For the Benefit of Martha and Larry Baxton
(click on the image to see it big size)
Martha Baxton is the main secretary in the Character Animation department at Cal Arts, but she is definitely much more than that to hundreds of animation students who have gone there. For many, she is one of the most loving, supportive people we looney animators have to calm us down during our most insane moments at school, and turn to at our most difficult times. Many of us heard earlier this year that she was faced with difficult times after her husband Larry suffered a stroke. My friend Zac Moncrief suggested we organize a fund raising effort to help her out, and I agreed that it was a good idea, as did many (many, many, many) others.
I am pleased to say that Theresa Cullen, Sue Kroyer, Cathlin Hidalgo-Polvani, and I have finally started the wheels in motion for a silent auction to benefit Martha and Larry Baxton. The date will be August 19th, and most likely will be held in the courtyard of the new IDT/Film Roman building, across the street from the Burbank airport. Please tell others about this, and hopefully I will have further updates regarding time, and other details. We are not sure yet whether we will be able to have online bidding, as there are concerns over the shipping of artwork and goods...
Any and all donations for auctionable items are welcome and accepted, email me for where to send or drop off things. Of course, if any one would like to help us prepare for this event, we could definitely use the help. If you would like to be on the email chain to be part of the dialogue regarding this, please feel free to email me as well.
Last, but far from least, my friend (who is my collaborator on the image above) Pen Ward and I had the idea to have a poster made to sell at the event, with the proceeds going to the Martha and Larry Baxton fund. In the same way he and I collaborated on the image above, we thought it would be fun to try it on a larger scale with as many artists as would like to participate. The idea is that we will make a big poster with a bunch of different characters on it, each character drawn by a different artist who knows Martha... All you character animation folk would have to do is send a relatively good quality scan of the character you want to be on the poster, and we would try to take care of the rest.
If you are one of the many animators/storyboard artists/designers/etc with a blog (I know there are a lot of you out there now) or a website, if you wouldn't mind, please put a link to this post on your site, so as many people as possible will know about the auction.