Portland retailer Jason Leivian of Floating World Comics has announced that his store will be holding a benefit sale for Dylan Williams, the ailing head of independent publisher Sparkplug Comic Books. 100% of the proceeds generated at the store on Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30 will be donated to pay for the medical care of the gravely ill Williams, who has no health insurance.
In addition, Leivian is organizing a benefit art show to raise additional money for Williams's medical expenses, with a theme of Phillip K. Dick book covers. Leivian says he plans to post the contributing artists' pieces on a dedicated blog, sell the originals on eBay, and sell prints of the contributions online, at retailers, and at cons like SPX and APE. Full details on this will be available Monday.
And remember, if you don't live in Portland or aren't in the market for original art, you can simply stop by Sparkplug's online store and buy anything you like. (I suggested a few titles to start with the other day.)
The full press release on the benefit sale at Floating World is after the jump.
Dylan Williams would never ask any of his friends to do a benefit like this. Not his style.
Sorry Dylan, I know you said no gifts, but your friends love you too much and you’re just going to have to accept this present.
A few days ago Tom Spurgeon and others sent out a call for people to support Dylan by buying Sparkplug Comic Books. When I heard how serious the situation was I felt shock and sadness. Felt a little helpless, then I think yesterday we all got the same idea at the same time. Gotta do something to help our friend. Jim Rugg emailed me last night about putting together an art fundraiser show which I’ll start organizing this weekend and I’ll have more info on Monday.
In the meantime we’re going to have a benefit sale at Floating World next Monday and Tuesday, August 29th – 30th.
We’re going to donate 100% of our proceeds from those two days to Dylan’s medical care (Dylan has no health insurance). We’ll have a special section of Sparkplug books for you to check out but the sale includes everything you buy on Monday and Tuesday.