On Saturday, Olympia Comics Festival organizers are raising some money to make the festival possible.
And it’s happening none too far in advance: The festival is set for June 5.
“I’ve been crunching numbers for weeks, saying, ‘I don’t know how we are going to do this,’ ” said festival organizer Chelsea Baker. “We’re kind of last-minute this year.”
The auction, at Danger Room Comics, offers posters, comics and other items from the shop, plus an old Spider-Man lunchbox. “Sometimes publishers will send Danger Room swag, like a variant cover for a book or some other fancy, special thing that there’s only a few of,” Baker said.
Of the lunchbox, she said: “That’s one of the things that I’m excited about. It’s from about 1980, and it has the Thermos and everything.”
Prices are likely to range from $5 to $100, and organizers hope to raise about $600; most of the money pays for rent for the annual festival.
The auction will also feature snacks, schmoozing and perhaps a bit of entertainment.
“I’ll pull out a guitar and sing,” Baker said. “We like to fly by the seat of our pants.”
Fund-raising auctions have become a regular tradition in preparing for the festival, which is not your typical comics convention. It’s a free expo of independent comics artists from throughout the Northwest.
“It’s all about meeting the artists,” Danger Room owner Patrick Mapp told The Olympian last year.
“About 10 years ago, we decided to do Comics Appreciation Day,” Mapp said. “There seemed to be a lot of interest, and there are a lot of people in town who make their own comics. So we wanted to make it into more of a festival — almost a comics convention, but a really art-centric comics convention.”