Months have passed since the devastating natural disasters struck Japan and New Zealand, leaving people struggling to rebuild their lives in their wake. While some hearts have cooled to the idea of charity, these sites still remain raw and in need of more relief.
When word first came of the catastrophes, the world reeled and the devinantArt micro-cosm was alight with reaction.
Some, unable to donate, chose to draw well-wishing art.
Some chose to argue against such displays of moral support.
Others still chose to sell commissions and gather donations.
The Comic Book
The artistically-inclined proponents of direct action heeded yet another call that came from Comic Book Alliance (a not-for-profit organisation) and their burgeoning comic book project 'Spirit of Hope'.
Writers and artists flocked to the project, donating their time and energy to create a full-colour, 116-page anthology. Art teams crafted works in a variety of styles, drawing stories from current events as well as legend to speak of hope and human resilience even in the darkest of times.
The Bleeding Cool website shared a few preview images.
Lew Stringer's article details the very extensive list of contributors.
The comic book will be released on June 18th and all profit from the title will form a contribution to disaster victims of Japan and New Zealand via Second Harvest and the New Zealand Red Cross.
How you can help
Here is where you, the mighty deviantArt community come in. Help us all to band together and make a difference.
You can preorder the comic book from Comic Book Alliance's website!
You also have a choice between two covers; one by Jimmy Broxton and the other by Michael Allred. The first 500 copies will come with three free mini-prints.
If you're not be able to donate or buy the comic, you can still help us in spreading the word. Favourite this article and link it in your own journal to promote it to your watchers and dA friends.
Help us in showing that dA's voice is mightier than that of trolls and naysayers and let's prove that we can make a difference as a community and as artists.
Thank you for your time and thank you for reading,