|The cover to "Heroes" by Alex Ross|
"It really went fantastically well," Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada told CBR News. "The evening began with wonderful food and drink and a large number of New York's Finest and Bravest were in attendance.
"The New York Fire Chief was there as well as many comic book all-stars. Kevin Smith stole the show of course!"
The auction itself was presided over by writer/director Kevin Smith.
"The auction was wonderful, Kevin had the place cracking up, especially when he bid against himself for the final item."
|Joe Quesada and Todd McFarlane's "Heroes" piece|
"To be honest, I think we're all exhausted, but we still have more to do," said Quesada. "There will be a giant online auction coming up for the remainder of the 'Heroes' book." Details on that auction can be found at http://www.allstarauctions.net/.
"I'm thrilled that the comic book community stood up to be counted in such a significant way," continued Quesada. "This was not a Marvel thing, it was a comic industry thing. Together we've all raised well over a million dollars and it's not over yet. Also, please remind everyone to continue to support all of the other wonderful benefit books that have hit the stores recently."
In addition to the money raised by Marvel through books like "Heroes," "Moment of Silence," and the above auction, other industry professionals have joined forces creating benefit books. "9-11: Emergency Relief," featuring artwork by some of comics greatest independent artists. hit stores a few weeks ago with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. In addition two volumes under the title "September 11th" from DC Comics, Chaos! Comics, Dark Horse Comics and others arrive in stores shortly. Ask your comics retailer for more information on these books.