“On her way to the convention Saboten-Con, artist Jolene Houser was in a car accident. She had a fractured skull, 17 stitches in her forehead, 6 staples on her elbow from a large laceration, and a fractured #1 vertebrae. During the show, all the fans and staff were very supportive and sent their well wishes the best they knew how, but that got some of us thinking. Why stop there? To show our support for Jolene and her amazing talent, we’ve put together this sketchbook. All profits will be given to Jolene to help with various bills stemming from the accident and her medical care.”
~ David Doub, author and publisher, Dusk Comics
Special Note! There will also be a Live Art Auction held to support Jolene –
Saturday, April 2, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
2311 Colorado Blvd.
Comic book artists are a special breed, and Arizona native Jolene Houser, who has been a comic book fan ever since she got her first taste of Witchblade and Sailor Moon, is no exception. This serious student was studying all forms of art in order to advance her skills and further her work in her Arizona studio when she was in a serious car accident she is still struggling to recover from.
To help with the inevitable medical bills, co-artist and friend David Doub, author and publisher of Dusk Comics, organized their fellow artists to put together the Jolene Houser Support Book. The book’s goal is clear. As the title page says, “We can rebuild her. Better. Faster. Stronger. Starring Jolene Houser as the Bionic Artist.”
This outpouring of love and respect contains 32 pages of sketches drawn by 17 different artists, and all proceeds from net sales go directly to Jolene. Doub notes that the book, available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, is POD and will not run out of stock.
Also, since Jolene drew one-third of the illustrations for volume 2 of Doub’s vampire comic creation Dusk, Doub is donating these proceeds (from online sales or orders through Ingrams) to her as well through May 31, 2011, though he notes that the support book will continue to be sold, with all proceeds going to Jolene, for as long as needed. “Artists have to pull together and help each other,” he says.
For more information on the Jolene Houser Support Book or Dusk (Vol. 2), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.