John Ostrander Benefit Raises Over $31,000 and Counting

Thu, August 13th, 2009 at 2:08pm PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Jim Lee art auctioned to benefit John Ostrander

“The benefit for comics veteran John Ostrander has raised $31,322.00 thus far,” committee co-chairperson Mike Gold revealed today. “And we still have more than 100 great pieces of original art, signed books and prints, and manuscripts to auction off!”

“Contributions are continuing to pour in, even after the benefit at the Chicago Comic-Con,” program coordinator Adriane Nash stated. “In the past several days, we’ve received material from Paul Gulacy, Jason Owen, golden age great Fran Matera, the cast of The Simpsons, and so much more.”

“The auction held last week at the Chicago Comic-Con raised half the current total in about two hours,” Nash continued. “We wouldn’t have had time to present everything if we had all night.

“Details about the upcoming auctions, including a full schedule of sales, will be posted online at beginning Wednesday August 19th. As we’ve stated, we will donate any excess revenue to other comics professionals suffering from major vision issues or to The Hero Initiative, whose help and assistance has been critical to our success,” Nash concluded.

A 27-year veteran of the comics field, Ostrander is undergoing a series of operations and medical treatments to fight off blindness and glaucoma. “The response from the entire comics community has been overwhelming,” Gold noted. “The cost of these John’s procedures has been through the roof and are only partially covered by insurance.”

The committee includes Nash, Gold, writer Gail Simone, and’s Mike and Kai Raub. Auctioneers included’s Glenn Hauman, WGN-AM radio news director Charlie Meyerson, artist Hilary Barta and comics / movie attorney Ken Levin. Monetary contributions would also be gratefully accepted by check or through PayPal at Individuals and corporations interested in making contributions should send them to:

Mike Gold and Adriane Nash


304 Main Avenue, #194

Norwalk, CT 06851

A full list of contributors will be posted at

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