Formed in 2000, the organization is a safety net for comic creators in need. The organization became a not-for-profit in 2001 and has since granted over $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

You can help them out and contribute today, and if you can’t give money, there’s affiliate links on their website which they will receive a portion.


Please donate so these three worthy organizations can continue their good works. If you have more suggestions of comic-related non-profits that people can donate to, sound off in the comments below.

Help Support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and Get the Entire Run of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Skybound, Image, and Humble Bundle have a fantastic bundle of DRM free digital comics. You can get the entire run of The Walking Dead for just $18. There’s $454 worth of comics.

The pay-what-you-want format allows you to pledge certain amounts for different tiers and $18 or more gets you everything.

You can designate how much goes to Humble Bundle, the publisher, or to the charity, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

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.

There’s a little over 20 days for you to purchase it and take advantage.

Below are what you get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more:

  • The Walking Dead Free Comic Book Day
  • The Walking Dead volume 1 to 5

Pay $8 or more:

  • The Walking Dead volume 6 to 13
  • The Walking Dead Survivor’s Guide

Pay $15 or more:

  • The Walking Dead volume 14 to 23

Pay $18 or more:

  • The Walking Dead volume 24 to 32
  • The Walking Dead: All Out War: AP Edition
  • The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!

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)

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