Lion Forge has announced a $25,000 donation to help comic retailers who’ve been affected by Hurricane Harvey. In doing so, they’ve partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1996 to help bookstore employees in times of need.
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Following the devastating storm which rocked the Gulf Coast just over two weeks ago, Lion Forge has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to provide help directly to comic book retailers affected by this storm and beyond.
Hurricane Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the US, with many areas of eastern Texas receiving more than 40 inches of rainfall, causing catastrophic flooding.
“As a publisher, we have a responsibility to the comic book community from our fans to our retail partners” says Lion Forge founder, David Steward II. “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.”
“During this time of catastrophe and urgent need we are honored to work with Lion Forge to help comic book shop employees now and in the future” says Pamela French, Executive Director of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. “We are grateful for their support of comic book sellers.”
About Lion Forge Comics:Lion Forge Comics strives to create comics that everyone – regardless of background or ethnicity – can identify with. Their title Andre the Giant: Closer To Heaven was nominated for three Glyph Awards. From indie creators to licensed properties including Dreamworks’ Voltron Legendary Defender, NBC/Universal’s Miami Vice, Airwolf, Punky Brewster, Saved By The Bell, and Knight Rider, and American Greetings’ Care Bears and Madballs, there is something for every level of comic fan.
About the Book Industry Charitable Foundation: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $5.2 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 6,900 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people.
Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org.