Two weeks ago, Typhoon Haiyan cut a path of destruction across the Philippines. The storm, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, touched down six times starting on November 7th resulting in over 4,000 lives lost and an estimated 11 million people affected.
Even in the face of unimaginable devastation, though, there is some hope. Aid from around the world is being sent toward the Philippines, some of which is being monitored and distributed by the Philippine branch of the Red Cross.
Individuals are also getting involved, especially people related to the comic book industry. This weekend, Filipino comic professionals are banding together to raise money for their countrymen and women via two different events. Attending artists will sell original art, commissions, sketches and prints to help raise money for relief.
On Nov. 23, artists like Leinil Francis Yu (“Avengers”), Stephen Segovia (“Superior Carnage”) and Carlo Pagulayan (“Iron Man”) will attend a benefit at DK Comics in Manila called Action For Yolanda Victims. The event is sponsored by the shop as well as Pinoy Colorist Group.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Fully Booked is having a similar event called Art With Heart featuring some of the same creators including Yu, Pagulayan and Segovial. Art With Heart will also feature artwork donated by Jonathan Lau (“Bionic Man,” “Codename: Action”) and Lan Medina (“Venom”) among others.
Pagulayan noted on his Facebook page that the prints he made up of Emma Frost and Jean Grey, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man will be available this weekend along with copies of “Drawlaahhh Volume 2: Dangerous Curves,” a sketchbook featuring artists from the Philippines and Malaysia.
These comic-related fundraising opportunities come a week after the annual Komikon convention held in Padig which raised money by auctioning off pieces of art by artists like Mico Suayan (“The Trial of the Punisher”). Segovia also sold a series of prints featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch and Wolverine to help out. The event even had representatives from the Red Cross to receive donations directly.
Artists across the world are banding together to do whatever they can to help out too. Identity Comics Studios created the #sketchesforhaiyan hashtag along with a plan to do 5.5-inch by 8.5-inch single character headshot sketches for $26 with $20 going to the Philippine Red Cross and $6 for shipping. Sketches can be ordered from now until Dec. 2.
But that’s just one of the many artistic efforts to help raise money for the Philippines. A Tumblr called Art For Haiyan will direct you to just about any kind of creative fundraising endeavor you might enjoy from paintings to papercraft and comics to photography.
Every bit helps, so if you know of additional ways to help, please leave a note or link in the comments section.