Jason Farnsworth Assembles Comic Industry for Aurora Rise: Benefit Event
Following the tragic July 20 shooting at the Aurora Century 16 in Colorado, Jason Farnsworth, manager of the city’s only comic shop, All C’s Collectibles, encouraged members of the comic and entertainment industries to find their inner superheroes. Mr. Farnsworth set out on a mission to help help the Aurora community and joined forces with Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics to “do everything in our power to raise money for the victims and their families.”
Mr. Farnsworth has worked with members of Image Comics and others to organize an event that would honor those who lost their lives that night and assist survivors with outstanding medical expenses. By the end of the first day of planning, Steve Niles (IDW‘s 30 Days of Night) led by example and offered to visit the Aurora comic shop for an in-store comic signing. Shortly after Niles pledged his support, Matt Fraction (Marvel’s Fear Itself, The Mighty Thor), Mike Mignola (Dark Horse’s Hellboy), and DC Comics artist, Moritat (The Spirit, All-Star Western), offered to join Niles for the event scheduled for August 25 – 26 at Farsworth’s store, All C’s Collectibles, only a mile and a half from the Century 16.
In addition to the in-store signing, a silent auction is also planned for 6:30 on Saturday, August 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Denver – Aurora (courtesy of Embassy Suites). As news of the auction spread across social media networks via Facebook and Twitter, professional comic creators, local artists, and others reached out to Aurora Rise with generous donations to support Mr. Farnsworth’s efforts. In addition to rare lithographs and original comic art from top comic talents such as Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke), Tom Feister (G.I. Joe), and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), the Aurora Rise auction will feature an electric guitar signed by the Zac Brown Band (Taylor Guitars), tickets to a taping of The Big Bang Theory (CBS), an autographed Anthrax poster (Suicide Girls & Scott Ian), an Amazing Spider-Man poster signed by Stan Lee (POW! Entertainment), and a signed Halo 4 Collectors Box Set (McFarlane Productions). The proceeds from Aurora Rise will go directly to the Alex Sullivan Fund and the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.
Plans are now underway for Aurora Rise events in Colorado and elsewhere that will generate additional assistance for the Community First Foundation – Aurora Victim Relief Fund.For more information, visit the Aurora Rise:Benefit Event on Facebook or on Twitter. The Aurora Rise website (www.aurorarise.org) is also under construction and will host updates as they become available.