Monday, April 19, 2010

Great Comics Artist Gene Colan Needs Your Help!

Gene Colan, at some point, has no doubt worked on a comic you love or has created a character you love. He's been in the comics business for 66 years, and he came in at a time when comics creators were paid next to nothing and received no rights whatsoever to anything they ever created. At 84 years old, he can't retire and lives on the commissions he does for people. He had a fall recently.

Gene has a badly broken shoulder and is unable to work. The episode will cost him at least three months (likely more) without being able to earn, to say nothing of hospital and physical rehab bills. So Gene’s friends are assembling an auction to help him make it through this rough patch. Want to help? Contribute. Bid. Spread the word. You can find out more details about the auction here.

Life is unorthodox and this event will be, too. Some items will be sold on Ebay (which means short deadlines and fees); less expensive items will be sold here with longer deadlines. Winners will be contacted via email; payments will go to the “Gene Colan Special Account”.

When items post, please bid on multiple items—this allows us to combine shipping. To bid, send LOT#, description and bid via email to (put “Colan Bid” in subject). If your bid is winning, your initials will be posted next to the item that evening.

Art and other items have been pledged from fans as well as: Aardwolf Publishing, Paty Cockrum (with Dave Cockrum in spirit), Mike Deodato, Harlan Ellison, Mark Evanier, Mike Henderson, Stan Lee, “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, Bill Messner-Loebs, Mike Pascale, Paul Ryan, Joe Rubenstein, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, and Marv Wolfman

Pictured is the first item to arrive: an Iron Man sketch made for the occasion by the ever-excellant and generous Mike Deodato. Starting bid will be $150.

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