The story is as old as comic books themselves…
Luminaries of the comic industry Bill Finger (Batman), Siegel and Shuster (Superman) and Jack Kirby (Almost everything Marvel!) all battled power-hungry executives who swarmed upon their works when big money was to be had and attempted to separate the artists from their creations.
It seems the Denver Comic Con is doing the same thing to its visionary Co-founders – Charlie La Greca and Frank Romero and the mission for which they stand.
This is an immediate call to action to stop the direction that the Board of Directors have taken with this organization.
For more information, please visit SaveDenverComicCon.com
In only it's second year, the Denver Comic Con achieved incredible success in 2013 with over 61,000 attendees placing the con as the fifth largest comic convention in the U.S. It was a great accomplishment and the funds were to benefit it's non proft, The Comic Book Classroom.
The mission of the non profit is dedicated to the Comic Book Classroom and making sure that the focus and funds raised from the DCC convention indeed went to teaching kids.
Since the 2013 convention, it seems the teaching and literacy programs have been nonexistent; Frank Romero has resigned while Charlie La Greca is working to preserve the mission while battling what appears to be an outright attempt to marginalize and remove him from the organization.
There are allegedly hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues from the 2013 DCC alone, that remain unaccounted for, and some of which appear to be funneled towards high profile legal posturing. Money better used to serve children.
Read Charlie La Greca's open letter at SaveDenverComicCon.com
We are calling the community together to ask for a full investigation and audit of the “not-for-profit” Denver Comic Con.
Due in part because the Denver Comic Con claims to be a not-for-profit children’s organization, we ask that the appropriate IRS tax form 990 is posted for public reference on DCC’s website, outlining the allocation of funding for the educational program as advertised in all Denver Comic Con and Comic Book Classroom literature. We also ask that contact information for the senior staff of the board of directors is listed on the website for public comment, as well as a recent audit and summary of recent board decisions listed quarterly for review as recommended for a transparent non-profit organization.
As mentioned earlier we also request that the Board of Directors come back to the table with the original two Co-Founder’s for proper recourse and reinstatement.
We need YOU and every fan, artist, writer, cosplayer, editor, gamer, geek or non geek alike to stand with us to support and preserve the ideals and values with which Comic Book Classroom was founded!
Sign this petition today to let the Denver Comic Con and Comic Book Classroom know that their behavior is unnacceptable.