Pros Unite For Give Comics Hope Charity Fundraiser

by James Ferguson

Bill Schanes, Former Vice President of Purchasing at Diamond Comic Distributors and co-founder of Pacific Comics, has created Give Comics Hope, a new charitable initiative designed for all members of the community to come together and provide aid to comic book stores. Local shops were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and this charity aims to do something about it.

Give Comics Hope has put out the call for public donations along with high value, unique items from industry professionals for two upcoming charitable auctions. The intention is to raise funds to be distributed to comic book stores in early 2021.
Schanes says:

I’ve been blessed to work in the comic book industry for almost 50 years as a publisher and distributor. But I began my journey as a professional in comics as a retailer which is how I know that retailers are the heart of the comic book community. Now is the time to pay it forward and save comic shops not only for ourselves, but for future fans to come.

The first auction will be conducted by Heritage Auctions, housing all received donations with an estimated value of $500 or more. It will be held between Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 and Wednesday, November 11th, 2020. It will include items such as cover art from The Walking Dead donated by Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman, paintings by Bill Sienkiewicz, Star Wars original art by P. Craig Russell, original art from New Mutants #88 by Rob Liefeld, original art from X-Factor #55 and Amazing Spider-Man #326 signd by artist Colleen Doran, Excalibur #125 original art signed by Dave Hoover, and much more. Public donations for this first auction are due by Friday, October 2nd, 2020.
Barry Sandoval, Vice President of Heritage Auctions says:

Heritage Auctions has long been proud and honored to be the premier auction house for comic books, comic art, and related collectibles. When Bill approached us with the opportunity to give back to the comic shops that spark the lifelong love of this medium in countless fans and collectors, we leapt at the chance.

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

Jesse James, owner of Jesse James Comics and President of Comic Book Shopping Network says:

It’s been my privilege to provide great comic book experiences and the best in comic book therapy for almost 40 years. Our industry is stronger when customers have many options to find the comic book community that is right for them. It’s my pleasure to help my retail brethren by leveraging our brand’s strength on eBay and the power of CBSN to raise money for Give Comics Hope.

Give Comics Hope has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to oversee the management and disbursement of the funds raised by the charity. The initiative will take no organizational fees and will only deduct any actual, direct costs incurred from the funds raised.
Pam French, BINC Foundation’s Executive Director says:

We are honored to work with Bill and his team of passionate volunteers to further help comic book stores during this unprecedented time. We know the funds raised from this visionary initiative will help neighborhood comic shops continue to serve their customers and their communities.Together, we are working to help comic retailers through the many challenges they are faced with, so they can continue doing the work they love – selling comics.

More information, including details on how to donate, ideas on what to donate, and suggestions for how to support this project without a collectible donation, can be found at GiveComicsHope.org.

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