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Friday, October 02, 2009

Auctions To Benefit Flood Victims in the Philippines

This message was just posted by Gerry Alanguilan.

"I'm sure some of you may have heard of the devastating floods that happened here in the Philippines, specially Manila and surrounding areas. A lot of comics guys, old guys and younger guys, lost their homes/properties or at least had them really badly damaged. Colorist Jay David Ramos and veteran Rico Rival got their homes completely submerged in the flood waters and lost everything. Other guys affected include Steve Gan, Noly Zamora, Jun Lofamia, Danny Acuña (some of whom may be familiar to you guys as artists who worked on DC's war and horror stuff in the 70's.). Other artists of the younger generation affected include Gilbert Monsanto, Carlo Vergara, Joanah and Melvin Calingo, and these are the people we've heard of. Many people are still incommunicado due to downed phone and power lines. With another typhoon coming in shortly, things are not looking promising as many places are still flooded.

"Anyway, we're holding an auction to benefit these guys, to help them get back on their feet. As of now, two items are up, with more items to be added soon. Some of you guys might be interested in the original art here, or you might know someone who might be interested. It would be much appreciated!"

You can see the auctions at this link, or by visiting: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZkomikeroQQhtZ-1

Having grown up reading comics and seeing names like Steve Gan, Rico Rival and Danny Acuña in the titles I read, my heart really goes out to them, as indeed it does to everyone affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in the region. It's a sobering thought, but no matter how bad off you think you are, someone else has it worse. Dig deep - up at the moment is the cover art to issue #104 of X-Force by Whilce Portacio, a stunning Ernie Chan Conan and an excellent Spirit illustration by Gerry, which appeared in the brilliant tribute issue of Comic Book Artist. More art and items will be added very shortly, and if you have something to donate then feel free to let me know and I'll forward the email onto Gerry, or contact Gerry directly using this email address.

More on this as it develops.

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