Alex Ross Original Signed Art Donated To S.W.R.O Charity

Tue, November 10th, 2009 at 2:52pm PST | Updated: November 10th, 2009 at 2:53pm

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Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, Inc. announced today that world renowned painter Alex Ross has donated an original piece of classic Catwoman art to Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, Inc. (S.W.R.O.). The piece was created exclusively for Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization to raise money to help rescue animals. The piece will be auctioned through Ebay at the following URL:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250524615645

This incredible, and truly one-of-a-kind pencil and inked portrait of the Dark Knight's female foe, Catwoman, is currently up for auction on Ebay and the bidding will end Friday, November the 13th! Fans will want to jump on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Alex Ross is known for his realistic human depictions of classic comic book character. Alex has graced the pages of his premiere Marvel Comics work "Marvels" with Kurt Busiek, Kingdom Come with Mark Waid and most recent interior work Justice with writer Jim Krueger. Ross is now painting covers for Marvel's Human Torch 70th Anniversary series as well as covers for Dynamite Entertainment's Project Superpowers series and Black Terror. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add a rare piece of Ross' art to your collection. Again, this piece was created exclusively as a donation to S.W.R.O., and to date is not available in print elsewhere. As Alex has had an unprecedented run on his projects, prepares to unveil covers for the Kirby-Verse, The Phantom from King Features and more with Dynamite Entertainment, his art will only increase in demand! The piece is signed by Alex Ross himself and measures 10.75 inches wide by 23 inches tall and has never been seen anywhere.

Alex Ross Stated "Animal rescue is one of my favorite causes. Saved Whiskers does great work to save the lives of animals in need. Doing this painting for them was also a great excuse for me to illustrate a version of a character I love."

For any fans who are animal lovers, please bid as much as you can. If you can't afford to bid, please donate to: http://www.savedwhiskersrescue.com/donations.html or send a donation via paypal at: paypal@savedwhiskersrescue.com or send a check or money order to Saved Whiskers Rescue, PO BOX 1674, Voorhees, NJ 08043. It's a great cause!

All Proceeds for the auction will be donated to the Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, Inc. -- a non-profit 501(c) 3 cat & kitten rescue that is dedicated to saving the lives of countless felines.

"I am so grateful to Alex for his generous contribution. Saved Whiskers Rescue is cause taken up to help cats and any animals find homes. Alex Ross' donation of the artwork is incredible! The funds from this auction will help us provide veterinary care and shelter for the many stray cats and kittens that we come across, explained Pam Ott, President & Founder of Saved Whiskers Rescue. "This is a great opportunity for a lucky comic fan to own a one-of-a-kind piece of art and contribute to a dedicated and worthwhile cause like Saved Whiskers Rescue! Please be sure to view my other auctions as well."

To view the item or place a bid, visit:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250524615645

For more information or donations to S.W.R.O., please visit: http://www.savedwhiskersrescue.com

This item is available now, via the links above, at the E-Bay.com link. Have fun, and do your part to help those that help so much!

ABOUT S.W.R.O.:
Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, Inc. (S.W.R.O.) was founded by Pamela J. Ott, a certified veterinary technician, and was incorporated May 6, 2003 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit cat and kitten rescue. SWRO is dedicated to saving the lives of countless felines by rescuing abused, abandoned and homeless cats, providing veterinary care and shelter until they can be placed into a loving home. Saved Whiskers is an all volunteer organization which relies solely on monetary donations. All funds go directly toward the care of the cats they rescue. Donations are accepted via PayPal at paypal@savedwhiskersrescue.com and other means at: http://www.savedwhiskersrescue.com

ALEX ROSS' BIO
After three years at the American Academy, Ross graduated and took a job at an advertising agency. Meanwhile, Marvel Comics editor Kurt Busiek had seen Alex's work and suggested the two men collaborate on a story. Those plans came to fruition in 1993 with Marvels, a graphic novel that took a realistic look at Marvel superheroes by presenting them from the point of view of an ordinary man. The book landed Ross his first serious media exposure, both within the industry and outside it. Fans appreciated that Ross had an obvious affection for the characters he painted, demonstrated by his attention to detail and the fact that he took the time to make these characters look so believable.

Ross followed up Marvels with Kingdom Come, a futuristic story for DC Comics about a minister who must intercede in a superhero Civil War. It was a visual feast, filled with surprise cameos, in-jokes and a main character based on Ross'€™ father, allowing Ross to publicly acknowledge his family'€™s influence.

Having established himself creatively and financially with superhero projects, Ross turned to the real world with Uncle Sam, a 96-page story that took a hard look at the dark side of American history. Like Marvels and Kingdom Come, the individual issues of Uncle Sam were collected into a single volume - first in hardcover, then in paperback - and remain in print today.

Ross'€™ works have celebrated the 60th anniversaries of Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman with fully painted, tabloid-sized books, depicting each of these characters using their powers to inspire humanity as well as help them.

In recent years, Ross has applied his artistic skills to outside projects with comic book roots, including a limited-edition promotional poster for the 2002 Academy Awards. A number of items created especially for the Warner Bros. Studio Stores - including lithographs, collector’s plates and even a canvas painting of Superman -€“ made him the best-selling artist in the chain’s history.

In the fall of 2001, Ross painted a series of four interlocking covers for TV Guide (featuring characters from the WB series Smallville) and designed and sculpted a series of busts based on characters he created for the Marvel series Earth X. "Designing the statues," Ross explains, "was a case where I said, "Hey, I know I can do this, and before somebody else does it -€“ maybe differently from the way I would like it done - I can sculpt some of the characters for which I'€™m well-known and make sure they look the way I want them to look."€™ My comics work notwithstanding, I prefer not having to rely on the labors or plans of others. For the fans’ sake as well as for my own, I want to take full responsibility for the projects that bear my name."

Forty years ago, Spider-Man learned that with great power comes great responsibility. Looking at Alex Ross, it'€™s obvious the lesson took. Ross'€™ career offers another important message: follow your dream. Actually, it'€™s not far from the sort of message you might find in one of his stories.

TAGS:  alex ross, s.w.r.o, catwoman

 
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