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Comics creators rally to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

JL8 Haiyan benefit

As news spread of Typhoon Haiyan, which has displaced 800,000 people, left 2 million without food, and caused at least 1,700 deaths in the Philippines, comics creators began to organize to help. Actually, some were already poised to send aid to the devastated nation, as Haiyan is its second catastrophe in the past couple of weeks: A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the region on Oct. 15, leaving a reported 222 people dead and 976 injured, and destroying 73,000 structures.

The Filipino news site GMA Network has rounded up some of the aid campaigns, and there’s also a Tumblr where individual artists (comics and otherwise) are posting their benefit sales.

At the moment, most of the efforts are local, reflecting the country’s robust comics community, but here’s one that anyone can participate in: Yale Stewart, the creator of the webcomic JL8, doesn’t live in the Philippines, but a big slice of his audience does, so he was one of the first to create a Haiyan benefit: He’s offering a wallpaper/cover bundle to as a reward for donations to UNICEF Philippines, and he will be auctioning off his original art as well for the same cause.

A number of creators are offering original art to be auctioned off. Much of the fund-raising will occur at this weekend’s Komikon, where Reno Maniquis will be offering sketches at a discount, and Elbert Or will donate all the proceeds from comics sales at his booth to typhoon relief. A group of comics artists from Pangasinan will sell their first anthology to benefit the typhoon victims as well.

The Manila comics shop DK Comics is hosting a benefit on Nov. 23.

Writer and artist Gerry Alanguilan noted at his blog that the Komikero artists group will make an announcement about their fund-raising efforts at Komikon. They are already running a fund-raising auction to help Filipino artist Vergil Espinosa, who’s struggling with kidney failure and needs help to pay his medical bills; after the Oct. 15 earthquake, they expanded the scope of the fund-raiser to help the victims of the earthquake as well. Alanguilan will be auctioning off one of his “Elmer” images specifically for Espinosa.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait, you can donate directly to the aid organizations working in the affected area; in addition to UNICEF (linked above), many of the creators are donating to the Philippine Red Cross (which, conveniently, takes PayPal).

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Please help.

Good to hear. Marvel should do some sort of fundraiser featuring some of their Filipino characters, the Triumph Division and/or the Diwatas. Marvel has a huge following, and quite a few artists, in the PI.

Thank you. Please ensure that your donations go to the right organizations and NOT the government nor local/national politicians.

Again, thank you in behalf of the grateful Filipinos.

Thanks you so much and may God bless you all!!!!

i’m a Filipino. We appreciate the help. we are forever thankful.

Mr. Stewart inspired me to do the same. I’m also fundraising for UNICEF by selling digital copies of a special pin-up piece. As well as an ebay auction! See my website for details: http://pole-dancing-adventures.blogspot.com/2013/11/pda-x-typhoon-relief-efforts.html

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