Friday, March 25, 2011

A Tale of Two Diagnoses

Warren Ellis is comics to a lot of fans, so the fact that I learned about this tragic tale of a Brooklyn couple each diagnosed with advanced-stage cancers through one of his tweets is more than enough to land it here on Comics Cure.

Join the Friends of Nathan and Elisa to help in their fight.

Turning (our attention to the) Japanese

From the Power Rangers to Ranma to the Ring, and every Super Mario in between, we geeks owe the world to Japan!  So it is awesome that the geeks are uniting in so many ways to help that ravaged country. Japan has been and will continue to be a critical influence of fanboys and fangirls worldwide in so many ways--video games, manga, anime, kaiju, filmfashion. If you're part of the Comic Con Crowd, you've got a little Japanese in your heart and soul.

What follows here is just a retread of all the comic community efforts to raise money for Japan relief that the Bleeding Cool bleeding hearts committee already reported on. (Click the original link for images plus the BC comments thread.) BC gets the credit for the reporting. The community gets the credit for rising up and doing what it can to help those in need. Comics Cure just wants to help spread the word a little bit further.
  • Japan Needs Heroes is a new Kickstarter comics project to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross. The funding will paty for the printing (at cost) and creators include Aaron Williams,Benny Powell & Weilin Yang,Bill Walko,Brion Foulke,Chris Crosby & Owen Gieni, Cory Brown & Ran Brown, Courtney Huddleston, Dale Mettam and Matt Keltner, Dave Zero1 & Gisele Lagace, David Campiti, David Reddick, Gar Molloy, Genzoman, Jason M. Burns, Jennifer Brazas, Jinky Coranado, Ken Johnson, Mark McKenna, Rae Baade, Rob Haines & Jenny Sargent, Scott Story, Tarol Hunt and Tracy Bailey.
  • The Comic Book Alliance is launching a comic book called Spirit of Hope with Mike Allred cover and lots of familiar professional work, like the above piece by Chris Weston.
  • Genre for Japan is running a series of auctions, including signed proofs of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
  • The Geek Girls Network is raising money for the Mercy Corps.
  • Ladbroke Radio is creating a fundraising audiobook of Japanese fairy stories that’s three and a half hours long.
  • A collection of voiceover artists from Japan are running a series of fundraising events in Japan this weekend.
  • We Love Japan are running a music and comedy concert in London on April 2nd with karaoke and cosplay.
  • 43 big manga creators are having a big fundraising sale of work on April 3rd in Utsunomiya.
  • Heart Japan and J Pop are holding a manga/anime fundraiser at the Vibe bar in Brick Lane, London on April 20th and will, amongst many other things, be auctioning off original Bryan Lee O’Malley artwork.
  • We Heart Japan ran a comcs/manga/anime fundraiser at Meltdown Comics last week, with a repeat performance soon.
And, of course, in addition to supporting or contributing to any of the above efforts, you can help directly by donating to the Red Cross disaster relief effort. Fill out the form at the link for donations of any amount, or simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

So let's go, do-gooders--time to do some good!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mmm, Pamcakes!

Stick it to the legions of Hell by celebrating National Pancake Day with IHOP. Check the site for details.

Proceeds go to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®, an organization that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at

Apologies/thanks to Hellboy creator and artist Mike Mignola and publisher Dark Horse Comics for the brilliant comic short above.