Despite what those politicians (on both sides of the aisle) who accept large campaign donations from the health insurance industry might try to tell you, the U.S. health care system is not the “best in the world” and is not “doing just fine” without some kind of government intervention — not while millions of citizens of the most prosperous industrialized nation in the world are uninsured.
Among the uninsured, unfortunately, are a number of self-employed artists. One of them is the well known illustrator and concept artist Cyril van der Haegen, who is battling a rare form of Leukemia and a condition known as Smoldering Myeloma.
Several fellow artists (organized, I think, by Dave Seeley) have set up a fantasy art auction to help Van der Haegen with his medical bills and medication expenses.
Contributors include Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Stephan Martiniere, Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos, Gregory Manchess, Jon Foster, Rebecca Guay, Lars Grant West, Todd Lockwood, Scott Fischer, Bruce Jensen, Sam Burley and Dave Seeley.
There will be a live auction at ComicCon, and in conjunction, there is an online eBay auction that is now open for bids.
There is more information on Dave Seeley’s site.
The eBay auction ends July 14th.
(Images above: Dave Seeley, Donato Giancola, Todd Lockwood, Lars Grant West, Dan Dos Santos, Gregory Manchess, Jon Foster)