PORTLAND, OR., Feb. 1, 2018—Up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year in America, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless youth communities make up 40% of that statistic. This Valentine’s Day, with a little help from friends of Oni Press, Sarah Graley, and fans of Kim Reaper, we will be donating to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund as our 20th Anniversary winter season charity, which was chosen by Executive Editor Ari Yarwood.
Beginning today, the Oni Press Shopify store will have exclusive digital Kim Reapervalentines illustrated by creator Sarah Graley. This sheet of four adorable love notes are available for only $1, with the option for additional donation. All proceeds go to the True Colors Fund via Oni Press.
About the True Colors Fund:
Through a broad continuum of advocacy, training & education, and youth collaboration programs, the True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth by creating systemic change.
“As a teenager, I read every single queer book in my small-town public library searching for characters that I could relate to,” says Ari Yarwood. “As an editor, I want to publish books that provide that sense of belonging and recognition that I spent hours combing bookshelves for. Kim Reaper is one of those books, and I like to think that it would have been one of my favorites as a teen. I’m delighted that we can partner with Sarah Graley to give back to the LGBT community, particularly LGBT youth in need, with this donation drive.”
“Working on Kim Reaper has been my teen-self’s dream job,” said Sarah Graley. “Working on comics is one thing, but to actually get to write comics starring queer characters—something that was missing from the cartoons I grew up on—is really wonderful. This charity drive is a fantastic idea and I am so delighted to have been approached by Ari Yarwood and Oni Press to contribute to this great cause.”
Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings will be available Valentines Day, February 14, 2018.