Graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero is launching a social media campaign calling for artists to support bookshops with a drawing of their favourite store.
The publisher is issuing a callout for #DrawYourBookshop on Twitter tomorrow (18th November) asking them to do "a quick sketch, drawing or masterpiece" of their local chosen shop.
It said, with another lockdown under way in Britain it was time to re-brand bookshops as an essential service and recognise the crisis they are facing.
SelfMadeHero said: “Now more than ever before, in the delayed run-up to Christmas, bookshops need to be seen and celebrated on social media, through all possible means – and the most possible means is through the unique combination of word, image, and print that is comics art.
“At the same time, #DrawYourBookshop also gives the chance for artists to make their work known to the people who might one day publish it, for a reader who doesn’t yet know they love it, and who will one day find it in one of the bookshops we must now do everything we can to save. So if you’re a first-time doodler-cartoonist or a dedicated artist – whether it’s a quaint second-hand bookshop or part of a coffee-fragrant chain you want to celebrate – Draw Your Bookshop – and help save the greatest ever human invention: the book!”