Jim Lee Sketches Batman Beyond For Charity
The wonderful folks at Newsarama report that the latest in a series of charity sketches produced by industry icon (and DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher) Jim Lee has helped donate over $55,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (or “Binc”).
According to the Binc website, “Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.”
Lee has posted a sketch every day of April so far, in an attempt to assist comic book stores and their employees during the pandemic that is currently affecting millions of individuals and businesses (both big and small) all over the world.
The rules are as follows: whomever wins the auction for the original sketch gets to choose who he draws next, given that it cannot be a character he has sketched before. Some of these charity sketches have included Azrael, Dr. Fate and Big Barda.
Day 8! BATMAN BEYOND (from Arkham Knight) as chosen by the high bidder of Doctor Fate—Dhaval! Thank you Dhaval w/your continued generous support! All proceeds to benefit struggling comics shops during this crisis via @BINC ! 3 day auction is now live on https://t.co/OAz3DxKP3I pic.twitter.com/0xRlEKB7Th
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) April 8, 2020
This Batman Beyond sketch sold for $11,600 and was a big hit on social media, receiving almost 5,500 total likes across Instagram and Twitter. Many fans even noticed the smaller details within the sketch, such as the Ben Affleck armored Bat-suit from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A couple of my favorites have been the sketches of Deadman and Phantasm, from the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated film, with the latter drawn by artist Rafael Albuquerque. Both of these sketches are still a part of open auctions.
If you would like to participate in the auctions, head on over to eBay.
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