Donate Your Comics for Tornado Relief!

This last weekend, a tornado destroyed huge swaths of Joplin, Missouri. It was a devasating storm wreaked a kind of havoc most of us only have nightmares about.

A local comic shop in Joplin wants to help. Hurley's Heroes is collecting all ages comics from anyone they can to distribute to local shelters for kids who were displaced by the storm. Here's what's on their website.

This is a call to publishers, distributors, stores, anyone who has all ages books they would like to donate.

My name is Jason A. Hurley, my brother and I own a comic shop called Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin, Missouri. This last weekend, Joplin was hit by a deadly tornado that wiped out a huge chunk of town. Several hundred, perhaps even thousands, of families were put out of their homes. Now, hundreds of children are stuck inside huge shelters, and no doubt bored out of their minds. We’ve taken a few books from the store to a shelter nearby, and they were greatly appreciated. I’ve been inspired, and I want to make this effort bigger.

I have plenty of people, mostly my loyal customers, willing to distribute these books far and wide to the various shelters around town. Now, I need books to distribute. If anyone out there has all ages comics that they would be willing to donate to this cause, you can just send them to me, and I’ll get them out to the shelters.

Hurley’s Heroes
1515 W. 10th
Ste. C
Joplin, MO 64801

Pretty straight forward right? Send your all ages comics in, and help hand out some smiles to kids who can dearly use them.

I got my first hand account from comics artist Jeremy Haun, who lives in Joplin. His moving and honest recollection of the day's events really brought home what it was like, and I recommend everyone give it a read.

Do what you can, and help out, and thanks for taking the time.


  1. Sharing of physical resources.

    One reason I hope print comics never go away completely.

  2. Sounds like a great cause.

  3. @ericmci: great point. It would be pretty pointless to donate downloads to people who don’t even have homes. Long live the power of real comic books.

  4. I hope they like Tiny Titans.  I’ll just go to trades so long as the kids enjoy them.

  5. is anyone collecting comics around the NY area? I am moving soon and was trying to find a way to offload my comics and this sounds like a great idea.

  6. I grew up 50 miles away from Joplin.  It was always a family destination on the weekend for having lunch with relatives and doing shopping.  My parents suffered my enthusiasm for comics quite a bit.  The Book Barn was my LCS, and I spent many an hour going through longboxes and looking wide eyed at all the framed back issues and figures. 

    It’s been a sad week but this made me feel better.  Thanks.  

  7. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but this entry motivated me to register to say thanks for highlighting this.

    The Comicwatcher 

  8. Just wondering if anyone has sent some yet?  I have about 6 short and 1 long box I’d like to send, and I would like to know what the best way to package them.  

    Suggestions and recommendations?