In July, we ran Guardians Month, an original Guardians of the Galaxy centric art month dedicated to honoring former Marvel writer Bill Mantlo. As you may know, Bill was in a hit-and-run accident in 1992 that left him with a significant brain injury and in need of constant care, and because of that, any financial support that could be generated was certainly welcome from the Mantlo family. So with the art month fully wrapped, much of the original art was auctioned over the past 10 days – between September 11th and 21st – by Michael Mantlo, and we’re pleased to share the results now that they’ve completed.
In all, the pieces that have been auctioned to date generated $4,464.84 to support Bill. That’s an incredible sum, and shows off the generosity of the comic industry and the interest Bill’s creation Rocket Raccoon generated amongst fans. The good news is if you missed out on winning any of the initial run of pieces, there will be several more pieces – including ones from Kris Anka, Michael Dialynas and Max Fuchs – that will be auctioned off in the future. Hopefully between the remaining pieces we’ll be able to push that overall sum over $5,000.
Either way, we wanted to share one more thanks to the artists featured in this round of auctions. So to Christian Ward, Rafael Albuquerque, Jenny Frison, Declan Shalvey, Tradd Moore, Chris Visions, Justin Greenwood, Ryan Dunlavey, Scott “Scoot” McMahon, Franco, JoJo Seames, Mike Henderson, Joe Querio, Rebekah Isaacs, Greg Hinkle, Andy Suriano, Ben Stenbeck, Joe Hunter, Valentine de Landro, J. Bone, Josh Bayer, Edwin Vasquez, Joe Mulvey, Andrew MacLean, Michael Walsh, Giannis Milonogiannis, Stephen Mooney, C.P. Wilson III, Sina Grace, Mehdi Cheggour, Greg Smallwood and Aaron Conley, both the Multiversity and Mantlo families couldn’t thank you enough. Your work has made a difference, and we couldn’t appreciate it more.
Look for the next set of auctions at some point in the future, and remember, just because they’re over for now, doesn’t mean you can’t still support Bill in other ways. Read this article for more details on how you can do just that.