Friday, May 10, 2002

amazing spider-man artist
The artist behind the Amazing Spider-Man is engaged in a marathon this weekend. A 48 hour sketch-athon that has him alternating between Planet Hollywood and Bar/Code Galactic Circus, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, and signing them, for a fee.

John Romita, Jr.'s 2-year-old niece needs money to pay for chemotherapy, and the man holding the pencils is trying to help out with the tools of his trade. Jordan Atherton was diagnosed with cancer late last year, and is undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplants after surgery last November.

The "marathon benefit sketch event" would be a Guinness record if John Romita, Jr., can break the 48 hour mark. If you're in New York City, you can show your support by visiting one of the locations where he will appear. A number of other artists are showing up to cheer him on, including Scott Hana, Jim Lee, Tim Towsend, and John Romita, Sr. Additional details are available on Romita's web site.

More about his niece, and a link to streaming video of John Romita's weekend marathon can be found on a web site named Saving Baby Jordan. It is also possible to donate to the fund online. (via metafilter)

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