Hero Foundry Followup

Following up on my distrust of Hero Foundry, I have received a nice note from Edward Priddy, the group’s Public Relations Director, responding to some of my comments.

To answer my questions about what the group has actually accomplished, he provided a brief mission statement:

The Hero Foundry launched in April 2006 with the intention of raising money to provide comic books to libraries, schools, and hospitals that couldn’t afford them. We provide all age books so that the material would be suitable for children who have a more difficult time acquiring comic books than we did when we were their age. We believe that comic books are a great way to encourage reading, inspire creativity, and can provide positive role models for today’s youth. We are a federally recognized non-profit organization and are registered with the IRS as well as the State of Texas.

He also listed what outlets have received gifts from the group: the Love County Library in Marietta, Oklahoma; the Ringling Public Library in Ringling, Oklahoma; the New Orleans Public Library System; and Bedford, Texas. All were reportedly warmly welcomed. (I can believe it. Librarians love comics, because they’re in demand by readers. And bravo to including New Orleans, and to providing checkable facts so quickly.)

He continued to apologize for the website inconsistencies and promise to fix them. He went into much more detail, but I don’t want to reprint private correspondence unilaterally. Suffice it to say that it was a generous response to someone who was taking all-but-anonymous potshots. I wish the group well, although I’m still not sure what they’re accomplishing that can’t be done as well by individuals. I do admire them putting obvious effort and hard work into trying to provide role model material for kids.

3 Responses to “Hero Foundry Followup”

  1. Ron Says:

    “I’m still not sure what they’re accomplishing that can’t be done as well by individuals.”

    Individuals are doing it, by donating their time money and comics to this organization.

    Just like individuals are helping people via the Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way etc…

    Or do you feel the same way toward these organizations?


  2. Johanna Says:

    I think those organizations add value in aggregating donations and the work of individuals. I don’t see the same level of value-add here.

    I think I’d feel differently if this group did accept comic donations, since we know that there are people out there looking for something worthwhile to do with those discards. But since they’ve changed their focus to mostly monetary donations, I don’t see it.

  3. david Says:

    The problem with comic donations: Do we *really* want to send thousands of copies of X-Force #1 to the children’s hospital?

    The Hero Foundry only started in 2006. Given time, I think the organization has potential to grow into something vital for our industry.




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