Held annually in conjunction with the city-spanning Vegas Valley Book Festival, the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival is a one-day event produced by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District to celebrate the art and influence of comic books and sequential art. Held at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road) each November, the free festival has steadily grown in size over its short existence, from 800 attendees in 2008 to 1200 in 2009. Unfortunately – as with many non-profit organizations in the face of the recent economic downturn – the library’s budget has not grown with the festival.
In order to add another dimension to the Comic Book Festival and open a window of opportunity to raise funds specifically for this community event, 2010 will see the launch of an anthology comic book featuring local creators released in conjunction with the Festival, tentatively entitled “Tales from the Boneyard.” Inspired by “Restless City,” the Las Vegas-themed novel written by seven local authors and released at the 2009 Book Festival, “Tales from the Boneyard” will feature new stories tied around the theme of the Neon Boneyard, released one chapter at a time online before being made available for purchase as a whole at the Comic Book Festival in November, with proceeds benefiting the Library District Foundation, earmarked specifically for the Comic Book Festival.
While the City of Las Vegas is contributing a set amount to cover honorariums for the contributors – whose ranks include comic industry veterans and newcomers including Laurenn McCubbin, Jarret Keene, Deryl Skelton, Warren Wucinich, F. Andrew Taylor and more – we are looking to offset the cost of printing in order to maximize both the quality of the product and the ability to raise money for the library. This is where you come in. We have a variety of sponsorship and recognition opportunities available, including cash and in-kind donations, all of which should be fully deductible as a charitable contribution unless otherwise reduced by other applicable rules and regulations by the Internal Revenue Service.
We appreciate you taking the time to consider sponsorship of this endeavor. By promoting the reading and consumption of the comic book arts, we hope to encourage a lifetime love of reading in children and adults alike.