Today in the USA is our annual Thanksgiving holiday, where we gorge ourselves and spend time with loved ones. It has been a tradition in my family, before we eat, to go around the table and say a thing or two about what we are thankful for. I wanted to extend that tradition here, to all of you, my comic book comrades.
I am thankful for all the readers of this blog, all of the YouTube viewers, all of the podcast listeners, and all of my followers on the various social platforms. While I could easily send stuff out into the internetosphere just because, it is gratifying and humbling to know that people actively take in the posts, audio, and video that I create. I am also thankful for those of you who have written in, left voicemails, and/or otherwise conversed with me over social media–I love interacting with each and every one of you.
However, it would be remiss of me to not also mention just how very, very thankful I am for all of the hard work that the writers, artists, editors, and publishers put into making the comic books and graphic novels that I read each and every month, year after year, for these last 36 years.
Back in August, I was challenged by Peter Rios to read comics in public in honor of Jack Kirby’s birthday as a way to support the Hero Initiative. Wait, you don’t know what the Hero Initiative is (or maybe you’ve forgotten)? Here, I’ll let the official website explain:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
So there you go. This is a way for us fans, those of us who have gotten so much out of reading comic books, to provide a little something for those creators who need some assistance. That’s not a whole lot to ask now is it? While it took me some time to complete it, I accepted Peter’s challenge to read comics in public (as evidenced below) and to donate $25 to the Hero Initiative.
Now it’s your turn. If you’re reading this, I challenge you to do the same thing (there is no deadline–just participate when you can). Take a quick pic of yourself enjoying a comic book in public, pledge to donate at least $25 to the Hero Initiative, and challenge others to step up. In the comics, the hero would help you when you needed it; now it’s your turn to be the hero! Take the pledge today!
PS: Don’t forget to also pick up IDW Publishing’s Hero Comics 2014 benefit book arriving in stores on November 19 (order code AUG140471).