As a benefit and tribute to the late comic book writer/photographer Seth Kushner, a set of 13 cards have been published to benefit Seth’s wife and son. Published by Hang Dai Editions through Christopher Irving’s The Drawn Word, the cards feature creator signatures in a limited run.
The cards will debut at Small Press Expo at the Hang Dai table with Kushner’s partners Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, and Josh Neufeld. The cards retail for $15 a pack, and $25 for a pack with a single creator signature.
“I wanted a way to honor Seth’s work while also showcasing the friendships he cemented with creators during our Graphic NYC project,” Irving says. “I actually started with the intention of 10 cards, but had more creators wanting to participate. I also worked with the printer to find a stock that best replicated that used in our book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics. It’s the most touching tribute I can think of for my old friend, and a great way to benefit his wife, Terra, and son, Jackson.”
Twelve creators are showcased in the set, with the thirteenth card a Seth Kushner card, using a photo portrait by Seth’s longtime friend Carlos Molina.
The creators are Neil Gaiman, Becky Cloonan, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Dean Haspiel, Molly Crabapple, Larry Hama, Scott McCloud, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, and Alex Ross.
“Seth would have gotten a real kick out of seeing some of his photographs realized as classic trading cards, the kinds we used to flip and swap during lunchtime in the schoolyard,” says Haspiel. “The only thing missing from this set is a stale stick of bubblegum!”
100% of the proceeds go directly to Terra and Jackson. Only five fully-autographed sets will be auctioned off, with details to come. The Graphic NYC Cards will be sold at the Hang Dai booth at both SPX and the Baltimore Comic Con. Remaining stock, if any, will likely be sold through the upcoming webstore for Irving’s The Drawn Word.Direct contributions can be made to the Kushner family through their gofundme page.