Comics publisher Lion Forge has donated $25,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support comic retailers affected by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Gulf Coast region of Texas and Louisiana late last month.
Lion Forge founder and owner David Steward II and Chief Creative Officer Carl Reed made the announcement via video, which was posted to their social media accounts:
“As a publisher, we have a responsibility to the comic book community from our fans to our retail partners,” Steward said in a press release. “A healthy retailer community means a healthy industry, and when a specific area of the industry is struggling, it affects all of us. We urge our fellow publishers with the means to join us in providing support to comic book stores in Texas and the gulf coast affected by the storm with a donation to the designated Emergency Assistance relief fund,at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, or Binc, is a 20-year-old foundation aimed at helping booksellers overcome personal financial hardships. It started out as the Borders Group Foundation, but changed its name and scope to include all brick-and-mortar bookstores when Borders went under in 2011. Visit their site for more information and to find out how to donate to the organization.