Like a supehero team recruitment montage, artists Bryan Hitch and Ivan Reis have joined in DC Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee's sketch drive, aiming to draw and auction 60 sketches over 60 days to benefit comic book stores reeling from the effects of the coronaivirus pandemic.
"I'm joining Jim Lee on his sketch odyssey," Hitch tweeted. "He took a poll and the top two choices were Swamp Thing or Flash. I might do both! Stay tuned and I'll post process images here [as] I get to them and on Instagram as I get to them after the weekend. A drop in the ocean of Jim's huge effort!"
Reis' involvement was announced by Lee himself, over on his personal Instagram page.
"Excited to share that none other than Ivan Reis will be joining in the fundraising fun!" Lee wrote. "In my mind, Ivan is the proverbial ‘Go-To’ DC artist. The kind of insanely talented draftsman who can bring every (and I mean, every!) character to life (each in their own personal, unique way) when you do some big, epic crisis level event type story!"
Reis and Hitch make it four artists involved in this DC-themed drive, after Lee announced Arthur "Art" Adams' involvement earlier this week. With seven auctions completed so far and two in progress, Lee's drive has raised over $70,000 (minus auction fees) for comic book stores - in addition to the $250,000 WarnerMedia already pledged.
BINC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need - including comic booksellers. In the past, BINC has offered financial assistance to comic book stores affected by natural disasters and other unexpected financial crises.