The Hero Initiative, creators4comics, the Comicbook United Fund and Binc have been named the recipients of the 2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. Named for Beany and Cecil creator Bob Clampett, the award is given out annually as part of the Eisner Award ceremony each July.
The Hero Initiative received the award for its ongoing charity efforts; the organization has been helping comic creators in need for more than 20 years.
“Hero Initiative is honored to receive the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for 2020. Now more than ever, organizations such as Hero Initiative, which helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, are desperately needed,” Jim McLauchlin, on behalf of the Hero Initiative, said in a statement. “We continue to focus on this mission, and continually build for the future. Hero Initiative would not exist without the widespread support and assistance of creators, fans, and publishers all over the world. We share this award with them. We are grateful, humbled, and very appreciative of the recognition.”
Both creators4comics and the Comicbook United Fund were recognized for their fundraising efforts during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis to raise money for comic book retailers through the nonprofit Book Industry Charitable Foundation, or Binc. Gwenda Bond, Kami Garcia and Sam Humphries co-founded creators4comics, while the Comicbook United Fund was started by the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, DC Comics and Binc.
“The Binc Foundation is honored to accept Comic-Con’s Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. On behalf of each of the comic retailers your support allowed us to help, we thank this comic community for valuing the care of one another in times of crisis. We are grateful to Oni-Lion Forge, Polarity, DC, and the Creators4Comics team, for their leadership and quick action at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when direct market retailers needed them most. Receiving this award on behalf of you, our donors, volunteers, and all those who have ever advocated for Binc and the Comicbook United Fund is a point of pride for us. The comic community’s embracement of the Binc Foundation has changed lives. With your continued support, we will be a place retailers can call for help for years to come. We are proud to share this recognition with all those who make this work possible,” said Pam French, Executive Director, Binc Foundation.
This year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Ceremony will go live at Comic-Con@Home on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Pacific. Bob Clampett’s daughter, Ruth Clampett, will present the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Awards.