Monkeybrain Comics sent out an open letter stating that all of the publisher’s profits in the month of November will be donated to the Hero Initiative.
In the letter written by Monkeybrain Comics co-founder Chris Roberson, Roberson stated that his reasoning behind this move was to help fund an organization that is looking out for the creators who did not receive the same type of benefits that some modern creators enjoy in the form of royalties. Roberson astutely points out that many of the creator’s works go on to the big screen and toy aisles while the original creators are unable to find work, healthcare, and even homes. The letter can be read in its entirety here .
The Hero Initiative is a not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need. They have helped a number of creators in their later years with support for medical bills and housing that has been taken away due to inclimate weather. Collaborators who have benefitted from Hero Initiative include former Batman and Iron Man artist Gene Colan, colorist Tom Ziuko, and the creator of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber.
Monkeybrain comics has been in the publishing field since 2001, but recently expanded to include an all creator-owned digital comics line available via ComiXology. They have publish such talent as Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Roberson, and Kurt Busiek in genres ranging from the Superhero to Slice of Life.
Almost all of Monkeybrain’s published material are available for the low price of $0.99 and can be found by at the ComiXology website by clicking here.