Having finished the project I’ve been slugging away at all summer, I borrowed a quote from my daughter to mark the occasion.
Hey! This is an important update to the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good! Please read and donate! Thank you!
Okay, we’ve had two days of me begging for money and you ogling the art and it’s time to kick things up a notch with more art, this time featuring Rocket Raccoon and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, as rendered by Calamity Jon Morris.
These two excellent pieces (which will be raffled off individually) join a page of original Superman comic book art by Stuart Immonen and Josef Rubenstein, an all-new sketch of Superman by Stuart (done with Copic markers on Stillman and Birn Zeta series extra heavyweight 270gsm plate finish 8.5” x 11”) and a 9”x12” commission by Tom Fowler (no art direction, you pick the character, he does the rest) as prizes in the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good.
So, how does the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good work?
All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is donate $5 or more to one of the charities featured below before 11:59PM on August 18 and then forward your receipt to email@example.com after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.
Winners will be chosen on the evening of Tuesday, August 19 and announced later in the week (We might be videoing the raffle portion, maybe? I need to talk to some people.)
Now, for the charities we’re raising money for this year.
This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.
I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $421 to go.
Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $833 to go.
More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $677 to go.
Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $837 to go.
Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $930 to go.
Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.
I just threw in for this and I think you guys should consider it too. What a great idea! And I realize by spreading the word I’m affecting my own odds of getting my hands on some Stuart Immonen original art, but hey, I like competition. So let’s pony up for a good cause, people!
So, I only just learned that today is Shawn’s birthday.
I’ve been loving his art for several years. Again - faces. Wonderful, expressive faces, ladies that look like actual people, and FUN.
Great art, nice guy. Everyone go wish him a happy day!
Zatanna (and bunny!)
Margo Lane and The Shadow
The other Wonder Girl
Zatanna and ALL THE BUNNIES!
Aww, hey thanks, HS!
Here is another look at the the pencil-and-inks for a page from my second AIRBOY story. This will probably be the last of these pages I put on Tumblr for awhile - enough of these Throwback Thursday postings and I’ll have the entirety of my AIRBOY, minus Chuck Dixon’s scripted dialogue.
Man, Valkyrie was fun to draw. The color piece is one I did on deviantART while waiting for this issue to come out. I wasn’t seeing much promotion from Moonstone, so I was trying to drum up my own (among the tens of dA followers I likely had back then).
AIRBOY Throwback Thursday: Here are the pencils and inks I did for a page in Moonstone’s Airboy revival back in 2010. (Available on Comixology) It’s got that whole gleeful third-act-of-INGLORIOUS BASTERDS/”Let’s wack some Ratzis!” vibe to it. Script by Chuck Dixon.
Hey, it’s a Throwback Thursday. On a Friday. Flashback Friday? Sure, why not. This has been an impossibly awful week, to put it lightly, so I’m lucky I’m even putting on pants and interacting with the world, let alone keeping the days straight.
Apparently, the FRIENDS finale aired 10 years ago this week, which means it has somehow been a decade since I did this illustration for the newspaper where I worked at the time. I thought I’d throw this on the ol’ Tumblr since it’s such a 180 from my usual style - it’s an understatement to say I was aping Zach Trenholm’s style a little at the time - and I’m OK with at least some of it after all these years. The Chandler and Ross caricatures in particular are still all right in my eyes.
Created with Adobe Illustrator CS.
A year ago at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), a 10 year old girl came up to my table and told me that she really liked my comic (The Answer!) because it was about a really smart woman who figured things out with her mind. It made my weekend, of course. I thought i was just…