Four comic industry favorites will be among a dozen-plus New Jersey-based authors, artists, and musicians coming together for “Creating with Compassion,” a benefit designed to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The open-house style event, which will feature live entertainment such as author readings and musical performances, will be held at Jersey City’s Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, N.J. on December 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.
“Creating with Compassion” is presented by My Pal Mark and Painted Egg Press, two New Jersey-based publishing companies. Admission is free, but donations for the American Red Cross will be collected at the door. Each participant will donate a portion of the afternoon’s sales to a Hurricane Sandy relief organization of his or her choice.
Mark Mariano of My Pal Mark is a comic book artist, children’s book illustrator and the creator of the event’s official logo. Known for such projects as Happyloo and No Sweets For Santa, he is also one third of the quirky rock trio, The O>Matics. Mark felt especially compelled to help Hurricane Sandy victims because of damage sustained to his home during Hurricane Irene.
“I know what some of these people are going through,” said Mariano. “I’m more than happy to lend my talents to raise money for those in need.”
Other comic book talent on hand includes veteran writer-editor Paul Castiglia, known for his work with Archie, DC, Dark Horse and others; Joe Endres, the writer-co-creator of Colossians and Megazeen and popular sketch card artist and art teacher, Nick Mockaviak.
Local authors Debra Devi, Tris McCall, Aaron Starmer, and Laryssa Wirstiuk will read from their books, which they will also sign and sell at the event. In addition, musicians Debra Devi of DEVI and Mark O>Matic will perform original songs.
Other writers, artists and performers scheduled to appear include Wenye Fang, Sylvia Karcz, Emily Monus, Jenny Ramirez, and Seamus Scanlon.
“Creating with Compassion” is the perfect event for finding special and unique holiday gifts. In addition to books and CDs, participants will offer items including photo transfer woodblocks, greeting cards, comic book art, paper sculptures, and illustrated children’s books.
Guest will also get into the holiday spirit by indulging in mulled cider and snacks such as three-bean chili with fresh-baked corn muffins provided by Jersey City-based catering company, Bread & Spoon.