Every year at this time the Portland, Oregon, alternative weekly The Mercury gathers goods and services from area businesses and notable figures to auction off, with the proceeds benefiting a local charity.
The 2009 installment of The Mercury Online Charity Auction includes a couple of desirable comics packages -- one from Dark Horse, and another from Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Top Shelf Productions, Bridge City Comics, Floating World Comics and actress Katee Sackhoff.
The Dark Horse lot contains more than $500 worth of goods, ranging from a retailer-exclusive One-Shot Wonders lithograph signed by Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola and Travis Charest to an original page of Joelle Jones art from Dr. Horrible to trade paperbacks of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and The Umbrella Academy: Dallas. (Bidding is up to $362.)
The other comics lot features a place on the Oni Press comp list, which means the winner will receive a copy of every book the publisher releases next year, plus select titles from Fantagraphics, a collected edition of Jeff Lemire's Essex County trilogy, numerous graphic novels and trade paperbacks including Finder, Watchmen and Criminal, and an autographed photo of Sackhoff. (Bidding is up to $152.50.)
Follow the links to see the complete contents of each package. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. PST Dec. 11. Proceeds this year benefit Outside In, a Portland-based charity that helps homeless youths and disadvantaged adults.