By all accounts, Sept. 19th's Mike Wieringo tribute at Flatiron Joe's in Manhattan was a great time for all. In fact, here's one account from Marvel's Jim McCann:
"Joe Quesada and Todd Dezago gave some opening remarks, and then the artists got to work. The artists sketching included Jae Lee, Tom Raney, Dennis Calero, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, Arthur Suydam, Paul Renaud, Rodney Ramos, Paolo Rivera, Joe Quesada (and his daughter Carly), and some guy named WALT SIMONSON!!!! MVP of the night had to be Walt, turning in close to 15 sketches for auction. Money raised thru auction, commissions and donations was in excess of $4,000 in just 2 hours!
"The entire bar was full as food, beer, and Mike stories flowed. It was loud, raucous, and filled with laughter. Because Mike would have wanted it that way.
"Thanks for letting me be a part! It was a night to remember!"
Our thanks to all who participated, ESPECIALLY the artists and Tony Tower, David Price, Steve Zegers and Ron Richards, who were Hero's volunteers on the spot. Money raised will be split between The Hero Initiative and the ASPCA, two of Mike's "pet" charities. Here's just a couple photos to whet the appetite, a LOT more to come from both Hero an Marvel.com tomorrow!
Immediate below, Walter Simonson, Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti and more showed up at Flatiron Joe's to do some sketches.
Below, Joe Quesada and daughter Carly (Carly brought her crayons and sold a drawing for $50; she's a professional now!)