A group of comic creators has joined forces to support local comic book shops that may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 100 comic book creators have joined forces to help comic stores who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The initiative, dubbed #Creators4Comics, has launched a website with a list of creators involved, as well as details for how fans can pitch in.
Creators plan to auction off signed comics, original artwork, and even unique events and experiences over Twitter. These auctions will start on Wednesday, April 15 and last until Monday, April 20.
All proceeds from the auctions will go directly to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, who are raising money to help support comic book stories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans will then submit the proof of donation to the auctioneer to claim their item.
Creators involved in the initiative include Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Joe Hill, Scott Snyder, Shannon Hale, Tom King, Gene Luen Yang, Danielle Paige, Jason Aaron, Marc 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.
“These stores have supported us throughout our careers,” Bond said in a statement. “Now is our chance to support them. Comic shops and indie bookstores are at the heart of our industry and our neighborhoods.”