Thursday, June 24, 2010

Byron Vaughns Sells Artwork to Support the Library!

Hey, dudes, the plight of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has reached not only the undead but also a very-much-alive artist named Byron Vaughns. He worked for DC Comics on Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam. Bill was a big fan and wrote about his comic. Well, it turns out that Mr. Vaughn heard about the library's budget cuts and wanted to do something to help, so he's going to sell original artwork and donate part of the proceeds! Here's a press release from Betty, his publicity agent, that explains it all:

Emmy award winning cartoonist, Byron Vaughns is starting a 3-day original art sale on Friday, June 25, 2010, at in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library System and elementary school-age boys who love to read comic books. He is asking for your help with his personal donation.

“This is unusual for me as an artist ….…selling my original comic book pages from the DC Comics Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam series, hard for any artist really, but I was moved by the critical funding issues of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library System which in turn affects the library’s unique, Boys Rule Boys Read Blog, created for elementary school-age boys to encourage reading; a place for boys to find terrific books and tell other boys about great reading. Because of the boys’ enthusiasm for the Billy Batson stories (a boy’s positive superhero image and exceptional relationship with his superhero sister), I felt this was a great cause to support. Hey, remember how good it felt to read comic books when you were a kid??”

“So….I am selling about 70 pieces of original, signed comic book pages and personally donating a portion of my proceeds (40%) to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library System and as the donator, I will retain the tax deduction rights. I am also donating FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING, USA for each purchase at no cost to you!

The 3-day sale starts on FRIDAY, June 25, 2010 at 6am Eastern Standard Time and ends MONDAY, June 28, 2010 at 10pm Eastern Standard Time. BUY NOW THROUGH PAYPAL! OR ORDER BY PHONE (818-749-8536) THIS IS FASTER AND WILL ALLOW ME TO HELP THE LIBRARY’S IMMEDIATE FUNDING GAP. I CAN ALSO ACCEPT CHECKS BY PHONE.
If you would like a personal greeting on the comics page, call and let me know!
For more information on Byron Vaughns:

The Boys Rule Boys Read Blog, was created by the library staffers, Carl Schwanke, Bill Corder & Zack Moore. They have been avid supporters of the Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam series (especially Bill Corder) Unfortunately, Bill and Zack were laid off due to budget cuts but Bill, Carl, and Zack have started another blog, Boys Rock, Boys Read.

For more information about the Boys Rule Boys Read Blog, contact Carl Schwanke at (704) 416-4630. Also check out Boys Rock, Boys Read! at a new boy’s blog by Carl Schwanke, Bill Corder & Zack Moore!

Thanks, Betty! And especial thanks to you, Mr. Vaughn! We are very touched by your generosity. So get to it, guys! And you grownups too! Here's a chance to purchase some original artwork by a fantastic comic artist and help the library.

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