Comic artists contribute to SAFA charity auction, launching today

A Facebook-based charity auction in aid of SAFASelf Harm AwarenessFor All – goes live today, which features a number of great comic lots, including work from Bryan Talbot, Keith Burns, Hunt Emerson, Bob Lynch, Ottilie Hainsworth, Lucy Sullivan, Dave Windett, Dave Shelton and Martin Rowson.

Plus there are plenty of paintings, too, by a variety of local Cumbrian artists, including Sally Bamber, Peter Cave and Jill Pemberton.

Johnny Red art by Keith Burns for Johnny Red #6

Based in Cumbria, SAFA (the acronym for Self Harm Awareness for all) is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, in Cumbria, who self harm and to those who support them. Their primary goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and they do this through non-judgmental counselling and trusting support.

Daily Mirror illustration by Martin Rowdon

“Please scroll all the way down to the last item so you don’t miss anything!” urges artist and organiser Sharon Tait. “We have had so many generous donations!”

Monoprint by Lucy Sullivan
A signed copy of Calculus Cat by Hunt Emerson
A signed copy of Grandville by Bryan Talbot, with a sketch, too

Bidding is open now and the auction ends Saturday 5th June at 8.00 pm

Black Lane by Peter Cave
The Whisper by Jayne Lancaster
An original oil painting by Jean Pritchard, with a £300 reserve
“Patience” by Jill Pemberton , £60 reserve
Who Let the Moth Out by Jean Pritchard
A Bird from the South by Sally Rowlands
Betty’s Tea Room, Harrogate by Gillian Twyford

How The Auction Works

There are two strands to this charity auction with all lot featured on a dedicated Facebook group.

All items marked Buy Now are available to buy immediately. The first person to comment ‘buy now’ will win that piece of artwork at the Buy Now price set.
You will then be contacted to say you have won, discuss postage and payment options.

The Main Auction covers all
items are listed but do not say buy now.

All you need to do is check the reserve price and comment “I’d like to bid £xx amount” (as long as it’s over the reserve).

The organisers would be grateful if you could bid at a sensible increase on the previous winning bid. If you don’t live locally Furness and Kendal, then please note postage and packaging is not included.

When you win, you will be contacted about ways to pay via PayPal or Bank Transfer.

Bidding is open now and the auction ends Saturday 5th June 2021 at 8.00 pm.

Check out the SAFA auction here on Facebook

SAFA Official Site safa-selfharm.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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