Several comic book creators have banned together and created the initiative Creators 4 Comics, in an effort to raise money to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (binc), which supports both independent bookstores and comic shops.
“#Creators4Comics is a group of comic creators who are coming together to help save comic book retailers and independent bookstores by holding online Twitter auctions to directly benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC). BINC is taking applications now and they will start providing direct aid to stores at the end of April,” their site reads. The effort was started by Kami Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Sam Humphries and Phil Jimenez.
Creators 4 Comics are encouraging other creators to host auctions on Twitter, using the hashtag #Creators4Comics, and then fans can bid on them by responding to the original tweet. The Twitter threads can get a little crazy — this one for an original Chip Zdarsky erotic story starring you, for instance, is pretty insane — so it’ll require some work on your part to follow along and see if you’ve been outbid. But many creators have stepped up and are offering some impressive items, from original art to Captain Marvel movie jackets to personal tours of their Animal Crossing islands.
Booksellers and comic shops who would like to benefit from these auctions would need to register with the charity, which they can find more information about here. Fans who win auctions will be asked to make a donation on the binc website using their donation form. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way to designate your donation just for comic shops.
If you’re interested, better hurry – bidding ends on April 20.