“Last Hope” is a story that I wrote, drew and colored for HOPE: HERO INITIATIVE, a benefit anthology to be published by Ronin Studios sometime this year. Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book professionals financially for emergency situations.
This idea of helping comics veterans in their time of financial need is a very good one, and I sorely wish that something like this would be established and organized in the Philippines, just like someone thought of organizing it in the US.
It’s easy to just go ahead and help, but it needs to be formalized and registered for it to be credible and impartial, criteria needs to be drawn up and fund raising measures planned and organized. This not as easy as it seems and believe me, something like this is a full time job.
Us in the creative field won’t be able to do this because we already have a job, and that’s creating comics. What we can do as writers and artists would be to help raise funds like donating artwork for auction, or providing stories for comics for the benefit of the fund.
Perhaps this could be made part of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the two komiks bills pending in the Philippine Senate, where a body is formed specifically for this purpose.
If someone goes ahead and does this, I won’t hesitate to donate my creativity, as much as I have for Hero Initiative’s comics anthology. Because really, if there’s anyone I would like to help more then it’s my fellow Filipino artists.