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#Creators4Comics began a week ago as a few people looking for a way to support comic stores and indie bookstores hit hard by COVID-19. It has ballooned into a swelling movement of comics creators, authors, and celebrity participants posting over 300 benefit auctions on Twitter, with more by the hour. All funds will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

“These stores have supported us for years, now it is our turn to support them. Our fellow creators are meeting this challenge with all their creativity and passion. Seeing their love turned into action is not surprising, but it is emotional for all of us,” said Sam Humphries, superstar comic book writer of Harley Quinn, and co-host of television show DC Daily.

With permission, #Creators4Comics borrowed the 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 offer everything from signed comics to artwork to unique events like set-visits and zoom experiences and ends Monday, April 20, at noon EST. The auction effort is being coordinated by Kami Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Humphries, and Phil Jimenez.

Among the participants are Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Patton Oswalt, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marv Wolfman, Johns, Joe Hill, Shannon Hale, Brad Meltzer, Mariko Tamaki, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Marissa Meyer, Tom King, Mitch Gerards, Danielle Paige, Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Edward Hill, Jason Aaron, Jacquelin de Leon, Mark Guggenheim, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Vita Ayala, David Mack, Ryan North, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cassandra Clare, James Tynion IV, Marieke Najkamp, Margaret Stohl, Greg Rucka, Jock, Mico Suayan, G. Willow Wilson, and hundreds of others.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the graphic novel Teen Titans: Raven Kami Garcia set the mission of the effort. “We want to save the comic shops and indie bookstores — every single one. We keep the people from losing the businesses and jobs they love. We keep print alive.”

“What we’ve seen is just how deep the commitment to our stores runs within the comics and book communities,” said Gwenda Bond, NYT bestselling author of the Lois Lane series and Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds. “It’s unbelievable to watch your own personal heroes rise to a challenge this way. We will get through this together.”

Winning bidders will donate directly to BINC, to which Jim Lee, DC, James Patterson, Boom Studios, Lion Forge, Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Sourcebooks, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Chronicle Books, and many others have recently contributed. BINC is accepting applications from local comic shops and bookstores for financial assistance now. BINC’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.

How does #Creators4Comics work?

Creators/people 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 PM 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.

Highlights from the Auction include:


Big Ticket Items (with Twitter handles)

Christopher Cantwell

@ifyoucantwell

https://twitter.com/ifyoucantwell/status/1250577278125215744

The Mutiny sign that hung in Bosworth’s office in Season 3 of Halt and Catch Fire. “From the set. Really signed by all the coders (and yes, Donna & Cameron).”



Kelly Sue DeConnick

@kellysue

https://twitter.com/kellysue/status/1250550625915543554

Kelly Sue DeConnick’s personal cast and crew Captain Marvel jacket



Frank Miller

@SammLevine

https://twitter.com/SammLevine/status/1250570346362662912

An original, one-of-a-kind Batman sketch cover



Gail Simone

@GailSimone

https://twitter.com/GailSimone/status/1250587737406595072

Birds of Prey Lot: Includes: Comic, collection and script, signed by Simone, BOP film crew t-shirt (Women's med) signed by Christina Hodson, the screenwriter, and a Zoom video call with start Jurnee Smollett and Rosie Perez.



Marc Guggenheim

@mguggenheim

https://twitter.com/mguggenheim/status/1250460658199478273

Set visit Arrow or any show he works on



Patton Oswalt

@pattonoswalt

https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/1250642482359963648

35 min. Zoom call with Patton Oswalt and @MarvelsMODOK co-creator @BlumJordan, plus signed toy.


Book World


Cassandra Clare

@cassieclare

A signed & personalized 10th Anniversary Edition of Clockwork Angel!

https://twitter.com/cassieclare/status/1250498596094513153



Neil Gaiman

@neilhimself

https://twitter.com/neverwear/status/1250500056039305217

NEIL GAIMAN'S A WRITER’S PRAYER BROADSIDE 1999

Signed by Neil Gaiman & George Walker (#89/150)


https://twitter.com/SubPress/status/1250806955645513728

Smoke & Mirrors Signed Limited Edition designed and illustrated by Dave McKean


Rainbow Rowell

https://twitter.com/rainbowrowell/status/1250534664005091330

Character named after you in Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow book three)


Shannon Hale

@haleshannon

https://twitter.com/haleshannon/status/1250169783925891072

Copy of Austenland signed by author and movie cast

Commissions and Custom Illustrations

J.H. Williams III

@JHWilliamsIII

https://twitter.com/JHWilliamsIII/status/1250507976588185601

a 9x12 commission - single character “I rarely do commissions, so get this while you can.”


Rebekah Isaacs

@rebekahisaacs

https://twitter.com/rebekahisaacs/status/1250466367335280643

A 11x17 commission -- b/w inked, single character with background


For Aspiring/New Creators


Scott Snyder

@Ssnyder1835

https://twitter.com/Ssnyder1835/status/1250506718355820545

A one-time only live online class on "WRITING 1st ISSUES."


Heather Antos

@heatherantos

https://twitter.com/HeatherAntos/status/1250579656434163720

Workshopped comic pitch review


Klaus Janson

@klausjansonnyc

https://twitter.com/klausjansonnyc/status/1250477818577911809

1 hour Zoom portfolio reviews starting


Original Art


Brian Lee O’Malley

https://twitter.com/enthusiamy/status/1250470166376230912

Original Scott Pilgrim art


David Mack

@DavidMackKabuki

https://twitter.com/davidmackkabuki/status/1250453949087449089

Healthcare heroes original art


Joëlle Jones

@Joelle_Jones

https://twitter.com/Joelle_Jones/status/1250828762309996544

Original art 11x17 Catwoman cover


Phil Jimenez

@PhilJimenezNYC

https://twitter.com/Philjimeneznyc/status/1250412548039507969


DC villains original art


Mitch Gerads

@MitchGerads

https://twitter.com/MitchGerads/status/1250477031898222594

Original art from STRANGE ADVENTURES #2


Major Comic Auctions


Brian Michael Bendis

@BrianMBendis

https://twitter.com/BRIANMBENDIS/status/1250659821524643840

Get murdered by PEARL in an upcoming comic


Cully Hamner

@cullyhamner

https://twitter.com/CullyHamner/status/1250419848825335816

A signed Superman statue he designed for @DCComics, along with the original design art! Both the base and box are signed- and he doodled on the box!


Jock

@Jock4twenty

https://twitter.com/Jock4twenty/status/1250783436031361024

The complete working script and ALL interior layouts for DETECTIVE COMICS #880, plus the foil edition signed by Jock and Scott Snyder.


Tula Lotay

@tulalotay

https://twitter.com/tulalotay/status/1250849074837950468

Wonder Woman Mondo News artist proof poster with a sketch


Movie & TV Related


Patrick Schumacker

@PMSchumacker

https://twitter.com/PMSchumacker/status/1250446126211149825

A #HarleyQuinn script signed by Kaley Cuoco, a Harley statue and a Zoom session to talk... whatever!


Peter Ramsey

@pramsey342

https://twitter.com/pramsey342/status/1250529263477911552

I'm auctioning this 9X12" ink drawing of Miles and Gwen from Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse


Susan Eisenberg

@susaneisenberg1

https://twitter.com/susaneisenberg1/status/1250817457742217216

Known as a professional voice-over artist known for her animation work as Wonder Woman, aka Princess Diana, in the acclaimed Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series, among other roles. Susan is offering a number of personalized items, including a Wonder Woman mug, sand pail, autographed photos, and signed Funko, as well as a signed Jackie Chan Adventures “Attack of the J-Clones” script, written by Michael Jelenic, and a signed Justice League Unlimited “Divided We Fall” script, written by Dwayne McDuffie.


Unusual Cool Stuff


Kami Garcia & Dr. Ed Kurz

@kamigarcia

https://twitter.com/kamigarcia/status/1250855362435178496

“Serial Killers & Criminal Sanity” Zoom Session


Leah Williams

@mymonsterischic

https://twitter.com/mymonsterischic/status/1250429729112338432

Get drunk with Leah Williams on skype while she gives you a tour of her Animal Crossing island


Mimi Chan

Virtual Kung Fu Class with the model and martial artist for Disney’s Mulan

https://twitter.com/SifuMimiChan/status/1250830412366168064

Talk Joker, Harley, and the psychology of serial murder with Kami Garcia, the writer of JOKER/ HARLEY: CRIMNAL SANITY & Dr. Edward Kurz, criminal psychiatrist, behavior analyst, and consultant for the series.


Chip Zdarsky

@zdarksy

https://twitter.com/zdarsky/status/1250409902838820865

“ORIGINAL EROTIC SHORT STORY, featuring YOU, which I will read to you sensually via Zoom!”

 

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A truly worthy cause. BRAVO.

Especially nice to see not everyone in the industry subscribes to Diamond's "Every Man for Himself" attitude.

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Loved this when I first heard about it. I think it was Jim Lee I specifically heard about participating in this. I also liked that Jim Lee also lets the winning bidder of a current auction get to pick the next character he draws for the next auction.

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I suppose it's a worthy cause because the shops are in this situation through no fault of their own, mostly. I'll give the creative "talent" their props for what it's worth. I just find it funny that the idiots who put the comic industry on life support before this hysteria broke out by screwing with and changing all our favorite characters and writing a bunch self gratifying, preachy garbage that nobody wants to read, and then have the stones to blame and berate the customer when their little social experiment doesn't work out so well, are suddenly setting themselves to be the saviors for the "little guys". I just find it hard to believe they are doing this simply out of the goodness of their hearts and not doing it to keep themselves in a job, cuz with no shops there's no comics and the digital market has never been the future they expected it to be. Hey, here's an idea. If and when the industry digs itself outta this hole, try not to bite the hand that feeds.

And before anyone says it, yes I do still buy comics (and read a few) and support my local shops, even through this hysteria. I really thought Cebulski was taking Marvel back on the right track but as long as he keeps giving "writers" like Donny Cates, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel "the old New Warriors were too cool" Kibblesmith carte blanche to spread their "tolerance" however they see fit I'll find other company's comics to support. It pains me to see how much of an agenda driven mouthpiece my favorite comic publisher has become. I can't say that I didn't see it coming a long time ago though. Stan Lee is definitely rolling over in his grave.

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If you cant respond to someone without attacking them then don't respond at all. Such posts will be deleted.

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