As originally reported last Thursday, Alternative Comics will publish a tribute book to benefit the American Red Cross in this time of need following the terrorist attacks on the U.S.'s East Coast. Jeff Mason, publisher of Alternative Comics shared many details of the project with CBR News, including a preliminary list of creators involved.
Today the project, titled "9-11: Emergency Relief," was officially announced and an image of the front cover was released featuring artwork by Frank Cho ("Liberty Meadows"). The full text of the press release follows.
Cartoonists turn to art to express their grief
Comic book collection to benefit the American Red Cross
Gainesville, Florida, September 17, 2001: The terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC on September 11th touched people worldwide, and cartoonists have turned to art to express their grief. 9-11: Emergency Relief is a comic book project to benefit the American Red Cross featuring some of the comic art world's leading talents. From legendary creators such as Will Eisner to hot new talents such as cover artist Frank Cho, cartoonists from all areas of the cartooning world have joined together in this community effort. Scheduled for January 2002 release from Alternative Comics, 9-11: Emergency Relief is a collection of these cartoonists' personal non-fiction accounts of their experiences related to the tragedy. "Cartoonists have been contacting each other regularly since the tragedy and have come up with this project," said editor Jeff Mason, "The cartoonists wanted to create a collection of thoughtful, introspective stories." At $14.95 and at 128 pages, all profits from 9-11 Emergency Relief will be donated to the American Red Cross (ISBN: 1-891867-12-1; Alternative Comics). 9-11: Emergency Relief is just the first of a variety of benefit books that are in the early stages of planning. Comic book industry companies including Diamond Comic Distributors and Quebecor Printing have thrown their support behind this and similar projects.
The creators contributing to this project as of press time include: Jessica Abel, Jason Alexander, Tom Beland, Nick Bertozzi, Frank Cho, Daniel Cooney, Leela Corman, Guy Davis, Tom Derenick, Danny Donovan, Will Eisner, Evan Forsch, Dan Fraga, Jenny Gonzalez, Eric Wolfe Hanson, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Danny Hellman, Marc Hempel, Phil Hester, Neil Kleid, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, A. David Lewis, Jon Lewis, Matt Madden, Mike Manley, Tony Millionaire, Gray Morrow, Scott Morse, Jason Narvaez, Josh Neufeld, Mike Avon Oeming, Evan Quiring, Harry Roland, Gail Simone, John Staton, Mark Stegbauer, Neil Vokes, Mark Wheatley, and Ashley Wood.