With only essential businesses open in most areas and Diamond halting shipments of new product due to COVID-19, comic shops and bookstores are having a hard time. To help out, over 100 comic creators are coming together to raise money for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) through a Twitter auction called #Creators4Comics.
The auction is borrowing the format used by #AuthorsForFireys with permission. That auction raised over $500,000 in less than a week to help Australian firefighting efforts. This one will offer signed comics, artwork, unique events and experiences, and more beginning Wednesday, April 15th and running through Monday, April 20th.
The creators involved 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, and Mariko Tamaki. The auction effort is being coordinated by Kami Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Sam Humphries, and Phil Jimenez.
Kami Garcia says:
Print is the heart of comics and books and the brick and mortar stores that keep print alive are struggling, so I reached out to other concerned creators/friends. They enthusiastically agreed that we needed to help.
This is a pretty impressive list. It’s like a “We Are The World” for comics. The direct market is the life blood of the comic book industry so it’s great to see so many creators coming together to help out.
Gwenda Bond added:
These stores have supported us throughout our careers. Now is our chance to support them. Comic shops and indie bookstores are at the heart of our industry and our neighborhoods.
The auctions are run individually by the creators, tagged with the hashtag #Creators4Comics, posted anytime on or after Wednesday, April 15th. Users can reply to each individual thread they’re interested in to place their bid. The auctions end on April 20th at 12 PM EST. The winning bidder donates directly to BINC and provides the receipt to the auctioneer to claim their item.
Sam Humphries says:
The phenomenal response we’ve seen so far from creators makes it clear that comic book stores are the foundation of our industry. But we can’t do this alone — anyone who loves comic stores can join us and create an auction of their own!
BINC is accepting applications from local comic shops and bookstores for financial assistance. It’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. For more information check out the official #Creators4Comics site.