Comic Creators Launch Twitter Auctions to Support Comic Book Stores
More financial assistance for the comic book industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is set to arrive this week with the launch of #Creators4Comics, a Twitter auction featuring more than 100 creators set to begin Wednesday.
Coordinated by YA novelist Gwenda Bond, Teen Titans: Raven author Kami Garcia, Superman and Action Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, Harley Quinn writer Sam Humphries and writer/artist Phil Jimenez, the auction will feature the participation of creators including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Marko Tamaki and Ryan North, among many others, offering everything from signed comics to unique experiences for auction to benefit comic book retailers.
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“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,” Garcia said Tuesday in a statement. “They enthusiastically agreed that we needed to help.”
Added Bond, “These stores have supported us throughout our careers. Now is our chance to support them. Comic shops and indie bookstores are at the heart of our industry and our neighborhoods.”
Proceeds from the auctions, which will run through Monday on Twitter under the hashtag #Creators4Comics, will go to the BINC Fund, which has already been the recipient of proceeds from DC chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee’s sketch auctions, as well as a DC corporate donation of $250,000.
The majority of comic book stores in North America have been closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing orders put in place by state and local governments. Diamond Comic Distributors shut down the release of any new material in mid-March for an unknown period.
More information about the auctions can be found at the official #Creators4Comics website.
by David Rooney