If you follow my Twitter feed @SaintAmish, you may have noticed I post a lot about cystic fibrosis. There’s a very good reason for that. My son, Devland. We got the news just about two weeks after Devland was born that his newborn bloodwork came back with positive genetic markers for cystic fibrosis.
While that was a very difficult call to receive, a lot of things started to make sense. Devland was always hungry, but didn’t seem to put on any weight. He had terrible gas that woke him up screaming. He would “make” almost immediately after he ate because his food was going right through him. If he wasn’t nursing, he was crying.
Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, life threatening disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. It also affects digestion, resulting in malnutrition and poor growth in children. Cystic Fibrosis affects 33,000 Americans and over 70,000 people worldwide. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. There is no known cure.
Devland deals with more things on a daily basis than a pre-schooler really should. He tolerates his meds and treatments like a champ. This three year old sits still for hours every day hooked up to a nebulizer and percussion vest to clear thick, sticky mucus from his lungs so he can breathe. He takes 30-50 pills per day just so he can digest his food. Meals, treatments, and meds are meticulously documented. A sneeze or cough sends him to his pediatrician’s office, and can land him in the hospital for more than two weeks.
He’s also one of the happiest, most overwhelmingly positive kids you’ll ever meet.
As parents of a child with cystic fibrosis, my wife and I support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their search for a cure. The CF Foundation is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high-quality, individualized care and helping people with CF live better, more enjoyable lives.
Nearly every treatment and therapy that has been developed was made possible by the Foundation. People with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams, but those lives are still cut far too short. We’re in this. Until it’s done.
And what, exactly, does all that have to do with comics?
Good question! This job has given me a very unique opportunity to rub elbows with some of the absolute top creators in the comics industry. A couple years ago, I got the idea to start asking these fine folks if they’d be willing to sign or donate books to be auctioned off benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Lots of them said yes.
We have loads of rare, hard to find, and signed items up for auction from creators like Cullen Bunn, Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Christopher Sebela, Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Niles, Clay McLeod Chapman, Gerry Duggan, and more.
Creators and vendors have been incredibly generous and we couldn’t be more grateful to them. As a result, we have an insane collection up for auction.
You can browse the listings at https://www.32auctions.com/Doozers
One of our biggest supporters, Cullen Bunn, has FOUR bundles (Bunn-dles?) up for grabs this time around. The Damned, X-Men Blue, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (Again), Unholy Grail, The Unsound… All of the DPKTMUA #1 variants included in those bundles are first print, with the printing error on pages 8-9 that was corrected in subsequent print runs.
In the Image Comics Gold Foil #1s Bundle, Charles Soule and Ryan Browne sketched all over that Curse Words #1 cover in addition to signing the thing. Vanesa Del Rey signed that Redlands #1 for us.
We’ve got Dark Horse Books printings of Ghost Fleet vols. 1&2 and an Elizabeth Torque cover Babyteeth #1 in that Donny Cates bundle, all signed by the dude himself.
That Winnebago Graveyard Bundle includes a custom bookplate, designed by Alison Sampson just for us, signed by Alison and Steve Niles. There are only 17 of these things, in the entire world.
Now, those graded books. At Denver Pop Culture Con 2019, Joe Pruett, CCO of AfterShock Comics, donated a copy of Dark Red #1, C2E2 Tim Seeley variant. A couple things about this book. The Seeley variant was only printed in a limited 300 issue release, and the book is CBCS graded 9.8. Not to be outdone, Joe’s brother James Pruett, COO of Scout Comics, donated a Glow-In-The-Dark variant of The Source #1, also a limited edition, also graded 9.8, by CGC. Isn’t sibling rivalry awesome?
The auction opens this weekend on 30 June 2019 at noon Pacific, and runs for two weeks, ending 13 July 2019 at noon Pacific. There are some amazing pieces listed and this is a great opportunity to add some rare and unique items to your collection, while adding tomorrows for people with cystic fibrosis like Devland.