29 September 2005

PSA: Autism Fundraising

I'd debated for a while whether or not to post anything about this here, reluctant to let the real world bleed into my 4-color escape, but I came across the following project and decided to go ahead and make an exception for a larger cause:

Autism Project

My name is Nic Carcieri. I am the writer/co-creator of Portal Productions' comic book RIP from Repercussion Comics. I live in the metro-Atlanta area and have a 4 1/2 year old son named Ben. Ben has been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD) which is part of the autism spectrum.

What I am doing is putting together a project to raise money for the Autism Society of America. I'm creating a sketch book of artwork donated by many of the friends I've made in the comics industry. The book is going to contain pieces from many artists, both small press and mainstream. The theme of the book is going to be robots. Each participating artist will use his or her imagination in creating a robot.

The end results should be some fantastic artwork!

I will be updating this blogsite many times as the project continues, letting you all know the progress, who's involved and when it's done, how you can get it! If you have any questions or want to get involved, e-mail me at: autismproject@gmail.com
Like Nic, my 3-year old (on Tuesday!) daughter India was diagnosed with PDD earlier this year, and ever since, my wife and I have researched the hell out of autism and have started getting involved in fundraising efforts.

We're doing the Cure Autism Now WALK NOW on Saturday and have raised over $1700 so far. If you're so inclined, hit the link for more information and to make a donation on India's behalf.

Also, if you're an artist, contact Nic about his project and donate a piece of artwork to his efforts, too. I'm not an artist, but I'm going to do what I can to help him promote and sell the sketchbook when it's done.

If you want to know more about autism, this is a great place to start: 10 things every child with autism wishes you knew.


Erech said...

That's awesome. I am gonna draw something up this weekend.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Cool! I was actually talking to you there, considering you're the only artist I know of that reads this thing!