On Friday, How to Be Happy creator Eleanor Davis embarked on a 17-hour drawing marathon to raise money for her friend Kyle Coldwell (“a 23-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, resident with a severe congenital condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy [SMA]“), who is the midst of a $10,000 GoFundMe campaign for funds to repair or replace his wheelchair van.
Davis initially had planned to draw for 10 hours, but as response and interest grew for her effort to draw “30+ 3×3 pen & ink interconnected artworks, & selling the originals”, her idea expanded from a goal of $1,000 to $2,000, 10 hours grew to 17 and the number of panels ended up being 33. All the originals sold before she had drawn them, but if you wish to purchase a poster of the commemorative PosterZine for $25 (roughly 18″ x 24″ in size)–that option is available until Tuesday at midnight (or you can always donate any time directly to Coldwell’s GoFundMe page).
As Davis explained in one of her posts at her Tumblr, she first met Kyle when he was 11 and she was 18 (they are now respectively 31 and 23). What struck me about Davis’ recollection of her experience working at the camp where she first encountered Kyle, the experience was quite life changing for her. “I first volunteered for MD camp because I was depressed and I hated myself and I thought it would be some sort of punishment. Instead, it was the best thing. I had fun. I met incredible people. It let a little bit of light in.”
Go check out the art, read Davis’ posts. Even if you do not donate, it gives you a glimpse of an artist and a person with their guard down in a manner few creative people allow folks to see.
[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
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