Why aren't there more Christmas comics? I went to the store today and DC Comics put out a Green Lantern Christmas special. Did I miss the rest? Do comics people hate Christmas? Or is it that it just feels like Christmas every Wednesday when we go to the shop for a new stack of awesome?
Who can say for sure? What I do know is that the comics community is very awesome. And, unfortunately, it's also very small. The industry stands on the shoulders of freelance artists who have genius-level brains and creativity, but don't always have the gift of clairvoyance. Some plans don't pan out and some retirements don't either. Or an illness can clean a man's savings out.
That's what HERO INITIATIVE is for. The homepage describes the initiative this way:
"The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenueback into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment."
I think in this time of giving, it's worth also considering "giving back." I grew up reading comics from the guys currently needing help. They've given to me with their hard work and their passion and helped fuel my own hard work and passio
n. If you get a chance, and you've got a spare $20 or $50 or $100 or $1000, take a trip over to the Hero Initiative and become a hero yourself.
And of course, Happy Holidays to everyone.