As COVID-19 continues to make the work of comics book retailers difficult — to say nothing of the trouble recent winter storms have caused — Dynamite Entertainment also continues its efforts to help shops through difficult times. The company announced Thursday a $10,000 donation to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (aka Binc). In a statement, the company said it “stands with the direct market and all the hard-working retailers that are the best advocates of the wonderful medium of comic books.”
“While going into the new year, we were hoping that the worst was behind us, but we still have a way to go,” added Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “We decided to make this donation to Binc to help retailers, as they have shown that they have the knowledge and execution to help retailers, and wanted to show our support for any retailers who need the assistance.”
According to Binc Executive Director Pamela French, the organization “distributed $2.9 million to help more than 2,200 bookstores, comic shops and individual store owners and employees” across the last year. “In eight weeks beginning in late March 2020, Binc distributed more aid than in the prior eight years combined,” she added. “We were able to do this thanks to the generosity and commitment of donors throughout the book and comics communities – publishers, comics creators, authors, retailers, readers and more … With the support of donors like Dynamite Entertainment, we can meet the ongoing demands of the pandemic and provide help to book and comics people in recovering from everyday emergencies, including unexpected medical or dental needs, the aftermath of natural disasters, and other unforeseen emergencies.”
Individual donations can be made via the Binc donation page.