We told you last month about the Aurora Rise benefit that is being organized by All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, CO to help the victims of the Aurora masacre and now, with Aurora Rise set to go on this weekend we wanted to remind you about this awesome event and the collective comic book community response to this tragedy.
In the time since late July the event has grown immensely – securing Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Matt Fraction and others for in-store signings and appearances. They have also added the support of DC and Marvel, who have joined Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics as sponsors.
The event has now been picked up and covered by Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, Bleeding Cool, and serveral other outlets, with Rich Johnston and company over at Bleeding Cool repeatedly reporting on the event and donating items to All C’s. Speaking of items that have been donated that list is astonishing and with all proceeds from the silent auction going to the Alex Sullivan Fund and Giving First Aurora, this is bound to make an impact on the lives of those most affected by those horrific events. You can check the Aurora Rise Facebook page for updates on the list of products that will be available, including a small selection of items that may be auctioned online.
In the time since I first heard about Aurora Rise I have spoken with a number of people in the comics community and the sense of purpose and the selflessness that I have encountered has been awe inspiring. From Mr. Farnsworth dedicating his time and turning over his store to help not just the people he knows and knew but also victims that he had never encountered, to Aub Driver over at Dark Horse sounding the horn to the comic book media and Sarah DeLine over at Image coordinating across multiple imprints like Top Cow and Skybound to get people to Aurora and get donations in — all so impressive, all so helpful. I spoke to artist Tim Daniel via email about the event as well and I wanted to share with you what he told me.
The genuine nature of Jason [Farnsworth]‘s desire to assist the victims and families of the Aurora shooting was palpable. I could feel the emotion in his words; the simmering frustration and outright shock mixed with a real hope to help make a difference in these people’s lives. Jason’s words gave voice to my own feelings about the shootings. Through his efforts, I had a chance to contribute something, because none of what happened that night made any sense to me. Selfish really, when I think about it – but also in a way, cathartic - being able to contribute some marketing materials and help grow the awareness of the Benefit Event. Once again though, credit to someone else here, in the person of Colorado artist Anthony Gregori, who took my rough graphics and banged out polished art elements for me to arrange within 24 hrs. Having Tony hail from Colorado, only made it more appropriate and personal.
All of this comes from my admiration of the comics industry as a community, having been witness to so many selfless acts by creators over the last several years; whether it was benefit auctions, donations, appearances – there is always someone in need and often, I’ve seen members of the comics industry step-in with money or goods or whatever, in order to assist others. I’m very grateful to find myself to be a part of such a kind, generous, compassionate community. Jason’s customers, his friends and fellow Aurorans, whether they were in that theater or not – support this industry every Wednesday – there is an undeniable relationship there between each of them and those of us making comics. I’m proud to see the various publishers and individual creators that have stepped forward and acknowledge that connection.
The Aurora Rise event takes place this weekend, August 25th and 26th at All C’s Collectibles. All C’s is located at 1250 South Abillene Street Aurora, CO. Their phone number is: (303) 751-6882 and their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in the Denver/Aurora area or if you know someone who lives in the area please either stop by or let them know that they should stop by to watch Jason Farnsworth and the comic book community rise up to help those in need in the moments after many have forgotten the hell that they have and will go through as time goes on.