Wednesday’s New York memorial/fundraiser in tribute to the late MIke Wieringo was a great success as pros and fans packed Flatiron Joe’s, but just as importantly the various auctions and sketch-a-thon raised $4000 for the Hero Initiative and the ASPCA. Occasional Superheroine has a report on the doings here, Hero Initiative reports here.
There’s also a new eBay auction to benefit these two charities:
Much-beloved comic artist Mike Wieringo passed away on August 12 of a heart attack. Many artists immediately did Wieringo tribute pieces, and many wished to donate them to charity. As Mike was a lover of both comics and animals, Mike’s family elected to donate them to The Hero Initiative and the ASPCA. These pieces are being auctioned at: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZheroinitiative. All proceeds will be split between The Hero Initiative and the ASPCA.
A total of eight pieces are being auctioned, most featuring Mike’s signature characters from his series, Tellos. Artists include Frank Cho, Jeremy Dale, Jamie Snell, Nate Lovett, Paul Renaud, Francis Manapul, Tom Beland, and Hero Initiative Board member Jim Valentino. There’s even a Mike Wieringo original donated by Filip Sablik of Top Cow Productions.
As corny as it sounds, Mike was a person who touched everyone who came in contact with him, no matter how briefly. Please keep the memory of this kind and talented man alive for these two very worthy causes.