Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: A Tribute And Fundraising Auction for the Cartoon Art Museum launched on May 15th on eBay, and will continue through auctioning off new pieces each week throughout the summer.
This is the Cartoon Art Museum’s first “themed original art fundraising auction” and proceeds from the auction will support the Cartoon Art Museum’s operations and public programming. The museum board and staff are currently preparing for the museum’s move and “grand reopening” at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco later this summer.
This auction will feature original artwork from dozens of graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists who have drawn inspiration from Hellboy over the years. Featured artists include Sergio Aragonés (MAD), Harry Bliss (The New Yorker), James Harren (Rumble), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Sam Kieth (Sandman, The Maxx), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Steve Purcell (Sam and Max), Kent Williams (The Fountain), and more yet to be announced.
According to CAM Executive Director Summerlea Kashar, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is assisting with the fundraiser.
The online auction launched on May 15th, under the user account “cartoonartmuseum” and will continue with new pieces added biweekly throughout the summer.
You can preview pieces for the auction at the Cartoon Art Museum’s Comic Art Fans page. The Cartoon Art Museum will also publish a full color catalog collecting all of the artwork created for this auction as well as an exhibition featuring this material alongside a selection of Mike Mignola’s own Hellboy artwork.
The catalogue and exhibit have been tentatively planned for display at the Cartoon Art Museum in Fall 2017.