NEWS WATCH: LION FORGE ANNOUNCES SECOND PRINTING FOR PUERTO RICO STRONG!

The Publisher Will Match $50,000 In Profits To Contribute To United Way’s Ongoing Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Just over six months since Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico, the island is still struggling to rebound. Today, in conjunction with the announcement of the second printing of the sold-out benefit comics anthology, the St. Louis publisher has upped their commitment to relief in a partnership with United Way of Puerto Rico with a donation match of $50,000!

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All Lion Forge profits from the sales of Puerto Rico Strong will go to the Early Childhood Relief program. These specific initiatives in Puerto Rico to help the children and families and provide hope include:

-Early Childhood Centers: Creation of Reading Corners
-Early Childhood Centers: Psychological Support for traumatic stress after a natural   disaster
-Early Childhood Centers: Reestablishment of non-profit childcare facilities (Furniture,     Materials, Equipment, Structure)
-Community Schools and Health Care Centers

“Based on the tremendous response to Puerto Rico Strong, we are increasing our commitment to relief efforts for those still struggling to return to normality in Puerto Rico,” says Lion Forge Founder, David Steward II. “We hope that readers will join us in these efforts to help those in need by picking up this special anthology that highlights many of our industry’s unique voices and their deep connection to Puerto Rican heritage.”

Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All profits will go toward disaster relief and recovery programs to support Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Strong is co-edited by Lion Forge’s own Desiree Rodriguez and Hazel Newlevant, alongside Marco Lopez, Neil Schwartz, and Derek Ruiz.

Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colón (Soda Pop Comics), Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet), Naomi Franquiz (Misfit City), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile!), Sabrina Cintron (La Borinquena), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), Joamette Gil (Power & Magic), and many more!

The second printing of Puerto Rico Strong is due to ship to finer comic shops everywhere on April 20.

For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org.

For more information about Fondos Unidos of Puerto Rico (United Way of Puerto Rico) call 787-728-8500, or at 2-1-1 in Puerto Rico; you can also visit us at fondosunidos.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. For donations, you can visit fupr.org/donaciones.

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