- Posted by Johanna on August 31, 2007 at 10:12 pm
- Category: Comic News
Press release follows.
Wieringo Tribute Poster to Benefit ASPCA at Baltimore Comic-Con
In memory of the late, great Mike Wieringo, Sky-Dog Press will be offering fans at the Baltimore Comic-Con a limited memorial edition of the Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule poster, as illustrated by Mike Wieringo in 2006 — with any donations given going to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Mike Wieringo was a good friend, and in many ways, an inspiration for the fun comics we do at Sky-Dog,” said Buzzboy creator John Gallagher, adding, “Mike was generous enough to do the cover to our Buzzboy comic for free — this is just a way for us to share Mike’s generosity with his fans, and help out some cuddly critters as well.”
Sky-Dog will be giving out the posters for free, but asks fans to contribute what they can — a quarter, a dollar, five — with all proceeds going to the ASPCA, as Mike’s family has indicated as a fitting charity in his honor. On top of printing these posters, Sky-Dog is donating $500 in Wieringo’s honor, on top of any donations received. A previous version of this poster was handed out at conventions across the country last year — the new one is bordered in black with a tiny tribute box at the bottom, and utilizing one of Mike’s favorite unrealized concepts — Flyboy. “When I see that drawing, it has the same happy smile Mike always offered up,” said Gallagher, “I have to think that Mike is up there, flying, with that same silly grin.”
The Buzzboy poster depicts art drawn by Wieringo, inked by Rich Faber, and colored by Gallagher, originally for the cover of Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule #1. Gallagher and Faber will be on hand to sign copies at the show.