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buy comics, save the world

What could be important enough to bring Toren Smith out of hiatus?

Fantagraphics is in trouble:

Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead. Used without express written consent.If you've respected what Fantagraphics stands for and what we've done for the medium, if you've enjoyed our books, and if you want to insure that this proud tradition continues into this new and ominous century, were asking you to help us now in our especial hour of need by buying some books. Put simply, we need to raise about $80,000 above our usual sales over the next month, and the only way to do that is to convert books into cash.

[Read the rest of Toren's entry for the full story]

I'm going to do my part by purchasing some items today. I bet all of you could find at least one thing at the Fantagraphics site that you would love to have.

Sure, there are many charities you could be giving to. There are people who are in dire need of help. So why give a portion of your hard-earned money (or tax credit) to a comic book distributor? Well, I don't have an answer to that for you, just for me.

I view comics and comic related books as viable forms of literature and art and I'll do anything I can to help keep this art form alive and thriving. That's it in a nutshell.

So, what would you want to buy from Fantagraphics? Plenty.

There's Tony Millionaire's Maakies. What, you've never read Maakies? I've linked it here a hundred times before.

There's Chris Ware items, including a Jimmy Corrigan doll.

You've got Robert Crumb reading material and t-shirts.

There's classics like Krazy Kat and Pogo. And greath anthologies with art from Mark Ryden. And plenty of anime and erotica, if that's your thing. And postcards. And Ghost World paper dolls. And Strange Stories for Little Kids, which I already own. And don't forget Zippy!

I think you get the point.

Don't make the baby jesus cry. Save Fantagraphics.


Well, okay, on the condition that they kill Zippy. And break Bill Griffith's drawing hand.

i don't wanna be a pinhead no more! i just found a [cause] that i could go for!

(damn you, woman.)

Thanks, Michele.
There was a shockingly coherant article in a Seattle paper about the crisis as well. (It may be the first time in 15 years I've read an article about the comics biz in a major paper that wasn't totally full of errors and misinformation.)

I of course have ulterior motives for wanting to see messages like this (Fantagraphics not only employs me, but lets me blog comics from The Comics Journal's website), but thank you very much nonetheless.