Cox & Forkum is auctioning the original art for the cartoon below to raise money for tsunami and earthquake relief efforts in South/Southeast Asia.
The winning bidder must make a donation equaling the winning bid amount to Direct Relief International. DRI is an apolitical, non-government organization (NGO) that allows contributions to be designated to the tsunami relief. According to their Web site, they are concentrating their effort on sending specifically requested medical supplies to facilities in the region (click here for a list of what they've accomplished so far).
Bidding takes place in the comment section below. There is no minimum bid. Winning bidder must contact us immediately after the auction ends (contact -- at -- coxandforkum.com) for donation instructions. Artwork will be shipped at no cost after confirmation of the donation.
Bidding closes this Friday, January 7th at noon CST.
The artwork is drawn in India ink on a 7" x 11" acid-free bristol board, and the image is approximately 6" x 9". Unlike the image above, the original will be signed by both John and me and will not include our Web site or logo. The cartoon was first posted last week to highlight the tragic loss of life among children in South Asia. On December 31, the cartoon was published in Investor's Business Daily.
Consider donating whether or not you happen to get the winning bid. Our thanks to all who participate.
UPDATE -- January 5: CNN reports: Parents search for children swept away.
PHUKET, Thailand (CNN) -- Anders Ericsson still remembers the last words his 2-year-old son, Ragnar, spoke before being washed away in the waves of Thailand's tsunami.
"Daddy, I'm scared. Please help." Ericsson's voice breaks as he tells of the tragedy. ... Ragnar was torn from his father's grip.
UPDATE -- Jan. 7 -- AUCTION CLOSED: A big congratulations and thank you to David M for placing the winning donation bid of $870.00. We're grateful to everyone who participated in the bidding and helped make the donation drive a success. Thanks also to Direct Relief International and their private donors -- individuals and corporations -- for their tsunami relief efforts.Posted by Forkum at January 4, 2005 10:35 PM