With the Canada Customs Case drawing closer, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues its vital fundraising auctions with help from artists across the wide spectrum of the comic book industry. In an effort to raise over $100,000 by the end of October, artist supporters and Fund members have truly stepped up and provided benefit material ranging from pin-ups to original pages to covers, all in support of defending a comic fan from the threat of prison and hopefully setting a precedent that allows creators, retailers, publishers, fans alike to travel freely across the border without fear of persecution or harassment.
Artists such as Tony Harris, Camilla d’Errico, Cully Hamner, and Bernie Wrightson have all donated art, generating over $2,000 in one week. With many more cartoonists generously donating original works, the Artists to the Rescue benefit campaign continues into Fall with an exciting new round of gorgeous pieces of comic book art.
The current round of auctions includes a wide variety of amazing works, most notably several incredible pieces from the private collection of Stuart and Kathryn Immonen. This set includes a page from the classic Epic Comics adaptation of FAFHRD AND THE GREY MOUSER by modern master Mike Mignola, as inked by the late Al Williamson. Also included is a Mignola character study of Dr. Strange’s companion Wong, from the Marvel Graphic Novel classic DOCTOR STRANGE & DOCTOR DOOM: TRIUMPH AND TORMENT. These pieces represent a portion of the extremely generous donation from the Immonen’s collection, with more to be auctioned in the coming weeks!
Also included in this auction is a phenomenal piece from the collection of Jeff Alexander: a fully painted page from ROSE by Charles Vess, signed by Mr. Vess and ROSE author (and BONE creator) Jeff Smith. This gorgeous page being included in this auction presents a tremendous opportunity for fans of comic art to bid on an incredibly rare and special item.
These auctions come at an important time, with only a few short months remaining to gather the needed funds to help ensure Brandon X is provided with the best possible defense. As the comics industry comes to the rescue, the CBLDF hopes that everyone will take time to bid on these incredible pieces of art.
As always, we are grateful for donations from cartoonists, artist, and private collectors. In this current climate of urgent need, if you have art you would like to donate, please contact Alex Cox at the New York office. If you would like to donate to the CBLDF, please visit our online donation center here.