Chaos! and Arizona's All About Books and Comics pay tribute

Thu, January 17th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

Scottsdale, AZ - Janaury 16, 2002 - On September 11, 2001 the entire

world was changed forever. On September 15th, 2001 in Mesa, Arizona, a

man with a gun shot two gas stations, killing the owner of one of the

stores. The man was the first person killed in the epidemic of hate

crimes that struck since September 11th.

This man, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was a Sikh, a member of a religion started

over 500 years ago in India with over 20 million followers. Male Sikhs

have facial hair and wear turbans as part of there faith, and Balbir, a

gentle man who was loved by his community, was targeted because of how he

looked. The gunman believed he was an enemy because of the way he looked.

In response to this, and all the many families that have been affected

since 9/11, Chaos! Comics, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is holding a

benefit signing for a 9/11 comic book. It is a two volume comic tribute

book brought together by the largest coalition of comic book publishers.

The comic book tribute is called, September 11: Artists Respond. One of

the pages in the Artists Respond is a tribute page to Balbir Singh Sodhi.

The event is being held on Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at All About

Books and Comics in Phoenix, Arizona from 3PM-5PM. As a co-producer of

the comic book tribute, Chaos! Comics and publisher Brian Pulido will be

there to promote the book, and to present an original piece of artwork of

Balbir to his family as a tribute to them.

Chaos! Comics will donate portions of the proceeds to the Balbir Family

Memorial Fund as well as deserving charities of vitcims of affected by

the 9/11 tragedy.

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