I’m always inspired when geeks do something for charity, as I believe we happen to be quite a generous group. Comic artists are no different. In fact, Marvel Comics own John Romita Jr. is setting out to break his own 48-hour record for marathon drawing win order to raise funds for two cancer charities.
Romita is best known for his artwork on titles such as The Amazing Spiderman, Daredevil, Wolverine and Kick-Ass, but he’s also a champion marathon sketcher. When his 2-year-old niece was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, he set a Guinness World Record of 48 hours of continuous drawing, doing sketches and signing autographs in exchange for donations to help pay for her medical care.
Romita will begin his new effort at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas and will attempt to continue through until the evening of Sunday, May 6. Head sketches will be available for a $50 donation and signatures (up to 25) will be available for a $25 donation. Romita is also putting together a limited-edition lithograph featuring Thor, Captain America, The Hulk and Spiderman to sell at the event.
Proceeds will go to Heroes for Jordan, the charity set up for Romita’s niece, as well as the as the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Romita said, “I don’t care how much we raise as long as it’s enough to help out. Believe it or not, children’s cancer funds are underfunded. For some reason everybody thinks all the cancer funds are well-funded. They’re not. They need help.”
If you happen to be in Las Vegas this weekend, definitely stop by and donate.
“”Come see me make a fool of myself,” Romita said. “I have to stay awake. Probably around the 40th hour I’m gonna start acting punchy. I could say or do anything. You never know.”
Source: MTV Geek