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Being in the Philippines, I can't actually participate in his proposal, what with physics and geography making it impossible. However, I can post the email here, and I invite all of you interested to repost it and contact Christopher at thebigtoyauction(at)gmail(dot)com if you wish to participate.
Hi!I just saw some of your recent blog postings regarding the unfortunate "Granito Incident" that is, sadly, still going on. I had sent a message a little earlier to Ethan Van Sciver regarding this, but I thought you and a few others might be interested as well.
Despite the distasteful beginnings of this whole affair, I had a thought that a lot of good might ultimately come out of all this. Seeing the comic book community come together so quickly in such a cohesive manner, I wonder if we could parlay this into something that would benefit the comics community even further. I am a professionally licensed Auctioneer (PA Lic #AU005664) and would be happy to donate my services to put together a charity auction to benefit the Hero Initiative.
Rather than dwell on all of the negatives of what has occurred here, it might be a good opportunity to spotlight the type of work that the Hero Initiative does in helping the same type of artists affected by these events. I would be glad to work with you to help put together a a Live-Auction Event where "Legit-O-Mite" artists can create authentic artwork to auction off with the proceeds going to the Hero Initiative. There is already a lot of built in publicity to the whole situation, and I think it would be a shame to let this momentum either continue on in it’s current path or fizzle out completely. Instead, I think it would be a great opportunity for comics professionals to stand up for something positive and pro-active rather than the negative reaction that began all of this.
There is a lot of potential to do something good here. After all, if we can "get comics' loudest leftwing hippiefreak AND loudest rightwing Nazi to join forces," as a particular comic site puts it, there’s no reason we couldn't get a lot of people behind this to raise some money for some of the very same artists exploited by this whole affair in the first place.
I've contacted a few others involved, and I’ll see if I can get hold of Mr. Waid and the folks over at Hero Initiative as well, but I also wanted to let you know as you seemed pretty vocal about this. If you would be interested, please let me know and I will be glad to discuss it further with you.Thanks, and have a great weekend!