(via Forbidden Planet International and Gerry Alanguilan): Following the terrible floods in the Philippines, which have caused a huge number of deaths and damage to homes and infrastructure, some of comics professionals based there - many of whom have been contributors to the success of comics publishers in both the UK and the US down the years - have lost homes or had them badly damaged in Manila, where the storm hit particularly hard.
Artists known to be affected so far are Carlo Vergara, Gilbert Monsanto, Jay David Ramos, Rico Rival, Danny Acuña, Jun Lofamia, Clem Rivera, and Noly Zamora. Steve Gan also had his printing press submerged under flood waters.
Comics artist Gerry Alanguilan - a major force in promoting comics art in the Philippines - was unscathed by the disaster, but has now launched an original Comics Art Auction to benefit Ondoy Flood Victims. The first piece on offer is a tribute to the late, great Will Eisner, drawn by Gerry for Comic Book Artist Magazine #6 back in November 2005, pictured above. The artwork is illustrated with pen and ink on 11"x16" vellum paper.
"With the help of other comics professionals, I’ve begun an Ebay auction of original comics artwork which would benefit victims of the flooding brought on my Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)," he says. "Initial recipients will be Komikeros who have lost or damaged homes and property, and the rest will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross.'
To view the auction go to:
More pieces to the auction will be added soon.
Gerry is also currently collecting pieces to auction from other comics pros. Pieces that have International interest (like original art from Marvel, DC, Image and other international comics publications) will be sold on Ebay Worldwide. Other pieces will be sold at the Philippines 5th Komikon event on 18th October.
• To make a general donation to help disaster victims there is a list of places to donate here