Even the most talented and prolific cartoonists can hit hard times.
Case in point: Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai is in need of some financial help after his wife, Sharon, who has suffered from a debilitating illness for quite a while now, had a long stay in the hospital. Sharon's back home now, but she needs 24-hour in-home care and several costly medications. The Cartoon Art Professional Society, a group of comics creators, has organized an effort to help.
Best known as the co-creator of the vampire comic book 30 Days of Night with Ben Templesmith, horror writer Steve Niles experienced his own kind of personal nightmare when he awoke last weekend to discover his home was severely flooded, his pet in danger and many of his most beloved possessions destroyed. Unfortunately, Niles, like many freelance comic book professionals, doesn't have the appropriate insurance to cover this kind of destruction. Now the writer, who has been a proactive signal booster for various charities and creators in need, finds himself requiring help.
A week from today would have been Jack Kirby's 96th birthday.
To celebrate, the Hero Initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to "Wake Up and Draw" a birthday card to Jack next Wednesday. The art will be available to view in a gallery at ComicArtFans.com and will later be auctioned off to support the charity, which helps comics creators with financial needs. Meanwhile, the King's granddaughter, Jillian Kirby, has recruited comic book stores around the country to donate some of the proceeds from their sales that day to The Hero Initiative as well.
This is an old story that just came to our attention over the weekend thanks to a retweet from musician Frank Ocean, who rightly observed that the image deserves "endless retweets." Last October, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh worked with Allegheny Window Cleaning I
In what's just the latest example of the comics community's ceaseless generosity when it comes to people in need, former Marvel art director and current Disney designer Rich Ginter and Marvel's Sales & Communications Coordinator James Viscardi have organized an art auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Officially called Art For Sandy Reli
If you polled the pool of regular ComicsAlliance contributors for a complete list of their all-time favorite comics, there's a high probability that Karl Kesel would be in some way responsible for the creation of at least some of those works. We'll get into
All C's Collectibles is the only comic book store in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a masked gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. As has been noted here and elsewhere, the tragedy has affected the comic book and related geek communities directly, as the victims were hardcore midnight movie goers and Batman fans in particular. Some of them, or their friends a
"I am devastated by this tragedy, and my heart is with the victims, survivors and their loved ones. Words fail me," wrote Hans Zimmer on Facebook in the early days following the shocking events of July 20, when 12 people were killed and dozens wounded by a masked gunman at a midnight screening of Zimmer's new film
If you were not previously aware, geek fashion hausThreadless has a line called Comics-On Tees which depicts a comic book story across a series of t-shirts, usually drawn by a different artist for each shirt and from a story by a single writer. The latest Comics-On Tees is especially cool, as it not only benefits the crucial work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund but is also an adaptation of
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