Charity Auction for Ailing Author John Ostrander Team | September 1, 2009

Beloved Star Wars comics author John Ostrander has been battling glaucoma and like many Americans, has extremely expensive health insurance, which result in costly operations to help him recover his eyesight. So his fans are taking it upon themselves to help raise money with a truly unique auction.

Daily Record reports:

A nonprofit organization, Comix4Sight, was created by Ostrander’s friend and sometime-editor, Mike Gold, to accept donations online. High-profile comic book fans — including New Jersey filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Patton Oswalt — are among those who gave money and are encouraging others to donate.

In addition, comic book artists have donated more than 100 drawings that are being auctioned, with the proceeds going to the organization.

Gold notes that many of these works were drawn specifically for this occasion. He cited the example of a drawing of Batman and Hawkman (both characters Ostrander has written in the past) done by Joe Kubert, the legendary writer-artist who founded the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts in Dover, and his son Andy Kubert, also an acclaimed artist. Other contributors have included Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.

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