Matthew Rosenberg writes,
I believe all good art comes from impassioned beliefs. With that, I strongly believe in the idea that an artist should not be content to simply comment, but should also be proactive supporting the things they love and tearing down the things they oppose. I am not a famous comic creator, and even if I was that isn't the most lucrative thing to be. I am privileged to have a voice some people will listen to and an ability to help in small ways, so I try to do that when I can. In the past I have raised money from sales at conventions and online auctions for various charities I feel close to. Because of the success of WE CAN NEVER GO HOME and our awesome fans I managed to raise over $2,000 for The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence last year. With our new book, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, Tyler Boss and I wanted to try and do something similar. Both Tyler and I are headed to Charlotte to be guests of the excellent Heroes Con and there seemed no better place to do it.
In my experience, HeroesCon and the folks who run it have always been among the most welcoming and kind people in all of comics. However, in light of the recent HB2 bill in North Carolina, I spent a lot of time weighing whether or not I wanted to be putting money into that states' economy. When the convention issued a statement reiterating their commitment to a safe, friendly, and inclusive environment for all fans I decided to go.
Tyler and I are bringing a limited edition "F-CK HB2" show exclusive variant for 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1 only available at HEROES CON 2016. With cover art by the amazing Josh Hixson, this variant will be very limited and only available by purchasing a $1 raffle ticket from us at the show. 100% of the profits from the raffle will go to Equality NC and their work to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community of North Carolina.
If you have questions about HB2 and why it is illegal, amoral, and unethical please read up.
Gun control and civil rights have both always been important causes for me. Heartbreakingly, they became painfully intertwined this week in Orlando. We decided on doing something to benefit the LGBTQ community of North Carolina and Equality NC over a month ago in reaction to the HB2 Bill. But now, with the largest mass shooting in U.S. history being an act of terror against the LGBTQ community, it becomes impossible to ignore the correlations between the way a government dehumanizes it's citizens and the way it's citizens hurt and kill each other. Gay rights is human rights. Gun control is human rights.
We look forward to seeing the good people of North Carolina next month and we look forward to the chance, in some small measure, to lend our support to the fight for equality in that state. (We might also have limited variants of 4 KIDS #2 if people want.)