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.