Cartoonists are fools. We work in a profession that pays us to draw, yet we spend a lot of time giving our stuff away for good causes. For example, the cartoon at the top of the page was donated in honor of the 50th anniversary of Wizard of Id.
It isn’t just me. They all do it. Paul Combs (great artist AND a real firefighter) drew and donated this artwork for an auction benefitting wounded warriors.
(c) 2014 Combs
Here are a few that I have done for charity.
Navy Ball (Spokane – had an awesome time too)
Crossroads Half Marathon (part of the Marine Corps Marathon)
You may not be able to draw, but you can do something to support charity for which I volunteer, called the Wyakin Warrior Foundation – it provides support to wounded, injured and ill veterans as they get an education and pursue careers. It has been named Best in Class in the country by the USO, so it is legit. If wounded, injured or ill veterans are accepted into the program, they have about a 94 percent chance of graduating and getting a good career.
They are participating in a one day fundraiser on Thursday, and are asking you to donate ten bucks to be used to bring in more veterans into the program and support those who are already there. It is a good cause, and it doesn’t hurt your wallet/pocketbook to do it. Just click on the Wyakin logo and it will take you there. They get bonus points for the number of donations – not the total amount raised.
My two favorite donated pieces of art, by the way, are the uniform for the Navy softball team called the Sea Slugs,
and a parody on Pearls Before Swine in support of Soldiers’ Angels (Pastis thinks he is good at ping pong).
It is all for a good cause. I know I will be donating. Click on that Wyakin label and they will take care of the rest. Thanks!