Comic Book Publishers Unite for Fund to Help Stores

Comicbook United Fund launch - Publicity - H 2020
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DC has teamed with Oni-Lion Forge as well as the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to assist businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

As the comic book industry seeks to rebuild in the wake of store closures and publication pauses caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) is announcing the formation of a new fund specifically aimed at assisting comics, the Comicbook United Fund.

Combining the $100,000 pledged last year to BINC from the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group to support comic book retailers with the $250,000 pledged earlier this month by DC, the Comicbook United Fund is intended to be the central location for any and all figures and organizations hoping to raise money for comic book retailers.

"If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s how precious and fragile the things that bring us happiness are, so we must protect the lifeblood of our industry,” DC chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee said Tuesday in a statement about the formation of the new fund. "Oni-Lion Forge saw the need for this type of relief before there was a crisis, which is why DC is proud to now stand alongside them in this time of need for our retailers.”

Added James Lucas Jones, president and publisher of Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group: "The comic industry has a long history of banding together to protect and promote the art form we all love. We hope that this incredible action from DC will inspire a new wave of generosity and support for the great number of individuals and shops struggling through these times. Comics is an expansive community that still feels like a close-knit family, and these efforts feel like we are helping family members."

In addition to the corporate donations, the Comicbook United Fund will also be receiving money from Lee’s eBay auctions of 60 sketches across 60 days and the proceeds of the recently concluded #Creators4Comics campaign, which saw more than 600 auctions take place on Twitter. Those wishing to donate directly to the fund can do so via this secure link, while stores hoping to apply for assistance can do so here.

"We are grateful and humbled to work with industry leaders Oni-Lion Forge and DC. By working together to create the Comicbook United Fund, Oni-Lion Forge and DC are demonstrating their dedication to comic retailers across the nation," said BINC executive director Pam French. "BINC is honored to help carry out their philanthropic vision. The outpouring of support and innovative ideas we've seen from across the industry has been inspiring and gives us great hope for the future."