Comic Book Sales Benefit Two Major Charities

“ Gives Back To The Industry

“Sales Benefit Two Major Charities

“San Jose, CA — Starting October 1,, one of Northern California’s leading online graphic novel retailers, will be giving back to the comic book industry by donating a percentage of every sale to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative.

“‘I’m passionate about comics, and I know that the field as we know it wouldn’t be what it is today without the work of The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative,’ said President Dan Shahin. ‘These two groups are watching out for the legal rights and well-being of our field, so I’m proud to give back for all the important work that they do by donating 10% of every sale placed on to each organization-between now and the end of the year.’ Shahin added, ‘To make an even bigger difference, we’re going to double that donation between now and November 1. As always, shipping is 100% free with no minimum purchase, making it easy to shop and support the comics community at the same time.’

“’s generosity will go a long way to help the CBLDF,” said the Fund’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Their donations come as we prepare to defend the First Amendment rights of retailer Gordon Lee at trial in Georgia next month. It’s this kind of support that keeps the Fund strong enough to defend the Free Expression rights of the comic book field.”

“‘Dan runs a great store in Hijinx Comics in San Jose, and an outstanding online store as well,’ said Jim McLauchlin, The Hero Initiative president. ‘His generosity is greatly appreciated in helping Hero raise funds to provide the much-needed and life-saving services we provide.’

“ is a website devoted to the medium of comics in graphic novel format. Users can log in to review and tag books to power a custom graphic novel recommendation algorithm designed to connect the right readers with the right comics. Shipping is always absolutely free with no minimum purchase, or books can be picked up in person at Hijinx Comics in San Jose, CA to earn additional savings. For more information, go to, email or contact Dan Shahin at (408) 728 – 9203.

“The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. Donations and inquiries should be directed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at or 800-99-CBLDF. For more information on the CBLDF, please visit

“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. For more information, visit or call 310-909-7809.” Gives Back To The Industry (via Boing Boing somehow via the SeqTart mailing list)

These are worthy causes and I’ve given money to CBLDF in the past. ‘Course I’m a bad person and wonder why Big Comics get away with screwing their artists and writers.

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