It’s difficult to properly convey how the events of the last week have effected us all. They are on a scale hard for anyone to get their arms around, but they’ve also impacted Red Stylo personally. Our response in times of tragedy is to activate We Win Con, the charitable giving arm for Red Stylo, but this time even that entity is connected to the tragedy in a personal way.
Then on Monday, we woke up to the truly horrifying news from Las Vegas. This shooting is only the latest in a long line of mass murders in this country, but it is the bloodiest and deadliest. We were looking ahead to the debut of THE STRIP comic anthology at New York Comic Con. This situation casts an entirely different light on everything.
Throughout the campaign, we spoke about the importance of art as a light in the darkness. We’ve ultimately decided that postponing the book would be a sign that the darkness is winning. But darkness doesn’t win. WE DO. As editor James McGee noted in his recent KS update, THE STRIP has always been a love-letter to Vegas in all of its weird, wonderful glory. We want to share that love with all of you.
THE STRIP will debut as planned at NYCC, but we do so as a way to honor the work of our creators and in an effort to contribute to help for the victims of the shooting. For every copy of THE STRIP sold at NYCC, 100% of Red Stylo’s profits will be donated to the American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter and the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. Some of our creators have also earmarked their portion of royalties to this effort, and more continue to do so. This is the highest and best way we can think to contribute to aid for the victims. WeWinCon.org has also opened an option to give directly on this page as well.
We want to help. If YOU want to help too, please consider donating what you can via WeWinCon, or any other organizations of your choice.