So many of us have fond memories of comics as children – and that love often extends into our adulthood. But we can forget how much those comics mean, and how educational they can be and how they help us become literate and to dream. Well Comics4Kids in Seattle is a comic book reading library and charity who remembers. They get comics to kids and hold a variety of events to promote literacy – let’s talk to Dale More, the president!
1) Dale, let’s ask the inevitable – how did Comics4Kids INC get started?
As a child I was in the hospital and my brother Doug brought me some fantastic four comics to read and take my mind off the trauma.
Later I thought it would be a good idea to do the same for not only kids in crisis but to help instill the love of literature that stayed with me.
2) So how has it evolved over the years – and did anything surprise you?
We have gone from grass roots to national and it is AWESOME!!! The feeling of good will and stewardship in the industry still surprises me.
3) Have you received any support from the comics industry and professionals?
Yes many writers such as David Michelinie, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Roy Thomas, and artists such as Joseph Micheal Linsner, Mitch O’Connell, Clayton Crain, as well as show promoters and publishers IDW, Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, as well as Diamond Comics Distributors have joined our efforts!
4) Do you do any events at conventions, comic events, and more?
We reach our target groups at smaller non comic specific events like Ethnic Fest, Music & Art in Wright’s Park, Farmers markets, and libraries. Additionally we advertise at comic conventions and appear at shows like Jet City Comic Con, Rose City Comic Con and have appeared at other shows in the Northwest and countrywide including Megacon and others
5) So how can people get involved and help you out?
Check us out on the web at www.comics4kidsinc.org and donate comics and funds! Additionally we host a weekly comic book reading contest so please spread the word and let’s get kids reading!
6) What have you learned doing all of this?
There is no such thing as a free lunch! Our staff has always been volunteers!
7) What other geeky charities and causes can you recommend people get involved in?
Moms Read Comics is a great one that comes to mind! Pi Beta Phi sorority (University of Washington Chapter) has a literacy program too!
8) Finally any words for your fellow geeks who want to do good?
WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE!
OK you heard him folks, go get involved!
– Steven Savage
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.