The National Cartoonists Society’s charitable arm, the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, announced yesterday that they are having a Thanksgiving auction to benefit those harmed by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Conducted by Heritage Auctions, the bidding went live yesterday. There are many really terrific originals up for bidding, including some very rare ones. Here’s the NCS’s press release:
For Immediate Release
In the wake of the deadly disasters that have recently devastated communities in the Gulf states of Texas and Florida, Mexico, and especially Puerto Rico, the cartooning community has come together to use their unique gifts and talents to raise money to help the victims.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, The National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Cartoonists Society, in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, Andrews McMeel, Creators Syndicate, and the Washington Post, is staging “Thanks + Giving,” a unique auction of original artwork, with all proceeds going to help the victims of these overwhelming disasters.
More than 125 internationally-renowned creators have donated original artwork, including Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine), Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (Zits), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues), and many other well-known creators.
Vintage comic strips and comic art will also be available to bid on, including work by Dan DeCarlo ((Archie), Mell Lazarus (Momma and Miss Peach), Morrie Turner (Wee Pals), Brad Anderson (Marmaduke), Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), and more.
Many of the strips will appear in papers across the country on Thanksgiving Day with a message directing readers to the auction website where they can bid on the original art for that strip, along with the other unique pieces in the auction. The NCS has enlisted the help of Heritage Auctions, the industry leader in the field of comic and cartoon art, to conduct the auction. The address for the auction is , and the auction will go live on Thursday, November 23rd and will close the following Thursday the 30th. Lots may be previewed immediately at , All proceeds from the auction will be sent to Direct Relief, a highly-rated charity that specializes in providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters.
This is a rare chance for fans of comics and collectors of comic art to obtain a unique piece of memorabilia, and at the same time give aid and comfort to those who still desperately need help.
Cheers, and have a have a Happy Thanksgiving,
President- National Cartoonists Society
The page you see above is my donation to the auction, page 6 of MAD’s parody of “Man Of Steel”, direct link here. Check it out and the other fantastic originals available. Treat yourself or pick up a really unique gift for that cartooning fan in your life… and remember it all goes to helping those many, many people whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastating hurricanes this year.
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