What Help Is Out There for Comic Book Stores? | Screen Rant

#Creators4Comics was a huge success, but the funds from this campaign only help US stores. What help is there for stores around the rest of the world?

What Help Is Out There for Comic Book Stores? | Screen Rant

The coronavirus pandemic has hit a lot of industries hard, with comic books one those affected around the world. The troubles stem further than just the publishers, with creators, fans and the stores that sell our favorite stories all being affected.

Creators and fans around the world banded together for the #Creators4Comics, but the funds from the hugely successful campaign only help the stores affected in the US. The comic book business is a global community that is crying out for help, but what help is there for stores outside of the US? #Creators4Comics was started by comic book veterans as a way of saving stores hit hard by the pandemic. The industry has been on pause, with titles either being digitally released or delayed until fans can go outside safely again. Diamond Distributors decided that they would not send out any new titles during the spread of COVID-19, which has left stores with no new content to sell. Stores instead have had to rely on dedicated customers to keep them afloat.

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Regie Rigby, who owns a comic book store in Harrogate in the United Kingdom, says his dedicated customers are doing everything they can to help the store survive while Diamond aren't shipping any new products. "Our regulars have really rallied round to support us," explains Regie. "Regulars have helped by clearing their pull boxes and buying gift vouchers each week so we've had a regular income."

Since the huge success of #Creators4Comics, comic book talent outside of the US have started to see what they can do to help the industry from collapsing in their part of the world. Bordering country Canada has no access to the money raised by #Creators4Comics as all the funds go to the American charity Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), so they started their own hashtag #Canucks4Comics, with funds going to the Canadian Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLDF). Australian comic book artist Jon Sommariva has started a campaign similar to #creators4comics that is using the hashtag #aussies4comics. In Ireland, Declan Shalvey has recruited Irish creators and started a similar fundraising effort with #Storysellers. There doesn't seem to be much help currently available for shops in the United Kingdom or the rest of Europe outside of government funding, but there are a few projects in the works to raise money for the creatives who make the comics.

Both the #Creators4Comics and #Canucks4Comics auctions have ended, but they have started a wave of other crowd-pulling auctions that are still ongoing. The #aussies4comics campaign was only launched at the end of April, with names like All New Wolverine writer Tom Taylor getting involved in promoting the raising of funds for stores down under. Many of the auctions have already finished, but there are more additions daily of original art that can be found under JonRedJ's ebay account.

Irish comic book artist Declan Shalvey, known for his award winning work Hero Killers and art on Marvel titles Deadpool and Moon Knight, also recently set up his own appeal. His efforts raises money for the retail community in Ireland. Fans can donate cash directly, or keep an eye on the thread under #Storysellers to bid for original artwork and signed comics. If there is a piece of art that tickles a readers fancy, all they have to do is comment the amount they would like to bid on the original tweet where is is advertised. There are also one-to-one video Q&As with illustrators, portfolio reviews and scripts up for grabs. There is no direct charity to donate the money to, so Shalvey has set up a GoFundMe page for the proceeds to be collected.

There are currently no auctions or fundraising campaigns available to stores in the United Kingdom. The comic stores instead are having to rely on help from the Government that is available for all shops during the crisis, not just those selling comics. All retailers and businesses have the option to furlough their staff so that 80% of their wages will still be paid during the lockdown while they can't work. There are also grants available to cover any loss in profits, as well as loans available for the stores that are really in dire need of the cash injection. What funding is available for the rest of Europe and across other continents is currently unknown

There are a handful of other fundraising schemes available to help retailers. The Insider Art Digital Anthology raises money specifically for female and non-binary retailers through comics, crafts and cats. Names such as Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Domino) and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) are contributors to the project. It is unknown if Insider Art is a global project, but the website does say that any female or non-binary retailer can apply for funds. A project titled is a collaboration of tales from creators such as 's Charlie Adlard, but this is mainly to raise funds for those that make comics.

Often when people think about comics they only think about America, but talent and publishers are not just US based. Many well known writers such as Grant Morrison and Mark Millar are from Scotland, and the popular character Judge Dredd was created in a shed in Dundee. To keep the comic book industry alive, funding is needed world-wide. Hopefully as time goes on, more campaigns will spring up to save the shops that fans like to frequent.

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When a Marvel villain takes control of her friends, Captain Marvel's dark side emerges - and she shows no remorse for taking a life.

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is known as a heroine to many, but she is a very complex character -- whose dark side is so dark, even her fans may not be aware of it. Some of that darkness was personal, like the fact that Carol Danvers is a reformed alcoholic, after struggling to cope after losing most of her powers. But as part of her pre-Captain Marvel life, Danvers committed one of the worst crimes known to mankind... and didn't even feel sorry for it.

Her story stems all the way back to the 1970s, when Carol was first introduced as United States Air Force Officer Carol Danvers, but before she had ascended to her current Captain Marvel mantle, the superheroine was simply referred to as Ms. Marvel. Her lightning bolt leotard is as signature to Carol as Logan's claws are to Wolverine, with Danvers even having her own team entitled Lighting Storm. But her team wasn't much use against her Kree rage in the "Puppets" storyline... that culminated with Danvers committing murder.

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In Ms. Marvel #20 written by Brian Reed, Danvers is determined not to have her mind controlled by the Puppet Master. The blue Kree side of Danvers shines through in the art by Greg Tocchini and ink by Roland Paris, but her blue hue soon disappears as Danvers finds it is not just a handful of women that the Puppet Master has enslaved, but an entire hallway full of female minds, including the mind controlled Young Avenger known as Stature. When it turns out that a member of her own Lightning Storm team has been possessed, Ms. Marvel loses the plot.

Danvers smashes up the mansion where the Puppet Master is hiding to find him cowering in his room full of the statues he uses to possess people. Hidden in a drawer in the Puppet Master's lair is a secret weapon that he plans on using to destroy Danvers or anyone else that comes after him, but his plan backfires. After many profanities are uttered, Carol lets him crawl back to his desk. The Puppet Master presses the concealed button, causing a massive explosion. The blast kills the villain instantly, but Danvers walks off unscathed.

In the final pages of the comic, Ms Marvel is seen walking away from the destruction not caring about the mess she has left behind. She knew that Puppet Master pressing that button would be suicide for him but leave her unaffected. The backdrop of the glowing fire on the page and evil glint reflected in Carol's eyes shows she knew exactly what she was doing, and even admits in her own head that the tales she tells the team are all lies. She admits to herself that she killed a man, but that it is not her first time. There is no remorse in what she has done, claiming that his death means he can no longer hurt anyone. If Captain Marvel is capable of such atrocities, who knows what else she will do in the future.

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