Inaugural Charity Auction of Original Comic Strip art raises Thousands for Hurricane Relief

Calvin and Hobbes signed print

The specialty charity auction of original comic strip art by 34 of the world’s top cartoonists we featured here on downthetubes last month raised $53,384 for victims of deadly hurricanes.

A signed Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes print, one of the items we spotlighted, sold for over $10,000 alone.

Heritage Auctions, collaborating with The National Cartoonists Society Foundation and major strip syndicators, launched the inaugural Thanks & Giving Auction benefiting Hurricane Relief, which ran from 23rd – 30th November. The auction launched Thanksgiving Day and many artists incorporated feelings of gratitude, appreciation and empathy to those affected by this year’s natural disasters.

Proceeds from winning bids will go to Direct Relief, benefitting victims of recent natural disasters.

“The auction was completely sold out,” said Jim Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage Auctions. “It was inspiring to see so many talented artists create and then donate collectible original comic strips or personal keepsakes from their personal collection.”

Among the artists whose work was featured in the auction: Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine), Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (Zits), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues) and many other well-known creators.

“The results of this auction reflect the spirit of cartoonists and what they do,” Halperin said.  “They create work designed to entertain people, and make them laugh and smile. So it’s no surprise that so many great artists were willing to come together to help raise money for people who have been through so much hardship because of natural disasters.

Highlights include:

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members, and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos.

• Official Site: HA.com

The National Cartoonists Society

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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