NORTH LIBERTY– The third annual Marla Bea Benefit, an online comic art auction, begins Oct. 12, to raise money for breast cancer research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The online auction features original sketches donated by artists who draw for well-known comic book and sketch card companies. The auction items can be viewed at www.MarlaBeaBenefit.com , which will have a link to eBay where the auction will occur under the seller name “marlabeabenefit.”
North Liberty resident Jason Gavin, a comic book fan and friend of several comic book artists, is organizing the auction in honor of his sister, Marla, from Clinton, Iowa, and mother, Beatrice, from Maquoketa, Iowa, both of whom were diagnosed with breast cancer. Gavin sought a way to use his comic book interest to help his family. He asked comic book artists to donate an original sketch of a strong female character that incorporated the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon or the color pink. Over 35 sketches are up on the auction block.
Some of the comic book and sketch card artists that donated sketches include: Robert Atkins, Todd Nauck, Tone Rodriguez, Chris Giarrusso, Mark Bloodworth, SL Gallant, and many more.
All proceeds of the auction will go to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. The auction items can be viewed at www.MarlaBeaBenefit.com .