The comic book community is doing a lot of cool things to raise money to aid the situation in Japan — we told you last week about Greg Pak’s offer to send a Vision Machine collection to anyone donating $20 to the relief charity of their choice. Mike Choi, the current artist on Astonishing Thor, is putting up his original art for X-Force #26 up for auction, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
That issue, of course, is especially notable (and presumably valuable) as it happens to feature the death of überpopular X-Man Nightcrawler (über because he’s German, see), and Choi explains on his blog that he originally planned on keeping the pages for his personal collection, but changed his mind when he realized he could, in his own words, show his mother he’s a good person “even if it kills her.” (Read the blog post, it’s quite entertaining.) To sweeten the deal, Choi is also including the artwork for his covers to Uncanny X-Men #497 and X-Men #204, plus he’s looking for folks in the comic book community to get in on the action and throw in their own items of value.
Choi will be at WonderCon in San Francisco this weekend to accept donations and expects to start the auction on April 15 (tax day); information on all that is here.