July 30, 2008
I've been remiss in posting about a comic book project called Who Is Rocket Johnson? The anthology brings together numerous Disney artists and directors to help raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Besides looking great, it's for a great cause.

One copy sold on eBay for over 500 dollars, and the rest of the limited print run of 1000 copies were made available at the San Diego Comic Con for $20. If you still want to get your hands on a copy, get in contact with Stuart Ng in California or The Labyrinth in Toronto while quantities last!

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January 10, 2008
Hake's Americana and Collectibles's latest auction features some interesting animation and comic-related articles. The current auction features almost 400 rare Disney art collectibles, including some rare Disney artwork, such as a Gustaf Tenggren sketch from The Old Mill and the first Donald Duck model sheet from the short, The Wise Little Hen. There are also Disney picture books and posters: check out the WWI poster of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Art in the lot ranges from Silly Symphonies to more recent features like The Lion King.

While acquiring the Disney artwork and memorabilia is enticing, I thought the Winsor McCay posters and miniatures, Fleischer posters, Jay Ward and Dr. Seuss items equally fascinating. If you didn't blow your budget during the holidays, you can go crazy now.

You have until the end of the month to keep your wallet under lock and key.

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December 21, 2007
The final payments for this year's charity auction are settled and we will be presenting a cheque to The Cancer Research Society for CDN$1440.99.

Bidders paid CDN$1628.72, and after PayPal and eBay fees of CDN$57.74 and US$129.99, a tidy sum was raised for this year's reader-selected organization in just one week.

Bidding was down from last year when we passed the $2000 dollar mark, but 2007 represents the second-highest total in the four years that we have been conducting the auction.

It is particularly fitting that the money was raised for a charitable organization related to cancer research this year. Emru experienced difficulty finishing the tasks for the auction this year due to a mystery ailment in the last two weeks. On Tuesday, he was diagnosed with leukemia (in its early stages) and today he begins treatment. Cancer research and prevention is everybody's issue, as the whole team at fps is being reminded right now. I sincerely thank you for supporting this effort.

Special Thanks

THE CHARITYThe Cancer Research Society endorsed this auction. Quebec Events Coordinator Elizabeth Bosina made the entire process a pleasure. Thank you.

THE AUCTION ITEM DONORS
We received some lovely items this year. There was something for everybody. We put out the call, and diverse people and organizations answered. Thank you.

René Walling
Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC)















THE BIDDERS
Those who bought donated to a worthy cause and acquired some excellent bargains. I hope you enjoy all of your items! Thank you.

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November 29, 2007
First things first: the new books that were added to the auction yesterday are seven-day auctions rather than the three-day auctions I previously mentioned. Go check them out.

Items originally listed in the charity auction end tomorrow (Friday). We didn't have time to write about each item, so you may want to take a last look at all of the items on the auction block.

I would like to draw your attention to some items that are harder to find:

  • The 1926 edition of the 1922 book Animated Cartoons by E.G. Lutz. While you can find this book as reprint, this is as much a piece of animation history as a piece of early animation. J.J. Sedelmaier generously made the first donation to our auction before the last one had ended.
  • The Art of Disney 2006 Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition catalogue is a gorgeous book, with reproductions of some remarkable art from Disney's golden age. In English and Japanese. The DVD version of this catalogue and posters from the 2007 Montreal leg of the Once Upon A Time Walt Disney exhibition are also in the auction.
Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 3 - Joel Trussell Goodies
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 1 - Winsor McCay
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 2 - Sketchbooks
Charity Auction 2007: Software
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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When Kino Kid mentioned the shorts available in this year's charity auction, she namechecked Joel Trussell for his supersolid contribution to the Sound Mirrors DVD. Our last set of new auction items includes a personal donation from Joel for the second year running: Three t-shirts and three pins inspired by M. Ward's Chinese Translation video.

Auctions for all new items begin today (Wednesday) and end on Saturday, December 1.

Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 1 - Winsor McCay
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 2 - Sketchbooks
Charity Auction 2007: Software
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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Toronto animation and illustration bookstore The Labyrinth generously donated three items to our charity auction and we will be putting them up for bid today (Wednesday) until Saturday, December 1 late Wednesday evening.

Glam Vol. 1 (Javier Guzmán sketchbook, autographed)


Funnypages Productions Con Sketchbook 2004 (autographed by Tom Bancroft and Rob Corley)


Croquis de "Racine" sketchbook (Jason Sadler sketchbook, numbered 143/200)

Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 1 - Winsor McCay
Charity Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 3 - Joel Trussell Goodies
Charity Auction 2007: Software
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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We're adding some more items to this year's auction! We just received 4 Winsor McCay collections donated by Checker Publishing. Beginning today (Wednesday), you will be able to bid on:

Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland Vol. 1


Winsor McCay: Early Works IX


Winsor McCay: Editorial Works


Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays

These auction items will be listed until Saturday, December 1 late Wednesday evening. Be sure to check the next entry for more new items.

Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 2 - Sketchbooks
Charity Charity Auction 2007: New Auctions! Part 3 - Joel Trussell Goodies
Charity Auction 2007: Software
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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November 26, 2007

This year's charity auction features Pixar goodies in almost every category. There are no DVDs, but we figure you have every one already, including the Pixar Shorts Films Collection Volume 1 (or someone has it on your gift list).

Pixar Renderman donated the 2007 edition of their walking teapot and tin, with a little chef's hat as a nod to Ratatouille. This is pretty hard to find, and the starting bid for this item is only $5.

Raincoast Books has donated several Pixar art books, including The Art of Ratatouille and the recently released To Infinity and Beyond! The starting bid for these books are $10 each.

Gary Rydstrom was nice enough to sign a poster at the Platform International Animation Festival for Lifted. The starting bid on another hard to find item is just $5.

There are more items from Pixar in our auction listings this year. You'll find them all in Books, Figures, Posters and Miscellaneous categories.

Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: Software
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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Here's your chance to stop watching, and start creating. Softimage and Toon Boom Animation have both donated versions of their software to this year's auction. Toon Boom has provided Toon Boom Express, a value-priced version of Toon Boom Studio, while Softimage has donated the academic version of Softimage|XSI 6 Advanced—it has all the features of Advanced, but it's at a much lower price for students and teachers.

Softimage has also donated promotional XSI "I Want Six" t-shirts.

Go to the fps charity auction page
Charity Auction 2007: The Shorts
Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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November 24, 2007
This year's charity auction includes donations from the National Film Board's library of acclaimed films. We discussed the awesomeness of Madame Tutli-Putli, The Danish Poet and Ryan in the past, and now you can own a copy and give to a good cause.

Steadfast donors 3D Total have donated their annual collections of CG shorts, The Shorts Drawer, for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, each featuring the best animation submissions they have received for each year.

The music label Ninja Tune, has donated DVDs of music videos, including animated contributions, in addition to their backlist of Zen TV (featuring Monkmus' Basin Street Blues and Fender Bender videos for Kid Koala, and the Pinball Number Count many grew up with on Sesame Street) and Mr. Scruff's Sweetsmoke videos (animated by Mr. Scruff), they've donated the Coldcut video and remix collection, Sound Mirrors. The duo Coldcut started the Ninja Tune label in the 90s, and for their latest project they decided to leave the reins to a different director for each song of their most recent album of the same name.

The result yielded videos which were almost entirely of the animated variety, and each is very different. My favourites are This Island Earth (Joel Trussell, who also directed War Photographer), Colours The Soul, and the pixillated State We're In.

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Charity Auction 2007: Hellboy Animated Statue

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November 14, 2007

This year's charity auction begins next week Friday. We've received some nice books, posters, and look what Dark Horse Comics is offering up: A PVC statue from Hellboy Animated of Hellboy (and another of Abe Sapien).

Hellboy was created for comics by Mike Mignola, who also created the comic book The Amazing Screw-on Head. Both comics went on to be adapted for animation. While The Amazing Screw-on Head kept Mignola's signature style, Hellboy Animated opted for a different look, with equally impressive results.

Click on the flyer for a printer-friendly version. If you'd like to donate, we are still accepting items we receive until November 22nd.

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June 6, 2007
We've been quiet about this year's upcoming charity auction, but it doesn't mean we haven't been working on it behind the scenes. Yesterday I tallied the votes that had come in, and you've once again chosen to donate the proceeds from this November's auction to cancer research. Now we're asking for just one more bit of vox populi from you. Head over to the auction page and vote to decide which organization will be the one we'll be writing the cheque out to when the dust settles.

While you're there, you might also want to see our list of auction items, which I've finally gotten around to updating somewhat. Two items of note are a Meet the Robinsons baseball cap, made specifically for the feature animation crew that worked on the film (it says so right on the back), and a gorgeous Art of Disney catalogue from the Tokyo exhibit of the same name. I was going to gingerly scan segments of the book, but Chris Turner did such a great job back in November I decided to just link to his page instead. If you read Japanese (or just like to look at cool images), you can also see more about the exhibit itself on the official page.

While there are some auction items I haven't gotten around to listing yet, there's always room for more. If you'd like to donate something, by all means let us know.

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June 1, 2007
The Bonhams and Butterfields auction house is selling artwork from the estate of Carl Barks on Monday, June 4th. Public viewings will be held in Los Angeles from June 1 to June 3.

Lot items include art by Carl Barks, including his comic and animation artwork, pin up art and landscape paintings. Also featured is animation art from a number of different productions, including a Charlie Brown special, Shrek and classic Disney films. There is art by various artists for Carl Barks, as well as awards he received for his outstanding work.

If you're too far away, the items (nearly 200) up for auction are available for viewing and bidding online here (skip to Lot 1250).

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April 9, 2007
Yep, it's that time of year. Though our fourth annual charity auction doesn't kick off until November, it's time for us to ask you to let us know who you want this year's beneficiary to be. In this first round of voting, we keep it simple: just let us know what kind of charity you prefer, and at a later date we'll narrow it down to a particular charity.

We've also started collecting items for this year's auction, and while we've got some nifty goodies lined up, we've only got one listed right now: a 1922 edition of the book Animated Cartoons by E.G. Lutz—one of the earliest books on the technique of animation, and the same title that Walt Disney consulted early in his career. This book was generously donated by J.J. Sedelmaier when we were a few days into last year's auction; if you'd like to donate something to the cause, then by all means let us know.

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December 23, 2006
Well here it is, the end of the line. The payments have been received, Paypal and eBay have their fees, and the total for the annual animation charity auction has been determined. This year's recipient, The Canadian Cancer Society, will receive $2158.07 Canadian (about $1877 US). This is the second year that readers have voted for this charity, and we managed to beat last year's profits by about $800.

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This year was the first time artwork was donated for the auction, and the amount of software received skyrocketed. I'd like to know which items were most interesting to you this year .

We've already begun to receive donations for 2007, including a rare book find donated by J.J. Sedelmaier. Please let us know what other items would interest you for the auction next year!

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November 28, 2006
Depending on the item you're watching, you have between 14 and 30 hours to bid on an item in the annual charity auction.

Just to recap:

Pre-auction teaser - Software: Before the auction got underway, Emru announced the donation of some of the software tools of the trade, and DVD tutorials designed for users looking for a challenge. He mentioned that 2 copies of each software were donated on the blog, but neglected to include this in the individual listings. So he'll be offering a second chance to the runner-up bidders of these items. All of the opening bids began at 50% of the retail value, just one of the many deals in the auction.
  • Day 1 - Artwork: For the first time, we had original artwork donated by the artists Dave Alvarez, Steve Rude and Joel Trussell, and each with their own distinct signature styles. It's no secret—we really like their work, so we got kind of goofy when they agreed to participate.
  • Day 2 - Books: Great animation books and manga were donated. Two of the books, Cartoon Modern and Bone, are both autographed hardcovers donated by the authors.
  • Day 3 - Polygon Pictures: This year was also the first time an animation studio donated to the auction as well. When people think of CGI penguins in Japan, I'm sure Polygon Pictures' commercials for Shiseido come to mind before Happy Feet or Madagascar. (Polygon president and CEO Shuzo Shiota is also an fps contributor; contributor Jason Vanderhill donated the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman commemorative stamp sets).
  • Day 4 - Animated Music Videos: Ninja Tune dropped 10 copies each of Mr. Scruff's DVD single Sweetsmoke, featuring animation by Mr. Scruff, and 10 copies of ZenTV, the Ninja Tune video retrospective, featuring notable videos such as Basin Street Blues and the Sesame Street Pinball Number Count remix by DJ Food.
  • Day 5 - Posters: Full-size posters and mini-posters abound, including posters for Cars, Finding Nemo, Robots and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
  • Day 6 - Anime & Manga: There are DVDs, including limited edition boxsets, soundtracks, t-shirts, wall hangings, and manga adaptations. I mean, really: We're mangalicious. Anime-tastic.
And here we are at Day 7. Take a look at the complete list, and if you still don't find anything you want, consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society directly, or by using our Make A Donation button on the auction page, and we'll add it to the final total.

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November 27, 2006
Over on Digital World Tokyo, J. Mark Lytle described the charity auction as "nirvana for anime fans." He's not far off. Since its inception, fps has had more anime coverage than any other non-anime-specific animation magazine, and that's reflected even in our auctions.

Let's start with the gem we have pictured here, the limited edition of the seventh and final volume of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. Not only does it contain the last three episodes of what is arguably one of the best science-fiction shows on television in both Dolby Digital and DTS, it comes with a limited-edition figure of the Major and the third Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. Oh, and did I mention the whole thing is wrapped up in a collectible tin case?

While not as lavish, we're featuring several other DVDs like Elemental Gelade, Kannazuki no Miko, Gun Sword and Kyo Kara Maoh! (God Save Our King) that include "art boxes"—stylish containers for holding the rest of the DVDs in the series—as well as collectible items like pencil boards and figures. We also raided our own shelves to put together some complete series, like New Fist of the North Star, Tsukikage Ran and The Daichis, so you can have your own marathon viewing session the moment you open the box.

PSP owners can tote their anime with them, as we've got four UMDs in the mix: Ninja Scroll, the CGI Appleseed movie, Karas: The Propechy and the first two episodes of Samurai Champloo. If you're into anime for the music, we've also got the soundtracks from Totoro, Spirited Away, End of Evangelion and Metropolis.

Remarkably enough, there's more—quite literally, there are dozens of anime and manga items to be found this year, including t-shirts, wall scrolls and even two sets of Japanese commemorative stamps. With so much stuff and only two days to go, you'd better start exploring the auction page pretty darned quick.

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November 26, 2006

We have some great posters up for grabs, including full-size posters for Finding Nemo and Cars. If you like Pixar and Disney collectibles, check out the Disney Rubik's cubes.

There is also a large poster for this year's Ottawa International Animation Festival (its 30th edition), created by Gary Baseman. Take a look at the Ottawa fest t-shirt and mug, too.

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