As the COVID-19 pandemic has the comics industry worldwide at a standstill, Canadian creators and retailers decided to take matters into their own hands by creating a virtual event to aid comic shops.
In a press release, organizers stated the event, called “Be Our Heroes, Canada,” will see Canadian writers, artists and retailers joining forces to save Canadian comic stores. The virtual benefit is meant to help stimulate income for shops while strengthening the comics community. It will take place on May 16 and 17 through Facebook Live, with times scheduled for certain creators and shops.
The benefit was put together by comics retailer The Dragon in conjunction with Gotham Central, Heroes World and Cyber City Comix.
The Dragon owner Jennifer Haines emphasized the need for everyone in the comics community to come together during difficult times. “What started as a conversation between four retailers on how we could cross-promote our shops turned into this idea of a national fundraiser to help preserve Canada’s unique comics landscape,” Haines stated. “Now more than ever, we need to come together to support one another, and provide our respective communities with a way to stay connected, all while protecting retailers that might otherwise fall through the cracks of government funding.”
Notable artists and writers expected to participate in the event include New Mutants: Dead Soul artist Adam Gorham, Vampirella artist Andy Belanger, Batgirl of Burnside‘s Brendan Fletcher and Teen Titans Go! writer J. Torres. More creators will be announced in the coming weeks.
All proceeds will benefit the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, which supports comics retailers and creators alike during these trying times.
With the comics industry still experiencing a shutdown, creators and retailers have come together to help Canadian comic shops with a virtual event.