Comic Books Need a Superhero Right Now #Creators4Comics

Comics are in great peril.

Many businesses are in crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, none more so than the print comic-book industry and comic-book stores.

“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,” New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said in a statement on behalf of #Creators4Comics the hashtag for an auction, which will benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), will offer everything from signed comics to artwork to unique events and experiences during a period that began Wednesday, April 15 through Monday, April 20.

The auction effort is being coordinated by Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Sam Humphries, and Phil Jimenez. With permission, #Creators4Comics is borrowing a successful Twitter auction format used by #AuthorsForFireys, which raised over $500,000 in less than a week to assist Australian firefighting efforts. The Twitter-based auctions. Winning bidders will donate directly to BINC, which is accepting applications from local comic shops and book stores for financial aid.

The New York Times noted: These charitable efforts can raise considerable funds. On April 1, Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC Comics, began posting a sketch daily to auction in support of comic book stores. One sketch — depicting a vampire version of Batman — sold for $17,300 on April 12.

Jimenez posted on Instagram Sunday: Made the @nytimestoday; auctioning off the original art for this cover I did a few years back focusing on @dccomics’ super-villains. #creators4comics is a charity dedicated to raising money for comic book specialty shops and independent book stores; so many amazing auction items out there (just check out @jimlee’s incredible offerings — they’re mind boggling!). Take a look on @twitter and follow the hashtag #creators4comics and help out if you can! All proceeds go to @thinkingbinc!

 

Creators and others can run their own individual auctions by tweeting items with the hashtag #Creators4Comics. Auctions/tweets will be posted anytime on or after Wednesday, April 15th. Twitter users scroll through the auction items under the hashtag and reply to individual item threads to place their bids until the auction ends on April 20th, at 12 p.m. EST.

The winning bidder donates directly to BINC and provides the donation receipt to the auctioneer to claim their item.

Visit the #Creators4Comics website at https://www.creators4comics.com for more information.