Adopt a Ukrainian Editor and KidLit for Ukraine

As we continue to watch the horror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unfold, comics take their place as they do in any world event: Ukrainian cartoonists keep doing comics showing the realities of war and use humor to criticize war criminal Vladimir Putin. And international fundraising efforts are starting to pop up in the comic book space.


Such an effort is Adopt a Ukrainian publishera fundraiser initiated by publisher First Second Marc Siegel to help Ukrainian comic book publisher IRBIS comics. As Siegel explains:

IRBIS comics is Ukraine’s publisher of comics and graphic novels for young readers. Across Ukraine, thousands of children are displaced by the horrors of war. In addition to the basic needs for survival, these children also receive the basic foods of a normal childhood. . . including the vital pleasure of reading.

IRBIS has donated its graphic novels in Ukrainian, but will need support to stay afloat during these times and help sponsor more comic book donations during these extremely difficult times in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s publishing industry, as well as its free press, had been the target of Putin’s war machine long before the invasion. Supporting our comic colleagues and friends in Ukraine can contribute to the future of Ukraine, now in such a delicate balance.

Small donations add up quickly and will turn into much-needed moments of relief for young readers in Ukraine – and support a Ukrainian publisher in the process.

A glance at Irbis’ homepage shows universal delights such as The Smurfs and Geronimo Stilton, as well as a graphic novel about local hero Vladimir, a historical Ukrainian figure. Also a teeth cartoon – “zubsy” in Ukrainian.

This fundraising campaign will go directly to help Irbis – and the children who need stories to help them.


KidLit for Ukraine, is another fundraiser focused on materials for young readers. Organized by the KidLit community, this is a fundraising event that will air on KidLit TV, featuring notables from prose and comics. The range of Ukrainian and American designers includes Victoria Amelina, Kathi Appelt, Adrianna Bamber, Samantha Berger, Nick Bruel, Jason Chin, Carmen Agra Deedy Nikki Grimes, Donna Barba Higuera, K. A. Holt, Olha Kupriyan, Tara Lazar, Minh Le, Jarrett Lerner, Kate MessnerRoxie Munro Neal Shusterman, Charles R. Smith Jr., Duncan Tonatiuh, Padma Venkatraman and Rita Williams-Garcia.

The event takes place on Tuesday, March 22, streaming at 7 p.m., and promises authors to tell short true stories of hope. 100% of proceeds from the event will go to Save the Children.

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