Comics For Community, Compassion and Culture A Comic Book Non Profit Benefiting Classrooms and Libraries Mon, 08 May 2017 16:25:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Comics For Community, Compassion and Culture 32 32 Teacher Appreciation Mon, 08 May 2017 03:00:12 +0000 This week is national PTA Teacher Appreciation Week and we would like to take this time to remind everyone to do something extra for your amazing dedicated teachers this week.

Below is an amazing story of what teachers at Bethel Hill Charter School, in Roxboro North Carolina have done for a young kindergartner this year. This story was shared on Facebook by his folks Wes and Tammy Lathan, friends of one our board members, with their permission we are sharing it here too. Read on:

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week at Bethel Hill Charter School. Our son Jackson is 6 and in Kindergarten. We’ve known Jackson was different for quite a while and didn’t know what this year would bring. We honestly didn’t know if Jackson was ready for school. He wasn’t able to have even basic conversations when he started. When asked questions, Jackson would simply repeat the question if he would say anything at all. We had suspicions about what was going on but didn’t know for sure. During this school year Jackson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As parents we were lost. Not being able to reason with him, not being able to ask him what was wrong when he cried, not being able to know any of his thoughts, and not being able to see him interact with other children was heartbreaking to say the least, but daunting is closer to the truth.

So, for Teacher Appreciation Week we want to tell you about Amanda Gentry and Stacey Fuller Hatley, Jackson’s kindergarten teachers. These two amazing, wonderful ladies loved our son. Teaching is a calling, it’s much more than a vocation. When presented with student like our child, the effort these two teachers put forth was nothing less than heroic.

Jackson started the year unable to do so many things compared his peers. Thanks to Ms. Hately and Ms. Gentry, we can ask our son what’s wrong and get a real answer. Jackson can do math, tell you about the continents, talk about coins, and sing songs. Yesterday we watched our son play with his friend Levi. Before school, our son had no friends and had no idea how to make one. Most wonderfully, Jackson can read! Not only does Jackson read, but he loves it.

So, to honor these two incredible educators, here is Jackson reading some of his favorite books from the Fly Guy series. Stacey, Amanda, God bless you for all you’ve done for us and do for our community.

Wes and Tammy

Now watch this sweet video of Wes and Jackson reading to each other! Notice Jackson’s amazing wall decor!

There are stories like this happening in every school every day! Reading is so vital to success for everyone, this is the core of our mission here at C4C3. Please take time to support your teachers. Volunteer at or donate to your school or PTA/PTO.

At C4C3, we are in the middle of our first grant period to support great teachers like this. If you want to support our mission of getting comics and graphic novels into schools, libraries and classroom please check our website or consider donating here. We want everyone to be a willing reader! We already have several amazing grant applications for this quarter, but welcome more! Check here for more information on our grant program.

]]> Opens Initial Grant Application Period Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:03:58 +0000 Comics for Community, Compassion, and Culture has opened its inaugural grant application period from April 1 to May 31, 2017. We are looking for innovative teachers and librarians to submit requests for assistance for their programs. These programs could be for a single classroom, a school library, a public library or other organizations where comics are used in the educational process. We want to make willing readers out of everyone. We are excited by the prospects of this program and are looking forward to the innovative programs that can take advantage of having comics and graphic novels as part of their plan and education process.

Recipients of the grants will work with one of knowledgeable staff to select the books best for your program, if you have specific books and titles you are looking to receive, please include that in your grant application!

Our initial grants will be limited to $300 each and will be available to organizations within a two hour drive of Seattle. As time goes on and we get more funding we expect to expand the program to larger grants and a larger geographic area.

If you are an educator you can apply online at You can contact us at for any questions or assistance.

If you want to help our cause we accept cash donations online and in our retail store, Comics Dungeon, where we also accept donations of comic books, graphic novels and other related merchandise. Since becoming a non-profit we have accepted several hundred dollars in cash donations and several long boxes of comics and one great box of toys and action figures. We are waiting for our formal 501(c)3 approval from the IRS, but the application is submitted and we expect to be granted retroactive status to March 1, 2017.

If you are a comic creator, publisher or retailer and have extra books, especially foreign language books, please consider donating them to us. There is a huge demand for comics in language classes at all levels.

Volunteers needed for Kids Drawing Club Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:02:03 +0000 The Comics Dungeon, now part of a non-profit organization, is looking for a high school, college student or art professional to help contribute and assist with our Kids Drawing Club. The club is open to young kids that want to hang with other people who like to draw. This is not an instructional class, but demonstrations are welcome. The ideal candidate is good with young children and is a patient listener for the kids, drawing skills are definitely a plus. The club meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month (Except in May, where it meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday) from 1:00 to 2:30, during normal store hours. We are looking for a candidates that commit to at least 3 of these sessions over a quarter.
This is a great opportunity for those high school students looking for community volunteer hours.

If you are interested please contact

ICv2: Comics Dungeon New Funding Options Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:34:50 +0000 Check out Rob Salkowitz’s article on ICv2 about new business models in the comic industry, including our launch!



Podcast hosts Scott for our big announcement Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:24:08 +0000 Scott, the president of the board, was on the Perfect Bound Podcast episode 105! Check it out as we discuss the conversion to a non-profit along with what to do with your collection when it has out grown its welcome. Hint, you might want to donate it!

If you like this podcast check out the archives and listen to some amazing discussions, reviews and quiz time!

The Perfect Bound Podcast is hosted and sponsored by the Comics Dungeon, our amazing retail store and the Panel Jumper!

Press Release February 13, 2017 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:05:09 +0000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

G. Scott Tomlin,

Lainie Tomlin
Vice President

Comics for Community, Compassion and Culture (C4C3)
Comics Dungeon
(206) 545-8373

Seattle Comic Book Retailer Goes Non-Profit

Seattle, WA, February 13, 2017. Seattle comic book store, Comics Dungeon, Inc., has made the change to leave behind its for-profit status to become a fully non-profit corporation.

Comics Dungeon, Inc will be changing its name to Comics for Community, Compassion and Culture, C4C3. “After being part of the community for over 25 years, we wanted our focus to be giving back to the very community that built our success,” said Scott Tomlin, C4C3’s president. The Comics Dungeon retail store name will remain the same.

C4C3 will be raising money to bring more comics and graphic novels to libraries and the classroom. “Our goal is to encourage more willing readers, including English language learners, and across many topics and genres” says Lainie Tomlin, the company’s vice president.

One hundred percent of all profits will be given to schools, educators and libraries through the new C4C3 grant program. Initially the profits will come from the operations of the Comics Dungeon, their retail store in Wallingford, just outside of the University District, but C4C3 will also have fundraising programs and accept cash donations along with comic and related donations.

The Tomlins have owned and operated the Comics Dungeon for over 11 years of its 25 years of operation, Scott is a long-time Microsoft veteran and recently is founding his 2nd tech startup. Lainie has worked with several other non-profits in leadership roles including Girl Scouts and the PTSA. Joining them on the board of directors are Kazu Kibuishi, 15-year comic creator of the bestselling Amulet, Flight and Copper series, Rob Salkowitz, educator, columnist and author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture”, Tracy Williams, education activist, experienced educator and curriculum director in Washington state public schools at Walla Walla School District, Spokane School District and Seattle Pacific University.

“If you can read, you can learn and accomplish anything”, says Scott.

Welcome from the President Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:26:20 +0000 After owning the Comics Dungeon for over 11 of the 25 years that we have been in business, we are making some changes so that we can give back to the community that has made us a success.

I am very excited to launch, Comics for Community, Compassion, and Culture. We are becoming a non-profit organization so that we can build on our contributions to the community, we will be setting up a program of grants designed to bring comics and graphic novels to libraries, schools and the classroom. One hundred percent of all profits of C4C3, including the Comics Dungeon, will go to this cause.

I have a sincere belief that willing readers and learners can build a great society. If you can read, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Over the years we have donated to schools and libraries and we have had several programs for schools and libraries to bring the awareness of what comics are and how they can be used for education. Becoming a non-profit will help us magnify our impact by allowing us to accept donations and work with volunteers and ultimately apply for grants from public and private organizations.

We are wrapping up our non-profit status with the state of Washington, right now. Immediately after that we will file for our 501(c)3 status, allowing donors to receive tax deductions for their gifts and for memberships.

We still want Comics Dungeon to be the premier local comic shop in Seattle and will strive to continue our record there. We will be making some minor changes over the course of the next few months to ensure we can serve our mission to its fullest.

In addition to the great staff and the faces you already know, we have added 3 new members to our board of directors, Kazu Kibuishi, 15-year comic creator of the bestselling Amulet, Flight and Copper series, Rob Salkowitz, experienced educator, columnist and writer of “Comicon and business of Pop Culture”, Tracy Williams, education activist, experienced educator and curriculum director in Washington state public schools at Walla Walla School District, Spokane School District and Seattle Pacific University.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@c4c3org)!

Let’s make a difference together!

Scott Tomlin


Comics for Community, Compassion and Culture

Emerald City Comicon 2017 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:24:48 +0000 Come see us as we debut as a non-profit at Emerald City Comicon
, March 2 -5, 2017!

We will be joining the Comics Dungeon, our retail store, at the convention this year. We will be accepting donations along with debuting our annual “donator” pins. This years pin will feature our brand new logo! Any donation over $5 will be rewarded with a pin.

We will have our famous 3/$1 bins, store exclusive covers of Faith, Godzilla and Invader Zim. We will also have exclusive prints, with two new prints launching at ECCC this year! We will have the famous Cat Cosplayers at the booth too. Stay tuned for more details!

Why Comics Belong in the Classroom Tue, 31 Jan 2017 04:07:01 +0000 In this humorous TED talk, former teacher and graphic novelist Gene Yang shares some unexpected insights and urges educators to bring comic books into the classroom.

A 2016 MacArthur fellow, Gene Luen Yang began drawing comics in the fifth grade. “American Born Chinese”, Yang’s first graphic novel, put him on the map. A finalist for the National Book Award, the book caused a controversy over whether graphic novels were eligible for this award.

Currently, Gene is writing the middle-grade, computer programming series Secret Coders, illustrated by Mike Holmes. Gene is a strong proponent of using comics in education, and of representing diversity through the comics medium, which he does in all of his comics work. After speaking out against the lack of diversity in the casting of the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie, Yang was asked to write the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics, which he does to this day, as well as co-writing Superman for DC Comics. Yang is also a founding member of the Bay Area’s Art Night Crew, a local group of cartoonists.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at