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Stephen DeStefano & Renee French artwork for Dylan Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchOriginal Artgood deeds 9 Oct 2011 11:32 PM

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Artwork continues to pour in for the benefit auctions for the family of Dylan Williams & Sparkplug Comic Books: above, a page of Stephen DeStefano's artwork from his 2010 graphic novel with George Chieffet, Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History (ending in 5 days); below, "Water Goat," a new original drawing by Renee French (ending in 3 days). Click each image to go to the respective eBay auctions, and see additional contributions from David Lasky, Greg Stump and Skinner at The Divine Invasion and Profanity Hill.

Water Goat - Renee French

Wonderful Woodring Wear for Rain Taxi
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJoe SaccoJim Woodringgood deedsfashion 4 Oct 2011 11:13 AM

You'll wanna hail down one of these wonderful new tees from Jim Woodring, designed for our friends at the non-profit literary organization, Rain Taxi!

I don't even know where to start when it comes to all the great stuff Rain Taxi does for literature. You may already be familiar with their award-winning quarterly-publication Rain Taxi: Review of Books, which is frickin' free all across the nation. But they also power tons of great events, like the annual Twin Cities Book Festival!

So, not only are you sportin' some fine Pushpaw action across your chest, but you're also supporting an awesome organization!

And it looks like they still have some of the Joe Sacco-designed tee in stock, but only in size small!

Megan Kelso & Paul Hornschemeier art for Dylan Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierOriginal ArtMegan Kelsogood deeds 4 Oct 2011 12:49 AM

My Little Piece of Kurt - Megan Kelso

Two more great pieces of artwork up now in the benefit auctions for the family of Dylan Williams & Sparkplug Comic Books: above, Megan Kelso's one-page story about Nirvana, "My Little Piece of Kurt," from 1994 (as recently seen in the Quiet Rrriot exhibit at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery); below, an original page from Paul Hornschemeier's Life with Mr. Dangerous, as seen in Mome Vol. 17. Click each image to go to the respective eBay auctions, and see additional contributions at The Divine Invasion and Profanity Hill.

Life with Mr. Dangerous original art - Paul Hornschemeier

More Dylan Williams benefit auctions: Clowes, Eaton, Kerlow, Romberger
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Victor KerlowJeremy EatonJames Rombergergood deedsDaniel Clowes 30 Sep 2011 2:09 AM

Ice Haven sketches - Dan Clowes

The comics community continues to come together to aid the family of late Sparkplug Comics publisher Dylan Williams, with a new round of benefit auctions featuring artwork donated by its creators organized by Floating World's Jason Leivian and Profanity Hill's (and Fantagraphics') Jason T. Miles. The marquee item of the moment is Daniel Clowes's cover sketches for the hardcover edition of Ice Haven, and more wonderful contributions from Fantagraphics artists follow below. Click each image to be taken directly to the eBay auction, and see additional contributions at The Divine Invasion blog.

Jeremy Eaton's "Richie":

Richie - Jeremy Eaton

Victor Kerlow 's "Second Variety":

Second Variety - Victor Kerlow

James Romberger's "Transient Wake":

Transient Wake - James Romberger

What a Great F***ing Duck Indeed
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul Hornschemeiermerchgood deedsfashion 27 Sep 2011 12:42 PM

Quaxelrod by Paul Hornschemeier

Here's a fine-feathered one for the Fantagraphics Fashion Files: a mustachioed duck tee from Paul Hornschemeier.

Read that again. A mustachioed duck tee.

Apparently, it's a character from somebody else's book. But I don't really care. 'Cause it's a duck. With a mustache. And a portion of the t-shirt sales go to Young Chicago Authors.

Dylan Williams family benefit auctions: Peter Bagge art & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffPeter BaggeKevin Huizengagood deeds 26 Sep 2011 12:04 PM

Neat Stuff #5 cover art by Peter Bagge

Our own Jason T. Miles has joined in the efforts to benefit the family of Dylan Williams of Sparkplug Comics by gathering donations of artwork and auctioning them on eBay. Current offerings include Peter Bagge's original cover for Neat Stuff #5 (above) and pieces by our own Eric Reynolds and Jason himself, with an interpretation of a cover of one of Williams's Reporter comics (below). Click each image to go directly to the respective eBay auction page. Upcoming auctions from Jason will include work by a who's-who of Seattle cartoonists, including Max Clotfelter, Jeremy Eaton, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Marc Palm, Greg Stump and more. Meanwhile, the "Divine Invasion" benefit auctions organized by Floating World's Jason Leivian continue as well, with some great pieces including original pages by Kevin Huizenga (bottom). Bid early, bid often.

Eric Reynolds artwork

Jason T. Miles artwork

Kevin Huizenga artwork

On Dylan Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under good deedscomics industry 15 Sep 2011 2:25 AM

Dylan Williams
(Photo via Theo Ellsworth)

Larry's brief tribute has emboldened me to talk a little bit about Dylan Williams. I'd been reluctant to say anything here about Dylan's passing since my personal contact with him has been almost entirely as a customer of Sparkplug. I mostly know Dylan through people I work with who were close to him, and through his work as a publisher, which stands on its own as a tribute to his integrity, ethics, and love of the art form. Even knowing him second-hand I can't think of anyone I admire and respect more in this crazy business. The guy was a paragon and an inspiration. Selfishly, I'm sad that I won't be able to enjoy the fruits of his labors to come. For a guy who poured so much into his work, I can't think of a better memorial than the wonderful Sparkplug books and comics on bookshelves around the world, including mine.

As many have pointed out, the efforts to raise funds to cover Dylan's medical expenses are still ongoing. Buy books and art to help out.

Support The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Regé Jr., coming in 2012
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ron Regé Jrgood deedsComing Attractions 14 Sep 2011 7:18 PM

The Cartoon Utopia - Ron Regé Jr.

If you could color me excited I'd look a lot like the image above: the great Ron Regé Jr. is finishing up his new book The Cartoon Utopia, which (fanfare) we are publishing (tentatively planned for a late-2012 release, schedule TBD), and is looking for a little financial help to enable him to really buckle down on it. Slide him some cash and he will reward you with a drawing or somethin'.

Jeff Alexander Memorial CBLDF Benefit Auction with Tony Millionaire, Peter Bagge & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireRoger LangridgePeter BaggeOriginal Artgood deeds 7 Sep 2011 8:58 PM

Billy Hazelnuts original page - Tony Millionaire

Artwork from the collection of the late SPX Executive Director Jeff Alexander, who passed away last year, is being auctioned to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund this Saturday at 4:30 at SPX. Internet bids will also be accepted via email — see the link for details. Among the pieces being offered in this year's first annual auction are the original Billy Hazelnuts page by Tony Millionaire shown here, a couple of original Roger Langridge pages featuring Fred the Clown, and a Peter Bagge sketch which I couldn't find an image for. Preview the artwork and get more information here.

Floating World sale to benefit Dylan Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under good deeds 25 Aug 2011 5:44 PM

Portland and environs! If you've been planning on buying any of our books — or any comics, period — this coming Monday and Tuesday, August 29-30, is the time and Floating World Comics is the place to do it. They're having a benefit sale with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Dylan Williams's medical care. My good colleague Tom Devlin at D&Q explains in succinct and eloquent fashion why you should care about Dylan if you care about comics at all.