This article is going to be updated constantly as other companies and people get involved and as more details are firmed up. Scroll down for updates, the most recent one will be in bold.
For many of us, our local comic book shop is a safe haven, a hangout, and someplace special. I drive almost a half hour, past two other shops to get to mine, they know me by name, know my likes and dislikes. In harder financial times they’ve given me a little extra for things I had to sell, in good times they’ve taken a little off the price for things I got to buy. Mine is not a unique story.
All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado is the only comic shop in that town, the hangout and shop for some of the victims in the theater. One of their employees was in the theater and according to All C’s Jason Farnsworth, Tom Sullivan and his son Alex, who lost his life during the massacre on his 27th birthday, were regular customers with hold bins.
We’re all still reeling from the outskirts, all somewhat paralyzed by shock and grief, and battered by story after story on the killer — something that the media has become obsessed with, hounding the victims for interview requests (according to AJ Focht who is the All C’s employee that was in the theater) and Mr. Farnsworth with questions about the killer, who Mr. Farnsworth says was not a customer.
Through the sadness and through the onslaught of attention All C’s endures because they cannot stand still — they’ve got a community to service, and a lot of people who need the safe haven that a comic shop can provide. Comic book fans, professionals, and retailers are a family and in response to this tragedy, All C’s Collectibles is planning a fundraiser for the victims of the Aurora shooting called Aurora Rise and they’re asking for as much help as possible from the comic book community to help them help those most affected.
Two companies that have stepped up to help in this time of need so far, are Dark Horse comics and Image Comics — Dark Horse spokesman Aub Driver had this to say about the event which is tentatively scheduled for late August and which will benefit the victims and the families of the victims:
“I received a call from All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, CO [Monday]. They’re currently organizing a very large fundraiser for the families, survivors and victims of the Aurora shootings. They’re asking for support from all comics publishers, large and small.
It goes without saying that Dark Horse Comics will be showing full support for this fundraiser.
It’s very important to note that All C’s is the only comic book store in the city. This tragedy has rocked their community at large, as well as the rest of the nation. Some of their customers were present at the theater when tragedy struck, even one of their own employees. Showing your full support for the comic book shop and the comic arts medium is incredibly crucial during this dark time.
This is about community. This is about bringing the community of both Aurora and Comics together. This is about standing as one in the face of evil and knowing that one common factor, our love for comics, can unite us.”
Sarah deLaine from Image Comics has also been an early supporter of Aurora Rise, coordinating the donation for Image and it’s imprints. The goods that are being donated for the planned silent auction by Dark Horse and Image are listed below and more is expected from these companies and others.
[Update: All C's has just told me that Steve Niles will be involved and on hand for the event and that they are considering putting the auction on eBay. Mr. Niles joins Tim Daniel on the roster of comic pros who are set to be involved. Details to follow.]
[Update: Matt Fraction will be at the event which is scheduled to take place on August 25th and August 26th. In the time since this article went live, Comic Book Resources, Bleeding Cool, and others have helped to spread the word, please do what you can to do the same. More updates to follow. (7/30/12)
Right now Mr. Farnsworth is looking for any help he can get, so if you would like to know more or if you are able to help please reach out to All C’s Collectibles at (303)751-6882 or by Email, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Facebook page or the page that has been set up for the event.
I will stay with this story and keep updating it’s progress, but I want to ask my peers in the comic book media to write about this as well so that we can use what power we have for the good work of educating our readers about this positive and helpful act of charity for the victims of this tragedy. These people need all the help they can get to cover medical bills, counseling costs, and living expenses going forward and they are what is most important now.
Dark Horse Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)
2 GHOST Lithos signed by Adam Hughes
4 AGE OF REPTILES Lithos signed by Ricardo Delgado
5 USAGI YOJIMBO Lithos signed by Stan Sakai
4 GRENDEL Lithos signed by Matt Wagner
2 BUFFY Lithos signed by Jo Chen
3 UMBRELLA ACADEMY Lithos signed by Gerard Way
3 ABE SAPIEN Lithos signed by Mike Mignola / Jason Shawn Alexander
1 ONE-SHOT WONDER Litho signed by Mike Mignola / Joss Whedon
Image Comics Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)
From Image Comics’ Skybound imprint:
The Walking Dead Walkers Watch signed by Robert Kirkman
Rise of the Governor HC
Super Dinosaur Vol 1 and 2
Super Dino Shirts
Thief of Thieves Shirt
Thieves of Thieves Image Expo Variant
From Image Comics’ Top Cow imprint:
Walking Dead #100 (Marc Silvestri cover) signed by Marc Silvestri
Darkness #100 signed by Marc Silvestri
Witchblade #150 (cover G) signed by Marc Silvestri
Cyber Force Issue #13 Page 17, which will be signed by Marc Silvestri before they send it.
Image has also secured a copy of the Robot Chicken: Star Wars III DVD signed by Seth Green for the auction. Again, we will keep updating this and let you know how you can participate in this fundraiser when that information comes available.